The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special brings yuletide cheer in a fun and surprisingly heartwarming hour of television. Director/writer James Gunn captures the Christmas spirit by deepening personal connections between beloved characters. His motley crew of heroes have become a family through numerous adventures. They care for each other despite hilarious personality differences. Peter Quill's (Chris Pratt) holiday blues don't go unnoticed. Mantis (Pom Klementieff) recognizes their leader is missing a treasured remembrance of his childhood. Her efforts to boost his morale leads to a laugh-out-loud Hollywood abduction. Kevin Bacon and the rocking Old 97's are fantastic compliments to a vibrant narrative.