Also Leia's entire planet was murdered by the Empire a few months earlier and at about the same time she was tortured. Even if Luke avenged her suffering and losses at Yavin its perhaps not surprising the Princess may have resorted to the bottle or the powder to deal with all the horror's she's been through recently.
Han and Chewie took forever to get there as anyone caught in holiday traffic would.
Lots of people watch cooking shows to help prepare meals. Some of these shows are legitimately as annoying and unhelpful as the sketch.
Variety shows themselves can be pretty common during that time of year because they're cheap and quick to make.
The special is incredibly dull and so is a lot of the last few days leading up to a big holiday for the average family.
I could go on, but I think the connections are probably coming to anyone reading this as well.
The WMG labeled "Imagine the special had come out before VHS tapes or other home recording happened..."
It makes perfect sense that the band would play the song without lyrics when Ackmina's not around.
For a long time, I thought absolutely nothing was accomplished by this special in terms of progressing the story. Then I thought about Boba Fett's role in it. He is working directly with Darth Vader and pretends to be allies with Luke for a while. When he hears Luke's name and then reports it to Darth Vader later, the latter would then realize that this individual (the one who destroyed the Death Star) was his long-lost son! Since that event had to take place before the rest of the special, Vader's mission on Kashyyyk is to draw out Luke. And that sets into motion all of The Empire Strikes Back!
While an imperial officer is going through Saun Dann's store, Saun Dann has a wallscreen conversation with Malla. Saun explains the shaggy carpet Malla ordered was made by a woman living four planets away, and that she made it all by herself. She made it by hand, solo. Why would Saun Dann make such an inane pun in the first place? Is he aware he's making a pun? Is it for the audience's benefit? Or does he just happen to say something that refers to a notorious smuggler? Notice his voice. He's not making light of this. It's not funny to him. He is dead serious, but what he says informs Malla of something. "Han Solo is coming, and he will help get you out of this situation, but I can't talk right now because there is an Imperial officer right behind me." The looming threat of imperial occupation runs deeply throughout the story, as it does in Ackmena's scene — No one is having fun here.
May we raise a glass of whatever alcohol is handy for the poor bastards at BioWare who likely had to sit through this thing (hopefully with a mute button handy) in order to get the details on Kashyyyk's appearance correct for Knights of the Old Republic, and then had to do a second viewing several years later to put Life Day robes in Star Wars: The Old Republic?