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If one wanted to discover the origins of George Lucas' self proclaimed "control freak" tendencies vis a vis the "Star Wars" universe, one could arguably trace them back to November 1978. This was the year of the now universally reviled "Star Wars: Holiday Special," a "Star Wars"-themed TV event that aired only once on CBS. By now, if you're a "Star Wars" freak, you've likely seen it. Or at least tried to watch it. In a storyline that saw Chewbacca and Han Solo visit Kashyyyk, the Wookie's home world, to celebrate Life Day, the notorious holiday special is known to fans as the first time the "Star Wars" brand went horribly wrong (decades before Jar Jar Binks). "We let them use the characters and stuff and that probably wasn't the smartest thing to do, but you learn from those experiences," Lucas said in 2005. The "Star Wars" creator had »

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