Posted by: detourmag on December 21, 2007 at 5:00 pm

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If any one remnant of pop culture celebrates our work here at Detour, it’s the “Star Wars Holiday Special” from 1978. The much-maligned TV extravaganza gathered the core characters from the original Star Wars and set them on a mission to get Chewbacca home safe to his family in time to celebrate the Wookie version of Christmas, “Life Day.” We were introduced to Chewbacca’s wife and kids as well as the most notorious bounty hunter in the galaxy, Boba Fett. We contributed to the Human Fund.

Through the years, the special has been heavily criticized by wannabe Jedis from every star system, and with good reason. It features the softer side of Han Solo, Luke Skywalker sporting a god-awful dye job, and Princess Leia belting out a Life Day carol. It gets worse. Golden girl Bea Arthur stumbles through a song and dance number with the Mos Eisley cantina creatures, Harvey Korman guzzles yellow milk through an opening in his cranium and Jefferson Starship performs for the Empire via hologram. Jeezus Christmas. But you know what? We love it. At Detour, we’ve made a point of recognizing not only the hip and indie and underground but also mining the fields on the downslope of trash culture mountain. And with the “Star Wars Holiday Special,” we’ve found endlessly fertile ground.

We’re taking a much-needed week off to celebrate the holidays. It’ll look like Hoth in the Bivouac. But we’ll return right after the new year with a slew of original content and a few surprises. Until then, we give you the 2-hour “Star Wars Holiday Special,” edited down to 5 minutes.

Happy Holidays,

The Staff at Detour

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