"Hey there, Darthy boy!" : Star Wars meets The Honeymooners as Art Carney makes a guest appearance on the TV special.
While most people find the holidays a time of intoxicating joy, others are thrust into the bowels of deep depression. One major cause may be memories of The Star Wars Holiday Special , an unintentionally hilarious, misguided 1978 TV show that probably explains why George Lucas has insisted upon having dictatorial control over the franchise in the ensuing years. I don't know about you, but when I think of Star Wars, three names pop into my mind: Art Carney, Jefferson Starship and Bea Arthur. All appear on the special, along with embarrassed cast members from the film. It's the My Mother the Car of TV specials, and Lucas has tried to bury it deeper than Jimmy Hoffa's remains. Nevertheless, bootleg prints have been making the rounds for decades and the good folks at the cool web site Detour have put together a five minute condensation of the show. We even get to meet Chewbacca's wife and kids and there is a touching scene between Han Solo and his furry friend that comes mighty close to a Brokeback Mountain moment. Seeing is believing so click here to enjoy.- Lee Pfeiffer