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-->-- '''Creator/GeorgeLucas'''

If you're Creator/GeorgeLucas, stop reading this ''immediately''.

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-->-- '''Creator/GeorgeLucas'''

-->--'''Creator/GeorgeLucas'''

If you're Creator/GeorgeLucas, George Lucas, stop reading this ''immediately''.



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 1015 minutes of the special is conducted ''entirely'' in those, with ''no subtitles'' whatsoever.

The basic idea linking the segments together is that Chewie is trying to get home for the big Wookiee holiday, [[YouMeanXmas Life Day]]. During the course of the film, we get updates from the Millennium Falcon as a seriously-bored Creator/HarrisonFord and Creator/PeterMayhew race for "Kazook" space. The catch is that they may not make it in time as they're being pursued by agents of the Galactic Empire, who are also searching the planet for Rebel agents. [[ANaziByAnyOtherName A couple of agents]] show up to search Chewie's house, leading to about 10 whole seconds of actual suspense. And a random act of violence against a stuffed animal.

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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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 1015 10-15 minutes of the special is conducted ''entirely'' in those, with ''no subtitles'' whatsoever.

The basic idea linking the segments together is that Chewie is trying to get home for the big Wookiee holiday, [[YouMeanXmas Life Day]]. During the course of the film, we get updates from the Millennium Falcon as a seriously-bored Creator/HarrisonFord and Creator/PeterMayhew race for "Kazook" space. The catch is that they may not make it in time as they're being pursued by agents of the Galactic Empire, who are also searching the planet for Rebel agents. [[ANaziByAnyOtherName A couple of agents]] show up to search Chewie's house, leading to about 10 whole seconds of actual suspense. And a random act of violence against a stuffed animal.

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:



* Ackmena (played by Creator/BeaArthur) does a musical segment from her cantina on Tatooine Mos Eisley Cantina!

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* Ackmena (played by Creator/BeaArthur) does a musical segment from her cantina on Tatooine Mos Eisley Cantina!Cantina.



* 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.)
* Lumpy watches the instruction disc for assembling a transmitter. Every step, from start to finish, is read by a robot-impersonating Creator/HarveyKorman. Not a robot impersonating Harvey Korman, mind you, although that might have turned out better.
* Malla watches a cooking show starring a multi-armed and crossdressing Creator/HarveyKorman.

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* 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 was among the bonus features of the ''Star Wars: The Complete Saga'' Blu-Ray.Blu-Ray set.)
* Lumpy watches the instruction disc for assembling a transmitter. Every step, from start to finish, is read by a robot-impersonating Creator/HarveyKorman. Not a robot impersonating Harvey Korman, mind you, although that which might have turned out better.
* Malla watches a cooking show starring a multi-armed and crossdressing Creator/HarveyKorman.Harvey Korman.



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 have remembered much of it anyway)[[/note]].

The animated segment, which officially introduces BountyHunter Boba Fett and thus served as a mini-preview for ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' was at least decent, and is likewise considered canon (it was animated by world-respected Creator/{{Nelvana}} Studios, who went on to handle the kiddie series ''WesternAnimation/{{Droids}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Ewoks}}''). This fact alone has stayed the hand of many a would-be tape burner. The music is likewise okay, thanks to Music/JohnWilliams. The special is also notable for being one of the first efforts by young makeup artist Creator/StanWinston, who later skyrocketed to fame by creating ''Film/TheTerminator'' and the dinosaurs of ''Franchise/JurassicPark''.

For the most part, though, it's legendary for its badness, even the most vocal Prequel fans won't defend this. Even the ''director''[[note]]Steve Binder, best known for ''The T.A.M.I. Show'' and Music/ElvisPresley's '''68 Comeback Special''[[/note]] won't defend this. The entire vast, complicated ''Star Wars'' mythos is reduced to a typical 1970s variety show rock-bottom production values, groan-worthy "humor", and [[SocietyMarchesOn then-hot celebrities]]. ''Literature/WhatWereTheyThinkingThe100DumbestEventsInTelevisionHistory'' lists this special as the all-time #1 worst moment, and it's become something of a ''de facto'' benchmark for how bad a made-for-TV movie can become. Besides everything else, it's pretty disturbing seeing Itchy going gaga over Carroll in what's clearly supposed to be a kiddie funfest.

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The Holiday Special ''is'' ''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 have remembered much of it anyway)[[/note]].

The animated segment, which officially introduces BountyHunter Boba Fett - and thus served as a mini-preview for ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' - was at least decent, and is likewise considered canon (it was animated by world-respected Creator/{{Nelvana}} Studios, who went on to handle the kiddie series later spinoff shows ''WesternAnimation/{{Droids}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Ewoks}}''). This fact alone has stayed the hand of many a would-be tape burner. The music is likewise okay, thanks to Music/JohnWilliams. The special is also notable for being one of the first efforts by young makeup artist Creator/StanWinston, who later skyrocketed to fame by creating ''Film/TheTerminator'' and the dinosaurs of ''Franchise/JurassicPark''.

