History Trivia / TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial

14th Aug '17 8:00:58 PM TheTrailblazerCritic
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** The special seems to be this for the ''entire'' television network, and in the 39 years since its original broadcast has yet to ever re-air again on public television.
14th Jul '17 9:29:28 PM AmourMitts
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* CanonDiscontinuity: With Disney's decision regarding the Expanded Universe, it most definitely falls under this category now. [[FanonDiscontinuity Not that anyone would dare acknowledge it anyway...]]



** Originally, Creator/GeorgeLucas was to be much more involved in the project -- he helped to write the first draft of the script (a standard-issue ''Star Wars'' adventure revolving around Life Day) and contributed to the animated Boba Fett segment. Sounds great so far, but then the CBS execs decided it had to be a variety show spectacular of the type that was relentlessly inflicted on unsuspecting audiences of the 1970s. Lucas, by this time, had gone off to concentrate on ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', and other hands -- namely [[Film/PoliceAcademy Pat Proft]] and Bruce freaking Vilanch -- rewrote the script to fit the network's wishes.

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** Originally, Creator/GeorgeLucas was to be much more involved in the project -- he helped to write the first draft of the script (a standard-issue ''Star Wars'' adventure revolving around Life Day) and contributed to the animated Boba Fett segment. Sounds great so far, but then the CBS execs decided it had to be a variety show spectacular of the type that was relentlessly inflicted on unsuspecting audiences of the 1970s. Lucas, by this time, had gone off to concentrate on ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', ''The Empire Strikes Back'', and other hands -- namely [[Film/PoliceAcademy Pat Proft]] and Bruce freaking Vilanch -- rewrote the script to fit the network's wishes.



* FranchiseKiller: {{Averted|Trope}}... which is kind of amazing considering the result and the thing's reputation. Let's just say it's a good thing that George Lucas was already making ''The Empire Strikes Back'' when this came out; otherwise it might have been the end of ''Star Wars'' entirely. It's possible that the Force is real and Lucas pulled a Jedi Mind Trick on the entire viewing audience to convince them it never happened.

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* FranchiseKiller: {{Averted|Trope}}... which is kind of amazing considering the result and the thing's special's reputation. Let's just say it's a good thing that George Lucas was already making ''The Empire Strikes Back'' ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' when this came out; otherwise it might have been the end of ''Star Wars'' entirely. It's possible that the Force is real and Lucas pulled a Jedi Mind Trick on the entire viewing audience to convince them it never happened.
6th Jul '17 11:02:27 AM dsneybuf
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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: It's practically the poster child. The only thing about it that's ever seen an official re-release is the Boba Fett cartoon segment, as an EasterEgg on one of the Blu-Ray bonus discs.

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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: It's practically the poster child. The only thing about it that's ever seen an official re-release is the Boba Fett cartoon segment, as an EasterEgg on one of the 2011 "Complete Saga" Blu-Ray bonus discs.
30th May '17 8:44:50 PM nlpnt
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** The versions which retain the television commercials and news segments add to it -- and the special aired the same day that William Kampiles was sentenced to 40 years imprisonment for espionage in a high-profile case. The toy commercials have to be the nadir of this... the "Trailtracker" and "Tobor" were probably innovative when they debuted, but to children of today they might as well be old Marx tin toys. The Star Wars action figures, however...

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** The versions which retain the television commercials and news segments add to it -- and the special aired the same day that William Kampiles was sentenced to 40 years imprisonment for espionage in a high-profile case. The toy commercials have to be the nadir of this... the "Trailtracker" and "Tobor" were probably innovative when they debuted, but to children of today they might as well be old Marx tin toys. The Star Wars action figures, however...Not that the other commercials (Union-made underwear! Ma Bell! Fake-wood paneled Mercury station wagons!) are any less dated.
21st May '17 4:41:19 PM nombretomado
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** The infamy of the show, and the difficulty of obtaining copies prior to Website/YouTube, was alluded to in the video for Creator/WeirdAlYankovic's "White And Nerdy", in a scene where Al's character buys a copy in an alleyway (in a plain brown wrapper!) in a way that evokes drug smuggling.

