So, this is going to be the entire plot of the show, huh? Every episode is going to be some variant of "these people are losers because they go to community college".
It has its moments. But, I have to say it is pretty much the last show I watch on Hulu each week before I decide to do chores I've been putting off. Watchable enough when your alternative is a 31-0 college football game on a rainy Saturday afternoon. Not so sure it will ever contend for my primetime viewing.
A good template for Community, at least in my mind, would be The Big Bang Theory. TBBT got much better as it embraced the strengths of its characters, instead of mocking them. By the current season (third), TBBT barely ever condescends to its characters. As the show went from "we are nerds, blah, blah" to "we are nerds, f--k yeah!" it founds its zone.
I think Community would be a much better show if it could just be about college.
The funniest moments from ep 2 were achieved playing off the protest culture. Community does score double points for the Guatemala joke. Anyone who ever had some college professor assign the diary of Rigoberta Menchu should have gotten some mileage out that one.
The weakest moments were when they were making Chevy Chase look as crazy and dumb as possible. I thought the joke about the presentation being homophobic and anti-Israel was much funnier said than shown. I don't even get the characterization -- if he were a real political conservative returning adult student, his main mental block would be the Clintons, anyhow.
The show is onto something. But, they really need to embrace their subject instead of talking down to it. Right now it doesn't look like that's where the show is going.