You already know that I have an uncomfortable relationship with Christmas but you may not have known that I have an odd love of bad movies and shows. I think I may have picked it up from watching so much Mystery Science Theater 3000. It was a sad day when they weren’t renewed. But then Rifftrax came along… and they’re fantastic, just jokes overlayed on bad movies; they’ve done away with the puppets, silhouettes and host segments.
Luckily Rifftrax got their hands on a Betamax copy of the Star Wars Holiday Special and gave it a much-deserved riffing. I have no idea what the creators of this Holiday Special were thinking… it’s absolutely insane. Horri-BAD.This time of year, the Rifftrax version of it is essential.
I wasn’t exaggerating when I said it was insane. Allow me to elaborate:
Imperial forces push Chewbacca’s family around while he and Han Solo try to make it to Kashyyyk in time for Life Day.
Art Carney is a merchant, and secretly a Rebel, who helps Chewie’s family evade the Imperials. He’s part of the comic relief.
There’s a holographic not-quite Cirque de Soliel Life Day gift for Chewie’s son Lumpy… yes, his name is Lumpy.
Mark Hamill and R2D2 check in for Life Day, doing the ship repair bit.
Diahann Carroll sings a sexy song to a malformed, elderly wookie.
Harvey Corman plays a multi-armed Julia Childs-like tv chef, an android in an instructional video and a love-stuck alien and is somehow completely un-funny throughout.
This is the first introduction of Boba Fett… via cartoon.
The Jefferson Starship sings a very lengthy song in holograph form.
Bea Arthur is the new bartender at the Mos Eisley Cantina which is being shut down by Imperial forces and only her musical number can induce the patrons to leave.
Carrie Fisher and C-3PO are there, too. She even sings a Life Day song at the end.
Somehow, Jar Jar Binks isn’t involved this travesty.
All in all, the Star Wars Holiday Special is about 2 hours worth of made for tv movie meets variety show. Truly insane but absolutely hysterical with Mike, Kevin and Bill making jokes throughout. See for yourself: Watch Rifftrax Star Wars Holiday Special!