You’re a mean one, NBC.
You really are a heel.
You’re as ugly as Fear Factor,
Your dramas have no appeal,
Your miserly GE
Doesn’t care how we feel!
That’s probably what a lot of you guys are feeling today as we enter the uncertain dawn of an era without Community on NBC’s primetime lineup. But if we put our feelings to music, we’ll be a shoo-in for regionals, right?
Oh, there are more NBC-ribbing, “Mr. Grinch”-inspired lyrics to come, rest assured! Seriously, like three stanzas more. But first, you have to read the rest of my recap! The remainder of my song will be like the Christmas almond at the center of the Norwegian julekake…or for NBC, a lump of coal in the bottom of their stocking. It’s fitting, though, that I’ve started off by awkwardly recontextualizing a classic song, because last night’s all-time-series-high episode, “Regional Holiday Music” was that most delicious of parodies: a parody of Glee! And even better, a musical parody of Glee that also served as a satisfying and eggnog-sweet holiday episode.
Yes, the season of sweater vests and shamelessly indulgent vocalizing was upon Greendale—though for the glee club, I suppose it lasts all year long. Pierce would be spending his first Christmas without his father. Britta would be spreading yuletide cheer working for a suicide hotline…again. Troy would desperately avoid Christmas to honor his Jehovah’s Witness-ism. And Annie would spend the day at the movies with her bubbe—not to be confused with “Annie’s Boobs,” the monkey. Abed, though, just wanted to share a warm and cozy Christmas with his friends. He’d just received the long-lost 1981 Inspector Spacetime Holiday Special, featuring appearances by Paul McCartney and Dame Edna—a yuletide offering so wretched, the creator of IS had his knighthood revoked. Like Troy, I probably would want to watch that twice, but if it doesn’t have appearances by Art Carney, Diahann Carroll, Harvey Korman, and Jefferson Starship, plus a twenty-minute Wookiee celebration of Life Day completely in unsubtitled Shyriiwook, it still can’t compare to The Star Wars Holiday Special.
NEXT: Does forced cheer make the holidays darker? Doesn’t the mere presence of the Greendale glee club answer that question?