Why haven't you posted anything about what was revealed in the season 5 commentary tracks? Harmon said that it was Jeff's passion for Annie that opened the door, and that he's in love with her. Interested to know how you feel about that.
Perhaps because I haven’t really been paying attention? I vaguely heard about this in passing. I appreciate you wanting to know my opinion though, so I’ll take the time to respond.
But based on what you’ve just told me -
Initial reaction: Shrug? I’m not sure how much that will impact the show on Yahoo. The best parts of the show have often nothing to do with the ships.
Character and Ship related reactions:
I don’t think this necessarily means that Jeff is going to go on some emotional journey related to this. I’m not discounting it, it’s just that the show is pretty inconsistent in its narrative structure in terms of how characters grow beyond like episodic spurts of self-awareness. What I hope is however this might manifest, it doesn’t overtake the show overall.
Above all, I hope if this is explored, it’s believable in the way that anything on Community could be believable. What I would really love however is that Annie is over it and finds someone better. Or that we get to see her with someone else truly before anything might be explored with Jeff. It does her character a disservice that all we have gotten from her relationships are Britta’s exes, dead-ends, and a fake Internet boyfriend.
Since i’m not a J/A shipper, perhaps that’s why you’re asking me this. I don’t quite believe it from a deep emotional perspective. I thought the door opening thing was one of the weaker parts of the finale, but it’s not my TV show…so so be it? I’m working on fanfic right now from the premise that it was his feelings for Annie that opened the door - so Jeff’s tackling that emotionally. Just based on working on that - I would have to explore the question of how Jeff has become to be in love with her or have feelings for her. Right now I honestly wonder if part of it is - anticlimactically - a part of his midlife 40 crisis. Who knows? I wouldn’t want Annie to get hurt, so I’d rather it be more genuine than that of course.
Harmon-related: Truthfully, I take anything he states with a large grain of salt. I never know what he will end up doing with any of his ideas. Any shipper who puts their heart in his man’s hands is asking for it to be squished. :D