One of the things I really enjoy about the Arrowverse is the interconnectedness of the shows. You can watch them all by themselves, but they get richer as you realize how they relate to each other, like the assorted individual movies and shows that make up the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Among the various shows, the Legends of Tomorrow has taken up the role of the odd and comedic. In their third season, the Legends introduced an audioanimatronic toy called Beebo. Beebo became a running joke, and has now appeared on all the Arrowverse shows except the two newest, Batwoman and Superman and Lois. He even made an appearance, of a sort, during the major Crisis on Infinite Earths special.
Not ones to let a running joke die, the folks at the CW decided Beebo should get an animated special. According to an interview, this special is what the various Arrowverse characters (Sara Lance, Ray Palmer, and Kara Danvers were specifically mentioned) watched on tv. Former Legend Victor Garber, who played Martin Stein, scientific genius and half of Firestorm, even came back as the narrator.
The Legends excel at working bizarre humor into their episodes, and they keep that feeling throughout the special. Beebo and his assorted fuzzy friends (including Yvette Nicole Brown) are getting ready for Christmas when their Christmas wish letters are answered with form responses from the “North Pole Care Team.” Naturally, they go to the North Pole and see what’s happened to Santa (voiced by Ernie Hudson). It becomes a tale of modernization versus tradition. An out of control elf has taken over the workshop, and Santa has been reduced to working at the local “Snowbucks” coffee shop.
There are musical numbers, jokes about Beebo’s voice and even the background music (very meta), and a few passing nods to other Christmas specials. Beebo’s friends include the social media obsessed Tweebo, Fleabo, who has got to be related to Oscar the Grouch, and Turbo (Brown), who just wants to get the sold out hot toy of the year for her kids. Sprinkles the mad elf has some not very Christmasy, but somehow in tune with modern times, observations about what the holiday is now.
I don’t know if this is going end up being a holiday classic, but I hope they air it again next year at least. This goofy special is a lot of fun, and there are enough fun little jokes to appeal to adults. And one of the last things we see is Beebo with a nod to his roots on Legends of Tomorrow. They did miss an opportunity, though: I can’t imagine a special that should have used “Blue Christmas” more.
In the spirit of the holidays, I’m skipping the What I liked/What I didn’t part of this review. If you’re an Arrowverse fan, especially the offbeat humor of the Legends, you’ll probably enjoy this. I’m giving it a solid 3.5 out of 5. I’d watch it again, or a sequel.
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