And the Nine-Nine is back! Alan Sepinwall wrote a non-spoilery review of the new season (he's seem several episodes). In it, he discusses how the show's brief death made him realize that he could and should love the show for its abundant gifts, and worry less about the occasional flaw that was sometimes keeping him from fully embracing it: I had an epiphany like that too. I’d long loved the show, had recapped every episode and often put it on my Top 20 shows of the year lists. But there was also something that kept me from fully embracing it the way I had creators Mike Schur and Dan Goor’s previous work on Parks and Recreation. Not being quite on par with one of this century’s best sitcoms is no sin. Still, it was hard not to draw comparisons given the overlap in creative DNA, character type (you can see elements of Leslie Knope in Melissa Fumero’s nerdy Amy Santiago, of Ron Swanson in both Braugher’s Captain Holt and Stephanie Beatriz’s Rosa Diaz) and guest star casting, and to find Brooklyn ever so slightly wanting. I would dwell on minor flaws sometimes, particularly the show’s struggle with the high-class problem of having too many funny characters and not enough time to properly service them all. (This sounds like a silly thing to object to, but because the show tried to feature everyone in every episode, it usually led to at least one subplot each week feeling undercooked.) So even as I praised it, I also found myself focusing more on the few things Brooklyn couldn’t do well rather than the many things it could. Not anymore. Even though odds seemed good that the show would find a post-Fox home (it’s produced by NBC’s sister studio, which makes its continued existence much more lucrative on its new network than its former one), the mere idea that it might not come back was enough to shake loose most of my quibbles as I thought about all I would lose. I was never all the way where he was, but I know the feeling. I say that to acknowledge of this premiere episode that while it was not the best the show has ever done, I don't care. It was warm and funny and I had a great time watching it and spending new time with these characters. Really the only actual complaint I will register is about whatever is going on with the front of Andy Samberg's hair. Otherwise, a lot of funny gags -- Holt's procession of t-shirts, Amy as Holly Gennaro and Jake as Melvil Dewey, Scully botching his end of the scheme to unlock Gina's phone -- and plenty of warm character comedy. And a clever way to make sure that Amy stays engaged with the rest of the detective squad even though she's now a uniformed sergeant. Overall, toit premiere!