Geek Trivia

Which Film Does George Lucas Wish To Smash With A Sledgehammer?

Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Star Wars Droids
Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
The Star Wars Holiday Special
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Answer: The Star Wars Holiday Special

Words cannot adequately describe just how weird the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special was.The special centered on the adventures of the Star Wars cast surrounding Life Day, the Star Wars version of a Christmas holiday. Rather than describe the plot (which is tenuous at best), we’ll highlight a few of stranger things found within: extended (and painfully un-subtitled) Wookie dialog, a Wookie attempting to cook a meal watching an intergalactic cooking show, Bea Arthur (of the Golden Girl fame) doing a public service announcement for The Empire (including a song and dance) and the first appearance, albeit in animated form, of Boba Fett.

In short, novel appearance of Boba Fett aside, the special was an absolute catastrophe and viewed in poor light by Star Wars creator himself, George Lucas. In an interview he summed up his feeling about the special by saying “If I had the time and a sledgehammer, I would track down every copy of that show and smash it.” So how did the terribly executed holiday special come to be? Lucas himself never worked on the special, he merely signed off on the project in the beginning when a TV special was proposed. The entire production was put together by crew of writers and directors who normally worked with variety television shows which goes a long way towards explaining the multi-segment style of the special.

The show was aired once on CBS in November of 1978 and never rebroadcast. The only surviving copies of the special are bootlegs of the original recordings created by fans with early home recording equipment.