An overarching “David vs. Goliath” motif ran through the 37th iteration of this seminal reality competition series, but if you strip away the thematic window dressing that separates one “Survivor” season from another, the game keeps coming down to the same primal question: Which contestant can outwit, outplay and outlast the competition? The answer is revealed towards the end of tonight’s two-hour finale, but don’t forget to stick around for the traditional reunion special that follows. Jeff Probst is host.
A familiar holiday tune — and one that’s more off-color than most — is translated into an animated show as this special sets visuals to the long-popular Elmo and Patsy song. A youngster has his suspicions about why his grandmother is missing on Christmas Eve. His quest to find her involves his not-as-pure-minded cousin (voice of Michele Lee, “Knots Landing”).
What’s not to love about a yuletide special starring a family of green ogres? And especially one that already was popularized by a couple of hit movies when this debuted in 2007? Shrek (voice of Mike Myers) isn’t a Christmas kind of guy, but Princess Fiona (voice of Cameron Diaz) loves the holiday, so he goes along — with a little help from Donkey (voice of Eddie Murphy) and the rest of the fairy-tale gang. Antonio Banderas is heard again as Puss in Boots.
Passions are running at their most intense in both Kattegat and Iceland, albeit at polar opposites of the emotional spectrum, in the new episode “The Lost Moment.” In the former locale, celebrations in honor of Ivar the Boneless (Alex Hogh Andersen) reach a drunken apex, while Iceland is rocked with grief as Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) grapples with a fateful choice. Elsewhere, the army of King Harald (Peter Franzen) approaches Wessex, just as a court conspiracy is rising against King Alfred (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo).
How do you tell when a TV comedy achieves true breakout success? Well, for one thing, it’s a really good sign when the show gets to augment its regular season order with a special stand-alone holiday episode. In the new “Christmas,” Johnny (Eugene Levy) wants more than anything to celebrate the holidays with an old-fashioned Rose Family Christmas Party. Alas, it proves nearly impossible to get everyone else on board with that last-minute notion. Catherine O’Hara, Dan Levy and Annie Murphy also star.