The show didn't feel off at all. I think people expected it to be and they are just going with their preconceived notions. This show felt about the same way the season 2 and 3 premieres did. A kickstart to good times.
Episode was very average imo. Most of the stuff in Abed's head was rubbish, felt like i had seen it all before (which i have seeing as its very similar to the claymation christmas ep). I liked the Hunger Games parody, pretty much everything with Jeff was great, Troy/Britta is woefully unfunny and Pierce didn't have to do much. Hoping it picks up a lot, it had a few laughs but overall too much stuff that just wasn't funny.