Possibly one of the most awkward and painful things I have ever watched. George Lucas has expressed a desire to destroy every copy of it, and it is understandable. It stands in garish contrast to the Star Wars movies as possibly one of the dumbest and cheesiest items ever put to film. And yet...I loved it. The accomplishment of saying I watched it, combined with the knowledge that even great artists can make terrible art, is rather entertaining. The Holiday Special successfully alienates all viewers in its attempt to appeal to older viewers used to variety shows and younger viewers used to action and science fiction, and in that alienation, there is unity. Somehow, 15 minutes into a scene in wookie with no subtitles, you look at your fellow watchers and feel a certain kinship. The Holiday Special is for true fans only, not because it is good, but because it is so, so bad.
The WTF were they thinking Holiday Special.
The month after I was born....this arrived.
Still better than The Force Awakens.
I'm afraid I am too confined within my mortal flesh to fully grasp this extradimensional aesthetic experience.