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such a nasty woman | by maryann johanson

10 years of Flick Filosopher: humbug, Mr. Baldrick?

What’s the perfect antidote for an overdose of Christmas schmaltz? Why, it’s Blackadder’s Christmas Carol. From my review:

[T]he Spirit of Christmas (Robbie Coltrane) stumbles accidentally into Ebenezer’s sleeping chamber, gets a little tipsy on the drink Ebenezer generously offers, explains his unusual line of work (“it’s all visions these days”), and offhandedly mentions how horrible Ebenezer’s ancestors were. On a lark, the Spirit offers to show Ebenezer how some of the earlier Blackadders behaved at Christmastime: the Elizabethan Blackadder tricks the Queen into signing a death warrant for Lord Melchett (Stephen Fry), with whom Blackadder is constantly at odds; the Regency Blackadder swindles the Prince out of all of his Christmas presents; and in both cases, the Blackadders are rewarded in some manner or other for their despicable behavior.

Ebenezer’s eyes are opened. “There is actually something to be made out of being bad,” he says with wonder.

review of Blackadder’s Christmas Carol, posted 12.27.99

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