Christmas special movies and shorts are a long-celebrated tradition as beloved as the holiday itself! This year Marvel has come up with a season’s greetings for fans — a Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. Channeling the influence of the legendary cult classic Star Wars, the MCU holiday flick also sent the fan-favorite cosmos-hopping superheroes on a journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas. We’ve missed this retro nostalgia!
The Story of the Holiday Flick
Released on 25th November on Disney+, the story of Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special is set on Knowhere, a remote spaceport. The story starts with Kraglin (played by Sean Gunn) recalling the lost essence of Christmas. The late ravager Yondu ruined the festive spirit once upon a time, and ever since, the holiday season has been nothing but another series of mundane glum days for the ravagers. Though, the others present there, Nebula (played by Karen Gillian), Drax (played by Dave Bautista), and Mantis (played by Pom Klementieff), could care less personally about the yuletide spirit. But Star-Lord Peter Quill (played by Chris Pratt) is still depressed about his dad and missing his lady love, Gamora. So, the Guardians of the Galaxy conjure up a surprise gift planning for their leader. Enter Kevin Bacon, the Footloose star. The recipe here is an enjoyable mix of some mind control, last-minute space travel, and of course, a little bit of signature intergalactic kidnapping!
The Guardians of the Galaxy movies have always operated within the more absurd corners of MCU story ideas. You’ll have all sorts of goofy things here, like a furry version of Santa with crazy superpowers, a very game Kevin Bacon facing a lot of insults from the Guardians, Mantis and Drax pairing up for a dumb double act, a soundtrack full of old holiday classics, and many more! They’ve just brought it all on!
Diver Looking for Lost Slave Ships Goes on an Extraordinary Journey
Diver Tara Roberts took up diving to help document some of the thousand slave ships that are wrecked on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. She is working to bring to light details about one of mankind’s most tragic eras – the global slave trade.
She is working with a team of about 30 divers off the coast of Key Largo, Florida. The underwater explorers are carefully taking measurements and sketching images of coral-encrusted artifacts. They are diligently mapping the remains of a shipwreck.
She’s Only One Diver in a Well-Trained Team
Most of the divers are African Americans trained as underwater archaeology advocates. They have the skills and experience necessary to join expeditions and help with the documentation of wrecked slave ships. They work in different locations throughout the world and aim to tell the complex history of the transatlantic slave trade.
Tara Roberts and her colleagues have worked on ships such as the Clotilda in the United States, the São José Paquete d’Africa in South Africa, and the Fredericus Quartus and Christianus Quintus in Costa Rica.
Diving Allowed Tara to Learn About Her Family’s Past
Tara’s journey as a diver is interesting because it allowed her to learn more about her family and their past. It inspired her to investigate her own roots, which led to the discovery that one of her ancestors, Jack Roberts fought in the Civil War and was a delegate to the 1865 North Carolina Freedmen’s Convention. She also learned that her great-great-grandparents, Jack and Mary Roberts, had settled and raised their family in Edenton, North Carolina.
There Is Still Plenty of Work to Be Done
According to Nafees Khan, a professor in the College of Education at Clemson University, an estimate of 12.5 million Africans were forced on ships like these between the 16th and 19th centuries. Khan believes that at least 36,000 voyages were made between Africa and North America during the global slave trade.
Studies show that one thousand or so slave ships are currently laying at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. The goal is to document as many of them in order to provide additional details about a cruel commerce with devastating consequences. Tara is only one diver in a team of underwater explorers entrusted with the job.