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Star Wars Weekly: The Holiday Special's 40th and Galaxy's Edge news

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Nov 23, 2018

Time again for STAR WARS WEEKLY, the SYFY WIRE series that rounds up the most important news of the week from a galaxy far, far away. Think of us as your own personal Star Wars Holocron.

40 YEARS OF THE HOLIDAY SPECIAL

This last week saw the 40th anniversary of the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special. It aired on television only once and was universally reviled. George Lucas was initially involved, but soon walked away and the result was one of the most bizarre pieces of Star Wars ephemera in existence. For those who aren't aware of it, the Holiday Special documents a trip to Kashyyyk while the Wookiees are celebrating Life Day. But it's also a variety show and Bea Arthur is a bartender at the Mos Eisley cantina.

The official Star Wars website did a look back at the animation segments of the special that gave us our first filmed glimpses of Boba Fett. It's worth a read.

Tom Spina, special effects extraordinaire, chimed in for the holiday as well. His company does restorations of classic items from the history of film, and he posted the restoration they did of Chewbacca’s wife, Mallatobuck.

Perhaps the most fascinating part of this restoration is that Malla was actually a screen-used Chewbacca mask from A New Hope. Stan Winston’s studio made the alterations to turn Chewbacca into Mallatobuck, and that chain of title is endlessly fascinating to me.

If you’re morbidly curious, you can watch the whole Holiday Special on YouTube here:

BOBA FETT AS LUKE'S MOM?

Boba Fett was an enigma through the Holiday Special and The Empire Strikes Back, and there were questions as to who the character really was.

Mark Hamill made a lot of bizarre suggestions for Star Wars, hoping any of them would stick. He took to Twitter to confirm that he had suggested that Boba Fett should actually be Luke Skywalker's mother.

Personally, I’m thankful that George Lucas didn't listen to him in this instance. I really love the stories we've had with Boba Fett over the years. The science fiction possibilities raised with his origin in Attack of the Clones, with a kid who has to watch the galaxy subjugated by an army with the face of his father, is much more interesting than him being Luke's mom.

But maybe that's just me.

In any case, it's interesting to think of all the possibilities of what Star Wars could have been in contrast to what it actually became.

RETRACTABLE LIGHTSABERS

Disney has filed a new patent, which is always interesting news for Star Wars fans. This time, they've come up with a patent for an actual retractable lightsaber. It's a spool of LED lights that spool in and out of a lightsaber hilt, and it looks like it might be the most authentic lightsaber experience we've ever seen from the merchandising arm of Star Wars.

You can go read about the plans and schematics that were submitted to the patent office and dream about your future wielding a real-life lightsaber.

GALAXY’S EDGE UPDATE!

A whole lot of news from Galaxy's Edge came out this week. We’ve got names of rides and more details of what’s going on. The Falcon ride is officially Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, and the other ride in the park, the massive dark ride, is called Rise of the Resistance.

Entertainment Weekly had the exclusive, but be prepared for the best part of the package: new John Williams music. It was a startling revelation to know that John Williams is going to be creating new music for the park that is independent of any of the films. Disney parks are amazing at managing experiences and knowing that they’re going so far in that management to bring the maestro back to score things.

Listen here and read more about it at Entertainment Weekly.

Until next week, May the Force Be With You!

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