Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Scum and Villainy

Click here to watch Part 1 of the “Star Wars Holiday Special.” You've been warned. Video source: jonas knochelmann YouTube channel.

Thirty-six years ago tonight, the Star Wars franchise was horribly scarred forever.

CBS aired the Star Wars Holiday Special. It aired ironically on the Saturday night before Thanksgiving, an early turkey for families across the North American continent.

It was so bad that it never aired again. George Lucas swore it would never again see the light of day. Carrie Fisher jokes that she plays it at parties when she wants people to leave.

Bootlegs have circulated on VHS for decades, so it's not surprising that the special finally surfaced on YouTube with a multi-generation copy.

An entire web site, The Star Wars Holiday Special, is dedicated to documenting this cinematic horror.

The special has been uploaded to YouTube in seven segments. Above is Part 1. You can find the links for the rest on YouTube if you're a masochist.

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