History Film / TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial

2nd Jan '18 4:02:04 PM Kurbzter
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''The Star Wars Holiday Special'' was a two-hour Creator/{{CBS}} special set in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' galaxy that was broadcast on November 17, 1978. Hugely anticipated, it was so poorly received that it has never been re-aired. Lucasfilm has spent the intervening years doing their best to [[OldShame pretend it never happened]].

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''The Star Wars Holiday Special'' was is a two-hour Creator/{{CBS}} special "special" set in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' galaxy that was broadcast on November 17, 1978. Hugely anticipated, it was so poorly received that it has never been re-aired. Lucasfilm has spent the intervening years doing their best to [[OldShame pretend it never happened]].
10th Dec '17 2:25:35 PM MCanter89
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''The Star Wars Holiday Special'' was a two-hour Creator/{{CBS}} special set in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' galaxy that was broadcast on November 17, 1978. Hugely anticipated, it was so poorly received that it has never been re-aired. Lucasfilm has spent the intervening years doing their best to [[OldShame pretend it never happened.]]

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''The Star Wars Holiday Special'' was a two-hour Creator/{{CBS}} special set in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' galaxy that was broadcast on November 17, 1978. Hugely anticipated, it was so poorly received that it has never been re-aired. Lucasfilm has spent the intervening years doing their best to [[OldShame pretend it never happened.]]
happened]].



Want to know more about the rich planetary culture of these proud creatures, starting with why they're mostly named after embarrassing incidents at the frat house? Too bad, they all speak only [[TheUnintelligible Shyriiwook]]. You know, the whining, moaning, growling, and barking that only Han Solo could understand in the movies? The first 10-15 minutes of the special is conducted entirely in those, with no subtitles whatsoever.

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Want to know more about the rich planetary culture of these proud creatures, starting with why they're mostly named after embarrassing incidents at the frat house? Too bad, they all speak only [[TheUnintelligible Shyriiwook]]. You know, the whining, moaning, growling, and barking that only Han Solo could understand in the movies? The first 10-15 1015 minutes of the special is conducted entirely in those, with no subtitles whatsoever.



For the rest of the running time, we're given insight into the proud rich Wookiee tradition of watching 1970s-style Earth TV - despite the fact that this is all going on a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away:

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For the rest of the running time, we're given insight into the proud rich Wookiee tradition of watching 1970s-style Earth TV - despite the fact that this is all going on a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away:



* Lumpy watches a cartoon, which is actually not too bad. (Despite George Lucas' best efforts to disregard the ''Holiday Special''[='s=] existence, this cartoon became included among the bonus features of the ''Star Wars: The Complete Saga'' Blu-Ray.)

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* Lumpy watches a cartoon, which is actually not too bad. (Despite George Lucas' Lucas's best efforts to disregard the ''Holiday Special''[='s=] existence, this cartoon became included among the bonus features of the ''Star Wars: The Complete Saga'' Blu-Ray.)



The Holiday Special ''is'' [[SeriousBusiness important]], at least to serious fans, for being the first film-length ''Star Wars'' story after the release of ''Episode IV'', as well as showing an expanded look at parts of the established universe. The program is considered {{canon}} with regards to Chewie's family, including the celebration of Life Day. We also get some vague insight into the Blockade of Kashyyyk (not mentioned in the films, but important to the [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]]) plus a few other locales, such as a water planet known as [[SingleBiomePlanet Panna]]. It's also the first time that the main characters get to visit Kashyyyk, though this is later disregarded when Leia goes there during ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'' and [[{{Retcon}} acts like it's her first time seeing it]] [[note]](although considering how high/drunk Carrie Fisher allegedly was during filming, she might not remember much of it anyway)[[/note]].

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The Holiday Special ''is'' [[SeriousBusiness important]], at least to serious fans, for being the first film-length ''Star Wars'' story after the release of ''Episode IV'', as well as showing an expanded look at parts of the established universe. The program is considered {{canon}} with regards to Chewie's family, including the celebration of Life Day. We also get some vague insight into the Blockade of Kashyyyk (not mentioned in the films, but important to the [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]]) plus a few other locales, such as a water planet known as [[SingleBiomePlanet Panna]]. It's also the first time that the main characters get to visit Kashyyyk, though this is later disregarded when Leia goes there during ''Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy'' and [[{{Retcon}} acts like it's her first time seeing it]] [[note]](although considering how high/drunk Carrie Fisher allegedly was during filming, she might not remember have remembered much of it anyway)[[/note]].



