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I feel Anakin should've been introduced as a teenager and it should've been the start of the clone wars. The film should end with an army of Jedi taking out the droids.

Ep 2 should've introduced an army of sith and this is why the Jedi resort to using clones. No Kamino bullshit and Darth Maul should have survived. Qui-Gon should also have survived until Episode 2. In the end of Episode 2, Maul is killed and another sith assumes second in command.

In Episode 3, the second in command guy (who is BRIEFLY) introduced in Episode 1 should be killed at the begining, swapping him for Dooku. Grievous should be Maul rebuilt. In the end, Anakin should send an army of sith to the jedi temple. Hears that need reinforcements and arrives with the clones. He kills everyone. First the Jedi and then the Surviving sith because the emp said they're too week.

The Sith Vs Jedi should be a lot like the Old Republic trailer that was released and we should see Anakin killing everyone.

Anakin should have been Joaquin Phoenix, no Jar Jar or at least his voice should have been low and he should not have been stupid or have had bad grammar.

Anakin should not have built 3PO and Owen should be introduced in Episode 1 and he should be jealous that Anakin can leave but he can't.

Yoda should have looked like Yoda did in ESB. Him as a CGI is fine, otherwise too many CG aliens.

 

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No (battle)droids.

No Darth Maul.

No Qui Gon.

No Grievous.

Especially no Dooku.

 

Yes older Anakin.  Yes, Army of Sith.  Yes Old Republic Trailer (minus the twirling).  More "fall of Anakin", more space battles.  More "war."  More "aimed at the kid in 30 year olds" less "aimed at the kids of 30 year olds."

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And no Yoda. He has to be a surprise in Ep V. But if you have to have him, please no tazmanian devil. Please no lightsabre. It's like Weird Al's Ghandi II.

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And haven't we done this before?

 

A lot?

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Not that I mind.

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And less Jedi being stupid.

Seriously. I don't see this as a "rip and replace" kind of problem.  You need to start over.  At square one.

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Episode 1:

 

Anakin would be older and there would be no medichlorines.

 

Episode II:

re-write the love scenes,

Make it so that the clones were made BY THE REPUBLIC and not a SITH so that Yoda's decision to use them wouldn't be so assinine.

 

Episode III:

Anakin, once he pledges himself to Palpatine, is sent after the most powerful Jedi to kill, and not to the Temple to slaughter defenseless children in cold blood.

Padme would not die, and Kiera Knightley would reprise her role as Sabe in order to fake Padme's death.

the last part of the film would focus on Padme struggling with having to give up Luke and facing the prospect of being a single mother constantly on the run.

 

 

 

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Asteroid-Man said:

You know we have an edit button right?

 

 Yeah... I was in a funk that night and did what seemed best at the time.

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I think the biggest problem with the PT can be summed up as "WWTMI" -- way, way too much information.  There is just no mystery at all.  Star Wars was a simple movie, but it had some mystery in it.  If they had just made Anakin nice, like ObiWan, and have some cool personal interplay and battles like in the OT, without getting all complicated about exactly HOW Anakin turned, the first two movies could have been fine. Then, in Ep.3, all we really needed were a couple of hints, and Anakin disappearing for a while, and then one of their enemies turning out to be him, and we could all sit in wonder at how the dark side of the force can lure you unsuspecting if you're not careful.  As it is, we got a zillion details, and I still have no idea what the hell happened and what it had to do with the dark side of the force "seducing" Anakin - I think I'd rather just wonder, in fear, at how a nice guy could go bad.  As it was, a bad guy got worse.

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Jar-Jar should have been the first individual to realize the Palpy-Sidious connection, and Anakin/Vader's first Dark Side action should have been to kill Jar-Jar before he gets the info to the Senate.

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Puggo - Jar Jar's Yoda said:

I think the biggest problem with the PT can be summed up as "WWTMI" -- way, way too much information.  There is just no mystery at all.  Star Wars was a simple movie, but it had some mystery in it.  If they had just made Anakin nice, like ObiWan, and have some cool personal interplay and battles like in the OT, without getting all complicated about exactly HOW Anakin turned, the first two movies could have been fine. Then, in Ep.3, all we really needed were a couple of hints, and Anakin disappearing for a while, and then one of their enemies turning out to be him, and we could all sit in wonder at how the dark side of the force can lure you unsuspecting if you're not careful.  As it is, we got a zillion details, and I still have no idea what the hell happened and what it had to do with the dark side of the force "seducing" Anakin - I think I'd rather just wonder, in fear, at how a nice guy could go bad.  As it was, a bad guy got worse.

