dirtyleavesfall asked: That step parent complex analogy is the perfect way to summarise the Community fans at the moment. Personally I'm optimistic about the future of Community. Change doesn't necessarily mean it will be bad. It's just what we have now, so I'm going to try to make the best of it. And even if it doesn't work out at least we all have three seasons of the most perfect television show I can imagaine.
I’m not where you’re at yet, brah, but I’m getting there. Or trying to at least. After blurting out all my fears about Community’s future, I’m slowly and against the very stubborn voice in my head that’s screaming “Wrong! WROOONNNG!” beginning to accept everything that is going down.
I’m still struggling with trying to separate the show and Dan Harmon, though. Because it’s not just how season four will fare without him for me. It’s this whole Community experience that I’ve become accustomed to for the last three years. This very open exchange between us fans and Dan. The behind the scenes stuff, the writing process, the screenshots of text messages between him and Ganz, the commentaries (because I’m one of those sad people who are obsessed with DVD commentary and have listened to them numerous times and the best ones are always the ones with Dan in them), podcasts, interviews, twitter responses (the good, the bad and the ugly).
With all that aside, and still being in two minds about this, this being the other: I will still support this show. I will support the cast and the remaining writing staff (in Ganz we trust!) and everyone else aside from Dan who makes Community what it is. Who knows, season four might be amazing. I won’t know until I actually watch it. But I don’t want to watch it and still feel bitter about all this. I don’t want to sit there and constantly think, “Hmm, I wonder what this episode would have been like if Dan was still showrunner”. I don’t want to watch episode 401 and see ‘created by Dan Harmon’ flash on screen and feel weird about it, and that this whole kerfuffle has been swept under the rug. I’m kind of hoping the writers will slip a little remark in somewhere. Or, the art/props department will stick that Welcome to Greendale, You’re Already Accepted poster with Dan on it somewhere in the background.
So, yeah, I guess I’ve hit Acceptance (or gone back to Denial, it’s one of them anyway). I’m not ready for season four yet. But I’ll get ready.
Also: If I replied to this yesterday, I would have written an entirely different response. I keep teetering here, there, and everywhere on this. I’m very confused. I just wish this never even happened.