For the most part, though, it's legendary for its badness, badness - even the most vocal Prequel fans won't defend this. Even the ''director''[[note]]Steve ''director'' [[note]](Steve Binder, best known for ''The T.A.M.I. Show'' and Music/ElvisPresley's '''68 Comeback Special''[[/note]] Special'')[[/note]] won't defend this. The entire vast, complicated ''Star Wars'' mythos is reduced to a typical 1970s variety show - rock-bottom production values, groan-worthy "humor", and [[SocietyMarchesOn then-hot celebrities]]. ''Literature/WhatWereTheyThinkingThe100DumbestEventsInTelevisionHistory'' lists this special as the all-time #1 worst moment, and it's become something of a ''de facto'' benchmark for how bad a made-for-TV movie can become. Besides everything else, it's pretty disturbing seeing Itchy going gaga over Carroll in what's clearly supposed to be a kiddie funfest.



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 WebVideo/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]], by WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgJO59eu6lQ here]] and by WebVideo/JonTron [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eL5gMWcl9FU&t=969s here]].

Finding copies of the special on a legal basis is downright impossible, as George Lucas will ensure it won't be released on DVD as long as he lives... however, he apparently looks the other way when it shows up on certain video sites. The special is regularly brought up during the month of December on Website/{{WrestleCrap}}, reviewed by a fellow Troper [[http://madnessmonster.wordpress.com/2009/06/28/star-wars-holiday-review/ here.]] Watch at your own risk [[http://www.fuzzymemories.tv/index.php?m=xxswhsxx 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 I-Mockery 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 as well as WebVideo/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]], 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]].

Finding copies of the special on a legal basis is downright impossible, as George Lucas will ensure it won't be released on DVD home video as long as he lives... however, though he apparently looks the other way when it shows up on certain video sites. The special is regularly brought up during the month of each December on Website/{{WrestleCrap}}, reviewed by a fellow Troper [[http://madnessmonster.wordpress.com/2009/06/28/star-wars-holiday-review/ here.]] Watch at your own risk [[http://www.fuzzymemories.tv/index.php?m=xxswhsxx here.]]
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* ActorAllusion: Creator/ArtCarney's excessive noodling with a device in exactly the same way Ed Norton did in ''Series/TheHoneymooners'', complete with an Imperial Guard yelling, "Will you just ''get on'' with it?!" in the same way as Ralph Kramden.

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* ActorAllusion: Creator/ArtCarney's excessive noodling with a device in exactly the same way Ed Norton did in ''Series/TheHoneymooners'', complete with an Imperial Guard yelling, yelling "Will you just ''get on'' with it?!" in the same way as Ralph Kramden.



* BroadStrokes: While George Lucas is doing his best to make sure nobody knows it was made, many elements are accepted in canon... with the understanding that they happened during something that wasn't a crappy variety show. Though see CanonDiscontinuity below for what Disney did with it.
* BrokenRecord: "Stir whip stir whip whip whip stir. Stir whip stir whip whip whip stir. Stir whip stir whip whip whip stir. Stir whip stir whip whip whip stir. Stir whip stir whip whip whip stir. Stir whip stir whip whip whip stir." Repeat ad nauseam.

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* BroadStrokes: While George Lucas is doing his best to make sure nobody knows it was made, many elements are accepted in canon... with the understanding that they happened during something that wasn't a crappy variety show. Though (Though see CanonDiscontinuity below for what Disney did with it.
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* BrokenRecord: "Stir whip stir whip whip whip stir. Stir whip stir whip whip whip stir. Stir whip stir whip whip whip stir. Stir whip stir whip whip whip stir. Stir whip stir whip whip whip stir. Stir whip stir whip whip whip stir." Repeat ad nauseam.



* CanonDiscontinuity: Thanks to what's considered canon in the new ''Star Wars'' universe under Disney, this movie no longer counts to any degree. In spite of this, Malla and the rest of his family (though not explicitly named beyond the former) are referenced in later canon works meaning that they are still Chewbacca's family, and while concepts and ideas are free for use, it's pretty unlikely to go beyond a few basics.
** As of 2015, the cartoon segment was explicitly decanonized. In the Marvel ''Star Wars'' comic, we get to see Luke and Boba Fett meet, and there's no way it could be described as a friendly meeting.

