"A Comical Adventure in the Star Wars Galaxy"
What You Need To Know:
Star Wars fans will enjoy re-visiting the characters and plotlines of the Star Wars movies. Like other recent LEGO movies, THE LEGO STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL is both funny and exciting. It promotes family, friendship, positive relationships to other people, joy, and merit. This positive content is marred by the program’s New Age, monistic, pagan Star Wars worldview, which views supernatural power residing not in a Personal God but in a living, impersonal energy “Force” connecting all things. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises strong caution for THE LEGO STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL.
THE LEGO STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL is a comical 41-minute Star Wars adventure streaming on Disney+ where Rey accidentally threatens the Rebel Alliance’s victories over the Empire and the First Order while using a powerful time traveling key so she can learn how to better train Finn to be a Jedi Knight by seeing how Yoda trained Luke and Obi-wan trained Luke’s father. THE LEGO STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL is very similar to previous LEGO movies, in that it’s both funny and exciting, but the program’s positive, uplifting elements are marred by references to using the Force and an invented Star Wars holiday called Life Day.
As the TV special opens, Rey, Finn and their friends are visiting Chewbacca’s home planet to celebrate Life Day with Chewbacca and his family. Life Day is the galaxy’s biggest holiday, a time to celebrate family, friendship and connection. General Poe is in charge of planning the Life Day celebrations before Chewbacca’s family arrives. However, he has some trouble with the planning and the cooking.
Meanwhile, Rey is having trouble trying to train Finn to be a Jedi Knight. She follows the Jedi training manuals to the letter, but her efforts don’t seem to be working. Consequently, both she and Finn are frustrated by Finn’s lack of progress under her tutelage.
Rey looks for answers in her Jedi texts and discovers that the “key to the galaxy’s past” can be found only on Life Day in a Jedi temple on another planet. She and BB8 travel to the planet, where she discovers a crystal key that can take her back into the past. The key send sends her to Dagobah where Yoda first trains Luke Skywalker and back to the time where Obi-wan trains Luke’s father. However, Rey’s use of the crystal time travel key has unintended consequences that threaten the Rebel Alliance’s victories over Emperor Palpatine and the First Order. Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine become aware of the time travel key’s existence, as does Kylo Ren. Everything comes to a head on the Second Death Star where Luke had turned his father, Darth Vader, to the Good Side of the Force.
Star Wars fans will enjoy re-visiting the characters and plotlines of the first six Star Wars movies. The character of Han Solo and Leia’s son, Ben, from the last three movies, also becomes a major character here. The program also has a funny reference to the Star Wars series THE MANDALORIAN. Like other recent LEGO movies featuring Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, THE LEGO STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL is both funny and exciting. It also promotes family, friendship, positive relationships to other people, joy, and earning one’s status before others.
This positive content in THE RISE OF SKYWALKER is marred, however, by false New Age, pagan elements. As with other Star Wars stories, the supernatural power used by the heroes and villains, especially the main ones, resides not in a Personal God but in a living, impersonal energy “Force,” which can be used for good or evil. If people get trained in using this “Force” and even have a special ability for using it, they can have more and more supernatural power to do good or do evil, and to even heal other people and animals. For centuries, an elite force of Jedi Knights has been trained to keep peace and order throughout the galaxy, often to combat an evil cult of Jedi Knights calling themselves the Sith, who are masters at using the “Dark Side of the Force.” George Lucas borrowed this New Age vision from the work of notorious Anti-Semitic, Anti-Christian scholar Joseph Campbell, who was enamored with pagan religions, including Hinduism and especially Buddhism (Campbell became disenchanted with Hinduism after he visited India, but he retained some of its pantheistic beliefs). Lucas also borrowed his creation of the Jedi Knights from Japanese samurai movies and Chinese folktales about swordsmen and women able to use the life energy or chi that’s present in all living things.
In this TV special, the program’s promotion of connection is related to the New Age theme in Star Wars that the Force connects all living things. It’s also related, though, to the program’s theme of having strong personal relationships between friends and family. In the Bible, Christian faith is related above all to our personal relationship to God through Jesus Christ, followed by our personal relationship to other people. In a sense, our personal relationship to God and to other Christians is one great big fellowship.
Although THE LEGO STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL has some good things in it, MOVIEGUIDE® still advises strong caution.