There is alot of truth to this post, as I believe the Prequels are more like a documentary then a movie.  I believe Lucas took the prequels too 'literally' when he was writing them, as he felt like he couldn't take the story anyway other from point A to point B.  Especially Episode III:  OK, Anakin turns, then he kills the jedi, then he fights Obiwan, then he is put in armor, then the kids are sent to their foster parents, THE END!  When Lucas did try to throw a wrench into the story, he made it worse:  Let me have Owen own C3PO for 10 years!  Let me have Padme die of childbirth!  Let me have R2 fly and be this mobile droid! 

The ironic thing is Episode I is the one movie that isn't point A to point B to point C like Episode II & III.  It is almost like Lucas took the criticism of Jar Jar and then totally went the other way he wanted the trilogy to go after that! 

 

 

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Make the films faithful to Lucas's backstory as it was when he finished the original trilogy, and faithful to the original spirit of star wars. So Anakin would probably be teens or adult when he's discovered (by Kenobi!) and in his 30s or 40s when he turns dark. I bet the battle droid nonsense was invented by Lucas in the 90s to make his films more kid-friendly (ie toothless, like Han shooting second), so dump that. The Jedi would have been less of a bunch of idiots had Lucas made the films faithful to the original spirit of Star Wars. There should be minimum use of cgi, because ILM can't seem to get CGI right (judging by the prequels and the SE).

People in the films should be generally less pretentious and false. I get that the prequels are set in a more decadent era, but they really overdo making people come off fake. Yoda should be Kenobi's master and mentor. It should be Kenobi's decision to train Anakin. Fighting in the clone wars should basically be a good thing, not a sign that the jedi are corrupt (because that's the impression we got in ANH and I bet the corrupt thing was invented later). Anakin should be a good guy who went bad, not a wanker who became even more of a wanker. My god, please no Yoda imitating a fly. Do Palpatine like he was done in ROTJ, not like the horrible ROTS overacting. Have some emotional depth in the films, please.

Boba Fett should not appear. At least not while he's just out of diapers. Get Marcia to help out, because she seems to be a good influence. Chewie shouldn't appear and be best buds with Yoda. Anakin shouldn't build C3PO. The death star shouldn't be part of it. Vader shouldn't be with Tarkin at the end. Maybe make Owen Kenobi's brother. Cut the silliness and dumb comedy. Vader shouldn't go "Noooo!" like a strangled chicken when he's just been reconstructed. No idiotic drawn-out fight scenes that have no feeling and bad acting and overdone thinderous music and overdone cgi backgrounds. If there's a Mace Windu, don't make him such a pain. Don't have Yoda be a pompous ass who goes in for macho posing -keep him faithful to the ROTJ/ESB portrayal. And use a fucking puppet -one that looks something like the old one -why is that so fucking hard?

No need for Jabba to appear and if he has to appear, don't make come off like a stoned cartoon. No podrace torture, thank you very much. No cartoon characters. Greedo or his dad doesn't have to appear. The Star wars universe is not one tiny neighbourhood -everybody doesn't have to know everybody. Anakin doesn't have to be an immaculate conception, for fuck's sake and cut the prophecy bull or that nonsense about how Anakin is the most powerful person in the force, ever. I'll bet you none of that was in the original story. Now Lucas has to retcon about Anakin's force power being crippled when he goes all bionic in ROTS to explain why Vader doesn't measure up to Palpatine's force power.

I'm just splitting stuff up into paragraphs randomly here, so it isn't one long block of text. Really, I could go on for ever on this topic. There's so much wrong with the prequels. For god's sake, don't cast Hayden Christensen as Anakin. Ok, that'll do for now.

