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Happy Life Day, George Lucas!

If you thought the holiday season starts early on Earth, be thankful you are not living on Kashyyyk. For today is Life Day, the Wookie equivalent of Christmas, (I guess). You see, on this date, November 17, 1978, was the once-and-only broadcast of the “Star Wars Holiday Special.” In true 1970’s fashion, it was more of a variety show, than sci-fi drama. Which, if you think about it, is the only genre in television that is more outrageous and bizarre than science fiction. The special was an unmitigated disaster, with the only saving grace was that it marked the first appearance of the popular bounty hunter, Boba Fett (in an animated segment, nonetheless).

What do you get the Wookie who has everything? How about a bootleg of this broadcast? It’s unpopularity amongst fans and Lucas himself almost guarantees this never getting an official release in any format (note: there have many times I have stated that some title will never get a release, or air on TV, only to proven wrong shortly thereafter. Thus, never say never, but this is a close to a lock as I can get.) Lucas had nothing to do with this special, something I believe the cast wished they could claim. Harrison Ford has no recollection of this; Mark Hamill didn’t bring this up during his appearance at this year’s New York Comic Con; and I’m sure the guest stars Bea Arthur, Art Carney, Diahann Carroll, and Harvey Korman almost immediately regretted their decision to appear on this show. Although, I wouldn’t be surprised if Jefferson Starship didn’t mind their contribution and paycheck.

Regretfully, I was too young to remember this being on TV. However, my question is: how can this be considered canon, but their appearance on the Muppet Show is not?

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