So, I'm also playing around with re-writing the prequels in my head or at least having a story that is well-developed and feels like Star Wars to me. I have a ton of notes and have written down a lot of story concepts, but am still very much in the creative stage. I'd like to ask you other guys out there that are also re-writing a question I've been pondering over the last few days.
Do you mention the Academy in the prequels? How does it play into your story if you do? I've always wondered how it fit with the Empire. It doesn't seem to be affiliated with the Empire in ANH, but the Empire has the ability to "draft" pilots from it as Biggs says. I can't see it being affiliated with the Empire because Biggs and Luke are so against the Empire, it doesn't make sense for them to volunteer for it if it were. Thoughts?
That's my interpretation as well. It was a military academy. Luke wasn't thrilled about the Empire at the time, but he wasn't in open rebellion against it. Getting pilot training, getting the chance to fly, getting off of the farm... all of that stuff, I think, was more important to him at the time than whether the Empire was good/bad. They didn't have much run in with the Empire out there, I think.
Just wondering, have you seen the cut scene with Biggs?
Yeah... I know what you mean. I don't have it memorized... I do think that scene completely recolours Luke's (and Bigg's) intentions towards the Academy... but it's not actually in the film, right?