“…watching “Heroic Origins” left me with a smile on my face and an empty feeling in my belly. The old Community was very much an attempt to challenge the audience—and, not coincidentally, an occasionally terrifying trip through its creator’s brain. It didn’t always work, but it was reaching for something more 75 percent of the time. The new Community is fine, as these things go, but it’s also primarily interested in making sure the fans are happy. And there’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s not as interesting to discuss and dissect, at least for me. I’ve been detecting a certain detachment from the show in my own reviews this season, and in some of your comments. At first, I thought that was just holding the show to an impossible standard, but the more I think about it, the more I wonder if it’s just the natural response to a TV show I once loved becoming more and more about protecting the brand. There’s nothing wrong with still loving Community, but it’s become almost entirely a show about getting you to love Community, and that’s something I’ll always find just a bit hollow.”
What the city is missing:Thierry Cohen photographs cityscapes and then photographs deserts at night, combing the two to show us what our cities would look like with the lights off. The stars are not enhanced, they are actual photos from relative latitudes that would expose the same starry sky view if it weren’t for light pollution. Click on each photo to see which city it is.