Friday, December 24, 2010

The Star Wars Holiday Special

It's Christmastime, and that can only mean one thing: Nah, forget eggnog, Rudolph and the Grinch. It's time for the "Star Wars Holiday Special"!

The prospect of this 1978 TV gem was enough to make our light sabers tingle with glee — a bonus chapter of the tale as we eagerly waited for the Empire to strike back. In reality, though, it was a disaster of intergalactic proportions. The plot, such as it was, focused on Chewbacca’s family — his wife Mala, son Lumpy, and freakish (and, no doubt, flea-ridden and stinky) father Itchy — as they waited for Chewie to return home.

The original Star Wars gang made perfunctory appearances, including an overly made-up Mark Hamill and a stumbly Carrie Fisher. And it all spiraled even further into surreal territory when Bea Arthur, Art Carney, and Harvey Korman showed up. The special was so embarrassing that it only aired once.

If you haven't seen it, you owe it to yourself to check it out. And as an extra little stocking stuffer, have you seen this? The guys at GamerVision put together their own awesome take on Christmas in Star Wars land. Definitely worth checking out.

From all of us at GenXtinct, happy holidays!

1 comment:

Sylko said...

I finally rewatched this after not seeing it since 1978. Star Wars was a huge part of my childhood and for years, I thought I imagined it! I did not remember all the cheesy variety show bits. I remembered the still-awesome cartoon, which I think explains my Boba Fett love. But wow, it's really bad!