The upcoming Community episode “G.I. Jeff” pays tribute to the 1980s animated series G.I. Joe, and EW has your first photos of the study group reimagined as action heroes.
Executive producer Chris McKenna tells some spoilers regarding the plot:
“We do a typical G.I. Joe opening where G.I. Joe is battling Cobra, then something very un-G.I. Joe and something very Community happens, and it becomes this inciting incident that gets our characters in hot water in the G.I. Joe realm.”
McKenna also teases the episode will be significant, especially for Jeff:
“[G.I. Joe] was something from our childhood that was very important to us and we had fond memories of it, and we thought it would be a cool way to do another animated episode. Like all Community episodes, it takes on a certain style. This one has a very specific story reason for it. I don’t want to give too much away, but our characters find themselves on a Wizard of Oz-type journey through the world of G.I. Joe. … There’s a mystery that Jeff in particular has to get to the bottom of.”
The photos below depict "Jeff (Joel McHale) as Wingman (yes, he has a backpack with wings), Annie (Alison Brie) as Tight Ship, Britta (Gillian Jacobs) as Buzzkill, and Shirley as Three Kids." "G.I. Jeff" airs on April 3 on NBC.