Community is the greatest comedy on television. Its seamless transition from the silly to the serious is a sort of inspiration for my very blog.
Watching Troy and Abed in the dreamatorium immediately followed by a sincere evaluation of their friendship reminds me of how I like to write about ducks (having sex) in my pool one day and getting baptized in a separate pool the next (surrounded by pirate paraphernalia, no less).
A recent Community episode hit me pretty hard. As of the posting of this blog, you can watch said episode online (“Origins of Vampire Mythology”) — until the Hulu overlords lock it behind barbed wire in the land of Hulu Plus.
Embedded below is the punch-hitting excerpt. It struck me because it encompasses everything I love about Community: the silly and the serious.
Here’s that same excerpt in written form if you prefer your words unspoken, or if you’re viewing this page after Hulu has taken this clip hostage. Take it away, Jeff Winger:
[Blade]’s basically irresistible to people for the same reason he can pretty much only work at a carnival. He has nothing to prove — or disprove — about himself or to himself. He has no shame…None of us have to go to anyone. And the idea we do is a mental illness we contracted from breath-mint commercials and Sandra Bullock. We can’t keep going to each other until we learn to go to ourselves. Stop making our hatred of ourselves someone else’s job and just stop hating ourselves.
Word. Watch this show; be changed forever.
Maybe having both a silly/serious dynamic makes my blog a tad broad or “unfocused,” but I hope I never stop basking in the silly while not losing sight of the serious.
Are you a Community fan? If not, are you finally gonna jump aboard the bandwagon and start watching the greatest comedy on television? Do you prefer my silly or my serious blogs?