Friday, December 27, 2013
The (Star) War(s) on Christmas
Christmas is over.
The lights are still up. Although, some are have burnt out.
The tree is still in the living room, unwrapped presents underneath.
The tree's needles are starting to fall off, as are some of the ornaments.
The TV networks are showing nothing but reruns, because no-one watches TV on Christmas week.
Except The Blog.
Is it too late for one more Christmas themed post?
The Blog thinks not.
The Blog thinks that there is time for just one more.
If you are of a certain age, you know exactly what is going on here.
If you are too young, or too old, this may be the first you have ever heard of this.
And, I apologize.
But, back in 1978, when "Star Wars" was all the rage...
Television spawned the strangest, most ill-conceived Christmas special, ever.
Decades before Fox "News" and Bill O'Reily made "The War on Christmas" a thing...
The ABC television network and LucasFilm cranked out a "Holiday" special, reasoning that the Star Wars world existed in a pre-Jesus, non-earth, "Galaxy, a long time ago... far, far away."
But, a TV special was needed none the less.
And so, "A Star Wars Holiday Special" was born.
The special boasted what would, today, be considered a "star studded" cast.
Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison. Freaking. Ford...
And let's not ignore Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew and some deep voiced guy named James Earl Jones.
Never mind that these folks were the stars of the biggest fucking movie in the history of ever...
Television demanded some real stars.
Stars like Art Carney, Harvey Korman, Diahann Carroll and television's "A List" super weapon, Beatrice Arthur.
Even those of us who worshiped the world of "Star Wars" were, irrevocably scarred by this half hour of Christmas dreck.
Clicking on the link below, will expose you to 26 minutes of your life that you will never get back and never un-see.
And, if that is not enough warning for you, know this...
Bea Arthur sings.
Thanks to the magic of YouTube™, you can watch the whole thing...
But, if you know what's good for you, you won't...
Don't say I didn't warn you.