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* CanonDiscontinuity: Thanks to what's considered canon in the new ''Star Wars'' universe under Disney, this movie special no longer counts to any degree. In spite of this, Malla and the rest of his family (though not explicitly named beyond the former) are referenced in later canon works meaning that they are still Chewbacca's family, and while concepts and ideas are free for use, it's pretty unlikely to go beyond a few basics.
** As of 2015, the cartoon segment was explicitly decanonized. decanonized: In the Marvel ''Star Wars'' comic, we get to see Luke and Boba Fett meet, and there's no way it could be described as a friendly meeting. friendly.



** Yes, that's really Chewbacca's family. This said, the old official canon sources trying desperately to put a positive spin on things turn the names given here into nicknames along the same lines as "Chewie": "Malla" was lengthened to "Mallatobuck", "Itchy" is short for "Attichitcuk", and "Lumpy" is short for "Lumpawarrump". [[UnfortunateNames Not that it helps.]]
*** The EU also had Lumpy changing from Lumpawarrump to Lumpawaroo (part of a Wookie coming-of-age tradition), specifically so he could ''change his nickname'' to Waroo. Lucasfilm has an employee who literally gets paid to retcon this stuff seamlessly, but he couldn't save ''that''.
** Bea Arthur's character has actually been used in some ''Star Wars'' books, helping to free slaves in ''[[Literature/FateoftheJedi Allies]]''.

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** Yes, that's really Chewbacca's family. This said, the old official canon sources - trying desperately to put a positive spin on things - turn the names given here into nicknames along the same lines as "Chewie": "Malla" was lengthened to "Mallatobuck", "Itchy" is short for "Attichitcuk", and "Lumpy" is short for "Lumpawarrump". [[UnfortunateNames Not that it helps.]]
*** The EU also had Lumpy changing from Lumpawarrump to Lumpawaroo (part of a Wookie Wookiee coming-of-age tradition), specifically so he could ''change his nickname'' to Waroo. Lucasfilm has had an employee who literally gets got paid to retcon this stuff seamlessly, but he couldn't save ''that''.
** Bea Arthur's character Ackmena has actually been used in some ''Star Wars'' books, such as helping to free slaves in ''[[Literature/FateoftheJedi ''[[Literature/FateOfTheJedi Allies]]''.



** Life Day itself, not to mention Saun Dann, made frequent appearances in ''VideoGame/StarWarsGalaxies'' and later ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''.

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** Life Day itself, not to mention as well as Saun Dann, made frequent appearances in ''VideoGame/StarWarsGalaxies'' and later ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic''.



-->'''The Cinema Snob:''' (''essentially translating the "R2-D2 as...R2-D2" credit'') Fuck you, Kenny Baker!
** The reason Baker was not credited was that he was not involved in the special. Since R2-D2 didn't even move, no actor was needed.

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-->'''The Cinema Snob:''' (''essentially ''(essentially translating the "R2-D2 as...R2-D2" credit'') credit)'' Fuck you, Kenny Baker!
** The reason Baker was not wasn't credited was that he was not involved in the special. wasn't involved. Since R2-D2 didn't even wasn't scripted to move, no actor was needed.



* [[LaserGuidedAmnesia Coke-Guided Amnesia]]: Carrie Fisher has gone on record several times saying that she has absolutely ''no'' memory of ever taking part in this special. Harrison Ford claims the same thing, although he doesn't have a known substance-abuse problem as an excuse.[[note]](When he claimed to have no memory of it on Creator/ConanOBrien's show, Conan mentioned he had a clip of the special present in the studio to play. Ford, in an entirely uncharacteristic burst of expression, tried to reach across the desk to get at Conan, but ultimately had to endure the clip. He could barely bring himself to utter a "thank you" at the end.)[[/note]]
** 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.
* CoolOldLady: Ackmena. There's a reason her segment is considered the high point in the film.

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* [[LaserGuidedAmnesia Coke-Guided Amnesia]]: Carrie Fisher has gone on wenton record several times saying that she has had absolutely ''no'' memory of ever taking part in this special. Harrison Ford claims the same thing, although he doesn't have a known substance-abuse problem as an excuse. [[note]](When he claimed to have no memory of it on Creator/ConanOBrien's show, Conan mentioned he had a clip of the special present in the studio to play. Ford, in an entirely uncharacteristic burst of expression, tried to reach across the desk to get at Conan, but ultimately had to endure the clip. He could barely bring himself to utter a "thank you" at the end.)[[/note]]
** 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.
* CoolOldLady: Ackmena. There's a reason her segment is considered one of the few high point points in the film.special.



* DirtyOldMan: Fans might think that Itchy was one for watching the Mind Evaporator sequence (and as some fans note, with his family), but that Mind Evaporator thing originally belonged to Saun Dann, making him definitely this. Production materials for the sequence in the special even explicitly list him as being a "DirtyOldMan".
* 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 ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', but that doesn't happen until ''after'' this special.)

