I could go on for hours or pages, whichever you prefer. I could list my favorite moments, episodes, and lines and what makes them so great. I could talk about the brilliant comedic performances or writing displayed episode by episode. As you've probably guessed by now, I'm not going to do that. Instead, I'm going to address two characteristics that make Community unique.
First is just the scale of the show. There are other shows that focus on a small, unimportant person in the world or take place in a nothing town or small business but I have never seen anything that goes out of its way to make fun of how low the stakes are in everything that happens. And most of these shows eventually build into huge dramatic events. To begin with it's a c…Read more >
I have a method for writing plot synopses. I haven't done a lot of it but I quickly developed a set of steps and guidelines. I prefer to write a little shorter summaries than what I've found here, for the most part. That's not to say I necessarily disapprove of longer synopses, just that when I write them they turn out shorter. For a synopsis I want to keep it to the basics, like an outline in prose. I prefer not to give a beat-by-beat account or even a scene by scene account. Here are the questions I constantly ask myself while writing:
- What is the episode about? This is clearly the most important thing. It's different than "What happened in this episode?" because that could include even the smallest detail. This is more of a big picture v…