The holidays are over and the New Year has begun. Many resolutions have been made, many have already been broken. The point is that it’s time to improve and move forward. This time of year has also come in tandem with the release of a new Star Wars movie, and unless you live under a rock or have terrible priorities, you have already seen it. You have also probably enjoyed it immensely. . . and if you didn’t, you probably lost most of your friends and are now living the life of a leper on the outskirts of town. Unclean!
However, what with this being a time to move forward (and a time to focus on the wonder that is The Rise of Skywalker), it is also a prime time to look back at how far we have come; how far Star Wars has come. What better way to do this than by looking at the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special. Don’t worry if you haven’t seen it; in fact, if you haven’t, you are probably on the right track in life. All you need to know is that it is a holiday special surrounding the fictional Wookie holiday “Life Day”, and it is a movie that many Star Wars fans have spent years trying to come to terms with. With that in mind, let’s look at some valuable life lessons we can all learn from one of the larger cinematic mistakes to come out of the seventies.
10. Life Isn’t Fair
The first thing to take away from the Holiday Special is that life just isn’t fair. The sooner you come to terms with this, the sooner you can heal from the experience. It’s not fair to be stripped of your innocence and optimism; it’s not fair to lose two hours of your life, and it’s certainly not fair that you will never be able to explain any of this to a therapist. Words will fail you, just as George Lucas has (although even he has publicly denounced the Holiday Special as an abomination). Friends will argue that “it can’t possibly be that bad,” and you will be faced with the moral dilemma of suffering alone, or showing them the tape. You’ve seen The Ring and now you will live it. Of course, the downside to letting your friends see the Holiday Special for themselves is that you will likely be forced to watch it again, so the ultimate decision is down to your own personal level of masochism.