The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)


“I want the rebels located and identified if it means searching every household in the system.” – Darth Vader

Number of Times Seen – Twice (21 Dec 2006 and 18 Nov 2018)

Brief Synopsis – While waiting for Han Solo and Chewbacca to arrive on the Wookie home planet for a yearly festival, Chewy’s family must deal with threats from the Empire.

My Take on it – As a HUGE fan of just about anything Star Wars, hings wouldn’t complete without a review of this film which just this week celebrated its 40th anniversary.

As much as some people hate Jar-Jar, this film is probably at the very bottom of everyone’s list of Star Wars films and it really deserves to be there because this is truly a travesty.

This is much more of a farce than anything else and even being able to see some of best characters of the series appear doesn’t help make this film any more enjoyable.

The story presented here is extremely weak and fails to add anything interesting or new to the Star Wars canon especially since so much of this makes no sense what so ever.

The lack of any real correlation between this film and the series on a whole is even more detrimental even if we get to see some familiar characters show up along the way because it feels so disconnected from the real Star Wars Universe that we know.

The musical scenes make this feel even more out of place and help make this film even more unbearable to watch.

I can completely understand how most of the cast and crew have completely disavowed this film.

Bottom Line – Possible the very worst Star Wars film ever made. This is much more of a farce than anything else and even the iconic characters and actors from the original film can’t help make this any more fun. The story is really weak and doesn’t add much to the canon of the series and actually makes so little sense.  There are no really correlations in this film to the saga we all know and love and besides some of the familiar characters this feels completely disconnected from the other stories. The musical scenes feel quite out of place and make this even more unbearable to watch. I can completely understand how most of the cast and crew have disavowed this film.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia #1 – According to Carrie Fisher, George Lucas gave her a copy of the special as a gift for recording the DVD commentary for Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977). She claimed that she played it at parties when she wanted her guests to leave.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia #2 – 40 years later, almost all of the surviving cast who appeared in this one-off show are still embarrassed by its existence, C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels said that George Lucas has been known to walk out of interviews when an interviewer starts to ask questions about this show, and has said that the show will never be made available again. In the 1990s, Lucas said that he believed the master tapes no longer existed, although that appears to be incorrect. Harrison Ford has said that he doesn’t remember much about appearing in it, and has never seen it, so there’s no point in asking him any questions. Mark Hamill has cleverly dodged most of the questions asked of him about it. Only the late Carrie Fisher talked about it publicly. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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