“Look at the person sitting next to you. I want you to extend to that person the same compassion you extend to sharks, pencils and Ben Affleck. I want you to say to that person, "I forgive you.” You’ve just stopped being a study group. You have become something unstoppable. I hear by pronounce you a Community.“ - Jeff Winger
It started off strong, and has retained some of its charm… but over the length of the full season the absence of Dan Harmon is growing more conspicuous.
With Harmon running things, Community not only had laughs, it had a special flavor that seemed to go beyond style. The show had a philosophy and you were constantly learning a little more about it.
It also hinted at some long term vision, and the payoffs were frequent down the line.
Without Harmon, fans no longer have the promise that the show is still headed in the direction its creator intended and the ultimate payoff for that journey can no longer be assured, even if the extremely talented cast and a strong group of writers can reproduce the heart of the humor.