2:13pm PT by Aaron Couch
A Star War? William Shatner Mocks 'Holiday Special,' Peter Mayhew Reminds Him of 'Star Trek V'
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 wookiee 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 follow-ups (directed by Shatner's co-star 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.)