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06-08-2002, 10:24 PM
Can someone give me the basic storyline to it?

06-09-2002, 12:25 AM
The Empire is trying to track down Luke, Leia, Han and Chewie in order to make them pay for blowing up the Death Star. Most of the story focuses on Chewie's family on Kashyyk and the Imperials sent there to search for him. They ransack Chewie's home, violate his wife, slaughter his children....oh wait, that's what you want to happen after sitting through half an hour of nothing but Wookie dialogue.

The Imperials search Chewie's home and cut up Chewie's son's Stuffed Bantha toy. They are killed by Han and Chewie who have come home to celebrate Life Day and the whole thing ends with Chewie getting a ceremony and honors for helping destroy the Death Star.

Minor points: Art Carney's role as a goods-trader and a friend of the Wookies.
Chewie's father's soft porn projector.
Bea Arthur as the Anchorhead Cantina owner
Boba Fett's first appearance in the SW universe in the cartoon short (the only redeeming factor of the entire show)
Princess Leia's singing voice.

06-09-2002, 12:53 AM
...not to mention the fine musical numbers that punctuate the Emmy worthy performances.

Anyone who manages to sit through the entire thing deserves a medal.

But I'm shocked that "Life Day" never really caught on. ;)

06-09-2002, 01:45 AM
i want to see it , i know it's bad but i still wonder.

06-09-2002, 01:49 AM
Hey, I celebrate Life Day every year!:)

If the plot sounds kind of flimsy for a two-hour TV movie, well it is. The whole special feels like the writer walked out after only finishing fifteen minutes of story so they try to beef it up with musical numbers, skits and many looooong, uncomfortable silences.

06-09-2002, 01:55 AM
Originally posted by saladin
i want to see it , i know it's bad but i still wonder.

Every SW fan should see it at least once. If for no other reason than to make us thankful that GL kept such iron-fisted control over his ideas. The HS was a contractual obligation so that if the movie flopped, it would be the pilot for a possible TV series. When the movie took off in theaters, GL let the studio make the special themselves while working on ESB (the reason that GL's name doesn't appear anywhere in the HS credits).

06-09-2002, 03:47 AM
I'm with Saladin, I want to see it to. Its been so long ago I can't remember it.

Eternal Padawan
06-09-2002, 08:14 AM
It's funny and ironic that everyone who hasn't seen it has a strong desire to do so and those of who have seen it have a strong desire to gouge our eyes out with spoons. You could take the word of everyone who has seen it and avoid it like the plague, but you won't. You'll track it down and watch it and then regret it forever afterwards..

06-09-2002, 12:50 PM
Spoons, you say? :confused:
I was considering forks and/or steak knives myself! :D

06-09-2002, 12:54 PM
I want to see it for some odd reason... I'll be sure to have something to bite down on though so I don't end up eating my lip while forcing myself to watch it if I ever get the chance. :D

06-09-2002, 05:56 PM
I downloaded it a few days ago but have yet to force myself to watch the whole thing. I scanned through it real quick and from what I saw, it's about a million times worse than I could have ever possibly imagined. I think I'll have to take the Clockwork Orange approach in order to sit through the entire two hours without hurting myself.

If you're familiar with newsgroups, the whole thing was posted on alt.binaries.starwars a few days ago. That's where I got it from. It's also apparently available on KaZaa, but I never saw it myself.

TIE Pilot
06-10-2002, 04:53 PM
I've only seen it once, and that was back when it originally aired. Even back then it made me cringe (kinda like when I heard Jar-Jar speak for the first time in TPM).

I remember that I recorded the whole thing on audio tape (because we didn't have a VCR back then). It was really weird listening to it afterwards because all you heard at the beginning were Wookiee grunts :)

