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"Community" Is Back Tonight And That's Nice! Pre-Game It With "Abed's Master Key" And Dan Harmon's Tilted Bean Can...

By Rob Payne | Videos | March 15, 2012 |

By Rob Payne | Videos | March 15, 2012 |

Last week and Hulu partnered together to bring us an all-new, all-animated adventure of the Greendale Seven to prepare us for the return of “Community” tonight. To ring in this great event, I thought it would be pretty streets ahead to revisit the cartoon shorts for those who missed them the first go ‘round, or who just wanted an excuse to savor this day for as long as possible. Those people may have a problem.

“Abed’s Master Key” is very akin to much of “Community” in that, as a Pajiban recently remarked (apologies for not remembering who, or on which thread): I love it, but I often enjoy it much more than I anticipated. Every time I think, Okay, this is it, this is the moment Dan Harmon and co. disappoint me. And every time, I’m wrong. That isn’t to say everything “Community” does is perfect, nor is that meant to convey that effort matters more than the result. It hits a sweet spot right in the middle, like Calvin & Hobbes or an ice cold Shiner Bock.

For me, anyway, the only problem with the shorts is that they’re too short, especially a teriyiaki steak like “Community”:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

As promised, here’s the grilled pineapple for that steak, Dan Harmon talking about what he won’t do with the “Community” finale (presumably not this season). Also, Gillian Jacobs talks briefly about the GQ Photoshoot:

Finally, the baked sweet potato to complete this “Community” meal, here’s one more ad featuring stars Joel McHale and ACADEMY AWARD WINNER Jim Rash. It’s called “Spoiler Alert!” because this is a comedy show and not the solution to world peace:

Okay, it may also be the solution to world peace. And that’s just the commercial. “Community” returns TONIGHT on NBC at 8/7pm CST. I’m looking at you Nielsen Families. Whoever you are.

Rob Payne also writes the comic The Unstoppable Force, tweets on the Twitter @RobOfWar, and his ware can be purchased here (if you’re into that sort of thing). It’s possible the above extended metaphor is in reaction to the lunch he had on Saturday that was so delicious he can’t stop thinking about it.

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