It’s been a long, long wait. And a lot has happened since we last saw “Community” on our TV screens last spring. Entire television series have come and gone. We survived that whole entire October 19 debacle. News of the departures (voluntary or otherwise) of Dan Harmon and Chevy Chase reached our ears.

But now, barring a new scheduling delay by NBC, “Community” Season 4 is ready to return. What can we expect on that momentous day? Promo videos for the new season may have some answers.

Granted, this is “Community” we’re talking about, so those answers might be kind of weird.
The general promo, for example, begins with what looks like a character being beaten with a broom. Also, Jeff (Joel McHale) and Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) have a ballroom-dancing number. There are wigs. There are random false-seriousness looks.

You really have to feel sorry for a non-“Community” viewer trying to make sense of such a video.

Those poor, deprived people wouldn’t do too well with the next video either. Although the sight of Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) and Annie (Alison Brie) filling a car with popcorn cannot fail to delight anybody.

What is Annie so upset about, you ask? Well, according to another video (in which the cast of “Community” talks to the camera and stuff), it looks like Jeff might be trying to graduate early.

Can’t blame Jeff for wanting to leave, even if it puts our viewing pleasure in peril.

Finally, “Community” addresses what might be a major issue: How will Abed (Danny Pudi) deal with the necessary change that accompanies the end of college?

At least Abed has semi-psychologist Britta (Gillian Jacobs) and Troy’s (Donald Glover) lucky charms to help him through this trying time.

“Community” Season 4 begins on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 8pm on NBC.

Posted by:Laurel Brown