Now that Harmon has his old job back, he’s the one who gets to be dismissive and rude. It’s just that Harmon is more entertaining.
This became very clear during a recent episode of Harmon’s podcast, “Harmontown.” In the audio series’ 60th episode, “Us of the Dangling Wee-Wee,” Dan Harmon described his feelings about Season 4 and about Sony in vivid, uncensored detail.
You can listen to the podcast yourself by clicking on this link. (Warning: Very NSFW) Alternatively, here are some of the gems Harmon shared on “Community.”
The first words out of Harmon’s mouth made his feelings on the season clear:
“I watched Season 4. I guess I already knew this, but apparently, I’m quite a genius … I think I feel pretty comfortable in expressing any kind of like not-my-cup-of-tea because — this has been expressed a thousand times over — it’s obviously not somebody doing what they do and trying really hard to make people happy. It is very much like an impression. An unflattering one. It’s just 13 episodes of people doing ‘Huhhhhhhhh … I’m Dan Harmon! Haha! ‘Die Hard!’‘”
Harmon offered a strong theory about why Season 4 wasn’t a great one:
“They replaced us with two guys who didn’t know what they were getting themselves into. They went to Comic-Con, saw what was going on — people dressed as spacemen and bananas and s***. Going ‘Holy s***, I cut myself every night and watch ‘Community!’ And they went ‘F***.’ And I think they tried their best.”
Harmon did call this path an “admirable impulse” to “not let these people down.”
What did Harmon expect would be the result of his firing?
“Watching this season, I have such an impulse to do the show that they probably got hired to do. They could have done just a sitcom set at a community college … And they would have beaten me. The system would’ve won. I would’ve just crawled under a bridge and pooped in a bucket and just died.”
In the end, Harmon pretty much blamed Sony for any and all problems the show had in Season 4:
“Writers fighting other writers is the f***ing American dream in the eyes of Sony. That is what they want. They want creative people rewriting each other. They want creative people replacing each other. They want us interchangeable. They want to think about writing the way they think about the guy on assembly line 24 that puts the final screw in the f***ing PlayStation. They want to think about us all that way. And I shouldn’t even say ‘they,’ ’cause it’s an ‘it.’ It’s a f***ing machine. There’s not a single person that works at that corporation that isn’t also thought of like that by the f***ing … SkyNet! All of them! … The system just wants us all f***ing not being human. But they accidentally — in their quest to recoup their investment — they made a TV show with a bunch of actors that make people really happy. And we got 13 more episodes.”
But what about “Community” Season 5, those 13 more episodes Harmon mentioned?
“They’re going to feel my love and kisses. But it won’t be in the form of a f***ing ‘Matrix‘ spoof, like ‘I’m back! Look! ‘The Wire’!” That’s not what I ever was … Watching those characters without me there wasn’t f***ing cool, man. It’s like flipping through Instagram watching your girlfriend just blow a million… It’s the worst!”