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Christmas has come early for Star Wars fans

By by aprill brandon/abrandon@vicad.com
Dec. 20, 2010 at 6:20 a.m.
Updated Dec. 22, 2010 at 6:22 a.m.

Advertisement for the "Star Wars Christmas Special," which aired in November 1978.

Christmas has come early, folks. At least for this pop culture junkie and Star Wars fan.

Thanks to my esteemed colleague, Robert Zavala, I have just finished watching the "Star Wars Holiday Special." This is huge for two reasons. One, this TV special, which has all the actors from the original movie, has aired once and only once, and that was during Christmas of 1978. And two, it is especially bad. Oh, and I mean bad. So bad, it is awesome. So bad I want to watch it over and over again. So bad, I want to marry it and make other horrible TV special offspring with it.

Oh, it's so bad.

So, how did I come by this little treasure? Well, technically I shouldn't have. Rumor has it because it was so bad, George Lucas refuses to release it on DVD, thus, someone, such as myself, who wasn't alive the first time around, should never have been able to see it. But apparently, Lucas wasn't ready for the behemoth that is Google and its long-reaching Internet magic. Yes, the "Star Wars Holiday Special" is now up on Google Video. In its entirety. All two hours. Cheesy '70s commercials included.

This fact was brought to my attention by Robert, who I now consider Santa, and here we are.

So, what is the holiday special all about? Well, the plot, if you could call it that, centers around Han trying to get Chewbacca home to his family so they can celebrate Life Day (an apparently Christmas-esque Wookie holiday) together. Oh yes, Chewy has a family. In fact, a full 10 minutes of the beginning is devoted to a scene in which his wife (his WIFE!), kid and dad converse by making those guttural noises and squeaks, only the viewer has absolutely no idea what "Gurrrrrrrrrrrrrah" means, which makes it extremely confusing.

Interspersed throughout the "plot" are random skits, an animated Star Wars short and musical numbers. Oh, and the guest stars! They actually got stars of the day to be in this! Bea Arthur. Jefferson Starship. Harvey Korman. Art Carney.

Oh, and did I mention Bea Arthur sings?

AH! It's so bad!

Now I don't want to give away too much of the show especially because you will have to see it to believe it. But I will leave you with this:

Carrie Fisher.

Singing.

A Christmas song.

To the tune of.

The "Star Wars" theme song.

AHHH! It's SO bad!

If you'd like to see it for yourself, just go to www.Google.com, type in "Star Wars Holiday Special" and up pops the video.

And no, you don't have to thank me.

Just call me Santa.

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