Case in point. Dean Felton, its like they went back to the old episodes and saw that funny costumes, flirting with Jeff and making him add "Dean" to words worked well in small doses so they took that concept and multiplied it by 1000.
I'm still deciding how I feel about the episode. I need to watch it again to see if my current thoughts are accurate.
Abed basically served as the audience for this episode. The prevailing talk has been that this is probably the last year of Community, there has been a lot of change, and everyone is worried how they're going to deal with it.
So Abed's fantasy sequence was basically things lifted from past episodes and fan comments, and further stylized for emphasis. Replacing Chevy Chase, the title sequence basically ripping off the claymation episode, all the "Dean-isms". That was because that's what we remember fondly and what Abed wants so much not to change.
I do think they were trying too hard to be Community, but only in Abed's fantasy sequences.
Other thoughts: Over use of Dean Pelton. As someone said, if the last scene with him was his only scene, it would have been perfect. That also should have been the tag. I didn't like the 'Antics' thing.
I wish they would have just not shown Chang at all. Didn't need him this episode.
None of the season premieres have been especially strong, this one is no different. I do trust the new showrunners though, because they kept a lot of the same writers and directors, and also because I may be the only person on the planet that liked Aliens in America.
After I rewatch, I'll have more thoughts on this.