'Community' season premiere recap: Cougarton Abbey

It was only a matter of time.

That’s right, season 3 of Community kicked off last night with the inevitable parody of that othercampus-set series about students who never actually seem to do any studying: Glee. But though it was a sequined, disco-ball-lit musical number with balletic lifts and jazz hands galore — and Shirley and the dean donning what must be leftover, '70s-soul-diva get-ups from Sister Act — the opener was really all Greendale with only a smidgen of Lima. "We’re going to have more fun and be less weird than the first two years combined," seemed like tongue-in-cheek acknowledgment of criticism that Communitycan be hyperbolically cartoonish (remember the Kentucky Fried Chicken Eleven Herbs and Space Simulator?). But, hey, at least Abed didn’t start singing "La Jazz Hot."

In non-singing-and-dancing reality, summer was over. But it didn’t leave without bringing about a few changes. Dean Pelton put on a suit and basically declared there would be no more Mr. Nice Dean after his school was virtually drowned in Day-Glo during last year’s paintball tournament. He also grew a goatee, so we knew he really meant business. Starburns embellished his wardrobe with a lizard. Abed and Troy finally decided to move in together — even registering at Linens & Things to make it official. Read More...



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