Review: Community Christmas Special

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Hello friends! Remember when I told you yesterday that I was gonna have the chance to review* the Christmas special for Community? Well, I'm gonna review it. But first, a bit of Bianca prose...

I like the holiday season. I wish my friends Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Merry Festivus, and a whole slew of other good tidings. Everyone around me is in a better, more giving and gracious mood. Doesn't matter the race, color, creed, gender, or sexual orientation, we all feel something special and wonderful. Don't get me wrong, I know a few people who would rather push the fast forward button starting in mid-October and would like to emerge sometime after Easter.Sometimes the holidays can be frustrating (hello angry mob at the mall and over eager sales lady). Sometimes they can be sad (I miss my friends and family that are no longer with us to celebrate.). Sometimes they can be confusing (What should I get so-and-so as a gift? And how much should I spend? Is it ok if I don't because I can't afford it?). Sometimes they can be hectic (visiting at least four different homes, seeing forty different faces, in 48 hours). Mostly though, they are wonderful and nice. They are filled with hope, faith, and a sprinkle of magic. More on that magic in a later post. Anyway, around this time of year, I turn off the TV because the shows I do watch are re-runs OR they are flooded with all of this unnecessary advertising (which, unfortunately for me, began back in October). This year, however, some of the Christmas-themed television shows have actually be pretty good!

You can imagine my delight when I was asked to review the Community Christmas Special. Duh, yeah! Don and I really enjoy this show! And then they told me it was stop motion animation. I know some people that go gang busters for this type of animation. You should know it. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was stop motion animation. So were the Wallace and Gromit shows. As a kid, that stop motion animation creeped me out. As an adult, I'm a bit better with it, especially after watching Chicken Run. Now for the review...

Abed is on a quest to find the true meaning of Christmas.
Sidenote: I like the Abed character and who ever was responsible for animating him had him spot on. Heck, they had everyone spot on except for Britta (especially Chevy Chase!) 
The story line is imaginative, the characters stayed true to themselves, and best of all, at the end of the show, I truly felt some of those holiday pangs that some how always tweak the heartstrings during this time of year. The whole stop motion animation was filled with the wackiness that I have grown to love about this show. Unfortunately, Snow Chang wasn't nearly as snarky as I wanted him to be and I certainly wanted more face time with him. Professor Duncan, the Wizard, reminded me of a castaway of Hogwarts. And I really wished that Baby Shirley would have been in a pram instead of walking around. Granted, this wasn't as epic as last year's episode "Comparative Religion." That single episode was one of the biggest reasons we decided to keep Community on the roster of shows to watch. I digress. If you have a chance to watch the episode, I would highly recommend it, but I would also recommend that maybe you watch the Halloween special before if you've never seen this show. It is a bit more reflective of what this show is about, since this one didn't have nearly as much comedy and smart wit as we are accustomed to. Regardless, check it out and let me know what you think! Here's another snipped for your enjoyment:

What are some of your favorite Christmas shows and/or episodes this season?

**Being a reviewer, I have the opportunity to receive the entire first Season of Community on DVD and the Bloggie Touch camera by Sony or a $50 gift card.

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