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* BizarroEpisode: The special is this, mostly, in the larger context of the ''Star Wars'' canon. Also to George Lucas and other cast members, who do their best to pretend this never happened.
** On the bright side, though, it's not canon anymore since Disney's ruling on the Expanded Universe.
* EarWorm: "Stir-whip, stir-whip, whip-whip-stir!"
* EnsembleDarkHorse: The animated segment served as the introduction of Boba Fett, the biggest ensemble darkhorse of ''Franchise/StarWars'' in general.
** Ackmena (Bea Arthur), even more so since Arthur's death.
* HilariousInHindsight: One of the few things that isn't hilarious ''anyway'' Itchy's "Holographic ''Wow''" features a "[[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} proton pack]]". Clearly, bustin' isn't the ''[[ADateWithRosiePalms only]]'' thing that makes Itchy feel good.
** The Imperial Guard in Saun Dann's shop looks ''a lot'' like [[Film/{{Spaceballs}} Lord Helmet]].
* MemeticMolester: Itchy has been reinterpreted as a particularly disturbing DirtyOldMan thanks to that odd porn-esque video he watches.
* MemeticMutation: "Fighting the frizzies at 11."
* {{Misblamed}}: Some fans blame Creator/GeorgeLucas for the quality of this, but in reality he had very little involvement due to filming ''TheEmpireStrikesBack'' at the time. In fact, Lucas had one of his trusted former USC classmates installed as the initial director in order to make sure that the special would be at least somewhat faithful to the original film. Unfortunately, Creator/{{CBS}} proceeded to fire Lucas' favored director and replace him with the guy that would go on to produce ''PeeWeesPlayhouse''. The results speak for themselves.
** According to writer Bruce Vilanch, however, the idea of the special focusing on Chewie's family, and ''not'' including subtitles, was all on Lucas.
* {{Mondegreen}}: Jefferson Starship would ''really like to knoooooooooow'' if you'll light this guy on fire.
* {{Narm}}: The whole thing, but special mention must be given to the actor cameos and the attempt at "warmhearted" holiday cheer at the end: Han, Luke, C-3P0 and Chewie are supposed to be moved by Leia's song of hope, but look stoned/bored out of their minds. Considering that Carrie Fisher was whacked off her skull on drugs while making this special, they probably ''were''.
* OneSceneWonder: While the premise was as silly as the rest of it, Bea Arthur's performance as the cantina owner is actually a bit moving. Sadly, it doesn't save the rest of the thing's horribleness.
** Same can be said about the animated segment - looking at you, '''[[EnsembleDarkhorse Boba Fett]]'''.
** Also the random stormtrooper who fights Han and (due to the way the scene is shot) apparently ''[[EpicFail trips over his own gun]]'', thus nailing a perfect RailingKill.
* {{Padding}}: One theory is that the special was originally to be one hour, but [[ScrewedByTheNetwork the network]] wanted to sell more advertising, so they [[ExecutiveMeddling insisted]] that it be expanded to two hours. That would explain some of the more ludicrous scenes.
* TheScrappy: Chewie's family.
-->'''[[Podcast/RiffTrax Mike]]:''' Well, it's fairly obvious why Chewbacca volunteers for long tours of duty away from home.
* SnarkBait: Many, many opportunities for this. Did we mention Bea Arthur is the cantina owner?
* SoBadItsGood: As long as you are not George Lucas.
* {{Squick}}: Elderly Wookiee Itchy looks like he's masturbating to holographic alien porn, which is completely wrong and disgusting no matter how far away your galaxy is. He's also watching it ''in the middle of his living room'', in front of his daughter-in-law and '''[[HarmfulToMinors grandson]]'''. Worse yet, this is apparently a common enough occurrence that they don't even bother commenting on it.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter: Ackmena, Bea Arthur's character, is actually considered to be the most interesting character created for the special. However, she doesn't appear for very long.
* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: Bea Arthur, alone among all the big-name guest stars. To her credit, she's talented enough to elevate her sequence into something watchable and almost poignant. She was also no stranger to 1970s variety shows, so she knew how to adapt her DeadpanSnarker Mode to the role.
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: At least in Carrie Fisher's case, it was. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXcb7VPw59s&t=1m14s Watch for yourself.]]
* TheWoobie: Krelman, Harvey Korman's character in the cantina scene. Yes, he's a bit weird with his head hole, but he's so sincere and so lonely, he evokes sympathy almost accidentally. Cantina barmaid Ackmena and her customers as a whole also fit the bill.
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