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* DirtyOldMan: Fans might think that Itchy was one for watching the Mind Evaporator sequence (and as some fans note, with his family), but that Mind Evaporator thing originally belonged to Saun Dann, making him definitely this. Production materials for the sequence in the special even explicitly list him as being a "DirtyOldMan".
"Dirty Old Man".
* DudeLooksLikeALady: An extremely unfortunate side effect of the makeup job used to conceal Mark Hamill's scars from his recent then-recent car accident. Did they really need to get mascara involved? (In canon, the scars would be explained by the Wampa attack in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', but that doesn't happen until ''after'' this special.)



** Same could be said for the Wookiee family, as it was hard to tell that Malla was a woman.
* DullSurprise: During Leia's song in the final segment, there is a very brief dissolve to Harrison Ford's face, when he may not have been aware that he was on camera. His expression is a mix of bored-to-tears, embarrassed, and defeated. It's quite clearly the precise pinpointed moment where he stopped even ''pretending'' to care about the holiday special.

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** Same could be said for the Wookiee family, as it was hard to tell that Malla was a woman.
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* DullSurprise: During Leia's song in the final segment, there is a very brief dissolve to Harrison Ford's face, when he may not have been aware that he was on camera.on-camera. His expression is a mix of bored-to-tears, embarrassed, and defeated. It's quite clearly the precise pinpointed moment where he stopped even ''pretending'' to care about the holiday special.



* EpicFail: A stormtrooper fighting Han Solo ends up tripping on his own blaster and falling off a balcony to his own death.

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* EpicFail: A stormtrooper Stormtrooper fighting Han Solo ends up tripping on his own blaster and falling off a balcony to his own death.



* ExactWords: Lord Helmet to Saun Dann (about the groomer) "I'll take it." "And how will you pay?" "I said, 'I'll ''take'' it.'"

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* ExactWords: Lord Helmet "Lord Helmet" to Saun Dann (about the groomer) "I'll take it." "And how will you pay?" "I said, 'I'll ''take'' it.'"



* FictionalHoliday: The Wookiees' Life Day. Which was until recently considered canon, despite the huge section of the fandom that wished otherwise.

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* FictionalHoliday: The Wookiees' Life Day. Which was until recently the Disney takeover considered canon, despite the huge section of the fandom that wished otherwise.



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The whole Mermeia sequence is basically the space-age version of a Rated-X porn video, on a special that was supposed to be ''family friendly''. Apparently, it was intended to be more explicitly a porn tape, but the CBS censors said no.

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The whole Mermeia sequence is basically the space-age version of a Rated-X porn video, on a special that was supposed to be ''family friendly''. Apparently, it was intended to be more explicitly a porn tape, but the CBS censors said no.



* {{Jerkass}}: The stormtroopers and imperial officers here are unusually vicious and mean-spirited. Highlights include threatening to shoot people for being annoying, strong-arming shopowners for grooming products, and tearing up a kid's room for little reason.

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* {{Jerkass}}: The stormtroopers Stormtroopers and imperial Imperial officers here are unusually vicious and mean-spirited. Highlights include threatening to shoot people for being annoying, strong-arming shopowners for grooming products, and tearing up a kid's room for little reason.



-->'''[[Podcast/RiffTrax Bill Corbett]]:''' (''as Lumpy'') Diane! [[CargoShip We were to be married!]]
* LighterAndSofter: It still has the lighthearted elements and bits of goofy humor present in the original film, [[UpToEleven but played up far, far more]], and with then-contemporary sitcom humor sandwiched in. The special has no pretense of a grandiose epic storyline, and the darker elements of the original film are downplayed.
* MarsNeedsWomen: There's a ''very, very,'' '''''very''''' disturbing sequence where grandpa Itchy watches what is essentially a holographic soft-core porn tape featuring Diahann Carroll (while his daughter-in-law and grandson are in the room). And if his grotesque gyrating jaw is any indication, he's enjoying it. BrainBleach please!

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-->'''[[Podcast/RiffTrax Bill Corbett]]:''' (''as Lumpy'') ''(as Lumpy)'' Diane! [[CargoShip We were to be married!]]
* LighterAndSofter: It still has the lighthearted elements and bits of goofy humor present in the original film, [[UpToEleven but played up far, far more]], more]] and with then-contemporary sitcom humor sandwiched in. The special has no pretense of a grandiose epic storyline, and the darker elements of the original film are downplayed.
* MarsNeedsWomen: There's a ''very, very,'' '''''very''''' very, '''very''''' disturbing sequence where grandpa Itchy watches what is essentially a holographic soft-core softcore porn tape featuring Diahann Carroll (while his daughter-in-law and grandson are in the room). And if his grotesque gyrating jaw is any indication, he's enjoying it. BrainBleach please!BrainBleach!



