By Sandra Gonzalez
Updated September 01, 2011 at 12:00 PM EDT
Lewis Jacobs/NBC

I can’t fathom how the following two promo pictures from Community‘s season premiere are connected. I’m going to go with dream sequence, but with this show, you never know.

At first glance, this photo of Joel McHale from the season premiere of Community seemed mildly inappropriate. (Or am I the only one with a filthy mind?) But upon closer inspection, the only implication being made by this interestingly positioned ax appears to be that Jeff is about to use it on someone. (Look at those crazy eyes!)

Meanwhile, Shirley, dressed in the shiniest ensemble I’ve seen since my evening on the Vegas strip, descending a randomly placed staircase in the middle of the study room. Check it out below:

Craig Sjodin

Yes, has to be a dream. Right? We’ll find out Sept. 22.

Tell me, readers. Based on these pics, will the season be streets ahead?

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