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I was stoned out of my
I saw this thing. It's truly stunning. Note that Hollywood Squares
Bruce Vilanch was one of the writers. (This show bears odd similarities
to his other opus, "The Brady Bunch Variety Hour".) By the time this
which I call "Episode 4.5" was in its zenith, so was I; the pipe was
I felt as though Princess Leia's voice was vibrating in my spine. At
point she looked right at me and I saw her with my entire face, not
my eyes. The best moments are with Bea Arthur. I rewound the exchange
her and "Ludlow" and "Thorpe" about twenty times. "Short memory, eh,
SHORT MEMORY!" By the time the Wookies were walking through outer space
in red robes towards what appears to be the sun I felt as though I was
with them. I don't remember the cartoon, but I do recall Mark Hamill
like he was auditioning for the Gay Ice Capades. Also, you will find
several things you may have wanted to know about "Star Wars":
How do Wookies entertain
is Grandpa Wookie named "Itchy"? What is the warm, cuddly side of Han
What would a love scene between Bea Arthur and Harvey Korman REALLY
like? What are the lyrics to the "Star Wars" theme? And what would they
sound like if Princess Leia sang them? What would it be like for an
portly Art Carney to engage in a familiar "Honeymooners" routine with
Imperial Guard as his Ralphie-boy? But it still leaves several
Why does "Lumpy" so resemble the kid from "Eight is Enough"? Why do the
characters from "Star Wars" never change their clothes until "The
Strikes Back"? What was the story behind the "Short memory!" crack? Was
there a romance between Bea Arthur and "Thorpe"? If so, what are the
consequences to the Cantina atmosphere? Was Bea Arthur just filling in
that day for the big ugly fellow who ran the bar in "A New Hope"? Or
she own the place? Why do Imperial Guards adore "Jefferson Starship",
why do old Wookies have a fetish for African-American Humans?
I hope Lucas creates another
one of these.
I would love to see Jar-Jar Binks exchange puns with Kelsey Grammar or
Carrie Fisher TOTALLY
on some type of foreign substance... (It looked as if the drugs from
floating-globe-needle thing from "A New Hope" finally took hold. Her
bloodshot eyes make Cheech & Chong look sober.)
Mark Hamill with more makeup on
Bea Arthur as the owner of the
at Mos Eisley... complete with corny musical number and fellow 70's
Chewbacca's incredibly annoying
Itchy and Lumpy?!? Why not just call them Grumpy and Sneezy!??! (I kept
praying for the Imperials to open fire.)
Dianne Carroll as the twisted
fantasy of an elderly Wookiee (I guess that's why they call him "Itchy")
Jefferson Starship documenting
moment they became "Corporate Rock"
The director has crafted a
Good films capture your emotions and your imagination, and with this
I was transfixed by the sheer brilliancy of the production. One moment,
I was roaring with laughter at the Harvey Korman skit; the next, I was
crying at Bea Arthur's lonelineness and utter despondecy; then, my
spirits were lifted into the stars as the cast sang the finale.
This film should occupy a
in the Star Wars saga. It should be hug tightly like a little Wookie,
for its contributions to the rich Star Wars saga.
All the actors are good, but
really stands out as the best. Her singing is rather exceptional, too.
The film's theme is one of
is a celebration of family, faith, and community. A noble man would
thousands of copies of this special and send them out to the warring
in the Middle East, hoping that the soothing words of "the Star Wars
Special" bring love to our own corner of the galaxy.
Oh my GOD!
Some people take a very tame
reviewing this... this... masterpiece! Seriously, I really am glad that
I have seen this thing all the way through. It has comedy in the form
a manic cooking show for wookies. But you think our Earth cooking shows
are zany!? Wait till you get Harvey Corman making crazy sci-fi food
poor domestic wookie-woman (I'm too lazy to hit the back button and
what Chewbacca's wife's name is) can't even keep up! There is drama in
the form of murder, when they kill that empirial guy in Chewie's house.
There's sex appeal in the form of Grandpa Itchy's weird robot porn that
Norton from the Honeymooners give him. And can you say "songs?" I can.
Songs! Not only are there appearances by Jefferson Starship and a
Beatrice Arther, looking hottt at what must be at least 98 years old,
we get the chance to see a visibly coked-out Carrie Fisher sing the
day carol while holding onto to Chewbacca so tightly, you would think
needs to lean on him or she'll pass out. Which is probably true.
