In 1978, hot on the heels of Star Wars, fans received their first spin-off. Set between the events of the original film and The Empire Strikes Back, the Star Wars Holiday Special somehow managed to reunite the main cast for a television special. But since the year was 1978 and TV variety shows were all the rage, they were joined by the likes of Bea Arthur, Art Carney, Diahann Carroll, and Harvey Korman.
The plot of the special was simple: Han Solo and Chewbacca are on their way to Kashyyk to celebrate Life Day with Chewbacca’s family. While en route, they encounter the Empire, and misfortune ensues. Also, songs are sung, we learn that Chewie’s dad has a thing for Diahann Carroll, Boba Fett makes his first appearance, and other stuff happens. Just go watch it if you have never seen it. You will regret it, but you really should if you’re a Star Wars fan.
Anyway, the original Star Wars Holiday Special is such a hot mess that it’s been buried in the dustbin of history for more than four decades. Enter The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special.
It’s possible that the only reason that The LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special was made is to erase the Star Wars Holiday Special from the memories of anyone who may have seen it. But here’s the kicker, that may actually happen. Will it become a Life Day classic? Does it surpass the original? Listen as our panelists discuss their thoughts on this new iteration, then share your thoughts with us via social media or in the comments below.