06-11-2002, 08:53 AM
I to was one of the foolish that used to say "oh, I know its probably bad but I just have to see it". God, what a terrible and misguided mistake I made. It is by far the absolute worst display of campy crap to ever have the Star Wars name attached to it. IF you thought Jar Jar Binks was annoying or have complained about him for the last three years you will fall to your knees and beg for his floppy-eared mercy for being so wrong after seeing this nightmare (Please Jar Jar I didn't know it could be THIS bad) In addition to the atrocities that bigbarada listed it also has this nugget of hell; A way-to-long musical number by non other than Jefferson Starship. They could look anymore out of place in the Star Wars universe but at the same time fit in perfectly with this cavalcade of shame and degradation. As you watch this horror (and I know most of you will?!) sweating and locked in a fetal possession try to remember that someone actually watched the final cut and said "Good, I thinks it ready to go on the air). The Wookie dialogue alone will leave you speachless as to why they would have included SO DAMN MUCH OF IT. I could go on but I don't think I will be able to change ant of your minds, just as no one chnages mine. "You will pay the price for your lack of vision"

06-11-2002, 08:58 AM
Ya, I actually own a copy and it is really miserable. I almost could not watch it all the way through.

06-11-2002, 10:47 AM
George Lucas' famous endorsement of the Holiday Special:

"If I had the time and a hammer, I would personally track down every bootleg copy of the Holiday Special and smash it to bits."


Heck, I'd buy a copy off of ebay just to have GL visit my house and get medievil on a VHS tape.:eek::D

06-12-2002, 10:30 PM
okay what is worst then, the HS or TPM.

06-14-2002, 09:06 AM
It does not matter how much you dislike TPM the Holiday Special is much much worse. This is not my opinion, it is a fact. Once you see the HS you are not the same. It is a product of dark and sinister forces using Star Wars as a unwitting outlet for there insanity

06-14-2002, 10:12 AM
Even the greatest of TPM haters would rather watch that than the Holiday Special.

I like all of the SW films (I love the prequels), the two Ewok movies and the two cartoon series. I'm one of those fans who trust in GL's vision and have an open mind to whatever he plans to do in the prequels. With that said, I HATE the Holiday Special, it is horrible and I don't think I could stand to sit through it ever again. It is that bad.

06-15-2002, 02:02 AM
Atomicmaniac is the funniest person I've never met. Jesus, those posts are FUNNY! Great job! I watched the show when I was really little, I don't remember much. Wasn't one of the "little" wookies playing with a model like Luke's? I believe I remember Boba Fett's appearance. Does that cartoon show him on a Dewback or am I on Dew-crack? I was only 6...and after reading this forum Im way too scared to watch it now.

Eternal Padawan
06-15-2002, 02:51 AM
I think Boba was riding Serendipity, wasn't he?

The best part (and by best, I mean worst, this is the HS were talking about after all) is the dude who pours beverages served to him by Bea Aurthur into a hole in the top of his head.

by atomicmaniac
...try to remember that someone actually watched the final cut and said "Good, I thinks it ready to go on the air.

That is too funny. :D

06-17-2002, 12:19 PM
WHo actually did the HS was it GL?

06-17-2002, 02:33 PM
I was once like you people, young, naive, never saw the holiday special. I was contantly warned about how bad it was but I told myself I just had to see it. I just had to. One day, a friend of mine called and said he had just got a bootleg copy off eBay. He brought it over and he, my sister and I watched it. Or should I say began to watch it. Slowly but surely, all the horrendous stories I heard began to materialize before my eyes like a host of twisted grotesque burning demons writhing forth from the depths of Hell itself. Like a someone watching a train wreck I could not avert my eyes out of morbid curiosity. I had to fast forwrd throught a large part of it such as the Jefferson Starship part, those dancing thingamagis on the table, and Ichy's soft porn pleasure machine. (the last one was particularly lenghtly and disaturbing) the cantina part was just plain scary, especially that idiot with the hole in his head, (although I still want a Bea Arthur figure - she's as scary as any of the other aliens in SW) and the singalong was the cheapest thing I'd ever seen. I still find it hard to believe that this thing was actually made and is not just a manifestation of my deepest darkest fears. A million Jar Jars annoying me for a million years would be soothing compared to sitting through that damnable holiday special again. If you have not seen it yet, consider yourself lucky. I know you won't heed my warnings. I know if given the chance, like so many of life's other temptations (sex, drugs, etc..) your lust for viewing this will one day overpower you and you'll watch it, just as I did. Then you'll be given a taste of what Hell is like. I hope I never have to see any of it again.

06-17-2002, 02:55 PM
I think I'm the one person who actually trusts other enough not to see it. So I plan to keep my eyes clean and not have them jaded with this...utter trash...

