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5 Best Moments That Make the Star Wars Holiday Special Watchable

5 Best Moments That Make the Star Wars Holiday Special Watchable

Alright, so no one’s contesting the fact that The Star Wars Holiday Special has less to do with Star Wars than it does George Lucas’ need to exploit his creation for more profit. It’s an abomination when compared to the monumental accomplishment of the original Star Wars and its groundbreaking special effects. Most of it is boring and quite frankly cringeworthy, but it’s not without some merit. When examined as a non-canonical entity, there are certain moments in the Holiday Special that stand out for their humor and entertainment value.

Gormaanda’s Culinary Corner

While Chewie’s poor wife Malla awaits his arrival on Life Day, she turns on a cooking show to prepare the night’s meal. Gormaanda’s Culinary Corner features Harvey Korman, of The Carol Burnett Show fame, dressed in drag as the intergalactic Julia Child. With four arms and a bundle of enthusiasm, Gormaanda can whip and stir faster than you can say Bantha Surprise. What’s not to love about the complete absurdity of cooking so aggressively that your hair falls out of place?

Itchy’s Holographic Wow Experience

Even old, haggard Wookies need a little stimulation once in a while, especially if it’s of the less-than-PG variety. Leave it to Art Carney’s Saun Dann character to come through for Grandpa Itchy. “I know what you’d like,” he says matter-of-factly before inserting that extra proton pack he promised to drop off into the mind evaporator. What follows can only be described as psychedelic VR disco porn. “Oh, oh! We are excited,” Diahann Carroll exclaims before launching into a sensual song about mindfulness. You’d think Itchy would be a little more discreet about taking care of business in the living room with Lumpy sulking around. What an animal.

Jefferson Starship

What better way to distract a member of the Imperial Guard for approximately five minutes than a performance by a holographic space rock band. Unfortunately, David Bowie had killed Ziggy Stardust by this time and already appeared on Bing Crosby’s Christmas special the previous year. Instead, Jefferson Starship entertains with their glowing instruments and cigar-shaped microphone just like the UFOs they sing about in “Light the Sky on Fire.” Although not a particularly stand-out tune, “Light the Sky on Fire” features a jamtastic guitar solo by Craig Chaquico. Jefferson Starship may seem like a strange choice now, but their song debuted at number 90 on the US charts a week after the Christmas special aired. At least someone’s career benefited from the association.

Boba Fett

Everyone’s favorite bounty hunter made his small screen debut in the animated portion of The Star Wars Christmas Special. Boba Fett appears in all his Mandalorian-armored glory riding a pink dinosaur-like creature with a bident in hand. Even in this crude, early incarnation of the character, he’s the badass that everyone wants to be. Although he doesn’t quite have the charm of the later live-action version of Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, he still proves a formidable foe for Luke and co. Best of all, he’s voiced by Don Francks who went on to do Inspector Gadget’s nemesis, Doctor Claw, in the 1980’s cartoon.

Bea Arthur’s Song in the Cantina

Nothing says Christmas quite like your bartender telling you to hit the road already. Sassy Golden Girls actress Bea Arthur puts on a Broadway-worthy performance of “Goodnight, But Not Goodbye” while an assortment of aliens drink in the Mos Eisley Cantina. Somehow she manages to make the weirdness seem normal even though she’s the only human in the place. Perhaps it’s because Arthur had no idea she was even in the Star Wars Holiday Special. “I’ve gotten so many letters and requests for autographed photos from that thing. I just remember singing to a bunch of people with funny heads,” she told the Portland Mercury in a 2005 interview. Well that certainly explains a lot.

Do you agree with our take on these moments from The Star Wars Christmas Special or is the whole thing totally unredeemable in your eyes? Leave us a comment below!

Video & Image Credits: Lucasfilm/20th Century Fox

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