What did you think of Community's Season 4 premier?
Like many fans of Community, NBC's ingenious and criminally-underwatched dissertation on the sitcom form, I approached Season 4 with a certain amount of dread—despite surviving for an abbreviated fourth season, Community returns without its creator, Dan Harmon. For those not in the loop, NBC fired Harmon shortly after renewing the show for its final season; although notoriously hard to work with, many believed Harmon to be the lifeblood of Community's sharp humor and uncompromising originality.
The New York Times' review of the premier is scathing: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/07/arts/television/community-returns-on-nbc-without-dan-harmon.html?ref=television&_r=0
I enjoyed the Season 4 premier, which approached (but certainly missed) the show's past magic. It still retained "meta" elements and concepts (Abed's Inceptionesque daydream of Community as a laugh-track sitcom and daydream-within-a-daydream of a Muppet Babies-esque format), but may have tried too hard. Thoughts?