The Santa Clauses — Series Review
by KJ Proulx
The Santa Clause and The Santa Clause 2 are two of my favourite holiday films. I really don’t like the third film very much, so I wasn’t expecting much when I heard Disney+ would be releasing a mini-series continuation. Well, I’m glad I went in with low expectations, because it pretty much met them, with the exception of an episode that I actually thought was pretty great. This series wasn’t good since the second film, and although there are redeeming things about this series, it ultimately shouldn’t have been made. Here’s why I believe this series was completely unnecessary.
Picking up many years after the events of the films, Scott (Tim Allen) has decided to take up his chance of retiring. Recruiting a new person as Santa and flocking off to live the city life with his family, things at the North Pole start to go very wrong and they must return. Other than some side plots with some newcomers, that’s really all this series is. It was average at best, but one episode made me give the whole series a pass overall. It involves Santa learning about how the first film happened in the first place. That’s all I will say in order to not ruin it.
The biggest issue this series has is the fact that it never feels like it’s going anywhere. Once they left the North Pole to live their lives, I knew they would eventually have to return, but when they return and the series concludes, it all felt lazy and rushed. There wasn’t much holiday magic throughout this series and not that much holiday music either. In fact, this series closes out with a pop song playing and it’s not even a Christmas song. This entire series just felt off and it also felt like it had a distractingly low budget to boot.
In the end, I can’t even really recommend it to those who enjoyed the films, because I don’t feel that it lives up to them. With that said though, on its own, episode five is more than worth checking out. You probably don’t even have to watch the previous episodes. It’s a standalone episode that explores some neat ideas. If the entire series was more like that I would’ve liked it a lot more. I could complain for hours about the things that didn’t work for me in this series, like Scott’s real son feeling like a waste, Bernard there as just pure fan service or the fact that the series doesn’t really seem to care about the fact that Tim Allen as Santa is what made the original films work so well in the first place. I enjoyed quite a few moments throughout this series, but it overall just feels pointless to me. All episodes are now streaming on Disney+.
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