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NON-SPOILERY REVIEW: Fraggle Rock: Again to the Rock – Evening of the Lights

There’s a brand new Fraggle Rock: Again to the Rock vacation particular! It’s premiering on Apple TV+ on Friday, November 18! That’s proper — there are solely two extra buying days till “Evening of the Lights!” You possibly can watch the trailer right here and watch my dialog with Uncle Travelling Matt right here.

In case you watched and loved the primary season of Again to the Rock, you might be questioning: Is “Evening of the Lights” like an everyday episode of the present? Or is it one thing completely different? The reply is: Sure!

The Again to the Rock crew makes a variety of good decisions to make sure “Evening of the Lights” stands by itself as a self-contained particular not beholden to the continuity of the remainder of the present. There’s actually not even a foremost character of this particular. Somewhat than specializing in one Fraggle having some sort of holiday-related disaster, the particular offers all of the Fraggles their very own little storylines, they usually’re all targeted on the titular vacation.

And but, in simply half an hour, “Evening of the Lights” packs in appearances by most of our favourite outdated and new supporting characters, two songs, and a postcard from Uncle Travelling Matt. It’s the proper coda to season one. Or — dare we hope? — it’s the proper bridge between season one and a possible future season two.

The entire thing is pushed by the celebration of a jolly Fraggle vacation, which can be known as Evening of the Lights. That’s when the Fraggles mark the darkest evening of the yr by lighting every part up with glow grapes. Glow grapes are luminous fruits that simply occur to look so much like Christmas lights, and are available quite a lot of colours.

When Jamdolin returns to the Nice Corridor, the Fraggles are actually able to get the social gathering began, and meaning exchanging items and making needs. Wembley needs for an exceptionally vivid and magical gentle, which causes the World’s Oldest Fraggle to announce that he is aware of the placement of the brightest and most magical gentle there may be, and the remainder of the episode is generally involved with the journey to that gentle.

I gained’t let you know any extra concerning the “plot,” comparable to it’s, as a result of everybody ought to watch the particular when it hits Apple TV+. However I’ll let you know this: This can be a pleasant particular! It goes by shortly, it has loads of foolish jokes and some heartwarming moments, and did I point out the World’s Oldest Fraggle is in it so much?

It’s true, the prevailing themes and classes discovered concerning the true that means of the season and all which are fairly typical for a vacation particular. However there’s a cause these themes and classes are so fashionable: They make vacation productions nice to observe, and that’s what this one is!

In case you’re one thing of an authentic collection loyalist and also you’re questioning how this compares to the basic episode “Competition of the Bells”… Nicely, it doesn’t actually attempt to. It’s significantly lighter — and thankfully, the existence of Evening of the Lights on this incarnation of Fraggle Rock doesn’t essentially imply these Fraggles don’t additionally rejoice Competition of the Bells. As Uncle Travelling Matt learns, you may rejoice a number of various things within the winter!

“Evening of the Lights” is a beautiful vacation particular, a strong installment of Again to the Rock, and a candy, entertaining half-hour of Fraggles. In truth, I believe “Evening of the Lights” would work simply in addition to the pilot episode as an introduction for brand new viewers. In case you’re hanging out with household or pals this Thanksgiving, I extremely advocate gathering everybody across the machine of your alternative to observe it.

(Notice: If your loved ones or pals is watching soccer, steal the distant when no one is trying and alter the enter to Apple TV. “Evening of the Lights” is WAY higher than soccer.)

MVF Most Precious Fraggle: I gotta give it to the World’s Oldest Fraggle for setting every part in movement.

Traditional Musical Second: The particular ends with a tune that we first heard throughout a really particular second within the authentic collection. It matches the event fairly properly!

New Musical Second: The opening tune units the tone properly, and its up-tempo high quality and chimes recall to mind the Christmas pop hits of the Sixties. Or a retro Christmas pop hit from the Eighties, Nineties, 2000s…

Coolest Puppetry Impact: One phrase: Stilts. (I’m fairly positive we’ve seen Muppets do that earlier than, but it surely nonetheless seems to be cool!)

Fraggle Lore: Evening of the Lights is a fairly important piece of Fraggle lore, Again to the Rock version! We additionally acquire some insights into what the World’s Oldest Fraggle’s life was like when he wasn’t fairly so outdated.

One Extra Factor…: I proceed to be struck by the best way Again to the Rock updates the tone of Fraggle Rock for the 2020s. Numerous the jokes sound like they’re from a contemporary sitcom (sure, nearly all the time in a great way!).

Okay, One Extra Factor…: Glad Evening of the Lights, everybody!

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by Ryan Roe –



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