* OffModel: The character designs in the animated segment are all over the place, especially for the human characters. Han in particular looks like somebody smashed him in the face with a shovel.

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* OffModel: The character designs in the animated segment are all over the place, especially for the human characters.humans. Han in particular looks like somebody smashed him in the face with a shovel.



* PokeThePoodle: Apparently, when it's not busy waging wars or blowing up entire planets, the ''evil'' Galactic Empire uses its time to shut down bars.
* PoliceState: Kashyyyk is ruled by the Empire as one, which is why every home has [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour a two-way view screen]]. The Wookiees have learned to subvert the tech to their own needs, and have their own hidden screens.

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* PokeThePoodle: Apparently, when it's not busy waging wars or blowing up entire planets, the ''evil'' Galactic Empire uses its time to shut down bars.
* PoliceState: Kashyyyk is ruled by the Empire as one, which is why every home has [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour a two-way view screen]].viewscreen]]. The Wookiees have learned to subvert the tech to their own needs, and have their own hidden screens.



* RailingKill: A Stormtrooper goes through the rail of the Wookiee treehouse complete with the WilhelmScream, no less! Appropriate, given that the show's choreographer was none other than David "''Film/SpaceMutiny''" Winters.

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* RailingKill: A Stormtrooper goes through the rail of the Wookiee treehouse - complete with the WilhelmScream, no less! Appropriate, given that the show's choreographer was none other than David "''Film/SpaceMutiny''" Winters.



** Kudos to the actors in the Wookie costumes, though - if you turn off the sound, you can mostly follow the conversation by their body language.

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** Kudos to the actors in the Wookie Wookiee costumes, though - if you turn off the sound, you can mostly follow the conversation by their body language.



* RunningGag: Every time Art Carney's character starts getting annoying, a Stormtrooper shuts him up by pointing a gun straight in his face. Possibly the only ''intentional'' laugh to be had.
* SaloonOwner: Bea Arthur, in what is generally considered one of the few remotely redeeming live-action scenes of the entire two-hour monstrosity.

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* RunningGag: Every time Art Carney's character starts getting annoying, a Stormtrooper shuts him up by pointing a gun straight in his face. Possibly the only ''intentional'' laugh laughs to be had.
* SaloonOwner: Bea Arthur, in what is generally considered one of the few remotely redeeming live-action scenes of the entire two-hour monstrosity.special.



* ShowWithinAShow: We see the cartoon because Lumpy's watching it. Now, why or how there would be cartoons about Rebels that depict the Empire as the bad guys, and evidently also depict actual and recent events... ah, screw it that's probably the ''least'' nonsensical thing in the special. That aside, characters watching TV or what have you makes up the meat of the special. Malla watches her cooking show; Itchy watches Diahann Carroll go mad; the Imperial inspector watches the Jefferson Starship video; Lumpy watches his cartoon, a weird Cirque de Soleil-esque dance performance, and an instructional video; and everyone watches Bea Arthur try to clear out the cantina.

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* ShowWithinAShow: We see the cartoon because Lumpy's watching it. Now, why or how there would be cartoons about Rebels that depict the Empire as the bad guys, and evidently also depict actual and recent events... ah, screw it - that's probably the ''least'' nonsensical thing in the special. That aside, characters watching TV or what have you makes up the meat of the special. special - Malla watches her cooking show; Itchy watches Diahann Carroll go mad; Carroll; the Imperial inspector watches the Jefferson Starship video; Lumpy watches his cartoon, a weird Cirque de Soleil-esque dance performance, and an instructional video; and everyone watches Bea Arthur try to clear out the cantina.



* TheUnintelligible: The script has translations for '''everything''' the Wookiees said. Seriously, would it ''really'' have blown the budget to provide subtitles for them?

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* TheUnintelligible: The script has translations for '''everything''' everything the Wookiees said. Seriously, would it ''really'' have blown the budget to provide subtitles for them?



* VideoPhone: Chewbacca's family uses one of these hidden in some kind of dresser to contact the other characters associated with the Rebel Alliance — Luke and R2-D2, Leia and C-3PO, etc. to ask about Chewie and Han Solo's whereabouts. In a separate instance, Chewie's wife, Malla, contacts Saun Dann with a device that doubles as a television, which Saun refers to as a "wall screen".
* VillainsOutShopping: Hilariously enough, the [[Music/JeffersonAirplane Jefferson Starship]] [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment music]] [[{{Padding}} video]] is triggered by... one of the Imperial troopers just sitting down and watching it, and looking like he's having a blast. (At least there's ''one'' person [[ObligatoryJoke enjoying this special.]])