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I always liked the idea of the clone army being this big Sith conspiracy. However, the way it is presented makes the Jedi look like idiots for not ever finding out. I would make a minor change to the end of AOTC. Obi-Wan, Mace and Yoda realize now that Dooku is a Sith and impersonated Sifo-Dyas to the Kaminoans in order to create the army. The scene would play out as follows.

 

OBI-WAN

Dooku was strong with the dark side. I believe he is this Tyrannus person the bounty hunter spoke of. In that case he must also have been impersonating master Sifo-Dyas. Dooku ordered this new clone army.

 

YODA

The one to delete the Kamino file he must have been.

 

MACE 

Why would the Sith Lords do this?

 

YODA

Intricate their plans are. For certain one thing is, they need a war.

 

OBI-WAN       

And the Republic couldn't fight without troops. If what he told me on  Geonosis was true, about a Sith Lord hiding in the senate, then this war is a Sith operation with Tyrannus on one side and Sidious on the other. This is a plot aimed at us. At the Jedi; to bleed us dry. To make us into something we were never intended to be.

 

Mace lowers his head in agreement.

 

OBI-WAN

I know you’ll both agree the Sith have succeeded in doing at least that.

 

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Here are the details on my PT.

Forgive me if it's a little long. =)

 

Episode I - The Beginning

 

Takes place about forty years before ANH, wih the Clone Wars already long underway. The specifics of the Clone Wars (such as who are the clones, who they fight for, etc.) are not revealed.

Lord Maul (no "Darth", just "Maul") is the main villain of the story. He hires the Neimoidians - a federation of mercenaries in my PT - to invade Naboo and exterminate the reigining royal family. He is a Sith Lord, but neither the Neimoidians nor the Jedi learn of this.

Padmé is a princess of Naboo, the middle child to the reigning King and Queen (no "elected queen" stuff here). Both her parents and siblings are killed by the Neimoidian forces. She has limited Force abilities, namely the ability to see glimpses of the future.

Palpatine's father is the Grand Vizier of the King and Queen. 

Qymaen jai Sheelal (General Grevious) plays the "ANH Vader" role as the supreme commander of the Neimoidian droid armies, though he is not a cyborg in this story.

The Gungans are allies of the Naboo, and can speak English relatively well (fuck that broken pseudo-Jamaican patois). They place Padmé under their protection after her home is destroyed.

Obi-Wan is about twenty years old and has recently attained Knighthood after several years of tutelage under Yoda. He has been assigned to a team of commandoes - lead by Colonel Bail Organa - on a mission to rescue Padmé from the Neimoidians.

Qui-Gon is a sixteen year old apprentice who has not yet completed his training. With his master (Dooku) recovering from injuries incurred from an earlier mission Qui-Gon has been temporarily placed under the care of Obi-Wan.

Captain Tarpals assumes Jar Jar's role (if Jar Jar himself exists, it's as Boss Nass' retarded court jester).

Anakin is about fifteen years old, and lives on Tatooine with Shmi, Owen, and Beru on their moisture farm. He is a foundling, and has never known his biological parents.

Watto is portrayed much like he was in TPM, but is also a corrupt gangster. The Lars are deeply in debt to him. He also has no problem accepting Republic credits (they can just be exchanged :)).

No pod race (there's no need for one anymore).

There is chemistry between Anakin and Padmé, though no true romance blossoms between them at this time.

Dooku is introduced, but is only a minor character.

The Prophecy of the Chosen One is defined, fleshed out.

The history of the Sith and their (supposed) extinction is revealed.

Theed is nuked.

Maul is badly injured at the end, and is thought dead, but is he ...?

Nute Gunray dies.

Sheelal attempts to kill Padmé, but in a battle with Tarpals is killed(?) by an exploding thermal detonator.

At the end Padmé goes through her coronation and is crowned the new Queen of Naboo.

 

Episode II - Knights of the Republic

 

Takes place a couple years after Ep. I, in the final months of the Clone Wars.

It is revealed that the main antagonists in the Clone Wars are the Kaminoans, who are genocidal extremists obsessed with purifying the universe through genetic engineering and eugenics. The foot soldiers of the Kaminoans are clones, some of which were cloned from Force-sensitives. The Force using clone troopers wear white robes over their armour and weild yellow lightsabers.

