As long as Community continues to air, I will watch it, despite the lacklustre plots that have been plaguing this season. I’ll continue (to watch) in the hopes that maybe, someday, they’ll rekindle the spark they once had. Sadly, with each new episode, that hope fades a little more.
Once again, the episode shows glimmers of what once was beneath the surface, but ultimately fails to follow through to completion. The best parts of the show focussed on Jeff and Abed as they came to terms with their sacrifices and their future both in and out of Greendale. Their heart-to-heart over the quality of the film feels as if they’re addressing the dip in quality of the show itself, especially since the departures of Pierce, Shirley and Troy. Their leaving the show has been brought up regularly throughout this season, and it’s starting to feel as if there will be some sort of payoff at the finale.
Intro to Recycled Cinema is certainly one of the better episodes this season, but improvement is not exactly a tall order. The emotional revelations of Jeff and Abed are by far and away the most important aspect of the story. Although the terrible sci-fi film adds to the laughs, there’s little left to keep the interest up any more.