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* VideoPhone: Chewbacca's family uses one of these hidden in some kind of dresser to contact the other characters associated with the Rebel Alliance — Luke (Luke and R2-D2, Leia and C-3PO, etc. etc.) to ask about Chewie and Han Solo's whereabouts. In a separate instance, Chewie's wife, Malla, Malla contacts Saun Dann with a device that doubles as a television, which Saun refers to as a "wall screen".
* VillainsOutShopping: Hilariously enough, the [[Music/JeffersonAirplane Jefferson Starship]] [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment music]] [[{{Padding}} video]] is triggered by... one of the Imperial troopers just sitting down and watching it, and looking like he's having a blast. (At least there's ''one'' person [[ObligatoryJoke enjoying this special.]]) ]])



** Leia's Life Day carol, sung by a visibly strung-out Carrie Fisher over the closing credits, is the main ''StarWars'' theme with a bunch of words shoehorned in.

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** Leia's Life Day carol, sung by a visibly strung-out Carrie Fisher over the closing credits, is the main ''StarWars'' ''Star Wars'' theme with a bunch of words shoehorned in.



** According to [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Life_Day Wookieepedia]], even Creator/GeorgeLucas has referred to ''The Star Wars Holiday Special'' as "the Christmas special", even though (as noted above) it aired in mid-November.

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** According to [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Life_Day Wookieepedia]], even Creator/GeorgeLucas has referred to ''The Star Wars Holiday Special'' as "the Christmas special", special" even though (as noted above) it aired in mid-November.


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]], by WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgJO59eu6lQ here]] and by WebVideo/JonTron [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eL5gMWcl9FU&t=969s 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 WebVideo/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]], by WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgJO59eu6lQ here]] and by WebVideo/JonTron [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eL5gMWcl9FU&t=969s here]].


For the most part, though, it's legendary for its badness, even the most vocal Prequel fans won't defend this. Even the ''director''[[note]]Steve Binder, best known for ''The T.A.M.I. Show'' and Music/ElvisPresley's '''68 Comeback Special''[[/note]] won't defend this. The entire vast, complicated ''Star Wars'' mythos is reduced to a typical 1970s variety show rock-bottom production values, groan-worthy "humor", and [[SocietyMarchesOn then-hot celebrities]]. Besides everything else, it's pretty disturbing seeing Itchy going gaga over Carroll in what's clearly supposed to be a kiddie funfest.

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For the most part, though, it's legendary for its badness, even the most vocal Prequel fans won't defend this. Even the ''director''[[note]]Steve Binder, best known for ''The T.A.M.I. Show'' and Music/ElvisPresley's '''68 Comeback Special''[[/note]] won't defend this. The entire vast, complicated ''Star Wars'' mythos is reduced to a typical 1970s variety show rock-bottom production values, groan-worthy "humor", and [[SocietyMarchesOn then-hot celebrities]]. ''Literature/WhatWereTheyThinkingThe100DumbestEventsInTelevisionHistory'' lists this special as the all-time #1 worst moment, and it's become something of a ''de facto'' benchmark for how bad a made-for-TV movie can become. Besides everything else, it's pretty disturbing seeing Itchy going gaga over Carroll in what's clearly supposed to be a kiddie funfest.


* DullSurprise: During Leia's song in the final segment, there is a very brief dissolve of Harrison Ford's face who may not have been aware that he was being focused on at that exact moment. His bland, bored to tears expression is the precise pinpointed moment where he clearly has stopped even ''pretending'' to care about the holiday special.

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* DullSurprise: During Leia's song in the final segment, there is a very brief dissolve of to Harrison Ford's face who face, when he may not have been aware that he was being focused on at that exact moment. camera. His bland, bored to tears expression is a mix of bored-to-tears, embarrassed, and defeated. It's quite clearly the precise pinpointed moment where he clearly has stopped even ''pretending'' to care about the holiday special.

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* ActorAllusion: Creator/ArtCarney's excessive noodling with a device in exactly the same way Ed Norton did in ''Series/TheHoneymooners'', complete with an Imperial Guard yelling, "Will you just ''get on'' with it?!" in the same way as Ralph Kramden.
-->'''[[Podcast/RiffTrax Kevin Murphy]]:''' It's just not the same without a fat man threatening violence.


The basic idea linking the segments together is that Chewie is trying to get home for the big Wookiee holiday, [[YouMeanXmas Life Day]]. During the course of the film, we get updates from the Millennium Falcon as a seriously-bored Creator/HarrisonFord and Peter Mayhew race for "Kazook" space. The catch is that they may not make it in time as they're being pursued by agents of the Galactic Empire, who are also searching the planet for Rebel agents. [[ANaziByAnyOtherName A couple of agents]] show up to search Chewie's house, leading to about 10 whole seconds of actual suspense. And a random act of violence against a stuffed animal.

