ConStar Studies Television (a sort of general thought, but a bit about Community too)

I kind of suck at blogging. But I love TV so much, that I will continue to pursue blogging here even if it means what I am about to do, which is post a quote I saw today about TV and leave you with that. The quote says what I think a lot of us feel about our love of TV and speaks from experiences we have had as avid fans of television as we watch our favorite shows grow and change before our eyes.

“To love a TV show is to know one of two things: Either it will eventually leave you, or you will eventually leave it. There’s no middle ground for the committed. Once you’re in, you’re in, and you’re going to be in until the thing is canceled or until you lose interest because you’ve either figured out all of the show’s tricks or it’s just not the same anymore. That show you loved more than anything? It will eventually feel sort of old and pointless to you after a while, and you’ll have moved on to some new thing that feels fresher but will inevitably disappoint you somewhere down the line. And so it goes. You’ll someday remember that show you loved with such intensity—it will probably be off the air by this point—and you’ll wonder idly why they don’t make ’em like that anymore. The answer is because you’re not who you were anymore, and you can’t fall for a show like that because you’re no longer the same person.”

Todd VanDerWerff (The A.V. Club)

The quote is from the AV Club article (which you can find by clicking on the source name), regarding the return of Community. I think a lot of what is said in the article is true about Community’s return, minus creator Dan Harmon, though I might have given the episode a higher “grade” for the effort–it wasn’t terrible and it wasn’t absurdly different from the show we’ve grown to love. Read the quote above and if you feel up to it, respond with your Community thoughts in the comments (which will make me reply to them which is already being a better blogger, yay!)

Though I will say that it was pointed out to me that some shows you feel like you can watch forever and never be tired of them. This can be true. For me, most of my favorite shows that I can watch the whole thing of have that one arc I never cared much for or those dumb filler episodes you always skip or the weaker episodes in the beginning (Doctor Who‘s Fear Her. Most of Angel season 4. Parks pre-Ben’s arrival Parks). But then they hit their stride (or find it again) and it’s something you’ll never stop watching.

Man, I just really love TV.

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