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Review: Community (December 9, 2010 Episode)

08 Dec
I am reviewing this episode prior to airing thanks to One2One Network at www.one2onenetwork.com.

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.

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8 Comments

Posted by on December 8, 2010 in Reviews

 

8 responses to “Review: Community (December 9, 2010 Episode)

  1. Jason

    December 8, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Now, I’m curious to see this. I’m actually a fan of Community because of Joel McHale. They’ve made some cracks at Christians in the past but they’ve done it to all religions so I tend to just ignore their obvious bias against all people of faith.

     
    • apesydaisy

      December 8, 2010 at 11:42 am

      I like some of the people in the show, but haven’t seen the show yet. I don’t know, for me it just didn’t sit well, but that’s just me πŸ™‚

       
  2. Joanne Norton

    December 8, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    To be honest, I haven’t done anything but read your comments.

    I’m a picky person when it comes to dealing with the need for people to understand the truth of Christmas. Once it’s clearly understood, I’m a bit willing to bend a little. Since so much is a big mix-up in our present culture/society our young people often don’t know the straightforwardness of the Word and our Lord’s hope to reach hearts. [With my background of very little scriptural knowledge until the Lord broke into my life when I was 20, I tend to be very cautious; maybe too cautious.

    Anyhow, that’s my opinion.

    Blessings

     
    • apesydaisy

      December 9, 2010 at 7:24 am

      I’m right there with you Joanne. I think that we should be focused on Christ during Christmas, not commercialism or whatever else. Thanks for the comment!

       
  3. floyd

    December 8, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Christmas is all about the namesake of our Savior. To make it about anything else is undermining the true magic of Christmas. The miracle is knowing that all things are in God’s control and we have the power provided by God to live above our flesh.
    YOU GO GIRL! Thanks for following your heart and speaking truth even when it might be difficult.

     
    • apesydaisy

      December 9, 2010 at 7:25 am

      Amen, Floyd! I am trying very hard to instill that in my son. In fact, just this morning we were talking about that on the way to school.

       
  4. Steph @ Red Clay Diaries

    December 9, 2010 at 7:20 am

    April,

    I saw the opportunity to preview that Christmas episode, but I’d never seen Community before either. It’s probably just as well, since it didn’t sound very funny or entertaining.

    Plus, in this culture, a “what is the meaning of Christmas?” theme is usually a recipe for disaster. You’re guaranteed an answer that avoids the real meaning. I probably wouldn’t have liked it. (Actually, I get annoyed at how all the kids’ programs handle Christmas too. “It’s about peace and giving,” really?)

     
    • apesydaisy

      December 9, 2010 at 7:26 am

      Yeah, Steph, I’m not sure you would have liked it. I am trying really hard to keep my son focused on the true meaning of Christmas and not commercialism, happiness (for happiness sake) and “peace on earth” (standard Miss America answer). I want him focused on why Christ came down as a baby and what that means for our future and our salvation! Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

       

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