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Community – Season 5

NBC's Community has completed its fifth season. The show has been through a lot this season. The end of last season marked the exit of series regular, Chevy Chase. The beginning of this season saw the series creator and original show runner, Dan Harmon, return to the helm. The final big move of the season was the show saying goodbye to another series regular, Donald Glover, during its 5th episode. Like the previous season, this one was only 13 episodes long. Episode List "Repilot" "Introduction to Teaching" "Basic Intergluteal Numismatics" "Cooperative Polygraphy" "Geothermal Escapism" "Analysis of Cork-Based Networking" "Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality" "App Development and Condiments" "VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing" "Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons" "G.I. Jeff" "Basic Story" (Part 1) "Basic Sandwich" (Part 2) Review Season 5 of the show had a lot of hurdles to overcome and a very short time to do it in. All things considered, I think the show did a very good job this season and felt more like the much beloved Community of seasons 1 and 2 than it had during the past two seasons. Even though the loss of Pierce and Troy shifted the dynamic of the show, it did allow them to re-introduce Professor Duncan and Ben Chang as regular members of the cast as well as adding new "table member" Professor Buzz Hickey (played Jonathan Banks, who we all loved as Mike in AMC's Breaking Bad). The season also created a new premise that freed the characters from their bondage as students of Greendale only to see them return as the saviors of Greendale as the "Save Greendale

Community says goodbye to Troy in "Geothermal Escapism"

In my binge of catching up on network television recently, I felt like I needed to stop and talk about the recent episode of Community, "Geothermal Escapism". This is the final episode with Troy (Donald Glover) as a member of the cast. It was announced last year that the actor would leave the show during the 5th season and since the announcement the concept of the show without Troy (and the duo of Troy and Abed) has seemed like a far off concept to me. Mostly, I believe, because I couldn't really imagine how the show could function without him. Couple that with the somewhat unceremonious departure of Pierce (granted under much different circumstances) and it seemed like Community was destined to just start to crumble and fall apart. Then I remembered, that Dan Harmon was coming back this season and I thought, "If anyone could fix this, he could. I just have no idea how." Through the first 5 episodes I really started to see the difference with Harmon being back on the show. I don't know exactly how to explain it in words, but things felt right about the show again almost from the start of the season. There was no Pierce, but the writing allowed the character to have some final interactions with the rest of the group as they handled the fallout of his death. On top of that, the character interactions felt like they were back to normal. Then, in the 4th episode, we were reminded