Thursday, December 23, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks: TMP Television Edition: Holiday

Wandering Through the Shelves hosts Thursday Movie Picks. It's a weekly series where bloggers post and share various movie picks every Thursday. 

The rules are simple: based on the theme of the week pick three to five movies and tell us why you picked them. For further details and the schedule visit the series main page here.

This week's theme is TMP Television Edition: Holiday. December 23rd flew passed me so fast, I didn't realize it. This is completely late, but it's here. lol

Doctor Who Special

I haven't watched the series in a long time, but the Doctor Who specials for Christmas always stick out for me. In "Voyage of the Damned," the Doctor finds himself on the intergalactic cruise ship 'Titanic', doomed to crash to earth. While fighting scary Christmas angels, with the help of Kylie Minogue's character Astrid, the Doctor saves the day. But sadly he is unable to save Astrid as well. You throw Titanic and David Tennant together, and yeah, I'll watch and love it.

The Office - Christmas Party

When Michael's gift exceeds the $20 limit to buy Ryan a $400 Ipod and is disappointed with the handmade gift he receives in return, the Secret Santa gift exchange turns into a dysfunctional round of Yankee Swap. To make up for his misdeeds, he treats the party to excessive amounts of licour and letting the Secret Santa exchange go back to normal.

I love The Office, but Michael could be a real asshat during the holidays.  Luckily, he always turned things around. But I'm not sure that the series ever had an episode where things were dysfunctional but he didn't act like a Scrooge. Christmas Party is probably the most easiest-going episode.

The One With the Holiday Armadillo

Ross wants to do something special for his son Ben during Christmas. Since all the Santa costumes have been rented out, Ross dons the best outfit left and entertains Ben as the holiday armadillo.

Going through various FRIENDS episodes, the series seemed to celebrate every holiday with a party - Thanksgiving, New Years, Halloween. But Christmas episodes were much more low-key with the gang getting ready for the holiday instead. The Holiday Armadillo teaching Ben the origins of Hanukkah (in a special rendition where Superman flies all Jewish people out of Egypt) is the best one that could fit this week's theme and definitely one of my favorite episodes of all time.

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