The Santa Clauses | Episode 5 Review
Scott Calvin goes across the Yuleverse and meets previous Santas in the latest episode of the Disney+ Original Series, “The Santa Clauses.” Bernard returns and helps guide Scott back to the North Pole. Scott learns that he is the first human Santa and the rest, including the original St. Nicholas and Krampus, were both chosen by ethereals for the job. And we get a special surprise about what Bernard has been up to since leaving the North Pole and who he has married.
I can honestly say this is not where I expected this series to go, but I really enjoy it. It’s interesting to learn that each Santa was specifically chosen for the timeframe they lived in and that the Santa Clause, the Marriage Clause, the Escape Clause, and the Retirement Clause were all invented just for him. I knew a series about Santa Clause would have some out of this world elements to it, but this is far more fantastical than I expected. Still, I’m here for it.
I’m very interested to see how this series wraps up Simon’s storyline, because he’s a villain by the show’s standards, but not really a villain. Simon isn’t looking to do anything truly evil, it’s just his views of progress are having a negative effect on the North Pole. That’s interesting because we’ve had numerous people like that in our world who weren’t seeking to do evil things, but whose impact has certainly been negative. In a weird way, it makes Simon the most understandable of any character in the series.
My favorite part is the return of Bernard. Given that elves are not intended to age, but David Krumholtz has clearly aged in the years since his last appearance, I was skeptical about how they would be able to help him return. They managed to bring him back in a way that I enjoyed while still working within the rules of the show’s universe. Plus, we learn Bernard married a human and that turned out to be Oscar winner Vanessa Redgrave. That may be the best part of the entire show to learn that an elf that’s been around for more than a millennium married once of the most talented actresses to ever grace a movie screen.
While no one is going to pretend this is the best show Disney+ has produced, it’s still been a fun ride and I can’t wait for the finale. I want to see how they wrap up each of these storylines. I’m worried they may pull a Marvel and rush the finale, but I think they could wrap up these stories well without having to go too far over the allotted time for each episode. This has been a fun ride for the holiday season, and that’s all I could really ask for.
Rating: 4 stars
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