Now that he's officially back on Community, creator Dan Harmon is busy prepping for his new role as executive producer. One small part of that preparation: Finally watch season four. If you're not aware, yes, that would be the season he was fired from before production began.
If you think this isn't going to end well, you'd be right. In this week's Harmontown podcast, Harmon divulged his thoughts on the season:
"I watched season four. I guess I already knew this, but apparently, I’m quite a genius … I think I feel pretty comfortable expressing any kind of 'Eh, not my cup of tea' about it because — this has been expressed a thousand times over — it's obviously not somebody doing what they do and trying very hard to make people happy. It is very much like an impression, and an unflattering one. It’s just 13 episodes of 'Oh, I’m Dan Harmon! Derpy, derpy, durr! Die Hard! Durrrrr!' I feel like I'm going back to work tomorrow morning, and I just feel like, 'Do I talk like that?'…. Man, watching those characters without me there is just not fuckin' cool, man. It's like flipping through Instagrams and watching your girlfriend just blow a million [other guys]."
Yikes. It wasn't all bad, though—Harmon admits that showrunners David Guarascio and Moses Port, who took over after he was fired, did try their best:
"[They] went to Comic-Con, saw what was going on. People dressed as spacemen and bananas and shit; people going, 'Holy shit, I cut myself every night and watch Community.' And they went, 'Fuck' and I think they tried their best and I think that was the best idea — not the best idea, as it turns out, but the most admirable kind of impulse. It's like, 'Let's not let these people down. If there's anything else we do, let's not let these people down'."
No word yet on if Harmon actually ended up recording the season four DVD commentary while he watched, but if he did, we hope the next thing he said didn't make it on there: "There's something awesome about having all of those preconceived notions ripped away from you. It's exciting. There's something exciting about being held down and watching your family get raped on a beach. It's liberating. It makes you focus on what's important." Remember, everyone: There's never a good time for rape jokes. Just don't.
You can listen to the full podcast here.
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