I have never held my hands up in the air and said "what the..?" as many
times as I have watching this piece of gold. I think it would be
if we were to raise this next generation of movie-goers thinking that
was the REAL prequel. Oh man, so many poor children would have blood
out of their eyes because of the pure illogical-ness of it all. I can
hope that this special gets to reach the people it needs to reach the
the elderly. They need it more than anyone... Especially now...
It's funny to watch, and
to watch, and annoying to watch, and mind-boggling to watch. It has to
be seen to be believed, but do you really even want to?
Wow; I am still
Have you ever been in a long
state of disbelief that was so surreal you questioned reality? I can
even believe that I saw this video, I am not sure if it really exists.
It seemed like I was in a really bad dream shared with other people. I
recommend watching this video with friends. Their MS_3000 comments kept
me realizing that I was awake and what I used to think was real was
real. It is really hard to say whether watching this movie was bad or
I have no opinion on that matter. All I can say is that it was a new
for me, sort of like a state of mental shock. Perhaps I do not remember
the '70s enough to remember how bad television was back then. This is
complete opposite of the cookie-cutter standard network shows of today,
which, while uncreative and very annoying, do tend to be of relatively
high quality, where if you only saw one of them, you would probably
it. The SW special will remind you of a high school video project you
did, where you started out with some really dumb idea and then you even
forgot that idea and just shot whatever you felt like at the time. I
what shocks me the most is the people who act in this mess. I usually
these people to be rational beings. I am just so shocked over the
I can not really say if it is worth watching or not. If you love
feelings, you might actually enjoy it. I guess my response was
disjointed from good or bad, it was just different. If this review does
not make any sense to you, please forgive me, I only ended watching
video two hours ago, and I have yet to fully re-enter the rational
Often hailed as one of
attempts at entertainment ever made, The Star Wars Holiday Special is
of the worst attempts at entertainment ever made. Hard-core Star Wars
will be bored stupid, others may require medical attention.
seventeen minutes of material are stretched to a full two hours, and
problems only begin there. Appallingly lit and shot uninspiringly on
this insult to the viewer features endless scenes with no noticeable
of plot, comedy sketches that would receive only polite applause from
at an eighth-grade talent show, musical numbers with no connection at
to, well, anything, and many other items to vex and confuse all who can
stand to watch them.
Most of the Star Wars people
Carrie Fisher, for example, is there, and apparently shot her scenes
testing the merits of new coke vs. old coke. James Earl Jones records
Darth Vader lines, which are played over "appropriate" footage from the
movie. Mark Hamill and Artoo appear together in a scene that will leave
you saying "Huh??" for a good long while. Only Harrison Ford comes off
pretty well as Han Solo, who is trying to get Chewbacca back to the
blockaded home planet in time for "Life Day."
Several others fulfill the late
show" requirement for guest star appearances. Bea Arthur (!) is most
as the woman who runs the Cantina and sings a sad and sweet song about
her life there. Harvey Korman appears in three "comedy" sketches, but I
find it difficult to discuss them. Art Carney is one of Chewbacca's
closest humanoid friends and a member of the rebel alliance, which
in handy when imperial soldiers stage an interminable search of
house. The talented Dihann Carroll sings beautifully, but her musical
would be far more impressive if it weren't the center of Chewbacca's
virtual erotic fantasy.
I so very much wish I had just
There is a cartoon segment
and friends that is by far the best thing in the special, but don't
to be uplifted, even if it does mark the first appearance ever of Boba
Fett. (Yay.) The presence of the cartoon is justified as being
viewed by young Lumpy (Chewie's son) to pass the time while his house
being ransacked. Classicists may see this as a clumsy allusion to,
other things, Vergil's "Aeneid," in which characters see depictions of
themselves in travels they have just undertaken. But the real reason
cartoon is shown at this particular point in the program is that hardly
anyone involved in this production bothered to put any thought into
they did, so that one part was just as good as another for a cartoon.
It goes on and on and on, with
that will convince you that God is vengeful and that another flood may
soon be on its way.
I suppose it is my duty to
inform the reader
that George Lucas did not direct this slow-motion car wreck, and also
this special has practically no redeeming characteristics whatsoever.
Star Wars Holiday Special not laughably bad, it's depressingly bad.
On the other hand, you may want
it for yourself, provided you can find a copy.
You've been warned.