COMMUNITY “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas” Review

Community Season 2 Episode 11 - Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas

When Abed wakes up to a world gone stop-motion animated, Professor Duncan wants to study him while the gang tries to help him find the meaning of Christmas in the "Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas" episode of COMMUNITY.

Like Abed, I’m an absolute sucker for old school Christmas specials, so I was predisposed to enjoy this episode, but I wasn’t expecting it to be so dense and emotionally raw. I love the gently wistful tone underlying much of the episode and in addition to the terrific animation and terrific (occasionally brutal) character assessments we get from the gang’s Christmas identities, there’s also an impressive amount of humor.

Obviously, the idea that anyone could wake up and think the world is in stop-motion animation is insane, but it’s Abed–sweet, pop culture-obsessed, and socially stunted Abed–so I can buy it. I’m impressed how much insight there is into the characters in this meta-rific episode–Abed, obviously, but the others, too. Baller-Annie being so because she’s fragile and tightly wound is spot-on, and I’m not sure Jeff-in-the-Box could have been more perfect. The expulsions are surprisingly meaningful. Baby Doll Shirley’s for claiming possession of Christmas is surprisingly deep and resonant, while "Britta-Bot, programmed badly" makes me well up. I love that Teddy Pierce is competent and humble-ish, continuing last week’s development and that "things got real in that memory cave."

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