Just one more holiday related post from me this year.
I have often heard tales of this. A Star Wars holiday special, which was broadcast in its entirety only once, and has never been released on video. The legend goes that it is so horribly bad that George Lucas has spent his life trying to eradicate all known copies of it.
Apparently, it’s real. It exists. In fact, here’s a description of the special from wikipedia:
In the storyline that ties the special together, Chewbacca and Han Solo visit Kashyyyk, Chewbacca’s home world, to celebrate Life Day. Along the way they are pursued by agents of the Galactic Empire, who are searching for members of the Rebel Alliance on the planet. The special introduces three members of Chewbacca’s family: his father Attichitcuk, his wife Mallatobuck, and his son Lumpawarrump. During the special, scenes also take place in outer space and in spacecraft including the Millennium Falcon and an Imperial Star Destroyer. The variety-show segments and cartoon introduce a few other locales, such as a cantina on the desert planet of Tatooine and a gooey, reddish ocean planet known as Panna.
I can’t imagine watching the whole thing – it’s like an hour and a half long. But I found this today, a cut-up version that gives you a taste of the storyline and just how bad it is. So check out this video, if you dare… (facebook readers will have to click over to the blog to see).