Episode #038[edit | edit source]


The Star Wars Holiday Special (HD) "The WHIO 1st Generation 2013 VHS"

The Podcast Holiday Special is an episode focusing on "The Star Wars Holiday Special," as part of the podcast's continuing coverage of the Star Wars Sequels. Posted 23 Dec 2015.

Summary[edit | edit source]

Sometimes you have no words. That's why Griffin and David invited Pilot Viruet into the studio to talk about this... this... whatever this thing is.

Pilot was so dedicated to this appearance that she watched all six existing Star Wars movies for the first time, just for the podcast. And then the infamous "Star Wars Holiday Special" on top of that!

It should be noted that Pilot has an affection for many weird pop-culture artifacts that are bad - or at least, things that aren't appreciated by most people. And yet, even she could not get on board with this entry in the Star Wars canon (and it IS canon).

The mythical status of the "Holiday Special" is awesome. It aired once on TV in 1978 and then according to legend George Lucas repossessed the master tape from CBS and secreted it away, never to let it see the light of day again. However, fortunately or unfortunately, two people who owned brand-new cutting-edge home videorecording equipment taped it live, and made duplicates and duplicates to pass around. And now it's available on YouTube in all its kitschy glory.

Were Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher blissed out on something? What the hell is going on with Itchy's face, and good lord almighty, does Itchy watch some kind of softcore porn in the middle of the special, on camera? Why are Emmy-winner Harvey Korman and Oscar-winner Art Carney in this thing? Is Bea Arthur the acting MVP? What is Life Day, anyway?

Stay tuned at the end for Pilot's great Star Wars joke, and Griffin and David's predictions for what will happen in The Force Awakens.

Milestones and Ephemera[edit | edit source]

  • Musical Guest: Jefferson Starship. Not Jefferson Airplane, not Starship.
  • This was the first-ever appearance of Boba Fett, in the cartoon segment.
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