There are already memes with fans jokingly (?) ticked off that Disney+ doesn’t offer ‘The Star Wars Holiday Special’. Trust me, Disney+ is NEVER going to offer that. NO ONE will ever offer that. But there may be a substitution on its way. Jon Favreau, creator of the flagship series ‘The Mandalorian’, actually wants to make a new special that perhaps won’t be so embarrassing, and he already knows what character he would want to build the special around… although he isn’t naming names just yet.
Speaking to Variety, Favreau divulged:
“Oh I would definitely be interested in doing a holiday special. And I’m not going to say who I would be interested in. But one of the people is the member of the cast in an upcoming episode of the show. So we’ll leave it at that for now.”
‘The Mandalorian’ has already included references to the infamous TV catastrophe. For starters, Pedro Pascal’s titular bounty hunter’s weapon of choice is the forked-rifle that Boba Fett brandished in the cartoon segment of the ‘Holiday Special’. Then, Horatio Sanz, slathered in blue alien makeup as Mythrol, makes a comment that he hopes he’ll be home in time for Life Day, the spacey celebration that the ‘Holiday Special’ was built around. While Mythrol mentioned Life Day, Favreau indicates that the character he has in mind has yet to appear.
‘The Star Wars Holiday Special’ aired one time only, on November 17, 1978, after which it was buried never to be seen again. At least that was the plan, but almost immediately bootlegs began to circulate. Nowadays, the whole thing is available on Youtube and other outlets, much to George Lucas’ chagrin.
Here’s the funny thing: ‘The Star Wars Holiday Special’ lives in infamy and is widely ridiculed for being brain-meltingly terrible. But if you’ve ever watched any other variety shows (or heck, any TV shows period) from that time– it was actually pretty typical. DC Universe offers ‘Legends of the Superheroes’ which aired the very next year after ‘The Star Wars Holiday Special,’ and consisted of two specials starring DC Comics heroes and villains, yucking it up in comedy skits and song and dance numbers. If you think ‘The Star Wars Holiday Special’ is so-bad-it’s-hilarious, check that one out. You won’t be disappointed. (Or you’re soul will be destroyed. Either-or.)
Would you like to see a Jon Favreau-concocted ‘Star Wars Holiday Special’?