The Coincidental Critic

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Halloween 3: AwesomeLand

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“Halloween 3: AwesomeLand” was filled with great lines.  My favorite line was when Jay complained to Gloria about their Halloween costumes.  “You’re Beyoncé, I’m that guy,” Jay said.  This line made me laugh so loud because it’s so true.  I also loved the line “house of horrors” and watching Phil struggle through it.  I was wracking my brain as well trying to figure out exactly what his neighbor was saying. Very clever writing!

Gloria won best costume this episode (with Lily a close second).  I’ve actually never seen someone dressed as Princess Fiona, or at least not in a very long time, so it was refreshing to see that beloved character again.  Also, I love how freckles were added to Gloria’s face.  The costume and make-up team went full-out.

The scenes with the “Where’s Waldo?” references were absolutely hilarious.  It was entertaining to watch Cam struggle to find Waldo even when it was him trying to find dressed up Lily amongst her classmates.  This was a clever job done by the writing team.

In “Halloween 3: AwesomeLand,” we were able to see more of the Mitch/Cam family dynamic.  We saw how Cam and Mitch interacted with Lily and their different parental roles.  I loved watching Mitch stand up for Cam in front of their daughter.  The writers proved that homosexual parents aren’t any different from heterosexual parents using Mitch and Cam’s storylines.

The fact that Claire has a scaring fix is hilarious.  This quality of Claire adds some complexity to her character, steering her away from the suburban housewife stereotype.  She is both unique and funny.

A large focus in this episode was on the Halloween decorations of both the Dunphy’s house and their neighbor’s house.  They battled each other for the scariest decorations.  Unfortunately, we never got to see a full view of these two houses, only closeup shots.  I would have liked to have seen the houses from the street view as if I were a trick-or-treater myself.  I wanted to get the full effect of these over-the-top decorations.  Also, the neighbor’s “zombie house of horrors” only had two zombies.  We might have been able to see more if there was a fuller view, but it didn’t seem like it could be a house of horrors with only two zombies.

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