You may know already that “Community” returns on NBC January 2, but we want to try to do for you here is fill in a few more of the cracks that you may or may not know about “Repilot,” the show’s premiere and re-imagining of what “Community” will be. It’s Dan Harmon’s way of distancing himself from the mess that was most of season 4, and establishing /allowing a new sort of creative energy to come into play.
Basically, the premise of the episode is somewhat familiar and relatable to the show’s original pilot: Jeff Winger goes to Greendale thinking that he’s the bees’ knees, and he needs to take a few lessons in humility to learn that what he really needs are some valued friends. The difference this time is that rather than going through for school, he’s there to try to take them down courtesy of a lawsuit that he is working on with Rob Corddry’s Alan (which you can read more about at the link here).
Just look below to see the official synopsis:
“Jeff (Joel McHale) returns to Greendale when his former law partner Alan Connor recruits him to gather evidence for a lawsuit he is pursuing. Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) is thrilled to see Jeff back at Greendale. Thinking he is there to help save the school, he quickly calls the study group back together – surprising Jeff with a reunion.”
This reunion is probably not going to remain a happy one if the Dean and the likes of Britta and company figure out what Jeff is up to. They understand the guy better than everyone, and while he may be a lawyer, we don’t have a whole lot of faith in his abilities to talk his way out of this mess.
This episode will be the first of the final five featuring Donald Glover, and while that is a particularly sad occasion, indeed, the news coming out right now is that there are going to be some beautiful Troy Barnes moments before we are forced to see him take his last bow.