Can one parody the already absurd?
Long before 1999’s The Phantom Menace, George Lucas totally boffed the qualities that made Star Wars a phenomenon and instead created a boring, corny, absurd television special that he’s now refusing to admit exists. But it does. YouTube’s got it right here. Michael and I tried to watch it about five years ago. We made it about 40 minutes in before giving up entirely.
But now Funny or Die has created a parody of the horror that is the Holiday Special using the new Force Awakens characters based on rumors and conjecture from the marketing materials for the new film. And they’ve kindly thrown together a short primer for those of you unfamiliar with the original so you can see the mimicked elements.