There’s nothing sadder than watching something you love slowly fade away. Community is slowly turning into a ghost of its former self, the performance that it gave last week has thrown light on the cracks in its facade, and this week’s attempts to retain the momentum only serve to point out its failings.
Schuldt’s return seems to suggest that the writers of the show are retreading (the same) ground they’ve been over. Enough has been changed to keep it from being a total rehash, but it still feels a little too samey for what should be a completely new experience. Bringing Schuldt back in was necessary to make this episode work, but we all knew the end result of the show because we’d seen it all before.
After last week’s breath of fresh air, Advanced Safety Features is descending back into the fetid depths. It’s not in the murky pits yet, and the sunlight still sometimes peeks through, but it doesn’t seem as if Community is trying too hard to stay afloat.