I love some of the ideas here, like having the whole Vader/Boba deal. That would add so much to the opening act and it gives Vader and Boba more to do.
Also, yes please to new Hayden force ghost.
I was always a fan of the idea that Luke was training on Dagobah between ESB and ROTJ. You don’t even have to move the Dagobah scenes to the beginning, you could just keep them in their natural place, have it say Luke’s training there in the crawl. This way Luke’s entrance will still be the dramatic mysterious one. Rearrange the Tatooine storyline so Leia’s plan comes first, then the droids are sent after they’re captured as a part of Luke’s plan (he left Dagobah to save his friends). Then he goes back.
The only thing is, though, with the whole “he was training on Dagobah the whole time” idea, it doesn’t make any sense for Luke to wait a year to get clarification from Yoda and Obi-Wan about Vader being his father, or for them to wait that long to tell him. You could technically cut those parts, but that’d only work for a chronological saga edit (which is my preferred way of viewing the saga, but that isn’t universal) and you’d lose crucial character moments. I’d hate to lose, “There is still good in him” and “He’s more machine now then man, twisted and evil.” I at one point considered having a timeskip in which there would be an opening that took place right after ESB, Luke lands on Dagobah and confronts Yoda and Obi-Wan about the truth. Then it timeskips to a year later with the Vader death star arrival. But I realized timeskips don’t work for the style of Star Wars, as talked about in this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rD2G0D-nyLA) and would make it not feel like a Star Wars movie anymore. So really, to me, the only way it makes sense is to just keep it the way it is (except for rearranging the Tatooine scenes so Leia’s plan is first, then Luke’s, which clears up basically all the odd decision making) and have it so Luke is a more self-taught Jedi, lose Yoda confirming Vader is Luke’s father and the Obi-Wan conversation (unfortunate but doable) or just accept the idea that the Jedi masters refused to tell Luke more about his past and his family for a year (which just doesn’t feel right).
This is something that would take new footage with fan-made costumes to pull off but I would love it if when Vader tries to see the Emperor against his command Vader has a short fight with some royal guards guarding the throne room. Vader approaches, they try to use their electro staffs but Vader force chokes and shoves them away. That gives the guards and Vader a bit more to do.
I really don’t like the idea of removing the first Vader Death Star scene and having it start with the Emperor’s arrival. The Vader arrival is such a great scene (that low angle shot of him walking out of the shuttle is awesome and I’d hate to lose it, and I love his no-bullshit attitude), it means no buildup for the Emperor and it also means no scenes with the main villains in the first 40 minutes except for the opening, which is just way too long. If you don’t have both the Vader arrival and Emperor arrival the audience is going to start wondering where they are. Also cutting a Vader scene is like heresy to me, if anything I want more of him lol
The idea with having Vader’s body fade away kinda ruins any sort of mystery for the audience as to whether he’s worthy of becoming a force ghost and makes his appearance at the party less surprising. I like how during his funeral, the audience is kinda made ready to accept that he’s dead (which makes it powerful), only for the arrival of his force ghost showing that no, he isn’t gone forever, and was truly redeemed.
I don’t quite agree with the common criticism that Han’s character is weaker here. To me it reads that Han’s always had some anxiety and that his sass has often been a mask for that, and especially regarding Leia, he’s found someone he really loves so he’s genuinely concerned to lose her.
Thank you! I know some people think that it’s stupid that Han could possibly think Leia loves Luke more then him, but insecurity, jealousy, and fear will do that to you. Fear is a powerful drug. It’s how Anakin became Vader.
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