End of Hiatus Winger Speech

  • *creates finale vibe*

    ALL RIGHT everybody, I wanna say something! Our little corner of the AV Club here started as an outpost for die-hards to get a hit of Community during the hiatus. Spurred initially by the drive for lots and lots of comments, it has transformed into a throbbing, cosmic, organismal supergroup with its own natural

    rhythm and internal culture. We are awesome. Pack yourselves with peanuts andreeeeeally be satisfied with what you've done.

    Community is the best TV show in the world. We have the best fans in the world. And this massive display of passion and enthusiasm reached heights unseen within an already crazy fan base. All this goofy, outrageous creativity; the reviews and anti-reviews; the musings on philosophy and politics or just…things; all the memes, camaraderie, and general good cheer. Here's what all of you have done: you've made a sad situation joyous and inspirational. All I ask is one thing: please do not be cynical. I hate cynicism; for the record, it's my least favorite quality; it doesn't lead anywhere.Nobody in life…OK, I'm just lifting this from Conan's Tonight Show farewell speechnow. But this wouldn't be a Community post without a referential framework, and the sentiment fully applies for me. This board has become a teachable exercise for fandom everywhere. That we can lament and be pessimistic without being cynical. We can be proud and enthusiastic without being overbearing. We can disagree without being disagreeable. Heck, we even turned trolls into contributors. Has that ever happened before? This board is…magic.

    The episode reviews were something I started to spark as much "reasonable discussion" as possible around the so-called spamming. Never would I have expected such thoughtful and intelligent essays that celebrate and often surpass even the original intent of the episodes, and that speaks to the quality of the season we covered. And I certainly never expected it all to be preserved on a website. Thank you for that, seffina. http://www.fishsticktheatre.co…

    I'm just blown away by it all. This board is far and away the coolest thing I have ever been apart of in all my years online. Community occupies more of my life than it probably should and, while I always missed the show during these three months, I never despaired because good old RHM was always there to fill the void. I could come here at any point and find myself in an intelligent debate or discussion, get instant feedback on anything on my mind, or chuckle at a well-placed reference. Internet friends, it's been real, and I can't wait to do it all over again in a few months…and every day in between.