Some of us have experienced the horror that is the 1978 Star Wars Christmas Special. Steeped in the idea that no one but small children and people with mental disabilities watched Star Wars, Lucas and Co. created a Rifftrax-worthy piece of rubbish that featured everything from new age music to Wookies in aprons making “Christmas” dinner. Suffice to say, it’s painful to watch whether you’re a fan of the franchise or otherwise. Now, we’re getting a Halloween Special. And this one will be… sports themed.
In an effort to make more money, Disney is taking advantage of the fact that they own everything by turning ESPN2’s SportsNation into a Star Wars event. They’ll be decorating the set of the show to look like the Millennium Falcon and inviting many classic Star Wars characters to join them. Expect to see Han Solo, Boba Fett, Darth Vader (back from the dead?), Yoda, Chewbacca and the best gay robot couple ever, R2-D2 and C-3PO. They’ll also be bringing in Chopper, a character from the new Star Wars Rebels television show on Disney XD.
These characters will be popping up to join host Michelle Beadle and her guests – boxing commentator and radio host Max Kellerman and former football player Marcellus Wiley. Apparently, they’ll be doing usual SportsNation things except giving them a happy, shiny Star Wars twist. Expect sports clips that highlight Star Wars-themed achievements such as “Best Jedi Mind Trick” and “Most Unstoppable Skywalkers”.
While this may sound like the worst idea ever, there is one saving grace. If you manage to hold your lunch down long enough, you’ll get the chance to see a sneak peek of Star Wars Rebels. Likely they’ll be saving that one until the end so they don’t experience a mass exodus halfway through the program.
So, does this exploitative move by Disney have anyone else worried about what we’re going to see when Star Wars Episode VII comes out? Or can the Mouse Overlord maintain integrity on one front even though they’re selling out on another? Or am I just overreacting to the whole Star Wars meets Halloween meets SportsNation thing?
If you feel so compelled, check out the Star Wars version of SportsNation on October 30th at 7:30 pm on ESPN2.