IN REVIEW: THE SANTA CLAUSES (S2 EP 5) – B-E-T-T-Y

The return of an old friend helps the North Pole prepare for battle against the Mad Santa.
Santa

Synopsis: The return of an old friend helps the North Pole prepare for battle against the Mad Santa.

 

The Story

Having survived being attacked by Mad Santa in last week’s episode Scott has returned to the North Pole with Cal but has temporarily lost his Santa Magic. Back in Chicago Betty sees a news item about Santatopolis on the news and catches a glimpse of Mad Santa, which makes her return to the North Pole immediately. Betty gives Scott and the family the full story on how the Elves managed to defeat the Mad Santa and fills in all the lost history about him. Meanwhile, Cal having lost the Santa Training Vest heads off to try and get it back from Mad Santa. Back in Santatopolis Mad Santa and Olga plot their next move.

 

The Acting

Matilda Lawler makes a triumphant return as Betty, who has a meaty role in this episode as we see the origin history of the Mad Santa in flashbacks. Devin Bright continues to provide some of the humor as Noel who is reunited with Betty. I loved the scene at the close of the episode when Noel tells Mad Santa who Betty is. In short, the strongest performances in this episode come from the younger actors playing the Elves.

 

Overall

B-E-T-T-Y is another solid episode that builds nicely on the storylines and established character arcs that the writers have been setting up. I really enjoyed the fact that Cal decided to go after Magnus Antas on his own. This is something his character would not even have contemplated in the earlier episodes.

The return of Betty was handled really well and I really enjoyed how she tells the story of Magnus Antas to Scott and reveals some interesting revelations about La Befana.

Overall. A really fun episode.

9.4
THE SANTA CLAUSES (S2 EP 5) – B-E-T-T-Y
  • Story
    9.3
  • Acting
    9.5
  • CGI & Stunts
    9.7
  • Incidental Music
    9.2

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