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‘Holiday’ no treat for ‘Star Wars’ fans

It was exactly 37 years ago the “Star Wars Holiday Special” aired.
It was exactly 37 years ago the “Star Wars Holiday Special” aired. Lucasfilm

“Star Wars” is generally held in high esteem. There have been a few bumps and bruises like the annoying Ewoks and the abomination that was Jar-Jar Binks.

Neither is as bad as the 1978 “Star Wars Holiday Special.” Despite featuring all of the major cast members and introducing Boba Fett, this offering was so bad that it only aired once on CBS and was never officially released in VHS or DVD.

It is available on YouTube.

What passes as the story has the Millennium Falcon in trouble and that means Chewbacca is late for the Life Day celebration on his home planet. The waiting includes Mrs. Chewbacca, Malla, working in the kitchen. His father, Itchy, keeps Chewbacca’s son, Lumpy, entertained.

Isn’t it odd one Wookie would get a name like Chewbacca while another is called Itchy?

The special ends up a jumble of ideas under the direction of Steve Binder. He’s the same guy who produced and directed “Elvis Presley’s ‘68 Comeback Special.” And the video footage looks cheap and cheesy. The worst is a strange hologram show that make the special effects in “Land of the Lost” look great.

It has been exactly 37 years since the special aired and the stink remains in the air.

Rick Bentley: 559-441-6355, @RickBentley1

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