I recently had the opportunity to view this never again released, made for TV movie and I have to admit that I now know why it was never re-released. In fact it should probably be buried in the deepest cess pits of Tattoine. It was the longest two hours of torture I have ever endured, yet strangely amusing. Like a train wreck, I found that I couldn’t walk away from it.
I am still not even sure what the plotline was or if there was one to begin with. I know that it started out with Han Solo and Chewbacca trying to get back to Chewbaccas home planet in time to celebrate Life Day. Apparently Chewy has a wife, son and father that he has abandoned so he can go hang out with a smuggler, but this Life Day celebration is important enough that he has to go back there. Beyond that the rest of the show really has nothing to do with Chewbacca getting home. Unless you speak Wookie the first ten minutes of the show is simply a bunch of furry creatures shouting at each other, and it pretty much goes down hill from there.
There are a variety of guest appearances from Bea Arthur, Jefferson Starship, Art Carney, Harvey Korman and a few others I couldn’t name interspersed with footage from the original Star Wars movie.
The one upside to this whole ordeal is that you get to see the first appearance of Bobba Fett, that made it just a little more tolerable.
However if you are like me, then you are just going to torture yourself again next Christmas as you dust it off and plug it back in to your machine.