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Funny or Die: Star Wars Christmas Special updates the series' greatest shame

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Between the original Star Wars and its sequel, The Empire Strikes Back, an unholy Star Wars holiday special was conceived. Among other things, the one-off was about Chewbacca trying to get back to his home planet to celebrate Life Day, a non-specific holiday created for the show, which is also known for the introduction of Boba Fett and a cameo from Beatrice Arthur.

With The Force Awakens just a week away, the folks at Funny or Die wanted to recreate the magic of the holiday special. But like everyone else, they don’t know much specifically about the new film. So they’ve cobbled together a story based on trailers and internet speculation, as you do.

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The new Hypothetical Star Wars Holiday Special swaps in BB-8 for Chewbacca, as he and Kylo Ren try to get home for Droid Day. The format mirrors the original with precision, including a musical performance and a crudely animated short. There’s even a cameo to rival Bea Arthur.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out on Dec. 18.