Review: Community, “Conventions of Space and Time”

“See? This is why I don’t hang with you folks on the weekends.”

This was it: the episode I’ve been looking forward to since they announced it at SDCC. There’s so much possibility here for parody/homage/greatness – poking fun at, while celebrating with, the vocal Comic-Con crowd that are (mostly) responsible for keeping them on the air.

Which is why it pains me to say that this episode is yet another mediocre entry in this fourth season. “Conventions” jumped from hot to cold: we do get hints of brilliance, but you just can’t walk away without a bad taste in your mouth – mainly because of one nagging subplot.

“Superman: Unbound” Blu-Ray Details Revealed

We shared the news that this summer’s DC Animation entry would be Superman: Unbound straight from the press room at NYCC.  Then, we brought you the first trailer, with the announcement that it was going to hit the stores on May 7.  Now, we have the details of what you’ll get when you buy the Blu-Ray and/or DVD on that Tuesday!

When you grab your Superman: Unbound Blu-Ray combo pack, you’ll get:

  • Standard and high definition versions of the feature film
  • UltraViolet Digital Copy
  • Sneak Peek at Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, the next DC Universe Animated Original Movie
  • Featurette: “Kandor: History of the Bottle City” – An all-new featurette. Kandor: a peaceful scientific community dedicated toward the preservation of all that is good on Krypton, the home world of Superman. That is, until the city was ripped from its world and placed into a small glass bottle! This is the short story highlighting the shrunken city of Kandor. Its history just as fascinating as it is unique, here is how it ties in directly with the Man of Tomorrow.
  • Featurette – “Brainiac: Technology and Terror” – An all-new featurette. Mostly machine, but part  sentient being, Brainiac steals cities and destroys worlds. Is he the most vile of Superman’s villainous foes? Experience the Brainiac mythology and find out why Superman barely stands a chance!
  • Audio Commentary – Featuring members of the creative team: Mike Carlin, Bob Goodman and James Tucker.
  • Four bonus episodes from Superman: The Animated Series (“The Last Son of Krypton, Part 1”; “New Kids in Town”; and “Little Girl Lost, Parts 1 & 2”), all handpicked by producer Alan Burnett.
  • Digital Comic – Excerpt from the graphic novel Superman: Brainiac by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank.

The film’s stellar voicecast is led by Matt Bomer (White Collar) as Superman, John Noble (Fringe, The Lord of the Rings films) as Brainiac, Stana Katic (Castle) as Lois Lane and Molly Quinn (Castle) as Supergirl. Additional voices in the cast include Golden Globe Award winner Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under) as Ma Kent, Wade Williams (The Dark Knight Rises) as Perry White, Diedrich Bader (The Drew Carey Show, Office Space) as Steve Lombard, Stephen Root (Boardwalk Empire, Justified) as Zor-El, and Alexander Gould (Weeds) as Jimmy Olsen.

Order your copy from Amazon right here!

Hit the jump for the cover art!

Review: Community, “Paranormal Parentage”

“I remember when this show was about a community college.”

Couldn’t have said it better myself, Abed.

My review of this Happy Valloween episode is a bit overdue, but that’s because I had a hard time figuring out how I felt about it. It certainly wasn’t bad, but things just weren’t clicking here. With every passing episode, it becomes more and more apparent that we’re not in the same era of quality that we were from the past three seasons.

The episode opens up with six of our seven study groupers gathering in costume for Vicky’s Halloween party — Pierce, naturally, is not invited on account of the fact that he once stabbed Vicky in the face. Throwing a wrench into their works, Pierce sends them a text message threatening his imminent death, having locked himself in his mansion’s panic room with no way out. Despite Jeff’s vehement objections, the group heads to Hawthorne Manor for the rescue.

Review: Community, “History 101”

It has been almost a whole year since we last set foot on the Greendale campus, and the road to this point has been tumultuous, to say the least. When fans heard of Dan Harmon’s less-than-voluntary exit, most (if not all) were concerned that Community‘s distinct tone and presentation would be compromised. I was worried, too, but I reserved some cautious optimism for the still-remaining writers and the stellar cast. I had hoped that they would be comfortable enough with the subject matter to continue without Harmon successfully. They must have a handle on it, right?

After watching the first episode, I am glad to see that my cautious optimism was rewarded.

It is just the first episode under the new showrunners, David Guarascio and Moses Port (Happy Endings.) They are attempting to define their own voices within the self-referential, “Incepting” of the series, with hints of Harmon (a wise decision.) For all practical purposes, “History 101” is a pilot – except it already has tons of very vocal fans. That can’t be an easy position to walk into.

But while this episode was still a solid entry into the Community canon, it was far from perfect. Moreover, it was fairly clear to me that there was a marked difference in presentation — but I wonder how much of the normal viewing public would notice, if they didn’t know that the show changed hands between seasons 3 and 4?

Community: Best of the Greendale Seven!

Can you feel it in the air? October 19th finally takes over hearts on this February 7th, and Community once again airs tonight on NBC.

After last year’s delays and controversies, many doubted whether we’d see the study group’s antics ever again. They had plenty of reason to worry, of course — Dan Harmon’s less-than-ceremonious exit as showrunner; public issues with Chevy Chase; Megan Ganz’s exit as writer; its forced “indefinite hiatus” from the fall schedule — but it looks like it finally all systems go for the small Colorado-based community college.

And so the sun shines again, smiling down on the flag that proudly proclaims “E Pluribus Anus.”

To prepare for the new semester, your summer homework was to watch all three seasons of Community, but you’d only be a proper Greendale student if you neglected to do it entirely. So, here’s a cheat sheet with some of the best moments of the Greendale Seven (+ two).

Hit the jump for the full list of some of the greatest moments at Greendale!

Community airs Thursday nights at 8PM on NBC.

Review: Star Wars #2

Following the first AND second printing sellout of Star Wars #1 in January, the new series from Dark Horse hits lightspeed with issue #2 this week. While issue #1 set the board, issue #2 saw the pieces begin to move. This installment kicks off with Han and Chewie on their