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How would you do Return of the Jedi?

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It's May 1980 and the Empire Strikes Back is doing wonderfully in theaters. 

In a stunning move, George Lucas announces he is leaving film for good.  However, not wanting to disappoint his fans with the many loose ends in ESB, he commissions you to finish the Star Wars trilogy.

How would you do it?

Some issues to think about:

What will happen to Han Solo? 

Who is the other that Yoda speaks of and how does this person enter the story?

Will Luke and Leia be siblings?

Is the love triangle at the beginning of ESB really resolved?  Does Luke still have a shot?

Is Vader really Luke's father?

Will any major characters die?

How does Luke confront Vader and the Emperor?

When does Luke go to complete his Jedi training?

Is there another Death Star under construction?

If Leia is Luke's sister, does she play any role in confronting Vader and the Emperor?

What new characters would you introduce?

EDIT: More things to ponder

Where does the final confrontation happen?

To Ewok or not to Ewok?

Will Vader survive the film?

Will Vader be redeemed?

Should Luke fight the Emperor?

Who is Luke's mother?

How will Luke confirm that Vader is his father?

How will Obi-Wan explain Anakin's turn to the dark-side and his lie to Luke, if at all?

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I'm one of those rare Star Wars purists who consider ROTJ to be my favorite. Nonetheless, there are a few things I'd change. The biggest change is that Luke and Leia wouldn't be siblings (Luke would be over his crush and Han would win her heart). I don't know who the other Yoda spoke of would be. It would be a challenge to introduce such an important figure without disrupting the story. Perhaps that is a character who should die (for an important reason). The problem of having it be Luke's long-lost twin born of Vader is that Obi Wan seemed oblivious to her importance/existence in ESB. Easiest place to pick up a new character would be in the beginning on Tatooine. Perhaps the mysterious new figure would accompany Luke to Jabba's palace. If I were writing ROTJ, I wouldn't want to do the Death Star again. But how else can we portray the ultimate battle after facing a machine that can destroy planets. There is a pleasant simplicity to doing the Death Star...but bigger! I'm just not sure how to top that. And the climax should top the ANH one. Lastly, I would make the Ewok victory more believable. I'm an unabashed Ewok lover, so I wouldn't ditch them. As I said, I really like ROTJ, so I wouldn't change too many things.

The blue elephant in the room.

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Just for the sake of completion:

http://originaltrilogy.com/forum/topic.cfm/How-would-you-have-done-ROTJ/topic/10450/

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I wrote extensively on this on the previous thread.

But I've also thought this. It would be cool if when the Emperor arrives on the Death Star, that first scene, he's in a white robe with dark crimson lining. Because as evil as he is, he's primarily a deciever.

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Or a deceiver, as the case may be.  :)

He is a little on the nose- it reminds me of this- How many converts do you get calling it the Dark Side of the Force?

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Rewrite the Prequels!

 

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TV's Frink said:

Seventeen?

The Rule of Seventeen has a nice ring to it.

The blue elephant in the room.

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xhonzi said:

Or a deceiver, as the case may be.  :)

 

Proper vowell order is the first thing out the window when you embrace the darkside. 

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TheBoost said:

xhonzi said:

Or a deceiver, as the case may be.  :)

 

Proper vowell order is the first thing out the window when you embrace the darkside. 

Proper spelling is the second thing :p

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There are a number or things I'd do differently. Instead of a new Death Star I'd come up with a new type of Star Destroyer, larger than a Super Star Destroyer, like this one:

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Eclipse-class_Super_Star_Destroyer

And I probably wouldn't have cast Ian McDiarmid as the Emperor. Don't get me wrong, I liked his performance in ROTJ (less so in the PT, but he still had a bit of charm there), but I would have taken Palpatine's character in a whole different direction.

The dark side is supposed to be seductive, yet Lucas never went and made any dark siders seductive themselves; they all looked old, or deformed, or stereotypically Satanic. I would have done the opposite. I would have cast a woman as Palpatine - preferably young and at least moderately attractive - and brought back Clive Revill to do Palpatine's voice. Instead of snarky and sarcastic, Palpatine would sound calm, sauve, and at times even genuinely remorseful. He would be this great dark father - mother? - figure.

I probably would have also replaced the Ewoks with Wookiees, or some other non-dwarfish race.

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DuracellEnergizer said:

There are a number or things I'd do differently. Instead of a new Death Star I'd come up with a new type of Star Destroyer, larger than a Super Star Destroyer, like this one:

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Eclipse-class_Super_Star_Destroyer

Bloody hell! That thing would've been huge!

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DuracellEnergizer said:

The dark side is supposed to be seductive, yet Lucas never went and made any dark siders seductive themselves; they all looked old, or deformed, or stereotypically Satanic. I would have done the opposite. I would have cast a woman as Palpatine - preferably young and at least moderately attractive - and brought back Clive Revill to do Palpatine's voice. Instead of snarky and sarcastic, Palpatine would sound calm, sauve, and at times even genuinely remorseful. He would be this great dark father - mother? - figure.

 A sexy Clive Revill Emperor would have been very cool/creepy.

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I agree with DuracellEnergizer about a badass star destroyer rather than a second death star. The empire surely would have learned from the battle of Yavin. A more mobile laser mounted in an eclipse star destroyer. Perhaps the Ewok Leia encounters should lead here to Wookie refugees who lend unexpected aid to the rebel force?