The Star Wars Holiday Special is legendary. And like most legendary things, it's hard to praise or criticize. If I say it sucks, you already know that. If I say it's great, okay, it's not great.
Ostensibly, it's supposed to be funny. And in retrospect it kind of is. The jokes all fall so flat it plays as a quasi-canonical Tim & Eric episode. And the cameos — Bea Arthur, Jefferson Starship, etc. — all emphasize a cultural phenomenon spinning completely out of control.
On the sad side, “Christmas Scandal” is the last appearance of Louis C.K. as Leslie's boyfriend, Dave (for this storyline, at least). Boo!
On the happy side, “Christmas Scandal” is a wonderfully subtle Christmas episode. Yay!
By making fun of a sex scandal-prone politician, Leslie accidentally gets involved in a bigger, dirtier sex scandal. And while she hides from the media Ron and the rest of the department are horrified to learn how much work she actually does.
Dad is upset that Christmas has become too commercial (in 1954), so he decides his family is going to participate in some good old-fashioned Christmas traditions, as a family.
Unfortunately, their car breaks down and they get snowed into a cabin. Of course, in the cabin lives a kindly old bearded man named Nick. And he seems to know more about Christmas than anyone else. While most people would be a little creeped out by the old man, there's something oddly special about him, right?
Wrong. There's no Christmas twist. He's just a dude.
Baby Jesus, this is a weird Christmas special.
“Mork's First Christmas” is exactly what it sounds like. Being an alien, Robin Williams' Mork has never had a Christmas. He learns what Christmas is about. He gives bad gifts. He learns it's the thought that counts. Everyone hugs.
But what makes it so absolutely weird is the moments the special takes from the comedy comedy to get real for a moment. Unlike most Christmas specials — even bad ones — “Mork's First Christmas” has no idea how to handle it's touching moments. The driving force behind the rest of the series, Robin Williams' shtick proves so hard to transition from [...]