***Throughout this Christmas season, we will be eating and drinking our faces. We will also be posting recaps of the shows that are on as well as Best in Comments articles and Christmas recap reprints!! Enjoy this Fogywood classic!!
About three weeks ago, Flipit (our TVGasm Emperor) asked us which Holiday special we would be interested in covering. Because I was still covering RINGER at the time (shameless plug – will return on January 31st!), I didn’t give it much thought until I finished the RINGER fall finale recap two weeks ago. At that point I knew I wanted to do something out of the norm, something different, something – dare I say – special. A special Holiday Special!
I knew right then and there exactly what I wanted to do… A long time ago – in a galaxy far, far away CBS broadcast The Star Wars Holiday Special – and people, it is bat shit crazy.
I had long heard the legend, the myth of TSWHS. It was shown once on November 17, 1978, a year and a half after the original Star Wars was released. The rumor is that George Lucas had very little input and when he saw the finished product, he freaked out – never allowing it to be re-broadcast or sold. The only copies available were bootlegs. I only found out it truly existed when I saw an interview with Carrie Fisher where she said: “I did the voiceover for some of the Star Wars discs or whatever and I made it a condition that he would give me the Star Wars Christmas special so that I could, you know, have something for parties … when I wanted everyone to leave.”
She then went on to say how she barely remembers the filming because she (and other cast members – ahem!) was so high. God, I love Carrie Fisher. (Read her book Wishful Drinking – amazing)
So, I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to see what this cult phenomenon, this oddity, this fabled chapter in Star Wars lore was all about. And now I know. You guys, this thing is fucking bonkers.
I sat alternately horrified and fascinated for two hours. When it was over I said to myself I can’t recap this thing! Too much ridiculata to handle. And then – much to my chagrin – the universe spoke to me, tugged on my sleeve, whispered in my ear, and sent me little clues that I had to fulfill this destiny. I wasn’t getting out of this that easy.
First I heard that Chewbacca had been cast in Glee. After I had processed the WTF-ness of that, I read that Glee was doing an actual tribute to TSWHS. Random. Then I watched this past week’s COMMUNITY (Yay!) and they also referred to and paid tribute to TSWHS. REALLY random. Finally three days ago I read that one of the hottest, best unproduced scripts in H’wood right now is a behind the scenes take on the life of Chewbacca. REALLY, REALLY f’ing random, right? Well, I may be a little slow on the uptake, but I finally took a hint. So, here we are and away we go.