During a parade Padmé is nearly assassinated, which leads to the Jedi Council calling Anakin and Obi-Wan away from the frontlines to protect her.

It is revealed that Padmé is no longer the true leader of the Naboo. The corrupt parliament - lead by Palpatine Sr. - has wrested control away from her and made her nothing more than a figurehead. The assassin who tried to take Padmé out was an emissary of a group of insurgents who are fed up with the corrupt government.

It is revealed that Commander Sheelal survived Ep. I and was recreated as a cyborg by the Naboo to serve as Padmés "bodyguard".

Palpatine Jr. - the future Emperor - is introduced. He's apparently a friend of Padmés who is sympathetic to the insurgent cause.

It is at this time that a real romance begins to bloom between Padmé and Anakin. Anakin chooses to resist his feelings due to the Jedi's rule against attachment, though, much to Padmés chagrin.

Anakin believes that he should help the insurgents overthrow the government, but the Jedi Council forbids it and Obi-Wan agrees with them, causing strife between the two Jedi.

Eventually Obi-Wan has to be called away on a mission to destroy a cloning facility on an enemy planet, leaving Anakin alone to protect Padmé.

Dooku returns as a supporting character. He joins Obi-Wan in the mission against the clones.

Anakin and Padmé side with the insurgents, and together they all overthrow the corrupt government. Palpatine Sr. and his cronies are arrested, and eventually put on trial and imprisoned. 

Palpatine Sr. dies in prison, when a droid created in his son's image visits him in prison and explodes. The culpit is Maul (or is it?) who is revealed to have survived Ep. I.

Due to his actions, Anakin is kicked out of the Jedi Order. He and Obi-Wan part on good terms, and he returns to Padmé and Palpatine Jr. on Naboo to help the newly created government get on its feet.

Padmé then has a disturbing dream of Anakin falling to a black-cloaked figure in a lightsaber duel (ooohhh, ominous XD).

 

Episode III - A Lost Hope

 

Twenty years have passed since Ep. II. The Clone Wars are long over, and Palpatine is now the Supreme Chancellor of the Republic. Anakin and Padmé are now married and living on Coruscant, with Anakin serving as Palpatine's bodyguard. There is turmoil within the Republic, however. Palpatine's government is believed to be corrupt, and Dooku - once an esteemed Knight within the Order - has left and now leads the Seperatist movement in opposition to Palpatine.

Relations between Palpatine and the Jedi are strained. Many have defected and joined Dooku, with the Jedi Council members themselves remaining loyal to Palpatine only out of a sense of obligation to the Republic. Concerned that the Jedi may be conspiring against him, Palpatine places Anakin on the Council to keep an eye on them.

Eventually Dooku attacks Coruscant and captures Palpatine. Anakin and Obi-Wan reunite, and go to rescue the Supreme Chancellor. After infiltrating Dooku's ship, cutting through Dooku's Jedi acolytes, and making their way to the bridge they engage Dooku in battle. It is there that it is revealed that Dooku is aware that Palpatine is in fact a Sith Lord, and plans to kill him. Believing that Palpatine is the only one who can restore order to the galaxy Anakin slays Dooku.

Obi-Wan eventually reveals Palpatine's secret to the Jedi Council, and it is then that they decide to rise up against Palpatine. When a contingent of Jedi led by Mace Windu is sent to arrest him, though, Anakin engages and defeats them. It is then that Palpatine decides the entire Jedi Council is against him. Anakin is sent with a battalion to the Jedi Temple, where they wipe out most of the Jedi stationed there (young children are spared and taken away for "de-programming").

It is revealed the Maul is not the one who had Palpatine Sr. killed, but Palpatine himself. Both Maul and Palpatine served as his apprentices, and Maul was completely devoted to his master. With eleven of his own apprentices, Maul attempts to avenge his slain master, but Palpatine is able to slay them all.

Yoda and Obi-Wan are among the few Jedi who escape the razing of the Temple, and together they reveal to Padmé Anakin's fall to the dark side. The three realize that the Sith must be stopped. Yoda himself believes that Anakin is completely corrupted and must be killed along with Palpatine, while Obi-Wan and Padmé both believe Anakin can be saved.

