Slaughter at NBC, as Whitney, 1600 Penn, Up All Night, Guys With Kids and Deception were put out of their misery (while they re-upped on Parks And Recreation). And then Go On (Matthew Perry should go back to Mr. Sunshine) and Rock Center. New shows have been ordered and a few other shows are on the bubble, in particular Community. On any other network it'd be canceled but NBC has so many flops that such a show, with a small but intense fan base, has a shot.
"Advanced Introduction To Finality," a renewal would be nice, but not thrilling. The finale, in fact, pointed to what was wrong with the show. It had the tropes of Community, without the heart or wit.
The plot was a return to the great--their greatest, I'd say--episode "Remedial Chaos Theory," with the characters from the darkest timeline returning to destroy the prime timeline. (Turns out it was all a dream--a good thing, since the idea that the darkest timeline exists outside anyone's mind (particularly Abed's) is ridiculous.) It also pointed to other plots, including a healthy helping of paintball, very important to Community. For that matter, the title is a nod to the third season's finale (and perhaps the show's true finale) "Introduction To Finality."
So I hope the show continues. I still like the characters and some of the episodes this season weren't too bad. But I doubt it'll ever be the same Community.
PS Just before we went to press, NBC renewed Community. So hold off on ordering those box sets just yet.
More important is how to solve the dip in quality. Perhaps the new producers learned something and can avoid the mistakes of the last year.
It's not clear how many episodes this will mean. If it's just 13, it'll be like season 4B. In any case, it'll have enough episodes to go into conventional syndication, where others can rediscover it.
a rumor that, just maybe, Dan Harmon will return to the show--for what will be a 13-episode season. The show could survive the loss of Chase (especially if they can somehow replace him with another great character--some have suggest bringing in Fred Willard, as in Abed's dream), but losing Harmon seemed to put out the pilot light.
Actually, I think this is nonsense. I believe NBC still doesn't want the unpredictable Harmon back, and he might not be ready to return. Still, if he did come back, it'd be a chance, if nothing else, to let this show go out right.