The Return Of Community Open Thread

By Kelly Conaboy / January 3, 2014

Dan Harmon’s Community returned to NBC last night for its fifth season (fifth season!) (with Dan Harmon back!) (it is honestly insane how this has all played out, save for a few bumps, exactly to the Internet’s favor) (NO MORE COMPLAINING) with two back-to-back episodes, and although it was a continuation of the series, it felt — intentionally — much more like a reunion, or a reboot with the original cast. (Or, a “Repilot,” as the first episode was titled.) The gang’s all back, sort of! I have to admit that, without trying to immediately pass too much judgment — just lying, I’m only human, I pass judgment nonstop, but — I was basically immediately exhausted to see, even though I knew that they would be, that the group has reenrolled in school. It felt so much more like a years-later reunion than a continuation that it felt like it truly was setting up something different, rather than merely acknowledging that they were not particularly setting up anything different. Jeff’s a teacher now. I guess that’s something? In any case, it did feel like a return to the Community that existed previous to the fourth season. The jokes, inside jokes (“After all Scrubs did for him?!”), and references had meaning behind them. It was nice to see that again. Jonathan Banks was there, and he is the best. I felt myself growing distant from Community before the end of Dan Harmon’s reign, so I’m not sure his reboot will reattach me, in particular, but how about you? Are you back? Like nothing ever changed? Are you having a recommitment ceremony? HMMM? GIFs? What? Did you hate it? Tell me!!!!