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6th May '16 10:22:37 PM Kelothan
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For the most part, though, it's legendary for its badness. The entire vast, complicated ''Star Wars'' mythos is reduced to a typical 1970s variety show rock-bottom production values, groan-worthy "humor", and [[SocietyMarchesOn then-hot celebrities]]. Besides everything else, it's pretty disturbing seeing Itchy going gaga over Carroll in what's clearly supposed to be a kiddie funfest.

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For the most part, though, it's legendary for its badness.badness, even the most vocal Prequel fans won't defend this. Even the ''director'' won't defend this. The entire vast, complicated ''Star Wars'' mythos is reduced to a typical 1970s variety show rock-bottom production values, groan-worthy "humor", and [[SocietyMarchesOn then-hot celebrities]]. Besides everything else, it's pretty disturbing seeing Itchy going gaga over Carroll in what's clearly supposed to be a kiddie funfest.
4th May '16 12:31:27 AM NightShade96
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If you care to, the best way to watch ''The Star Wars Holiday Special'' is with several [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters]] or your local planetary equivalent. If you would first like to have an idea of what you're getting into in relative comfort, I-Mockery.com has a three-page synopsis with accompanying animated [=GIFs=] of scenes [[http://www.i-mockery.com/minimocks/starwars-holiday/ here.]] Watching it with the ''Podcast/RiffTrax'' [[http://www.rifftrax.com/rifftrax/star-wars-holiday-special commentary]] helps ease the pain as well, although it requires a certain video version found on the Internet. (Or it did: As of Nov. 2013, it's available from Rifftrax as a full Video On Demand download.) It was also reviewed by WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4uYLgDG_ow as seen here]], discussed in length by WebVideo/RedLetterMedia [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW4m0oYK0WQ here]], and also discussed by WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgJO59eu6lQ here]]

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If you care to, the best way to watch ''The Star Wars Holiday Special'' is with several [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters]] or your local planetary equivalent. If you would first like to have an idea of what you're getting into in relative comfort, I-Mockery.com has a three-page synopsis with accompanying animated [=GIFs=] of scenes [[http://www.i-mockery.com/minimocks/starwars-holiday/ here.]] Watching it with the ''Podcast/RiffTrax'' [[http://www.rifftrax.com/rifftrax/star-wars-holiday-special commentary]] helps ease the pain as well, although it requires a certain video version found on the Internet. (Or it did: As of Nov. 2013, it's available from Rifftrax as a full Video On Demand download.) It was also reviewed by WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4uYLgDG_ow as seen here]], and Creator/ChrisStuckmann [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryOhDO8ZU-0 here]], and also discussed in length by WebVideo/RedLetterMedia [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW4m0oYK0WQ here]], and also discussed by WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgJO59eu6lQ here]]
3rd May '16 3:54:30 PM rjd1922
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*** "Having fun, having fun" he reminds us.

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*** "Having fun, having fun" he she reminds us.
29th Apr '16 2:45:13 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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Compare and contrast the [[CreatorBacklash movie's]] [[MissingEpisode history]] to that of ''Film/TheDayTheClownCried'' (the big difference being that ''The Day the Clown Cried'' never even aired and isn't available ''anywhere''.

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Compare and contrast the [[CreatorBacklash movie's]] [[MissingEpisode history]] to that of ''Film/TheDayTheClownCried'' (the big difference being that ''The Day the Clown Cried'' never even aired and isn't available ''anywhere''.
''anywhere'').
21st Apr '16 2:34:54 PM Josef5678
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* CharacterAsHimself: Though the opening cast call names Chewbacca and C-3PO's actors, R2-D2 is credited as playing himself. One wonders what Kenny Baker thought of that.


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* CharacterAsHimself: Though the opening cast call names Chewbacca and C-3PO's actors, R2-D2 is credited as playing himself. One wonders what Kenny Baker thought of that.
21st Apr '16 2:28:11 PM CTDSThree
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* AsHimself: Though the opening cast call names Chewbacca and C-3PO's actors, R2-D2 is credited as playing himself. One wonders what Kenny Baker thought of that.