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** The infamy of the show, and the difficulty of obtaining copies prior to Website/YouTube, was alluded to in the video for Creator/WeirdAlYankovic's Music/WeirdAlYankovic's "White And Nerdy", in a scene where Al's character buys a copy in an alleyway (in a plain brown wrapper!) in a way that evokes drug smuggling.
19th May '17 12:08:16 AM Ezclee4050
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* FridayNightDeathSlot: CBS airing a "holiday" special on a Friday night in mid-November suggests that they knew they had a fiasco on their hands and were trying to minimize the damage. Despite heavy anticipation the show didn't even make the Nielsen top ten for the week.
30th Mar '17 3:13:38 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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** There are three notable bootleg tapes: the New York tape ([[WesternAnimation/SouthPark fighting the frizzles, at 11]]), the Baltimore tape, (used by Podcast/RiffTrax) and the Chicago tape (highest quality available at [[http://www.fuzzymemories.tv/index.php?m=xxswhsxx FuzzyMemories.TV]]). There's also a Latin American Spanish dub, which is also the only known foreign language dub in existence.

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** There are three notable bootleg tapes: the New York tape ([[WesternAnimation/SouthPark fighting the frizzles, frizzies, at 11]]), the Baltimore tape, (used by Podcast/RiffTrax) and the Chicago tape (highest quality available at [[http://www.fuzzymemories.tv/index.php?m=xxswhsxx FuzzyMemories.TV]]). There's also a Latin American Spanish dub, which is also the only known foreign language dub in existence.
28th Jan '17 12:48:11 PM Schol-R-LEA
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** The infamy of the show, and the difficulty of obtaining copies prior to Website/YouTube, was alluded to in the video for Creator/WeirdAlYankovic's "White And Nerdy", in a scene where Al's character buys a copy in an alleyway (in a plain brown wrapper!) in a way that evokes drug smuggling.
24th Jan '17 2:19:30 AM Scifimaster92
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** Creator/GeorgeLucas allegedly said, "If I had the time and a sledgehammer, I would [[OrwellianEditor track down every copy of that special and smash it]].". And this is from the man who still defends [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Jar Jar Binks]].

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** Creator/GeorgeLucas allegedly said, "If I had the time and a sledgehammer, I would [[OrwellianEditor track down every copy of that special and smash it]].". And this is from the man who still defends [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Jar Jar Binks]].
9th Jan '17 5:08:29 AM NightShade96
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* ExecutiveMeddling: Originally, George Lucas was to be much more involved in the project he helped to write the first draft of the script (a standard-issue ''Star Wars'' adventure revolving around Life Day) and contributed to the animated Boba Fett segment. Sounds great so far, but then the CBS execs decided it had to be a variety show spectacular of the type that was relentlessly inflicted on unsuspecting audiences of the 1970s. Lucas, by this time, had gone off to concentrate on ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', and other hands namely [[Film/PoliceAcademy Pat Proft]] and Bruce freaking Vilanch rewrote the script to fit the network's wishes.
** A more benign example happened (although it's not completely beneficial so much as the lesser of two evils): The entire Mind Evaporator sequence was originally intended to be quite explicitly a porn tape. However, it was toned down in order to meet CBS's censorship standards, although the implications of what the Mind Evaporator actually was are still present.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: ExecutiveMeddling:
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Originally, George Lucas Creator/GeorgeLucas was to be much more involved in the project -- he helped to write the first draft of the script (a standard-issue ''Star Wars'' adventure revolving around Life Day) and contributed to the animated Boba Fett segment. Sounds great so far, but then the CBS execs decided it had to be a variety show spectacular of the type that was relentlessly inflicted on unsuspecting audiences of the 1970s. Lucas, by this time, had gone off to concentrate on ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', and other hands -- namely [[Film/PoliceAcademy Pat Proft]] and Bruce freaking Vilanch -- rewrote the script to fit the network's wishes.
** A more benign example happened (although it's not completely beneficial so much as the lesser of two evils): evils) -- The entire Mind Evaporator sequence was originally intended to be quite explicitly a porn tape. However, it was toned down in order to meet CBS's censorship standards, although the implications of what the Mind Evaporator actually was are still present.



