Dan Harmon tells 'Community' fans: 'Sit back and relax for this chapter'
The show's creator and sometimes executive producer said as much (and a lot more) in a Tumblr post Monday (May 12).
At the beginning of the post, Harmon points out that he had mostly wanted to stay quiet when it came to matters of a "Community" Season 6: "I was thinking I could stay quiet because there's too much to say and anything can become a headline because of the timing."
He's right about that, by the way.
Of course, that wasn't ever going to work, not with "Community" fans and the power of the Internet. Harmon explains that he has been getting loads of tweets about what fans should do next. His advice: Not much. As Harmon puts it:
"I'm scared to tell you how little a difference I think my enthusiasm will make. I know fandom, when it gets this deep for this long, becomes almost religious, including the urge to stone the less than faithful. But there are lots of reasons a Community resurrection could be difficult. So be prepared for that.
"I honestly think you can totally sit back and relax for this chapter. I know you don't feel relaxed but I mean you don't have to worry that someone on this planet isn't aware of this show's value to its audience. There are actually astronauts on a space station right now saying 'we get it, you love Community' in Chinese. You have done your thing.
"If you want to know the God's honest truth, part of my 'eh' was coming from the unsettling thought of your passion for campaigns being once again exploited by this rather unfair, somewhat backward system, one that now treats you like it's your responsibility to keep a show alive, like a corporation is doing you a favor by feeding you low grade opiate through a regulated tube. Like you owe them an apology when they can't measure or monetize you to their satisfaction. You deserve better."
None of this is to say that Harmon wants "Community" to disappear forever:
"When Sony called me on Friday with the news, there was a brief discussion at the end of the call about the concept of the show living elsewhere, and I was definitely in the 'eh' column," Harmon writes. "... What matters is, I won't be lukewarm. I'll heat up. I said 'eh' on a Friday afternoon, I will change that to a 'sure, let's talk' on Monday morning and Sony can do their thing. I'm not going to be the guy that recancels cancelled Community."
Thus, for perhaps the first time ever, Dan Harmon is counseling sanity.