Padmé goes to Anakin and tells him that Yoda and Obi-Wan are hiding on Mustafar. Anakin reveals this information to Palpatine, who decides that they will journey to Mustafar together to take out the fugitives. Once they arrive Palpatine assigns the task of taking out Obi-Wan to Anakin, choosing to deal with Yoda himself.

Anakin finds Obi-Wan and the two duel. Obi-Wan holds back, trying to persuade Anakin to reject the dark side, but Anakin refuses. In the end Anakin loses his hand to Obi-Wan and he falls into a river of lava.

Palpatine himself tracks down Yoda, and sends his Royal Guards to take him out. After Yoda defeats the Guards Palpatine engages the Jedi Master himself. The two are too evenly matched, and their battle ends in a stalemate.

Anakin, having used the Force to protect himself, survives his fall into the lava, but is covered in burns and has lost his legs and lower torso. Palpatine finds him, and together they leave the volcanic world.

Yoda and Obi-Wan leave Mustafar and reunite with Padmé. They learn that Padmé is pregnant, and it is decided that she must leave Anakin and place the children under protection once she gives birth.

Palpatine has Anakin rebuilt as a cyborg. Palpatine reveals to him that Padmé has disappeared. The fallen Jedi is at first enraged, realizing that she betrayed him, and then falls into despair, admitting to himself that he has no one but himself to blame for her departure.

Months later Padmé is now living on Alderaan with Bail Organa and his wife, having had her face and voice surgically altered. She gives birth to the twins Luke and Leia. It is decided that Leia will remain on Alderaan, to be raised by the Organas with Padmé as her caretaker, and with Yoda taking Luke with him to Dagobah (a series of events take place between Eps. III and IV which leads to Luke being relocated to Tatooine to live with his stepuncle).

Palpatine officially reorganizes the Republic into an Empire, and he and his apprentice Darth Vader are left with the task of dealing with the leaderless Jedi left scattered across the galaxy.

 

Miscellaneous

 

The Jedi number in the billions. Though the Jedi Council is stationed on Coruscant there are countless other Jedi academies and training centres established on other worlds.

The Jedi wear all-black uniforms, similar to Luke's outfit in ROTJ, except for very young trainees and initiates, who wear all-white.

The Jedi weild only blue (azure) lightsabers, and the Sith weild only red (crimson) lightsabers; the only exceptions are : Anakin, who weilds a cyan lightsaber; Jedi initiates, who weild white training sabers; and Asajj Ventress, who weilds one deep blue lightsaber and one green lightsaber (I didn't bother mentioning her in my synopsis since she's essentially a peripheral character).

Yoda doesn't carry a lightsaber. He carries a tall white staff, which he can make lightsaber-resistant with the Force.

Palpatine doesn't carry his own lightsaber. When he chooses to use a lightsaber (which he rarely does) he just takes one from an opponent. 

Palpatine is actually younger than Anakin and the other main characters. His nasty appearance in ROTJ is the result of decades of being eaten away by the dark side.

 

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I would first quit trying to explain and link everything to the OT. Anakin ceases to be himself and becomes Darth Vader and is thus destroyed at some point during Ep III. In Eps I and II, I would show the friendship and relationship between Anakin and Obi-Wan, and the eventual relationship between Anakin and Padme who would not be a queen or a senator and could go into hiding on Alderaan with Bail. Anakin would be in his early 20's and not a 9 year old boy.

In order to simplify everything, a smaller cast of characters is needed and others would be introduced as the trilogy went on: Anakin, Obi-Wan, Padme, R2 and 3PO, Bail, Palpatine and Maul would be the focus. Maul would be the main villain in the PT as Vader was in the OT with Palpatine of course pulling all the strings. No Jar Jar, Yoda, Qui Gon, Dooku, Boba, Jango, Grievous, or Separatists. Yoda wouldn't appear so that his appearance in Ep V would still be a revelation. I think the Jedi Council should be there giving marching orders and not taking a wait and see attitude. It's a time of war; give orders!

By the end of Ep I the Clone Wars have started and they would take center stage in Eps II and III, and the political stuff that dominated the PT would take a back seat. You would see things go from a more civilized time over to the dark times with lots of adventures thrown in.

Anyway, this is my 2 cents for what it's worth.