Star Wars: Holiday Special

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Chewie and Han Solo are trying to get home to Chewie's family, so they can celebrate Lifeday.

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Critic Reviews for Star Wars: Holiday Special

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Audience Reviews for Star Wars: Holiday Special

  • Dec 20, 2015
    I love Star Wars, but this was the weirdest thing I've ever seen.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2015
    This is the only thing Star Wars creator; George Lucas has since distanced himself from, in the entire history of the Star Wars franchise. This awful television Christmas/Holiday special has hardly any sense of a complete plot, neither does it reflect the true vision, ingenuity, technicality or story world depth of the Star Wars Universe. In fact it almost feels like a parody of the franchise overall, mostly due to it's shoddy and camp production value, weird mind-fucking skits and downright terrible scripting that was bad enough for the main cast of the original film to return to. I might give it some credit for the skits and clips having their moments of almost sparse ironic entertainment mostly associated with the para-cinematic value of Star Wars, eg. Boba Fett cartoon and Cantina musical scene. Everything else is just downright terrible, it makes the Prequel Trilogy look like "The Godfather", you really just have to see this thing to believe it, and No!!! I don't encourage it on any level (just stay away from it).
    Luke E Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2013
    Happy Life Day. Worse than you could ever imagine, The Star Wars Holiday Special lives up to its reputation. Unbearable to watch, it's just amazing how atrocious Star Wars can be in the wrong hands. George Lucas tried to wipe The Star Wars Holiday Special off of the face of the earth, but the power of the Dark Side was too strong.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 25, 2012
    A long time ago in the 1970s. George Lucas created something that he is personally ashamed off. You know it must be bad when the guy that gave us Howard the Duck, Jar Jar Binks, and Indiana Jones surviving a nuclear blast in a fridge is shame of his own creation. So lets get down to why this Holiday Special sucks. The first problem with this special is that it never explains its holiday. The main essence of any holiday special is knowing about the holiday itself. My second biggest problem with the special is the usage of stock footage. Aside from being lazy it also spoils Episode 4 for anyone who has not seen it. Now that we got my two biggest problems out of the way I could tell you about the really terrible aspects of the special. The first couple of minutes have Wookies doing pointless activities and there's no subtitles. I have no idea what the writers were smoking when they wrote this, but they could have at least been smart enough to include subtitles because a majority of us do not speak Wookie. A downside to this is the dialogue mostly consist of wookie sounds which is sadly better than dialogue in English. The words "Wookie Ookie" is actually utter in this special. After a couple of minutes with Chewie family I presume we get to see some circus act. What purpose the circus act serves is anybody guess. Then afterwards get even see more pointless scenes and Mark Hamil hair makes him look like a Ken Doll. Then afterwords the writers felt the need to show us a pointless cooking show and gives us Harvey Korman in the horrifying image below. [IMG]http://www.igp-scifi.com/images/harvey-korman-star-wars.jpg[/IMG] Surprisingly that image above is not the most bizarre thing in this special. The most bizarre scene involves some old Wookie going into some sort of pornographic simulation. I say pornographic simulation because grandpa Wookie gets very excited when he sees a human female who quotes "We could have a good time"; there's even a cut where the special doesn't show what he's doing with his hands when he's acting crazy during the simulation. That might not be happening, but this is Lucas we're talking about so nothing is ever far fetch when Lucas is involved. After some boring events involving Chewie's family getting visited by storm troopers we get treated to a music video, which is yet another pointless scene to have. The cast do get to make their appearance, but in awful animated form. The drawings look terrible as they don't even come to close to representing actual people. The cartoon does however make C3PO blink. Which is yet another pointless decision considering C3PO is a robot. The cartoon is pointless, but comes the closest to being representing anything Star Wars related. Just when you think the special can't get any worse we have to see an instruction video on how to make a translator. And the writers felt the need to show us. Every. Single. Solidarity. Step. Then we cut to a bar on another planet with Bea Arthur which is apparently happening live. Odd how there are cuts in this live event. Though more odd is Harvey Korman drinking by pouring drinks onto his head? Weird. Believe it or not the whole bar scene. It's the only time we would bother not to take out the VHS (which still exist) and has average singing to go along a poorly written song. The rest of the special has nothing much to talk about. A storm trooper trips over his gun, the Wookie transport to outer space somehow, and ends with the family having dinner. As much as I was tempted to give this special a certified 0%, it is not the worst Christmas movie or special ever made. You could do allot worse with Christmas films or special. Last Ounce of Courage being one of them. Santa Claus Conquer the Martians is yet another awful Christmas movie. The very unknown Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny is far worse. Though the worst one by far has to be Santa with Muscles because nothing says Christmas like Hulk Hogan in a Santa suit. So you could do far worse than Star Wars Christmas Special. Although, it doesn't capture the slightest of what made Star Wars fun and most definite a special that no one should ever have to sit through.
    Caesar M Super Reviewer

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