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* AsHimself: CharacterAsHimself: Though the opening cast call names Chewbacca and C-3PO's actors, R2-D2 is credited as playing himself. One wonders what Kenny Baker thought of that.
10th Apr '16 9:54:22 AM chopshop
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* AsYouKnow: Darth Vader's sole appearance basically serves as exposition explaining why the Empire is chasing Han and Chewie, as if it isn't blatantly clear to anyone with even cursory knowledge of ''Star Wars''.



* TheCameo: Darth Vader appears for one scene in the opening.



** Life Day itself, not to mention Saun Dann, made frequent appearances in ''VideoGame/StarWarsGalaxies''.
*** And in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''.

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** Life Day itself, not to mention Saun Dann, made frequent appearances in ''VideoGame/StarWarsGalaxies''.
*** And in
''VideoGame/StarWarsGalaxies'' and later ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''.



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Due to being made early in the franchise's history before many ideas and characterizations were set in stone, there's quite a bit. The most striking is Boba Fett acting like a cackling DastardlyWhiplash rather than the stoic NobleDemon he's famous as.



* {{Jerkass}}: The stormtroopers and imperial officers here are unusually vicious and mean-spirited. Highlights include threatening to shoot people for being annoying, strong-arming shopowners for grooming products, and tearing up a kid's room for little reason.



%%* SesameStreetCred: Jefferson Starship.

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%%* * SesameStreetCred: Jefferson Starship.Starship appears at one point for an impromptu musical number. Like many things in the special, it drags on a lot longer than necessary.
24th Feb '16 6:29:27 PM GiantJumboJellyfish
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If you care to, the best way to watch ''The Star Wars Holiday Special'' is with several [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters]] or your local planetary equivalent. If you would first like to have an idea of what you're getting into in relative comfort, I-Mockery.com has a three-page synopsis with accompanying animated [=GIFs=] of scenes [[http://www.i-mockery.com/minimocks/starwars-holiday/ here.]] Watching it with the ''Podcast/RiffTrax'' [[http://www.rifftrax.com/rifftrax/star-wars-holiday-special commentary]] helps ease the pain as well, although it requires a certain video version found on the Internet. (Or it did: As of Nov. 2013, it's available from Rifftrax as a full Video On Demand download.) It was also reviewed by WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4uYLgDG_ow as seen here]] and discussed in length by WebVideo/RedLetterMedia [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW4m0oYK0WQ here]].

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If you care to, the best way to watch ''The Star Wars Holiday Special'' is with several [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters]] or your local planetary equivalent. If you would first like to have an idea of what you're getting into in relative comfort, I-Mockery.com has a three-page synopsis with accompanying animated [=GIFs=] of scenes [[http://www.i-mockery.com/minimocks/starwars-holiday/ here.]] Watching it with the ''Podcast/RiffTrax'' [[http://www.rifftrax.com/rifftrax/star-wars-holiday-special commentary]] helps ease the pain as well, although it requires a certain video version found on the Internet. (Or it did: As of Nov. 2013, it's available from Rifftrax as a full Video On Demand download.) It was also reviewed by WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4uYLgDG_ow as seen here]] and here]], discussed in length by WebVideo/RedLetterMedia [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW4m0oYK0WQ here]].
here]], and also discussed by WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgJO59eu6lQ here]]
5th Jan '16 6:14:20 PM Nicolas-1223
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* LighterAndSofter: It still has the lighthearted elements and bits of goofy humor present in the original film, [[UpToEleven but played up far, far more]], and with then-contemporary sitcom humor sandwiched in. The special has no pretense of a grandoise epic storyline, and the darker elements of the original film are downplayed.

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* LighterAndSofter: It still has the lighthearted elements and bits of goofy humor present in the original film, [[UpToEleven but played up far, far more]], and with then-contemporary sitcom humor sandwiched in. The special has no pretense of a grandoise grandiose epic storyline, and the darker elements of the original film are downplayed.
5th Jan '16 5:45:40 PM Nicolas-1223
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* AsHimself: Though the opening cast call names Chewbacca and C-3PO's actors, R2-D2 is credited as playing himself. One wonders what Warwick Davis thought of that.

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* AsHimself: Though the opening cast call names Chewbacca and C-3PO's actors, R2-D2 is credited as playing himself. One wonders what Warwick Davis Kenny Baker thought of that.
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