What better way to celebrate the 42nd anniversary of the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special than a second attempt? That’s exactly what Disney, Star Wars, and Lego decided to do with the Lego Star Wars Holiday Special and unlike the first attempt, it’s actually good. In case you’ve forgotten just how bad the original holiday special was, it broadcasted only once and never officially released on home video. Perhaps the only good things to come from the original special are the introduction of Boba Fett, the acknowledgment of James Earl Jones as the voice of Darth Vader, and all the ridiculous memes. But why did the second attempt succeed where the first failed?

If you’re not familiar with the world of Lego Star Wars, you’re missing out! The games, films, and miniseries fully lean into the ridiculous and can laugh at themselves while the rest of the Star Wars universe takes itself far too seriously. The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special brings together every element of the Skywalker Saga through continuity gags and inside jokes fans of the franchise will appreciate. The original special tried something new, and rather than being fun and innovative, it was bizarre and badly executed. Even Star Wars creator George Lucas famously once said at a fan convention that, “If I had the time and a sledgehammer, I would track down every bootlegged copy of that program and smash it.”

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