06-20-2002, 12:08 PM
Originally posted by scruffziller
WHo actually did the HS was it GL?

Fortunately, GL had nothing to do with the Holiday Special. He was busy making ESB and let the studio do with it as they pleased. It gives us all a hint at what ESB could have been like if GL hadn't been so protective of the sequel rights.

06-27-2002, 03:59 PM
Here is a link to an article about the holiday special at Salon.com. I know I saw it when it was on TV, but it was simply too long ago for me to really remember. Anyhow, this article was enough to keep me from being tempted by the dark side.


Darth Vellner
06-28-2002, 07:43 PM
I Do Holoday Spechial in space with a garden and fun stuff like a cow on rope You know what i mean!!!!! anyway...... now is time of season for LOVE goat......bobo fatt good :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :eek: :D :D :D :D :D :D :eek: :cool: :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :crazed: :crazed: :crazed: :crazed: :crazed: :crazed: :crazed: :crazed: :crazed: :crazed: :crazed: :crazed: :dead: :dead: :dead: :dead: :dead: :dead: :dead: :dead: :dead: :dead: :dead: :dead: :dead: :dead: :dead: :dead: :dead:

Jek Porky 2002
06-29-2002, 01:01 PM
I've never seen the Holiday Special, The Ewoks Movies or the Droids cartoons and that's the way I likes it!

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-02-2002, 01:42 PM
I've never seen it, or the Ewok films. I've seen some of the cartoons, which were actually pretty good. if anyone has a copy of the HS they'd like to give me, please let me know. :D

Mr. JabbaJohnL
07-02-2002, 01:47 PM
Oh yeah, and can someone please explain Itchy's "soft porn machine"?

05-11-2003, 09:15 AM
I just watched this for the very first time this weekend. And I'm speechless, not really sure what to say.
Those who haven't seen, desperately want to see, and those who have seen it wish they haven't...

I'm just hoping that if they make a bunch of new Cantina figures we one day get a Bea Arthur :confused:

05-11-2003, 11:58 AM
I too was a curious puppy. I begged and pleaded with a friend to let me watch his copy. I put the tape in the VCR machine and sat back and felt myself go rigid with mortifying shock as the horror unfolded before me. I felt a nervous tick begin under my left eye as Lumpy and Itchy grew ever more annoying and the lightyears that passed between each line of dialog grew longer and longer, the shame on the faces of the original star wars cast sent shivers down my spine and the musical numbers left me twitching like a marionette on a bungee rope. I have to take medication now because I suffer from post traumatic stress disorder brought on by the HS. If you feel the need to watch this, do so in the company of others and do so with strong relaxants at hand to steady your nerves afterwards. You need a heart of steel to watch this and it should only be allowed under medical supervision. Just say no people, just say no.......

05-11-2003, 04:17 PM
I think I should be Baker Acted...I LOVE the HS. I bought it on DVD I LOVE it so much. It is truely like lifting out a piece of space and time. The HS is the 1970s. Everything about it is the 1970s. The special guests, the Jefferson Starship song, everything. Watching it with all the original commercials takes me back, too. Commericials for Hungry Jack bisquits, Mercury Cougar cars, ALICE, and of course the KENNER toy commercials. It's like that part of my life is forever frozen on a little disc, and I can go back and relive it anytime I want.


05-11-2003, 08:06 PM
A friend of mine bought me a bootleg copy for Christmas a couple years back. I brought it home, and I had heard rumors of just how bad this "special" was. One day, my son sees it in my video section, and asks if we could watch it. After about 10 minutes, I was suffering from a major headache from watching this peice of garbage. We fast forwarded to the Boba Fett cartoon, which was pretty good. I still haven't brought myself to watch the rest of it. I think someone mentioned having to be tied down with eyes forced open like the main character in "A Clockwork Orange" to watch this. I wouldn't want that though, because if you remember he gets violently ill after he gets thoughts of commiting violent acts. If I was to watch Star Wars, after undergoing the treatment, I might get ill everytime I think of or see a Wookie.

George, you should have put your foot down before letting them release this disasterpiece.

05-13-2003, 09:38 PM
I was in a comic book store over the weekend in New York. They had a bootleg of the Holiday Special for $20. I was gonna buy it, but I was short on cash.