I’m not hoping that the fourth season fails. I probably should – I feel like I should stick up for the original creative vision, but it’s still a show employing writers and performers that I’ve come to love. I don’t want to see Troy and Abed turn into hollow shells of their former selves. I want Community to remain awesome, but I also want the studios to start recognizing how important creative vision is to an ongoing series. Those two things are definitely at odds, which will be an ongoing struggle for me.
But what I really want to do is just thank Dan Harmon for three seasons of excellent television. He sweated the details and fought the network and the studio, and he was instrumental in making something awesome. In the next few years, I think we’re going to see a lot more creativity on network TV – how can other writers not be inspired by the fact that Harmon used Claymation and alternate timelines and incredibly intricate jokes? Harmon (and his staff) did things that didn’t seem possible. During Thursday’s videogame-inspired episode, I couldn’t stop thinking “This is actually happening on TV! A network is showing this!” It’s inspirational.