Conner’s Critiques: Who Killed Santa – Murderville

We previously reviewed the first season, hopefully of many more, of Murderville earlier this year. You can see our review Here. We immediately fell in love with the show that has Will Arnet harassing and tormenting his celebrity friends While never breaking character as Detective Terry Seatle.

We didn’t realize until recently that they were even releasing a holiday special for this show. However the minute we heard that they were, we had to jump in and review it. As always our reviews break down the content by story, acting, and overall. So let’s jump on into it.

Story 9/10

I have to be very careful what I say here. The story is pretty much what makes it a murder mystery. I love that anyone can solve the mystery, including the viewer. That being said if you were a big fan of the first season of the series, then this special episode does not disappoint. It’s even better to be honest with the holiday flare.

”…Will Arnett has the perfect personality and demeanor to deadpan his character, while mentally destroying his guests on the special.”

The way that they have merged improv, murder mystery, and celebrity roasting is superb. Additionally, Will Arnett has the perfect personality and demeanor to deadpan his character, while mentally destroying his guests on the special.

It was also great getting to see Jason Bateman and Will Arnett back together.

This special will probably get the Die Hard treatment, as it is a mystery that happens at Christmas and doesn’t specifically have a ton of Christmas themes of family and togetherness. That being said it definitely has solid enough Christmas aspects for me to consider it a solid holiday special.

Acting 6/10

Will Arnett once again rules. Jason Batemen, or “…that guy from Ozark,” is amazing at taking what Arnett throws at him and running. Maya Rudolph joins the fun mid-way through and even though she is lost at what is going on, starts running into the crazy that is improv murder mysteries.

There are so many other great surprises and great acting additions but to mention them might ruin or spoil the fun, so we will leave it at that.

I will say that I am only dinging the acting in this because it sacrifices realism for absurdism and character breaks. Still, a ton of fun to watch though.

Overall 8/10

This is definitely a must-watch. Will it be a holiday tradition? Part of the joy of the episode is watching the mystery unfold before your eyes and see all the surprise twists. There probably won’t be a lot of rewatchability though unless you are bad at remembering things.

Conner’s Final Thoughts

I really hope that Will Arnett is able to make another thirty seasons of this show. It’s good fun, which helps me and my friends rack our brains with a desire to find every single clue!

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