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The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)

Luke Skywalker and Han Solo battle evil Imperial forces to help Chewbacca reach his imperiled family on the Wookiee planet - in time for Life Day, their most important day of the year!
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May 4, 2022
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‘The Star Wars Holiday Special’ is the Pinnacle of Awful and Misery

To celebrate Star Wars Day, I thought it would be fun to watch and review The Star Wars Holiday Special, which is deemed as one of the worst — if not, the worst — thing to come out of the franchise. So, since I didn’t want to suffer alone while watching this monstrosity, I dragged my boyfriend to watch with me.

Fortunately, we’re still together.

Okay, so what makes this special so terrible? Well for one, there isn’t really a story; it’s just a bunch of characters sitting around and watching stuff happen on TV; that’s the majority of the film. Just characters…watching other characters…do stuff…like singing, cooking, constructing a control mechanism…for an hour and thirty minutes. A long hour and thirty minutes.

So what makes this a holiday special? Well, it’s about Life Day of course. Now what’s Life Day you may ask? I have no idea; no one knows; I don’t even think the person who coined Life Day knows. All we know is that the Wookies celebrate it, including Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) and his family. Yes, Chewbacca has a family.

Chewie has a wife named Mala (Mickey Morton), a father named Itchy (Paul Gale), and a son named Lumpy (Patty Maloney), and we spend a lot of time with them. During our delightful time with the trio as they await for Chewie’s arrival, we’re treated to several minutes of them grunting and growling at each other, but we have no idea what they’re saying because we don’t have any subtitles. We just sit there and watch and question how did we get here? Why does this exist? Who thought that this was a good idea?

At least we got the original cast back, right? Not even that saves it. Even though they got Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and even James Earl Jones to reprise their roles, none of them could bring a sliver of hope to this special. Rather, they bring dread as we witness the light leaving from their eyes.

Not only do we have the original cast, but we also get other celebrities such as Bea Arthur, Art Carney, Diahann Carroll, and Harvey Korman. I don’t know how they all got wrapped in on this, but it’s strange. Everything about this special is strange.

During one point of the special, Lumpy watches a Star Wars cartoon, which initiates Boba Fett’s first appearance. Yes, the iconic character shows up for the first time within a cartoon within a special that was only shown once on live television before it was ripped off the air.

The cartoon is alright, but that’s not really saying much. I think it would’ve been appreciated more if the characters weren’t so hideous.

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Luke Skywalker and Han Solo battle evil Imperial forces to help Chewbacca reach his imperiled family on the Wookiee planet - in time for Life Day, their most important day of the year!

Genre:Adventure, Comedy, Family, Science Fiction
Directed By:Steve Binder, David Acomba
Written By:Pat Proft, Bruce Vilanch, Leonard Ripps, Rod Warren, Mitzie Welch
In Theaters:11/17/1978
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Runtime:97 minutes
Studio:20th Century Fox Television, Smith-Hemion Productions, Winters Hollywood Entertainment Holdings Corporation