Veteran Star Wars Actor Mark Hamill has given a brief opinion on the infamous holiday Special, on the anniversary of its first and last official broadcast in 1978.
The official Twitter for Wookieepedia, the franchise’s extensive wiki, went live earlier this week to commemorate the special’s only televised release. “On this day in 1978, The Star Wars Christmas Special aired for the first and only time,” the tweet reads. “To date, it has never been republished. You’ve seen? What did you think?” Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the holiday specialhe indicated his displeasure through a short review: “There’s a reason it only aired once.”
The Most Infamous Star Wars Story
the Star Wars Holiday Special broadcast on CBS on November 17, 1978, to immediate negative reception. The special follows Han Solo (Harrison Ford) accompanying Chewbacca to his home world to celebrate “Life Day” with his family. Surrounding this frame story are a variety of different shorts set in the Star Wars universe. Although it never received another official release after this original broadcast, the special can often be found streaming unofficially on various online content sharing sites.
Despite its dismal reception from critics, the holiday special it has gone on to be adopted by many fans of the franchise. On November 17 he has even been nicknamed by many Star Wars fans as “Life Day” in honor of the special. The special is also notable for having Boba Fett’s first appearance, albeit in animated form. This animated segment, titled The story of the faithful Wookieeit was made available to stream on Disney+ in April 2021.
even out of the Star Wars franchise, the holiday special‘s influence can still be felt all these years later. Coming soon from Marvel Studios Guardians of the Galaxy Christmas Specialwhich will premiere on Disney+ on November 25, was partially inspired by the Star Wars television special. Writer-director James Gunn also revealed that he “loved without irony [the Star Wars Holiday Special] as a kid.” Many Marvel Cinematic Universe fans have even theorized that the upcoming Disney+ special would feature Hamill as Santa Claus himself alongside the titular Guardians; however, so far there have been no signs that the introduction of 40 minutes will feature St. Nick’s MCU debut.
The story of the faithful Wookiee is available to stream now on Disney+, while the Star Wars Holiday Special in its entirety it is still not available through official media.