* FranchiseKiller: Averted... which is kind of amazing considering the result and the thing's reputation. Let's just say it's a good thing that George Lucas was already making ''The Empire Strikes Back'' when this came out; otherwise it might have been the end of ''Star Wars'' entirely. It's possible that the Force is real and Lucas pulled a Jedi Mind Trick on the entire viewing audience to convince them it never happened.

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* FranchiseKiller: Averted...{{Averted|Trope}}... which is kind of amazing considering the result and the thing's reputation. Let's just say it's a good thing that George Lucas was already making ''The Empire Strikes Back'' when this came out; otherwise it might have been the end of ''Star Wars'' entirely. It's possible that the Force is real and Lucas pulled a Jedi Mind Trick on the entire viewing audience to convince them it never happened.



* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Practically the poster child. The only thing about it that's ever seen an official re-release is the Boba Fett cartoon segment, as an EasterEgg on one of the Blu-Ray bonus discs.

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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Practically It's practically the poster child. The only thing about it that's ever seen an official re-release is the Boba Fett cartoon segment, as an EasterEgg on one of the Blu-Ray bonus discs.



** The only person with an official copy of the special was Carrie Fisher, who got it from George Lucas in exchange for doing audio commentary on ''Star Wars''. She used it to scare off houseguests.
* OldShame: Creator/GeorgeLucas allegedly said, "If I had the time and a sledgehammer, I would [[OrwellianEditor track down every copy of that special and smash it]]." And this is from the man who still defends [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Jar Jar Binks]].
** Inverted in the case of Lev Mailer, the guy who played the {{Jerkass}} officer bullying the store owner in the special: He was one of the few people involved in its production who actually enjoyed the experience.
** Harrison "Stone-Face" Ford: So embarrassed, he could barely keep from fleeing the room when Creator/ConanOBrien surprised him with a clip.

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** The only person with an official copy of the special was Carrie Fisher, Creator/CarrieFisher, who got it from George Lucas in exchange for doing audio commentary on ''Star Wars''. She used it to scare off houseguests.
house guests.
* OldShame: OldShame:
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Creator/GeorgeLucas allegedly said, "If I had the time and a sledgehammer, I would [[OrwellianEditor track down every copy of that special and smash it]]." ". And this is from the man who still defends [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Jar Jar Binks]].
** Inverted in the case of Lev Mailer, the guy who played the {{Jerkass}} officer bullying the store owner in the special: He was one of the few people involved in its production who actually enjoyed the experience.
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Harrison "Stone-Face" Ford: So Ford -- He was so embarrassed, he could barely keep from fleeing the room when Creator/ConanOBrien surprised him with a clip.



** Creator/BeaArthur. Averted:

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** Creator/BeaArthur. Averted:Averted for Creator/BeaArthur:



** Also averted in the case of Lev Mailer, the guy who played the {{Jerkass}} officer bullying the store owner in the special -- he was one of the few people involved in its production who actually enjoyed the experience.



* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Let's just say this part of the ''StarWars'' saga hasn't aged nearly as well as the original trilogy. Basically, if you ever doubted that ''Star Wars'' began in TheSeventies... this should prove it. Conclusively.
** The versions which retain the television commercials and news segments add to it - and the special aired the same day that William Kampiles was sentenced to 40 years imprisonment for espionage in a high-profile case. The toy commercials have to be the nadir of this... the "Trailtracker" and "Tobor" were probably innovative when they debuted, but to children of today they might as well be old Marx tin toys. The Star Wars action figures however...
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The special was supposed to segue into ''The Empire Strikes Back'', but unfortunately the only part of the special that got it right was the animated segment.

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: UnintentionalPeriodPiece:
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Let's just say this part of the ''StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' saga hasn't aged nearly as well as the original trilogy. Basically, if you ever doubted that ''Star Wars'' began in TheSeventies... this should prove it. Conclusively.
** The versions which retain the television commercials and news segments add to it - -- and the special aired the same day that William Kampiles was sentenced to 40 years imprisonment for espionage in a high-profile case. The toy commercials have to be the nadir of this... the "Trailtracker" and "Tobor" were probably innovative when they debuted, but to children of today they might as well be old Marx tin toys. The Star Wars action figures figures, however...
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The special was supposed to segue into ''The Empire Strikes Back'', ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', but unfortunately the only part of the special that got it right was the animated segment.
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