Thursday, December 9, 2010

Review: "Community" Christmas Episode

I had never watched NBC's "Community," a comedy series about a group of misfits who attend Greendale Community College until I was given a chance (by One2One Network) to pre-view the Christmas episode which will officially air today (12/9) at 8 pm EST/ 7pm CST. 

ABOUT THE EPISODE: ABED'S UNCONTROLLABLE CHRISTMAS (TV--PG)
IN THIS SPECIAL STOP MOTION ANIMATION EPISODE, THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS IS LOST AND ABED’S INTENSE FIXATION ON CHRISTMAS CONCERNS THE GROUP
When Abed (Danny Pudi) wakes up in stop-motion animation, he takes it as a sign that he and the group must re-discover the meaning of Christmas. Meanwhile, Jeff (Joel McHale) and Britta (Gillian Jacobs) become growingly concerned about Abed's mental health and enlist the help of Professor Duncan (John Oliver). The group undergoes hypnosis to explore Abed's winter wonderland and soon unravel the truth behind Abed’s madness. Chevy Chase, Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Glover, and Ken Jeong also star.

MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW:
I was simply disappointed with the show.  It does portray the sad reality of the politically-correct kind of Christmas.  A modern Christian character corrects a muslim character who said, "Merry Christmas" to her and other friends with "Season's Greetings."  This muslim character, Abed, wants to find the meaning of Christmas. His friends and a psychology professor are concerned that Abed has gone crazy.  I never like hypnosis and wizards (the professor pretends to be a wizard).  Imagination is fine.  That's what the characters do throughout most of the show.  Abed imagines they are in a winter wonderland and his friends become Jeff-in-the-Box, Britta Bot, Troy Soldier, Annie Ballerina, Babydoll Shirley, and Teddy Pierce.  In the end, we find out why Abed is so disturbed and how his discovery helps him feel better. There are some funny parts like Humbugs that eat sarcastic people :).  However, I couldn't believe it's rated PG.  One of the characters uses the word d_mn.  Another (male) talks about sleeping with women.  I think the thing I enjoyed the most was the music (not necessarily the lyrics).  I'm glad they mention about the birth of Jesus Christ.  But they just had to add all the other stuff to be "sensitive" to non-Christians.  Well, to me CHRISTmas is all about CHRIST!  I must be an ancient Christian :).

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1 comment:

Doug said...

One thing I really have to say about this, is that there's really nothing wrong with "X"-mas. People who think it's "politically correct" are kidding themselves. You see, it's an abbreviation for Christ's name. As in Greek the word "Christ" is "Xristos".

Jesus was not American or British and he did not speak either language. It's shorthand.

Anyways though, as to the show, PG shows swear a little bit. It's nothing new, you can have a PG rating as long as you avoid the B, A and F words. Usually this show is TV-14. This episode qualified for less. PG is not "G" it is PG. So something like the D word is to be expected. As would be the mentioning of sleeping with women as long as it's not in a vulgar manner.

This isn't anything new, in fact TV used to be far worse. If you ever watched "All in the Family" one of the best shows in TV history, they were able to get away with the N word.

Anyways Merry Christmas or Merry Xristosmas or Merry Xmas. It's all the same!

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