The Star Wars Holiday Special is something of a legend among science-fiction fans. It is widely renowned as one of the worst films ever to appear on television, and that’s saying something considering the prequels have all been shown.
The plot goes something like this: Han Solo and Chewbacca are on their way to Kashyyyk to celebrate “Life Day” with the wookie’s furry family. Darth Vader, however, will have none of it, so he promptly sets up an imperial blockade around the forest planet. Luke Skywalker shows up to help, R2 D2 makes holiday beeping noises, wackiness ensues, and because the force is strong in badly written TV specials, the wookies reunite at the end and sing a happy yet unintelligible song.
There’s just so much horrible goodness to be found. Carrie Fisher is clearly drunk/stoned throughout most of the movie. One of the wookies watches the equivalent of a futuristic porno. A Jefferson Starship video randomly shows up during a search of the house. There’s a bizarre cooking show featuring a multi-armed Harvey Korman. And the musical number by Bea Arthur (of Golden Girls fame) is, quite simply, to die for.
This cinematic classic is sadly not available for rental or purchase. George Lucas has decreed that the movie will never be released to DVD (being too terrible, even for him), so if you want to watch the film, you’ll have to resort to the black market.