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The basic idea linking the segments together is that Chewie is trying to get home for the big Wookiee holiday, [[YouMeanXmas Life Day]]. During the course of the film, we get updates from the Millennium Falcon as a seriously-bored Creator/HarrisonFord and Peter Mayhew Creator/PeterMayhew race for "Kazook" space. The catch is that they may not make it in time as they're being pursued by agents of the Galactic Empire, who are also searching the planet for Rebel agents. [[ANaziByAnyOtherName A couple of agents]] show up to search Chewie's house, leading to about 10 whole seconds of actual suspense. And a random act of violence against a stuffed animal.



* Itchy gets off on what can only be described as a VR porn disc starring Diahann Carroll. Provided to him by Saun Dann, a trader played by Art Carney!
* Lumpy watches a cartoon, which is actually not too bad. (Despite George 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.)

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* Itchy gets off on what can only be described as a VR porn disc starring Diahann Carroll. Provided to him by Saun Dann, a trader played by Art Carney!
Creator/ArtCarney!
* Lumpy watches a cartoon, which is actually not too bad. (Despite George Lucas's 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.)



* Malla watches a cooking show starring a multi-armed and crossdressing Harvey Korman.

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* Malla watches a cooking show starring a multi-armed and crossdressing Harvey Korman.Creator/HarveyKorman.


** Lumpy assembling a transmitter with the aid of an instructional video, which we see ''in its entirety''. The "joke" is that Korman, as an [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Amorphiian Amorphiian]] showing how to assemble the thing, gradually "shuts down" and collapses at its conclusion. Doesn't help.

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** Lumpy assembling a transmitter with the aid of an instructional video, which we see ''in its entirety''. The "joke" is that Korman, as an [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Amorphiian Amorphiian]] showing how to assemble the thing, gradually "shuts down" and collapses at its conclusion. Doesn't help.


The animated segment, which officially introduces bounty hunter Boba Fett and thus served as a mini-preview for ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' was at least decent, and is likewise considered canon (it was animated by world-respected Creator/{{Nelvana}} Studios, who went on to handle the kiddie series ''WesternAnimation/{{Droids}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Ewoks}}''). This fact alone has stayed the hand of many a would-be tape burner. The music is likewise okay, thanks to Music/JohnWilliams. The special is also notable for being one of the first efforts by young makeup artist Creator/StanWinston, who later skyrocketed to fame by creating ''Film/TheTerminator'' and the dinosaurs of ''Franchise/JurassicPark''.

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The animated segment, which officially introduces bounty hunter BountyHunter Boba Fett and thus served as a mini-preview for ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' was at least decent, and is likewise considered canon (it was animated by world-respected Creator/{{Nelvana}} Studios, who went on to handle the kiddie series ''WesternAnimation/{{Droids}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Ewoks}}''). This fact alone has stayed the hand of many a would-be tape burner. The music is likewise okay, thanks to Music/JohnWilliams. The special is also notable for being one of the first efforts by young makeup artist Creator/StanWinston, who later skyrocketed to fame by creating ''Film/TheTerminator'' and the dinosaurs of ''Franchise/JurassicPark''.


* [[LaserGuidedAmnesia Coke-Guided Amnesia]]: Carrie Fisher has gone on record several times saying that she has absolutely ''no'' memory of ever taking part in this special. Harrison Ford claims the same thing, although he doesn't have a known substance-abuse problem as an excuse.[[note]](When he claimed to have no memory of it on Conan O'Brien's show, Conan mentioned he had a clip of the special present in the studio to play. Ford, in an entirely uncharacteristic burst of expression, tried to reach across the desk to get at Conan, but ultimately had to endure the clip. He could barely bring himself to utter a "thank you" at the end.)[[/note]]

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* [[LaserGuidedAmnesia Coke-Guided Amnesia]]: Carrie Fisher has gone on record several times saying that she has absolutely ''no'' memory of ever taking part in this special. Harrison Ford claims the same thing, although he doesn't have a known substance-abuse problem as an excuse.[[note]](When he claimed to have no memory of it on Conan O'Brien's Creator/ConanOBrien's show, Conan mentioned he had a clip of the special present in the studio to play. Ford, in an entirely uncharacteristic burst of expression, tried to reach across the desk to get at Conan, but ultimately had to endure the clip. He could barely bring himself to utter a "thank you" at the end.)[[/note]]


For the most part, though, it's legendary for its badness, even the most vocal Prequel fans won't defend this. Even the ''director'' won't defend this. The entire vast, complicated ''Star Wars'' mythos is reduced to a typical 1970s variety show rock-bottom production values, groan-worthy "humor", and [[SocietyMarchesOn then-hot celebrities]]. Besides everything else, it's pretty disturbing seeing Itchy going gaga over Carroll in what's clearly supposed to be a kiddie funfest.

