It seems like it was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, because it was 1978, and if you are of a certain age, the mere thought of a televised "Star Wars Holiday Special" exists as mere legend. Alas, such a TV program did air on the regular broadcast airwaves 30 years ago, and Vanity Fair's Frank DiGiacomo finally got down to the bottom of what happened to make this accidental comedy trainwreck happen, once and for all. If you can make it through even the first part of this mashup of comedy-variety show with sci-fi epic and want to keep watching, then God bless you. Suddenly it all makes sense, doesn't it? We'll base a two-hour song-and-dance show around Wookiees that don't talk, and then we'll get the folks who made a hit out of mimes to make sense out of it all…oh, nostalgia.

OK, fine. Here is part two if you want to keep watching.