The Star Wars Holiday Special is a bad, bad piece of filmmaking. Very bad. So very, very bad. You should probably read the quotes on the Wikipedia page about how it was received. But it is so bad you could just see that the first subcategory under "reception" is "regrets."
Not that I have actually seen this movie, mind you. I, star wars nerd though I am, haven't really cared enough. But the point is, I've been hearing about how terrible this thing is for a long, long time. So we get that it's really, really bad. really bad.
Today's xkcd is based on the fact that the star wars holiday special is really, really bad. It tells us this right off the bat: "...avoid the Star Wars Holiday Special" it says. Because it is so bad. Even for bad movie night! Not so original a comment, but whatever.
In case you don't understand "Avoid the Star Wars Holiday Special," he makes a graph for you. As movies get worse, their enjoyability, for a time, gets higher. But the Star Wars Holiday Special is not good! It is not enjoyable! It is, in fact, bad! Really really bad! So it is at the bottom of the graph! Do you see? (to Randy's credit, unlike previous efforts, this chart is easy to understand, logical, and does a good job conveying the intended message. nice work!)
"But," you are thinking, "I don't understand. Is he saying the Star Wars Holiday special is good? Or is he saying it is bad? Please do not use words to tell me the answer, because I do not understand words, and do not use fancy graphs, because they are too fancy for me. Please use only non-verbal stick figures." Luckily, your pal Randall has got you covered. Sure, the little pictures at the bottom don't exactly fit in the box, but whatever! You can see that they do not enjoy the Star Wars Holiday Special. They have to drink alcohol to stop them from being sad. They are sad because the Star Wars Holiday Special is bad. So very, very bad.
That is the comic.
"But wait", you say again. "I do not read the comics. I read only the alt-texts of the comics. How will I know whether the Star Wars Holiday Special is bad or not?" Again, got you covered. The alt-text, "You think it's so legendarily bad that you'll torrent it and sit through it just for the kitschy nerd cred. I, too, once thought as you did." tells you clearly: Star Wars Holiday Special is bad. How bad, you wonder? So bad! So bad that even if you think it will be good, it is is bad. That is what the alt-text has to say, about the Star Wars Holiday Special.
Did you like how he included two "so bad they are good" movies by name, to prove his nerd-cred? He didn't mention any good movies, or any bad movies, just the really terrible ones. And to further prove his nerd-cred, he chose two that he could refer to by "in the know" nicknames. So clever! He must clearly be a fan of Plan 9 From Outer Space is he just calls it "Plan 9".
I just want to point out that lots of things are so bad that they transcend the usual so-bad-it-becomes-good phenomenon. My favorite example is this book, which, despite the fact that it looks like it will be hilariously bad, is, in fact, boringly bad.
You know what else is bad? The Star Wars Holiday Special.
Also, it was bad that Moe didn't update for so damn long but now it is back THANK GOD and hopefully it will not keep taking these long, long breaks in the future. Luckily the author apologized for taking so much time off from the comic.
The Star Wars Holiday Special is baaaaaad. so very bad!
swhs = bad.