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post #2116 of 2848
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Originally Posted by Jr Mouse View Post

Have any of you watched the Star Wars Holiday Special? I've only seen clips and couldn't take anymore.

I actually watched it when it was broadcast back in 1978. It was bad.

You can watch it on YouTube now. This year I looked it up and forced my kids to watch some of it. It was so cringeworthy that we could only stand a few minutes.
post #2117 of 2848
Thread Starter 
One of my favorite podcasts The Incomparable did an episode on it. It's absolutely hilarious and tells you everything you need to know on how bad it really was.

https://www.theincomparable.com/theincomparable/226/
post #2118 of 2848
NPR of all places got to do some kind of Star Wars radio show. I'm surprised I did not hear about it until recently. I've heard sound clips and it sounded awful.
post #2119 of 2848
With some makeup and a little CGI, Harrison Ford can play Han Solo in the Solo prequels.
post #2120 of 2848
I had a bootleg VHS copy of the Holiday Special. It's truly horrific.
post #2121 of 2848
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Originally Posted by Harold falcon View Post

I had a bootleg VHS copy of the Holiday Special. It's truly horrific.

I've heard one of the only joys about them is getting a bootleg copy at a convention. The feeling of finding a lost piece of history and watching the bad tape transfer on your VCR. If they ever released it on Blu-Ray or DVD officially you wouldn't have that.
post #2122 of 2848
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Originally Posted by Jr Mouse View Post

I've heard one of the only joys about them is getting a bootleg copy at a convention. The feeling of finding a lost piece of history and watching the bad tape transfer on your VCR. If they ever released it on Blu-Ray or DVD officially you wouldn't have that.


Lucas is tracking the pre-CGI remakes and the Christmas special across the galaxy and destroying them. Call it Order 1977.
post #2123 of 2848
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If you listen to the podcast I posted, they get into some of the history of the Holiday Special and how/why it got made. It's fascinating stuff.

One take away is very much in line with my earlier point that they were taken by surprise at how successful SW was. People were hungry for it and this created a level of desperation to produce something, anything to feed the masses.
post #2124 of 2848
Sounds familiar. Were the initial reviews of the Holiday Special very positive before everyone sobered up?
post #2125 of 2848
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Yes and it shattered all TV viewing records earning the station billions.
post #2126 of 2848
The World Doesn't Need a Young Han Solo

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/01/the-world-doesnt-need-a-young-han-solo/423624/

Enough With the Origin Stories

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/01/hollywoods-repetitive-origin-stories/423762/

He touches on a point that should be obvious to anyone: Han Solo is just Harrison Ford, and nobody really wants to see some dumbass doing a Harrison Ford impression for two hours.
post #2127 of 2848
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Yeah. I agree to a large extent. My hope is they at least skip the whole origin story and just tell a solid story with the character in it.
post #2128 of 2848
If they want origin stories, go to the Mandalorians, the original Sith, the Old Republic, Darth Reven, etc.
post #2129 of 2848
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NPR of all places got to do some kind of Star Wars radio show. I'm surprised I did not hear about it until recently. I've heard sound clips and it sounded awful.

They actually did radio dramas of all three episodes of the original trilogy. New Hope and Empire are pretty good, Return of the Jedi not so much, I think they got a greatly reduced budget, so it is very short.

The first two though are quite good. There is a lot of background and additional "scenes" such as Vader interrogating Leah on the Death Star for the location of the Rebel Base, and some of the back story about how the Rebels learned of the Death Star, and subsequently Leah got the mission to pick up the plans, and Obi Wan....

Of course, YMMV


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars_%28radio%29
post #2130 of 2848
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Originally Posted by Reggs View Post

NPR of all places got to do some kind of Star Wars radio show. I'm surprised I did not hear about it until recently. I've heard sound clips and it sounded awful.

I remember listening to those as a kid and really liking them.  Of course, I was like, 8, so, less critical and jaded.

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