Not bloody likely. Jeff snorts that Greendale is “addicted to crisis,” but then, so is Community, and so is all fiction, because crisis equals drama and conflict. Eventually, that itchy camera, roving the halls and seeking out story, is going to have to find one; the monster must be fed. And so even when the insurance inspection turns out, per Jeff’s prediction, to be “the most boring thing to happen here since Britta dated Troy” (chalk up another sick fourth season burn), the Save Greendale committee makes a disturbing realization, and it’s not just that they all like to celebrate to Dave Matthews Band. It’s that the reward for saving Greendale is losing it.
If contentment breeds a lack of story, so does an honest-to-God ending. Jeff and Britta’s flash decision to not only rekindle their sexual relationship, but throw caution to the wind and get married, is best seen as a moment of panic—they basically admit that it’s the closest they can come to accomplishing something in these five years. (They certainly didn’t get any particular education). But Abed and Annie are “part of the ‘adulthood begins at 30’ generation,” so it’s no surprise that the two of them—along with Dean Pelton, whose near-naked wail in his half-packed office indicates he may not have too many opportunities waiting for him off-campus—are the primary advocates of a real attempt to save Greendale, albeit one enabled by the Goonies-esque discovery of a treasure map. (Few sights these season have been as pleasurable as Alison Brie, Danny Pudi, and Jim Rash’s “buried treasure” dance of joy).
So where does that leave us? With, alas, the end of the finale’s first part, so many questions remain unanswered. Will they manage to save the school from the evil clutches of Subway? Were Jeff and Britta for real? Will Chang betray them yet again? That was Chris Elliot as the computer professor who had sex with a computer, right? Will we have yet another season-finale-that-could-be-a-series-finale? (That’d be like the third year straight, thanks to the show’s perpetual on-the-bubble-status.) And what the hell’s taking NBC so long to renew this show? Hopefully, we’ll find out some of those answers next week, I guess?