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For the most part, though, it's legendary for its badness, even the most vocal Prequel fans won't defend this. Even the ''director'' ''director''[[note]]Steve Binder, best known for ''The T.A.M.I. Show'' and Music/ElvisPresley's '''68 Comeback Special''[[/note]] won't defend this. The entire vast, complicated ''Star Wars'' mythos is reduced to a typical 1970s variety show rock-bottom production values, groan-worthy "humor", and [[SocietyMarchesOn then-hot celebrities]]. Besides everything else, it's pretty disturbing seeing Itchy going gaga over Carroll in what's clearly supposed to be a kiddie funfest.


The animated segment, which officially introduces bounty hunter Boba Fett and thus served as a mini-preview for ''The Empire Strikes Back'' was at least decent, and is likewise considered canon (it was animated by world-respected Creator/{{Nelvana}} Studios, who went on to handle the kiddie series ''WesternAnimation/{{Droids}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Ewoks}}''). This fact alone has stayed the hand of many a would-be tape burner. The music is likewise okay, thanks to Music/JohnWilliams. The special is also notable for being one of the first efforts by young makeup artist Creator/StanWinston, who later skyrocketed to fame by creating ''Film/TheTerminator'' and the dinosaurs of ''Franchise/JurassicPark''.

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The animated segment, which officially introduces bounty hunter Boba Fett and thus served as a mini-preview for ''The Empire Strikes Back'' ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' was at least decent, and is likewise considered canon (it was animated by world-respected Creator/{{Nelvana}} Studios, who went on to handle the kiddie series ''WesternAnimation/{{Droids}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Ewoks}}''). This fact alone has stayed the hand of many a would-be tape burner. The music is likewise okay, thanks to Music/JohnWilliams. The special is also notable for being one of the first efforts by young makeup artist Creator/StanWinston, who later skyrocketed to fame by creating ''Film/TheTerminator'' and the dinosaurs of ''Franchise/JurassicPark''.


* VillainsOutShopping: Hilariously enough, the [[Music/JeffersonAirplane Jefferson Starship]] [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment music]] [[{{Padding}} video]] is triggered by...one of the Imperial troopers just sitting down and watching it, and looking like he's having a blast. (At least there's ''one'' person [[ObligatoryJoke enjoying this special.]])

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* VillainsOutShopping: Hilariously enough, the [[Music/JeffersonAirplane Jefferson Starship]] [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment music]] [[{{Padding}} video]] is triggered by... one of the Imperial troopers just sitting down and watching it, and looking like he's having a blast. (At least there's ''one'' person [[ObligatoryJoke enjoying this special.]])


* VillainsOutShopping: Hilariously enough, the [[Music/JeffersonAirplane Jefferson Starship]] [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment music]] [[{{Padding}} video]] is triggered by...one of the Imperial troopers just sitting down and watching it, and looking like he's having a blast. It's a funnily humanizing moment - [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Space Nazis]] [[HiddenDepths love 70s groove rock!]] Who knew?

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* VillainsOutShopping: Hilariously enough, the [[Music/JeffersonAirplane Jefferson Starship]] [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment music]] [[{{Padding}} video]] is triggered by...one of the Imperial troopers just sitting down and watching it, and looking like he's having a blast. It's a funnily humanizing moment - [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Space Nazis]] [[HiddenDepths love 70s groove rock!]] Who knew? (At least there's ''one'' person [[ObligatoryJoke enjoying this special.]])

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* VillainsOutShopping: Hilariously enough, the [[Music/JeffersonAirplane Jefferson Starship]] [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment music]] [[{{Padding}} video]] is triggered by...one of the Imperial troopers just sitting down and watching it, and looking like he's having a blast. It's a funnily humanizing moment - [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Space Nazis]] [[HiddenDepths love 70s groove rock!]] Who knew?


* MarsNeedsWomen: There's a ''very, very,'' '''''very''''' disturbing sequence where grandpa Itchy watches what is essentially a holographic soft-core porn tape featuring Diahann Carroll ( [[Squick while his daughter-in-law and grandson are in the room]]. And if his grotesque gyrating jaw is any indication, he's enjoying it. BrainBleach please!

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* MarsNeedsWomen: There's a ''very, very,'' '''''very''''' disturbing sequence where grandpa Itchy watches what is essentially a holographic soft-core porn tape featuring Diahann Carroll ( [[Squick while (while his daughter-in-law and grandson are in the room]].room). And if his grotesque gyrating jaw is any indication, he's enjoying it. BrainBleach please!

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