The Star Wars Holiday Special is in-universe propaganda.The Empire created it to torture Rebel sympathizers and make them so annoyed by the Alliance heroes that the Rebels would never want to see them again.
Life Day itself was created by the Empire to keep the Rebellion too discombobulated to be effective.
The entire thing was just a nightmare that was had by one of the characters.Because you know, I had a nightmare after watching it!
Imagine the special had come out before VHS tapes or other home recording happened...Star Wars as a franchise goes along like it normally would, as does for the most part its fandom and expanded universe...but in the 1990s, rumors start to go about in the more hardcore sects of the fandom about a holiday special that supposedly aired in the late 1970s, how apparently it had Bea Arthur and Art Carney in it, and Wookies talking for 20 minutes. But, sadly, no known copies of the special exist, and the only thing people have to go on is testimonials or maybe some still photos. Can you even imagine how much of a legend the special would become, even moreso than it is now? It would surpass The Day the Clown Cried in reputation as the most horrible film nobody ever saw. Books would be written, documentaries would be made, countless people would spend countless hours of their lives trying to unravel the mystery. Carrie Fisher stating that the drugs blocked out all memory of the production would take on a whole new significance. The cels from the animated segment that were auctioned in our world would go for three times their original price in this world, as would the 45 single pressing for the Jefferson Starship song. People would constantly wait for the day George Lucas either dies, has a change of heart, or slips up on security enough that the original masters of the special get released/leaked, upon which they will pass from hand to hand underground for ludicrous prices. Then, when somebody has enough of a generous spirit to forego their profits and copy the master onto the Internet for all to see, all of those who spent a decade or two trying to unravel the great mystery that is The Star Wars Holiday Special will inevitably scratch their heads and go "This is what all the fuss is about? This is the animation I spent my kid's college fund on to get a single frame?!"
The special will NEVER be released.George Lucas will state so in his will. Not that that will have any legal backing, but they will do so out of respect for the dead.
The special is the true reason why SOPA and PIPA exist.SOPA and PIPA did not come about as Hollywood's ultimate plot to stop online piracy and copyright infringement forever. It's actually George Lucas's ultimate plot to remove the Holiday Special's existence from the internet forever.
The bartender is Dorothy Zbornak.The Golden Girls kept their promise to Rose that when they die they'll be frozen so they can be cured and get back together in the future. Well, it took them a really long time to get thawed, and they found they'd been transported to a galaxy far, far, away. The four opened a cantina on Tattooine; they clearly like hot weather and Blanche just loves bad boys like smugglers and men in uniforms like Stormtroopers.
Greedo is the Hans Moleman of the Star Wars Universe.Not literally, of course, but his presence indicates that while he may have indeed died as a result of his encounter with Han Solo, he was fine the next day, in the tradition of Hans Moleman, Fearless Fosdick and other slapstick characters. He just... didn't have anything to do in the next two films, but it's not unthinkable that he died a few more times since.
That Imperial Guard that visited Saun Dann's shop was on leave with PTSD following a battle with the Mon Calamari in which his entire squad were wiped out.It would explain why he hated fish.
Disney is planning a big-budget remake of this special in order to rehab its reputation.