* BarFullOfAliens: The Mos Eisley Cantina, and we get to know the owner too.

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* BarFullOfAliens: The Mos Eisley Cantina, and we get to know the owner owner, too.



** In her book ''Wishful Drinking,'' Carrie Fisher admits to having had electroshock therapy in the past, which has affected her memory, so that could also be a factor... and a bit closer to LaserGuidedAmnesia than just drugs.

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** In her book ''Wishful Drinking,'' Drinking'', Carrie Fisher admits to having had electroshock therapy in the past, which has affected her memory, so that could also be a factor... and a bit closer to LaserGuidedAmnesia than just drugs.
22nd Oct '17 3:52:12 PM arrgh
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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]]

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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]]
here]] and by WebVideo/JonTron [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eL5gMWcl9FU&t=969s here]].
5th Sep '17 11:15:28 PM Luppercus
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* BarFullOfAliens: The Mos Eisley Cantina, and we get to know the owner too.
1st Sep '17 8:24:43 PM AnotherGuy
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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.



** In retrospect, not being credited in this trainwreck can be seen as a Life Day miracle for Kenny Baker.

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** In retrospect, The reason Baker was not being credited was that he was not involved in this trainwreck can be seen as a Life Day miracle for Kenny Baker.the special. Since R2-D2 didn't even move, no actor was needed.
28th May '17 1:25:11 PM nombretomado
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* ThousandYardStare: MarkHamill, during the scene where Luke communicates with Malla over the TV screens. While he blinks several times, the way he gazes directly into the camera, wearing heavy makeup and mascara, gives him the illusion of being a stoned model.

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* ThousandYardStare: MarkHamill, Creator/MarkHamill, during the scene where Luke communicates with Malla over the TV screens. While he blinks several times, the way he gazes directly into the camera, wearing heavy makeup and mascara, gives him the illusion of being a stoned model.
26th May '17 8:14:04 AM CosmicFerret
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* DudeLooksLikeALady: An extremely unfortunate side effect of the makeup job used to conceal Mark Hamill's scars from his recent car accident. Did they really need to get mascara involved? (In canon, the scars would be explained by the Wampa attack in ''TheEmpireStrikesBack'', but that doesn't happen until ''after'' this special.)

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* DudeLooksLikeALady: An extremely unfortunate side effect of the makeup job used to conceal Mark Hamill's scars from his recent car accident. Did they really need to get mascara involved? (In canon, the scars would be explained by the Wampa attack in ''TheEmpireStrikesBack'', ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', but that doesn't happen until ''after'' this special.)
11th May '17 6:42:19 PM nlpnt
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: A side effect of KeepCirculatingTheTapes, the original commercials from the one airing show a lost world of union-made underwear, Ma Bell and fake-wood-paneled Mercury station wagons.
11th May '17 6:41:19 PM nlpnt
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: A side effect of KeepCirculatingTheTapes, the original commercials from the one airing show a lost world of union-made underwear, Ma Bell and fake-wood-paneled Mercury station wagons.
19th Mar '17 11:52:42 AM nombretomado
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* StockFootage: All of the space battles are lifted straight from the first movie. Darth Vader's whole appearance in the special is a brief DeletedScene from ''ANewHope'' with his one line of dialogue redubbed. This, along with the different context, "cleverly" changes it so that he and an Imperial officer are talking about locating Han and Chewbacca rather than C-3PO and R2-D2. Also, said officer died on the Death Star, resulting in [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Unidentified_Moradmin_Bast_look-alike this.]] What's even more hilarious is how not-Bast's vocals don't match up with his lip movements.

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* StockFootage: All of the space battles are lifted straight from the first movie. Darth Vader's whole appearance in the special is a brief DeletedScene from ''ANewHope'' ''Film/ANewHope'' with his one line of dialogue redubbed. This, along with the different context, "cleverly" changes it so that he and an Imperial officer are talking about locating Han and Chewbacca rather than C-3PO and R2-D2. Also, said officer died on the Death Star, resulting in [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Unidentified_Moradmin_Bast_look-alike this.]] What's even more hilarious is how not-Bast's vocals don't match up with his lip movements.
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