Your memories of seeing the holiday special the first time...

Discussion in 'Star Wars TV' started by TheWookiee, Nov 7, 2005.

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  1. -Courtney- Jedi Grand Master

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    It thoroughly disturbed & scared the crap out of me too even though I just saw it today & I'm 13!
  2. TheWookiee Jedi Youngling

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    The Diahann Carroll part was just...[face_sick]

    But, if anyone should be interested, this is my (what I consider to be) extremely thorough Wikipedia article covering nearly every aspect of the holiday special:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Star_Wars_Holiday_Special

    And guys, it appears those at Lucasfilm have chosen to keep the Chef from the holiday special in continuity:

    http://www.holonetnews.com/50/life/1344_2.html

  3. tal0nkarrde Force Ghost

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    When I was a kid seeing this movie for the first time, I was in heaven! Ever since seeing A New Hope (which, back then was just called Star Wars...dating myself huh?), I wanted more! I was truly excited at the prospect of seeing my favorite characters on television. Of course, being the kid I was, I didn't care about content or storyline, I just wanted to see my favorites again.

    Years after the show aired, I would ask folks if they had seen it, and everyone would look at me like I had ten heads. "Holiday Special? Star Wars? On TV? In the 70s?" No one remembered it. So I searched for it online and finally got my hands on a copy. LOL! I sat mezmerized through a full fifteen minutes of unsubtitled Wookie speech thinking to myself, "Why did I think this thing was so great?" To say that the show was campy is being nice. Though it had it's good points, I can see why George Lucas didn't want to discuss this project. LOL! And yet, I still have that copy. I suppose it has sentimental value to me. After all, this was our first look at Boba Fett, our first look at Chewbacca's family, and the first time we heard lyrics added to the main theme. [face_laugh]
  4. TheWookiee Jedi Youngling

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    Just like the Star Trek original series' theme song, the lyrics were never meant to be heard.[face_laugh]

    But, seriously, you guys should send these comments to SKot Kirkwood, the owner of starwarsholidayspecial.com. He has a section devoted to memories people have of the special. He posts memories people send him on the site.
  5. Obi-Wan2001 Jedi Master

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    I had the same thing happen over the years, trying to find someone who remembered what this was. I just remembered that it was a TV show that had Chewie and his family living in the trees, and that it had Han, Luke, Leia, and the whole gang. Also, certain images, when those stormtroopers first appear at the door of Chewie's place, that really stuck with me. Scared me.

    Ever notice Harrison Ford gave a better performance in the Holiday Special than in ROTJ? He was great in the Falcon cockpit scenes.
  6. ufoclub1977 Jedi Padawan

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    May 15, 2005
    I wish I could see this again! I saw it when it originally aired.
  7. TheWookiee Jedi Youngling

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    Just order a copy off of "that certain popular internet auction." They're readily available there.
  8. rumsmuggler Chosen One

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    The Holiday Special was a pretty surreal experience. It's was kinda funny to see Chewie's dad sitting around watching some almost softcore porn.
  9. TheWookiee Jedi Youngling

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    Just going to show it truly was a family show... it even had something in it for the dad. [face_laugh]
  10. MystikalMaceWindu Jedi Knight

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    hahaha! so true... I saw that thing, that piece of.... and wow, it's really bad. People complain about the cheesiness of the Wal-Mart bonus disc that came with Sith, but after you've seen the Holiday UN-Special Special, everything else almost seems great in comparison. I'd rather watch, say, a Hilary Duff movie than the holiday special. It's less torture.
    Unlike Vader, it's beyond redemption.
    I forwarded through about 90 or more percent of it. I only saw the beginning with the Wookiees, and that was bad enough... and it just seemed to get worse and worse.
    But I guess if you look at it in the context of holiday specials from the 70s, you could like it in some fashion, but how much is all up to you!

