Extraordinary Merry Christmas

Posted on December 14, 2011

That was awful.

Seriously. We sat there dumbfounded when they brought out the homeless at the end. We didn’t think they had much shame left in them after last year’s “Christmas with the Developmentally and Physically Disabled,” but bless those Glee creators, it turns out shame left the building a season and a half ago.

Two things:

1) Rachel is Jewish, writers. RACHEL. IS JEWISH. NO ONE stopped during the process and said, “Hey, why is one of only two Jewish characters constantly obsessing over the ‘best Christmas ever?”

2) Wailing “TONIGHT, THANK GOD IT’S THEM INSTEAD OF YOUUUUUU!!!!!!” to a roomful of HOMELESS PEOPLE has got to be one of the most ridiculous things we’ve ever seen on television. Again, no one spoke up during the planning stages with, “Waitaminnit…I think this just might be horribly offensive, or at the very least, a really fucking stupid idea…”

The rest of it is almost not worth commenting on. What a flaccid little attempt at a Christmas special this was, content to merely refer to other, better Christmas specials of the past rather than trying to do something special all by itself.

And can we just say? There were moments between Blaine and Kurt that were too gay even for us. We wanted to like the whole riff on the Judy Garland special, but even we’re not old enough to have anything but a passing YouTube familiarity with it. In other words, they were painstakingly recreating and parodying something we’re pretty sure the vast majority of the audience had little to no experience with. If two middle-aged queens looked puzzled sitting through that homage, we can’t imagine what other demographics were thinking as they watched it.

And to make it worse, it was …odd, to say the least. Bursting with faux good cheer and ridiculously competent musical numbers, but every once in a while, they tried to make it an SCTV Christmas special, with bizarre references to the end times and environmental collapse that were supposed to be funny, but fell like an anvil.

Bah. Humbug. We can’t with this one. You’d be better off watching the original.

Oh, and one more thing: that little Irish kid is AWFUL. Stop trying to find things for him to do, creators. We don’t care what little game show he won, he can’t act his way out of a wet paper bag.

 

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