It’s been so long since we’ve seen new episodes of Community, it was beginning to feel like we’d never see it again. The fourth season was trimmed down to 13 episodes and delayed time and time again, but this week finally brings the long-awaited season premiere. Assuming, of course, NBC doesn’t push it back yet again before Thursday.
Some of Community’s most popular bits are the spoofs of big pop cultural institutions. The latest “Epic” teaser trailer takes shots at recent phenomena like The Hunger Games, as well as classic sci-fi classics like Star Wars, and something that resembles, but as we all know is not, Doctor Who.
Community recently parted ways with showrunner and creator Dan Harmon, and this video looks and feels like the new guys are trying to ramp up all the craziest bits of the show. It seems like somebody spliced together pieces from all of the big parody that came before.
Maybe that’s the way they’ve decided to go—as Abed (Danny Pudi) says in this video, “I remember when this show was about a community college”—or perhaps because of the truncated nature of the season it’ll feel more compressed.
Either way, this looks like a damn fine time. It will be interesting to see how the change in leadership impacts the events on screen, and I’m curious to see if the new faces can pull this show off with the same amount of cleverness and charisma as the old guard. Still, this cast is so great, and they have such a perfect chemistry. that season four of Community should be a blast to watch no matter how it shakes out.
Community returns this Thursday, February 7th at 8:00pm on NBC. It’s about time.