Here’s proof that there is a worse Star Wars episode than The Phantom Menace. The Star Wars Holiday Special
is so bad it should come with a health warning. It’s a two hour made-for-tv Christmas movie with the original cast (except for Alec Guinness) – Christ only knows what they were thinking. Han Solo helps Chewbacca to get home to his retarded family and his whiny son Lumpy (the main character here) to celebrate Life Day
. And while we’re waiting (and losing the will to live) we get to see sickening musical numbers, Luke with way too much eye make-up and a slightly nauseating look at the everyday life of a Wookiee family. This tower of shit aired in 1978 and turned out to be so bad that George Lucas collected all the negatives and made sure the film was never aired again. But bootleg videos have been circulating for years. Lucas said at a convention that “If I had the time and a sledgehammer – I would track down every bootlegged copy of that program and smash it.”
The film is painful and annoying to watch. Obi-Wan Kenobi said it best: “I felt a great disturbance in The Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.” Despite the fact that it blows, it still has a few… interesting moments, including a visit to the famous monster pub, cut footage from A New Hope featuring Darth Vader on the Death Star, a perverted grandpa Wookiee called Itchy, a glassy-eyed Princess Leia singing (!) and Han Solo telling Chewie, unconvincingly, how much he loves him. But the only really likable part of the film is a cartoon that introduces Bobba Fett for the first time. This Holiday Special is in no way a worthy chapter in the Star Wars saga, a shame really. It’s a mess and the poor bastards who made it should be embarrassed of themselves. How they can take themselves seriously after this is beyond me. Still, what Star Wars geek and bad movie fan wouldn’t want to see it?!?
The Star Wars Holiday Special
Release year: 1978
Director: Steve Binder, David Acomba (uncredited)
Starring: Bea Arthur, Art Carney, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew
Style and coolness
Innovative camera work
Action and special effects
– Luke Skywalker and Han Solo battle evil Imperial forces to help Chewbacca reach his imperiled family on the Wookiee planet – in time for Life Day, their most important day of the year!