  11. vong333 Force Ghost

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    This show was bad, aweful, and downright terrible. o_O Never want to see it again. It is a shame that it had the Boba Fett introduction, plus cut footage that was filmed in A New Hope, but recycled for the show. Carrie Fisher signing :oops: , Mark Hamill and that weird doo,and Jefferson and the Starship. I better stop while I am ahead, my acid reflux is coming back.:(
  12. TheWookiee Jedi Youngling

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    :eek: [face_thinking] Rather watch a Hillary Duff movie?!? Even the holiday special doesn't suck that bad!

    That's how I look at it. As Saun Dann says: "Just sit down and enjoy it."
  13. MystikalMaceWindu Jedi Knight

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    Well, OK, I probably exaggerated by saying I'd rather see a Hilary Duff movie.... but I wouldn't want to watch either.... with a Hilary Duff or other teen movie, you know what to expect.... a sort of general badness..... but the Holiday Special... wow, is it bad.

    One has to see it just to see how bad it is.

    And someone barfed over the Diahann Carroll scene..... she's hot, but seeing that wookiee, um, being entertained, is, yes, enough to make one puke.
  14. Master_Fwiffo Force Ghost

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    May 29, 2001
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    The instant that video I downloaded ended, I came here and posted a suicide message on this board. I beleive it went 'WHY GEORGE? WHY?'


    Now I just use it to torture my freinds. One of them couldn't get past the name "Jeferson Starship" without going into conniptions.
  15. Durwood Jedi Grand Master

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    The only bit I've ever seen is the animated short featuring Boba Fett, which is actually quite good.
  16. TheWookiee Jedi Youngling

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    Exactly.
  17. yankee8255 Force Ghost

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    As I said previously, I haven't seen the HS since it originally aired. How did the cartoon fit into the story in the first place?
  18. TheWookiee Jedi Youngling

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    While the imperials were searching the house, they ask Malla to keep Lumpy busy, so he sets down to watch the cartoon.

    Now, many have wondered "Wait a minute, how in the hell can a Star Wars character be watching a star wars cartoon?" Well, Lucasfilm's explanation is that it is supposed to be a HoloNet dramatization of events that actually took place prior to the holiday special.

    It's a similar situation with Clone Wars Volume II. It is supposed to be more of a HoloNet dramatization of Labyrinth of Evil.
  19. yankee8255 Force Ghost

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    Thanks, oh font of HS knowledge! Should have just pm'd you. Especially good job picking up the follow up question.
  20. TheWookiee Jedi Youngling

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  21. ForceSynaesthesia Jedi Knight

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    actually i don't believe this has ever been verified and made official. Its just fan speculation.
  22. TheWookiee Jedi Youngling

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    I remember reading a post by Leland Chee (aka Tasty Tast: The Keeper of the Holocron) where he explained what I posted. He went on to explain that the only thing in the holiday special where the canonocity is disputed is the issue with Chief Bast surviving.
  23. PadmeLeiaJaina Force Ghost

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    I look back on my memories of seeing the Holiday Special fondly...

    Then I saw it again last year and I had to wonder...what was I smoking as a child?

    It was funny though I had totally forgotten about the Imperials rummaging through Lumpy's room and ripping the head off of his stuffed Bantha. Upon seeing that scene again, I remembered that as a kid I remember screaming and being horrified when they did that! "How could someone destroy a kid's beloved stuffed critter like that??? Poor Lumpy!!!!" :_| :_|

    :p

    For those who never saw it, have never seen it, trust me when I say, you aren't missing ANYTHING.
  24. TheWookiee Jedi Youngling

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    Yes they are! They're missing Bea Arthur singing! :p[face_laugh]
  25. invader_jenny Jedi Youngling

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    The only way I'll see this Holiday Special is if I have a large cluster of Star Wars friends going in to watch this special well prepaired to tear it apart. The only way to make a bad film enjoyable is to make it your own Mystery Science Theater 3000. Now I just need to find a bunch of people who have never seen it and sit down and let the horror happen.
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