Star Wars Prequels Revised

November 7, 2016

Just saw something about how one of the Star Wars: Clone Wars series debuted today–the 2003 series–and that reminded me about how I threw out a few suggestions I had for where I would have liked to have seen the Prequels go.  Primarily the movies, as the Clone Wars did a fairly good job of reconciling a lot of the problems there.  Just having a bit of fun with it.  As a writerly type, I always felt like the Prequels were a letdown.  George Lucas didn’t really care and he was going to have to if we were.  We already knew where the story was going, so it had to have some twists and I always felt like there were a few directions they could have gone.  Having not really thought about it for a couple of months, I thought I would revisit this idea.

Episode One:  Same general plot.  Big changes I would have made were to have Anakin already be an apprentice and cut out the “Chosen One” nonsense.  Something along the lines of him being Qui-Gon’s apprentice while Obi-Wan is on Naboo in hiding, having been stranded there on a separate mission and joins up with Qui-Gon.  I just felt like there was a limit on how much fun could have been had once everybody knew his destiny.  Also, have Amidala execute the Trade Federation leadership after they surrender.  Having her in exile or imprisoned would allow the story to go darker sooner and focus the story a bit more, painting a bit more detail into Palpatine’s manipulations.  Feel like Obi-Wan taking over Anakin’s training more sense as they would likely bond over their mourning of Qui-Gon, while Yoda has begun to have suspicions about the potential that Anakin carries.

Episode Two:  Open with an assassination attempt on Palpatine, later to be revealed to be orchestrated by him.  As Obi-Wan and Anakin investigate, they find that it is connected to Amidala and she might be able to lead them to the conspirators.  While Obi-Wan continues to investigate and eventually learns about the Clone Army, Anakin goes to Amidala and tries to convince her to help.  Encountering the Clones, Obi-Wan realizes they are all of a believed dead Jedi Master, albeit with no force sensitivity.  It would be during these events that Yoda and/or Mace Windu begin to more seriously suspect that Anakin could be the Chosen One based on his skills and achievements.  Rest of the plot remains essentially the same, although I would have Palpatine expressing concerns about the Jedi to Anakin and thus leading him to question the righteousness of the Order.

Episode Three:  Anakin and Amidala are expecting the birth of their children as the Clone Wars rage on.  Palpatine continues to weaken Anakin’s faith in the Jedi Order.  Anakin’s frustrations grow as the Council begins to test him in secrecy to confirm his role in the Prophesy and fears for his wife’s safety.  Obi-Wan, dedicated to ending the war, fails to see what is happening to his friend until it is too late.  When the war has ended, Palpatine arranges an assassination attempt on Amidala and makes it look like the Jedi are responsible, turning Anakin to the Dark Side and triggering the extermination of the Jedi.  Though she dies, Luke and Leia are born and survive.  Obi-Wan goes to tell Anakin this, hoping to save his friend.  Obi-Wan finds Anakin too far gone, they duel.  Obi-Wan leaves Anakin for dead, with the twins being separated and hidden while Obi-Wan and Yoda go into exile.

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