"Well, I know that George Lucas doesn't like it at all. When I was working on The Illustrated Star Wars Universe, he told me that he would be happy if every copy could be tracked down and smashed..."
— Kevin J. Anderson
"Some people think, mistakenly, that the Star Wars Holiday Special is hilariously entertaining in the it's-so-bad-it's-good category. These people are idiots. Idiots who have never sat through an entire viewing of the Holiday Special. True, parts of the special are great fun, however the vast majority of the special is completely unwatchable. It is mostly like watching a one-armed, blind, five-year-old bowl in slow motion for an hour and a half."
"If The Star Wars Holiday Special was just shit that would be one thing, but it consists of us watching other people watch shit."
— Alex Jackson
"You think it's so legendarily bad that you'll torrent it and sit through it just for the kitschy nerd cred. I, too, once thought as you did."
— Randall Munroe, xkcd
Helix: How about our authorized copy of The Star Wars Holiday Special, signed by George Lucas?
Sam: Perfect! The one item we've stolen that causes worry when it disappears, and utter panic when it returns to public view.
"This review maybe makes it sound like it's so bad it's good, and in some ways I guess it is, but in most other ways it's sort of like putting live hornets in your ass."
"This is the guy who said (shows picture of Jar Jar) this is ok and (shows picture of Howard the Duck) this is ok. Which means this is the project that he was personally ashamed of. I'm going to go over it again: (shows picture of Jar Jar) ok, (shows picture of Howard the Duck) ok, (shows picture of the Holiday Special) personally ashamed of."
"There are not enough toliets in the world to contain the amount of shit-spewing fear that I'm going through right now."
"Huh. Well, it's not every day you see the stupidest thing you've ever seen."
"I hope this doesn't come across as sacrilegious, but... Life Day eats!"
"Why was it such a misfit? You know why."
— Peter Paltridge "reviews" The Star Wars Holiday Special for his "Island of Misfit Christmas Specials" series
"George Lucas once said he wished he could track down every single copy of the Star Wars Holiday Special and smash it to pieces with a sledgehammer. Thanks to the easy breezy modern data transfers of today, that task just got a lot harder. A typical YouTube search turns up fifty different tapings of the special. Thousands, maybe millions, are watching the horror at any given time around the world. That's a lot of hard drives to smash, George — better get busy. And honestly, your time would be better spent doing that than whatever you're working on."
— Platypus Comix, "The Ads of The Star Wars Holiday Special"
"I don't know what else to say except that this scene has completely shattered my soul. All my happy childhood memories of Star Wars? Vaporized. Hope for a better tomorrow? Gone. The eye of the tiger? I just plucked it out and stomped on it in hopes that I'll never see an atrocity like this again for as long as I live."