March 6, 2014 – Despite the glory of most things connected with Star Wars, George Lucas and his franchise have been known to lay a big, steaming, embarrassing turd at our feet now and then. And I’m not just talking about the highly criticized prequels (1999-2005).
As early as 1978, Lucas and his team excreted upon the masses a most foul 98-minute TV special called The Star Wars Holiday Special. It was so poorly executed and received that the “special” was televised only once. Years later, Lucas said he wished that all copies could be destroyed. But too late: The Internet has saved this turd to torment future generations.
An editor has reduced the presentation to 15 minutes (still hard to watch), but here is the condensed version if you’ve never witnessed it:
And here is a synopsis from the editor of the video:The basic story goes Chewbacca and Han Solo visit Kashyyyk, Chewbacca’s home world, to celebrate Life Day. Along the way they are pursued by agents of the Galactic Empire, who are searching for members of the Rebel Alliance on the planet. Introduces to to the ever hungry Star Wars cannon new elements such as the three members of Chewbacca’s family: his father Itchy, his wife Malla, and his son Lumpy (or Attichitcuk, Mallatobuck, and Lumpawaroo, respectively) plus a four armed chef. a trumpet playing goblin in spandex, Beatrice Arthur and umm .. Jefferson Starship. Need we say more? I truly love this crazy thing and hope it can be shared to new generations of innocents who may not have seen it and can now appreciate it for the once in a lifetime television atrocity that it is now preserved forever in the international archives of the internet.