I watched it. I finally watched it. The much-maligned, infamously lampooned Star Wars Holiday Special – the story George Lucas preferred to forget. Debuting on 17 November 1978 on CBS, the story is set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. It’s the very first appearance of Boba Fett! Of Chewie’s family! Of the Wookiee homeworld! Despite these firsts, it was near-universally panned and the special was never rebroadcast nor officially released on home video. But after writing about the Guardians of the Galaxy and their Holiday Special, it seemed fitting to watch the original (thanks YouTube!) as the latest installment in my holiday series. See, it’s Christmastime again, so ‘tis the season for me to read and watch a buncha Christmas specials and use them to reflect on what Christmas means to me just like Stevie Wonder does in the very song which inspired this series. And, just like Stevie Wonder sings about, “All these things and more, darling (all these things and more) / That’s what Christmas means to me, my love,” Christmas means a lot of things to me, too. It turns out The Star Wars Holiday Special is a surprisingly perfect example of an important one.
In Defense of Attack Of The Clones
It’s no secret I love Attack Of The Clones. It’s also no secret I’m in the minority here. Even among those who love the Prequels, Attack Of The Clones is often ranked last when the films are discussed. But not for me! I’ve said it before and I’ll proudly say it again: I love the Prequels and Attack Of The Clones is my favorite film of the Trilogy! On that note, a few months back, Kiri (of Star Wars Anonymous) and I were having a comment section conversation about this film when she proposed an intriguing idea. She suggested we do twin posts, she writing about her disdain for the film (while trying to highlight some things she enjoys about it) while I write on my undying affection for this cinematic masterpiece (while pointing out some things that bother me). Obviously, I was in. Can I convince you, my lovely reader, of its brilliance? I say…GAME ON. Continue reading