Even as a huge, Star Wars fan, I have to say this TV special is just force-awful! You really have to be a huge Star Wars fan to sit, through this film. Star Wars: Holiday Special is worse than the 1984 & 1985's Ewok's Adventures films: combined. Directed by Steve Binder, the Star Wars Holiday Special was broadcast in its entirety only once, and since then, copies for this film are hard to come. This makes this TV special one of the rarest holiday specials of all time. The movie tells the story of Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) trying to reach home for a holiday, call Life Day. Meanwhile, Chewbecca's family: his father Itchy AKA Attichitcuk (Paul Gale), his wife Malla AKA Mallatobuck (Mickey Morton), and his son Lumpy AKA Lumpawaroo (Patty Maloney) are being harassed by agents of the Galactic Empire, who are searching for members of the Rebel Alliance on the planet. Can Chewbacca make it to the planet and save his family or will the Empire ruin Life Day forever for the Wookie planet? Watch it to find out! Without spoiling too much of it, the TV special moves like an odd variety show, with the Wookie family watching out of place music and comedy sequence on electric devices. It's tries to be clever on mixing it with the main complex plot of the Empire trying to ruin the holiday, but these music acts such as Jefferson Starship 'Light the Sky on Fire' and Bea Arthur 'Good night, but not goodbye" set to the "Cantina Band" theme come off as distracting. It's slows the main plot, way down. I just glad, they are alright songs compare to others like Princess Leia (Carrie Fischer) singing the film's "theme song", set to the music of John Williams' Star Wars theme, near the end of the film. Carrie Fischer can't deliver the high note if she wanted to. Also, why is C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) and R2-D2 (Kevin Baker) suddenly appear, along with Luke (Mark Hamill), and Han (Harrison Ford) in the Tree of Life sequence? Isn't it a bit weird for them to be there, celebrating a Wookie holiday? The creepiest of these badly done translation from Wookie's world to music sequence is the elderly wookie being hook on a mind-hallucination device, portraying his fantasies, which appear to be of a disco diva in the form of Diahann Carroll singing "This Minute Now". It felt like watching soft-core porn. Lumpy makes noises and growls as if he was jerking off. Diahann Carroll flirting with a hairy Bigfoot type alien is just as disturbing. It was really gross. Why is a Wookie being horny over a black singer? Lots of awkward and unearned cross-species affection. Some of the other sequences seem out of place like the cooking show with Chef Gormaanda (Harvey Korman). It was very repeatable and annoying, plus it has nothing to do with the holiday. It felt like nonsense filler. The 'how to' manual for a device that doesn't exist in our world is the worst. I get that, Lumpy need it, to create a translation device that will fool the Imperials into returning to their base by faking their commander's voice, but gees, it was painful to watch with the awful acting by yet again, Harvey Korman as a malfunctioning, incompetent robot. Another thing, odd about the special is the short cartoon sequence in which, the youngest Wookie watch. It's about the adventures of his father, Chewbacca, with his father's friends, Han Solo & Luke Skywalker. The cartoon is famous for introducing the character, Boba Fett (Voiced by Don Francks) that would later appear in the 1980's sequel film, 'The Empire Strikes Back'. By far, the cartoon titled 'The Faithful Wookie' is the greatest thing about the special, but it has some faults. Once again, it has nothing to do with Life Day! It had jarring animation. Characters in the cartoon tend to move in wavy unrealistic awkward motion. The cartoon is also painfully ugly looking. Han Solo looks so horse face. It also felt strange, seeing a Star Wars animation short existing in a Star Wars world. It felt too metafiction. The movie didn't had the best acting. Yes, it had the main cast, but most of them, phone it in. Harrison Ford look like he didn't want to be there. Carrie Fischer look like she was high on cocaine, and Mark Hamill look like a mannequin with all the make-up, he had. Mark Hamill looks plastic due to all the recent surgeries he had, due to the horrible car crash, he had, previous to this taping. It's clear, that the producer didn't want him in many scenes, and try hard to hide his face, through the use of his hair, and smoke. The worst thing about the acting, had to be the Wookies. The first fifteen minutes or so are in Wookiee language. There is way too much moaning and groaning. The special need subtitles, whenever they are on, as you can't tell what's going on, with what they're saying. Looking at their faces, doesn't work because you can't tell the emotional by their awful stiff hairy mask costume. They even reused alien mask from the first film for the Cantina scene. They didn't bother, taking out Greedo (Paul Blake) out of the Mos Eisley Cantina sequence, who die in the first film. Plus, all that singing made the Cantina look weak. The special is very low-budget. I can do without all the matte painting backgrounds and overused of stock footage from the first movie. George Lucas did not have significant involvement with the film's production, and was reportedly unhappy with the results. The Star Wars Holiday Special was critically panned, both by Star Wars fans and the general public. Overall: It's not worth watching even if you're a huge Star Wars fan, but if you do, may the force be with you, because it's really bad.