In the great pantheon of holiday television programs, perhaps none is so loathed, so disowned, and so notoriously ravaged as the Star Wars Holiday Special. CBS produced and aired the special in 1978, much to the chagrin of George Lucas, who was barely involved. Maligned upon release, the Holiday Special remains to this day a source of comedy and discomfort for those involved, including cast members Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and the late Carrie Fisher, who once said she liked to show the special at parties, "mainly at the end of the night when I want people to leave."
As diehard Star Wars fans with a masochistic streak, we decided to give the Star Wars Holiday Special another watch. And guess what? It's even worse than we remembered! Plodding, bafflingly unintelligible (who thought Wookiees as main characters was a good idea?), and tonally schizophrenic, it's almost impossible to muster through. But muster through we did, and we came out on the other side none-the-better and all the more confused. With The Last Jedi's release, and the Star Wars universe in a constant state of expansion, here are the nine biggest questions we're left with. Perhaps one of the many sequels in the pipeline will clear them up?