Christmas Can Be Cool – “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas”

10 Dec

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“Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas” is one of my top 5 episodes of Community, a perfect example of how the show blends ambition and character, refusing to sacrifice either for the sake of the other. Its detractors would say it’s all style and no substance, pointing to episodes like this one – a stop-motion animated Christmas special – as evidence of its gimmickry. However, if Community were the show they claim it is, the animation itself would be the episode’s focal point, the plot would be as sweet and fluffy as a Christmas cookie, and character development would be altogether nonexistent. Instead, the episode takes a dark, sad journey through the mind of its arguably most intriguing character, resulting in what amounts to a moving, heartfelt love letter to Christmas.

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