Puppets, Paintball and ‘Freaky Friday’ Homages Will Figure Into Future Episodes of ‘Community’

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I don’t know guys. I just don’t know. I don’t want to be yet another person who whines that Community isn’t the same anymore so I won’t. I’ll just rephrase it. Community now plays like a very glossy fan-produced project that somehow managed to score the original cast. The new show-runners have captured the look of the show but they haven’t captured its heart and soul. And with the continued decline in ratings and some of the cast members-like Ken Jeong- exploring alternative avenues, it seems that Community will never get that chance.

 But, on the bright side, TV Line does have some interesting news regarding the future of the show. Community executive producers David Guarascio, Moses Port, Russ Krasnoff and Tristram Shapeero joined several cast members of the NBC comedy at PaleyFest on Tuesday to reveal what we could expect to see in the next nine episodes.

 Some of the ideas seem particularly desperate and probably won’t accomplish much beyond irritating its loyal fanbase. There’s a reason why there wasn’t a paintball episode in the third season, guys. Just let that concept die along with former show-runner Dan Harmon’s dreams for the fourth season.

 However, some of the upcoming episodes sound promising. Like this one…

 Jim Rash penned “an episode with Troy and Abed that I think is one of the best we’ve ever done,” raved McHale. Added Rash: “It was an awesome and stressful process. … It’s sort of a “Freaky Friday” homage with a little body switching, and it’s very important” to the boys’ friendship. 

And this one…

An upcoming origins episode will reveal how the superhero-like study group “really came to be,” teased Guarascio.

 And finally, I really don’t know what to think about this…

[One episode]  finds the study group taking a wild balloon ride that crash lands in the woods and forces them to spend a little time with a friendly mountain man (played by Seinfeld‘s Jason Alexander). The gang gets immortalized as puppets when Dean Pelton encourages them to talk about their adventures.

 This sounds like a really forced attempt to tap into the weird sensibilities of such classic episodes as “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas” and “Digital Estate Planning”. But, on the other hand, they could manage to pull off this insufferably cutesy idea. Community could find it’s voice yet again.

Who knows? All I ask is that sitting through the rest of this season isn’t such a painful experience that “I see eagles”. Sorry, that was a bit on the labored side. Here, let me make it up to you, “Something, something ‘streets ahead’. There. Better? You know what? Just insert your own favorite Community reference and leave me alone. I’m very hungry.

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