Two Down, Eleven To Go
I finally got around to watching the first two episodes of this season's Community. They might not have been classics, but they have definitely turned things around from the soulless fourth season. I assume we can mostly thank Dan Harmon, the once and future show-runner, for the change.
It was fun to see the show as it was meant to be (minus Pierce, who was missed, even though he had a cameo), but it's hard to know what a first-time viewer would make of this, there were so many in-jokes. When Jeff discusses how everyone's changed over the the last four years, it's a comment on the show, but one that would mean little to a newbie. For that matter, Donald Glover cursing out Zach Braff for leaving Scrubs after six episodes in season nine would mean little to anyone who doesn't know Glover will be leaving this season after five.
Jeff's story, especially with Annie going crazy over getting an A-, was good, but there was more attention to the seminar Abed and others attended--taught by Kevin Corrigan's Professor Sean Garrity--over whether Nicolas Cage is good or bad. There's no easy answer, which bring Abed to a psychotic breakdown (his breakdowns were referenced in "Repilot"). Just by chance, I watched the rerun the day before that dealt with both Professor Garrity and Abed answering the question to the course "Who's The Boss?," so it felt like solid continuity.
Anyway, hooray, the best sitcom is back on TV. We may only have nine episodes left, most Troy-less, but let's enjoy it while we can.