On the other hand, I've never been much of a Star Wars fan. I appreciated the original movies as fun, goofy, block busters but I never saw them as particularly great. However, I have recently begun to enjoy Star Wars a bit more, I liked the Force Awakens a lot, and I loved Rogue One. So maybe I've been seduced by the dark side a bit, and I even bought this:
|40 hours of extras! I mean what the hell could be on this thing.|
Still Star Wars will never hold a candle to Trek for me and my absolute favorite thing in the Star Wars oeuvre is something that most people have either never heard of, or would rather forget. The Holiday Special
It aired in November of 1978 after the first movie had become a mega-hit and it is incredibly weird and awful. I pride myself on being a connoisseur of so bad there good, as in funny, movies and I'm a devoted fan of the make fun of bad movies show MST3K and its later incarnation Rifftrax, still the Star Wars special threw me through a loop. Even after a life time spent watching bad movies, the weirdness of this one comes as a shock.
The basic premise of the special, if you can go so far as to say that it has one, is that Chewy the Wookie is trying to get home to his family to celebrate the big Wookie Holiday Life Day
Obviously it is a mistake to focus a television special on characters that communicate by grunting. Never the less the producers of The Star Wars Holiday special did just this, at least half of the special is Chewy's family grunting at each other.
Bea Arthur sings in an alien bar
and Disco Star Dihann Carol appears as some sort of virtual reality entertainment of a rather mature sort :
The special is so bad that it remained virtually hidden for years with George Lucas trying to bury it and erase it from the collective conscious. It was never re-aired and never released, but it couldn't be destroyed and with the release of the Force Awakens the Holiday special crawled out of the wood work. It can be seen on you tube as can all of the wonderful 1970s commercials:
Happy Life Day!