4/16/2008

Oh.My.God...

Like most people my age, back in the late seventies, I was all about Star Wars. The movies, the toys, the lunchboxes, and anything else they wanted to try and cram down my throat. I've always had this faint memory of a Star Wars TV show where we met Chewbacca's family, but it was so long ago, I figured maybe it was just a dream I had had (I had many Star Wars-based dreams as a kid).

Thanks to the internet, I stumbled upon the Star Wars Holiday Special. It was made before The Empire Strikes Back. Now, a lot has been made of the poor quality of the latest 3 installments of the Star Wars series, but as bad as they were, none hold a candle to this baby. Having said that, I bet I went ape-shit over this show back when it originally aired. Surprisingly, all the main actors (minus Alec Guiness) reprise their roles. We also get to see appearances by Bea Arthur, Art Carney, Harvey Korman, and Jefferson Starship (I'm not kidding). I am including a link to a five-minute condensed version and one for the entire two-hour program, for those who are gluttons for punishment. Enjoy!

9 comments:

Frank Sirmarco said...

We also meet Boba Fett for the first time in the holiday special - he is featured in an animated section of the show.

Teri said...

OH. DEAR. GOD..............

Sorry, Chris, but I'd rather poke my eyes out with a sharp object.

Now I know why I didn't remember this show. I made sure I was busy that night so I could miss it.

J. Hi said...

OMG, that was so wonderfully awful. My 7 year old and my husband are obsessed with Star Wars, and therefore I am too. I can't wait to show them that.

SkylersDad said...

Just lovely Chris, I remember all the hype, and I was right on board with it! I saw the original Star Wars in a theater in Hawaii when my ship was stationed there.

Spooney said...

That was no way near the quality of "Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park"!

If you like bad, rent that baby.

vikkitikkitavi said...

I thought Lucas made this special go away, like, permanently. Kinda like Jimmy Hoffa.

Internets always wins.

Dave said...

Happy Life Day, everyone!

Valerie said...

I thought this was a joke and started watching it and still thought it was a joke...like someone had somehow put different clips together and then I fastforwarded to Princess Leia singing and just sat staring at my computer with my mouth wide open.

Wow.

Grant Miller said...

So why did Alec Guiness not want to do that?