Best television one-time-event 1978: The Star Wars Holiday Special

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/11/14/best-television-one-time-event.html

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For certain definitions of best.

There is a reason it was one time.

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This is an interesting article about how some people didn’t want to watch the third landing of the moon since it wasn’t that big a novelty.

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Still - you’ll take my Star Trek ornaments from my cold, dead hands.

My fav is the Galileo- with Spock saying Happy Holidays when you press the button. Finally finished my solar system ornaments to complement. Buying over the years.
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Nice big sun too.

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A friend had a bootleg copy of this (copied off a bootleg rental) rattling around his car trunk for years. I think that says something.

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Definitely take a look at the RiffTrax treatment done to this “masterpiece”! Worth getting!

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The joy of this “special” lies in imagining what Bea Arthur and Harvey Korman were saying about the script between takes.

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The whole thing should be skipped except for the Ralph Bakshi animated segment that introduces Boba Fett riding a dinosaur.


EDIT: Users have correctly pointed out that the animated segment was by Nelvana, not Ralph Bakshi.

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It looks like Harvey Korman’s character is into Eurorack.

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Honestly, this is the only way this should be viewed.

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When I watched this with friends a few years back, standing up at the end of the show I felt stupider somehow, as if the programming had drained IQ points right out of my head.

Dunno if I could stomach a second viewing, but Rifftraxx would probably help reduce the stupid tax.

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Or a fancy 70’s-era electronic set.

(Said as someone who traces his Eurorack obsession back to both the 70’s-era electronic set I had - not as fancy as the photo - and first hearing the Doctor Who theme.)

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Where do you live? :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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Part of the problem is that this Special was made at a time when “special” still inferred that something was good.

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I have a friend who is still grousing that the Hulk was held up for this genre mash-up nonpareil.

Don’t make him angry…

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I haven’t actually watched this since the original airing, but I think I might get high and dive in…

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[pedant] Not Bakshi - Nelvana, the same Canadian studio known for Rock and Rule, A Cosmic Christmas, Romie-0 and Julie-8, and several Saturday morning Star Wars series. [/pedant] I was a big fan of their stuff as a kid, especially Rock and Rule (soundtrack by Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Cheap Trick, Debbie Harry, and Earth Wind, and Fire!)
ETA: Rock and Rule is on YouTube!

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The only thing(s) missing from this:

  • Bert Convy
  • Rip Taylor
  • One or more Osmonds
  • Paul Lynde

That “CBS Special” opening (immiediately after “Incredible Hulk will not be presented this evening”) caused a Pavlovian reaction in me; to this day I expect that a Peanuts or Rankin-Bass holiday special is imminent.

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