A Star War? William Shatner Mocks 'Holiday Special,' Peter Mayhew Reminds Him of 'Star Trek V'

The Hollywood Reporter
Princess Leia and C-3PO (Photofest)
Princess Leia and C-3PO (Photofest)

By Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter

Every sci-fi legend has a low point, as Star Trek‘s William Shatner and Star Wars‘ Peter Mayhew are reminding one another.

On Thursday, Shatner tagged Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Mayhew in a tweet reminding them that it was the 38th anniversary of the much-mocked Star Wars Holiday Special, which aired Nov. 17, 1978, on CBS and has gone down as an embarrassing footnote in Star Wars history. The special centers on Life Day, a wookie holiday on their planet Kashyyyk.


Mayhew responded by reminding Shatner about a low point of his life as Captain Kirk — Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.


Shatner directed 1989’s Star Trek V, which dramatically underperformed at the box office and was disliked by fans and critics. It earned $52 million, the lowest showing for any Star Trek up to that point (a record broken by 2002’s Nemesis). It was a particularly painful moment following the acclaimed run of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, as well as its two followups (directed by Shatner’s costar Leonard Nimoy): Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, which remained the franchise’s biggest hit until the J.J. Abrams era. 

As for Holiday Special, though it’s mocked today, oddly enough, The Hollywood Reporter ran a positive review at the time. (Check that out here.)

‘Star Wars: the Force Awakens’ cast reflects on the ‘Star Wars Holiday Special’: