When given the chance to review this Christmas episode of Community prior to its release tomorrow, December 9th, I wasn’t sure what I would be getting into as I have never seen an episode of Community before. But since it was in stop-motion, I thought I would give it a shot; after all, I loved stop-motion as a kid!
As I said, I have never seen Community before, so I was unsure of who the characters are or what the general story line is, but the episode was quick to point out who believed what about Christmas within the first few minutes. The story follows Abed’s character (Danny Pudi) as he tries to find the meaning of Christmas. Abed is the first to notice that the group is in stop-motion character and because of this, the group becomes worried and gets Abed to a therapist. Following Abed through his mind’s eye and his search for the meaning of Christmas, the group all become different Christmas characters. At the end of the episode, it is made known why Abed views them all in stop-motion and they all discover the meaning of Christmas.
To be honest, aside from the stop-motion characters, I did not like this show. It was odd and wasn’t really funny either. The group discovers that the meaning of Christmas (to them) is whatever you make of it. Normally, I can watch a show or movie that does not necessarily point out that the meaning of Christmas is Jesus and take it for what it is (a work of fiction) and enjoy it (such as the Santa Clause triology), however, this show just rubbed me the wrong way. It contained language that I don’t think is necessary in any show but especially on mainstream television. The ending I think is what bothered me the most. Christmas is not about whatever we make of it. Christmas is about the celebration of the birth of the Savior, Jesus Christ.
I cannot honestly recommend this episode to anyone. I would not even recommend watching Community at all.