Sunday, April 15, 2018

Solo And Thanks For All The Fish (Hey, You Try Coming Up With Titles For These Things!)

This week Disney dropped another new trailer for their upcoming debacle, er, I mean movie Solo: A Star Wars Story.

In it, there's a very brief shot of everybody's favorite co-pilot Chewbacca, as he faces another Wookiee...

The two of them then appear to kiss. Or mash their muzzles together, or rub noses, or whatever the hell demonstrative action Wookies engage in.

Could... could it be? Is that other Wookiee in the shot Chewie's wife Malla? If it is and I pray to the ghost of Art Carney it's true then Disney just made the goddamned Star Wars Holiday Special part of the official canon! Holy Crap!

What's that? You didn't know Chewie had a wife? Welp, he does. Or he did. Actually he had an entire extended family, before he apparently got sick of them and went flying off with Han Solo.

Way back in 1978, CBS broadcast the Star Wars Holiday Special, which aired once and only once. It was a bizarre sci-fi variety show, featuring awful comedy skits, laughable acting and truly baffling musical numbers.

The highlight of the Special was our first ever look at Chewbacca's family, as they go about their daily lives in their interplanetary treehouse. The whole sequence lasts a good half hour, and consists of the Wookiees growling and bleating at one another without any subtitles! Genius!

The Special features Chewie's lovely wife Malla...

His elderly father (or grandpa?) Itchy...

And his son Lumpy. Yep, Lumpy. I don't even wanna know how he and his grandpa got those names.

George Lucas famously loathes the Star Wars Holiday Special, even though he approved it, and was quoted as saying, “If I had the time and a sledgehammer, I would track down every copy of that show and smash it.” That's why I'm hoping that's really Malla in the trailer, so the whole thing becomes an integral part of the saga!

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