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Star Wars : An Old Fear - Just Another Rey Nobody Sequel Trilogy Edit

Bad Movies made Less Bad Presents:
The Sequel Trilogy if the directors had a plan. Hindsight is 20/20.

May 2021 Update:
Four ways to watch:

  • Full Epic Edit 4h37m

    • Two Part Alternate Cut (if you don’t like 4h movies) 2h24m/2h20m
  • Alternate Anti-TLJ Cut (Removes Canto Bight and the Space Chase) 4h01m

    • Alternate Anti-TLJ Cut Split into Two Parts (if you don’t like 4h movies) 2h12m/1h52m

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Video specs: H.264, 1920x1080, 23.976 fps.
Audio specs: 5.1

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Overall Synopsis: Episodes 7-9, restructured to unify the trilogy plotlines and streamline the storylines of the main characters through all three movies, as if the end was planned from the beginning.

In my opinion, the end matters most - the “controlling idea” that makes a whole movie experience worth it. The end has to pay off. I started there. Kylo has redemption in death, Rey kills resurrected Palpatine, and the Galaxy shows up FINALLY to help out and defeat an oppressive force. Anything else was expendable.

  • Kylo’s arc is pretty well fleshed out already, the most cohesive character arc of the ST, imo. As much as possible stays for Kylo.

  • Rey needs to stay a nobody. And she slowly discovers her powers. She does not hit a stormtrooper with her first shot, and she less powered along the way as much as possible. She is just a special “nobody.”

  • Poe’s character arc is nowhere near as complex as Kylo, but pretty much laid out for us.

  • Finn is not force sensitive. This means he does not ever make and successful attacks with the lightsaber as well. Only once does he ask Rey about a boyfriend, from then on he keeps friendship motivations. Admittedly, Finn kinda disappears in the final fight, but there are just too many absurd parts to leave him in (no horses on spaceships in this cut!)

  • Characters like Hux and Rose have been severely sidelined as they just do not have satisfying character arcs. Both simply fade out of importance in the final movie, but I hope I have not made it too obvious. Hux is no spy, simply muscled out by other power hungry commanders. I loved Rose in TLJ, but without adequate character development in TROS, it was best to minimize her to simply a person helping Finn on HIS character arc. Consequently, the scenes at Canto Bight are greatly reduced, and Rose and Finn simply do not pilot speeders at the battle of Crait.

  • Then I also audited the whole edit, based on a great youtube video essay about “showing, not telling.”

My editing source for these movies are the original theatrical releases and the AMAZING Hal9000 Edits. Respect.

PM me for a link!

May the force be with you all, always!

Cover Art - https://i.imgur.com/o5GBr7d.jpg


THE ADDITIONAL EDITS: (In addition to Hal’s edits. PM me for a link to the comprehensive list)

Episode VII:

  • Removed Poe’s map discussion with old man cut (to remove needless exposition.)

  • Shortened Kylo’s discussion with old man about where he comes. (all mentions of Kylo’s parentage removed until Han reveal to Leia to add mystery)

  • Reduced Captain Phaser where possible (not a real character arc). Stormtroopers fire on villagers sooner. She doesn’t question Finn about helmet removal. Removed her discussion with Hux.

  • Removed Rey’s first trip to the junk outpost, removed for pacing.

  • Moved any visual reveal of Starkiller base to right before the Resistance is looking at diagrams, replacing them with other First Order fleet shots.

  • Removed mention of the Knights of Ren.

  • Removed Snoke’s mention that Han was Kylo’s Dad.

  • Removed Han’s mention that BB8’s map is not complete.

  • Re-editted Finn’s confession to Rey to reduce romantic affection.

  • Removed Han’s line about liking Chewie’s gun (they’ve known each other for decades, only now he tries the bowcaster?)

  • Depowered Finn for lightsaber fight with stormtrooper. He does not land any attacks.

  • Re-editted to Han now reveals Kylo’s parentage for the first time when he first speaks with Leia.

  • Reduced Han and Leia’s discussion about Kylo to make Leia seem more focused, and somewhat implies Han was more of an absent dad. (Not great for Han, but needed for Kylo’s character arc)

  • Re-edited “Oh Really, you’re cold?” by Han to leave “the force doesn’t work like that! Oh really?”

  • Depowered Finn for the lightsaber fight with Kylo. He is seen only defending, he does not land a strike on Kylo.

  • Removed Hux’s plea to Snoke to leave Starkiller base as well as Snoke’s mention of completing Kylo’s training.

  • BB-8 immediately fills R2-D2s map with the missing piece, not needing Poe to give it the chip.

  • The end of Episode VII cuts into Episode VIII, so the transitions in meeting Luke are different.

 

Episode VIII:

  • Moved as many scenes as possible with Luke and Rey on Ach-To to BEFORE the Rebel base evac.

  • Moved ‘Luke Has a Moment’ deleted scene to right after he is told about Han’s death (sorry Hal)

  • Removed all mention of Leia and Rey’s beacons. (seems silly that they would assume the “impossible light speed tracking” and not suspect someone cracked the silly beacons, which seems simpler)

  • Re-edited Ma’z codebreaker info to make more sense, removed the line about the high roller tables.

  • Removed even more from Canto Bright casino room shots

  • Removed the side plot of Rose’s necklace needed by the codebreaker (felt hollow, this is more about Finn learning)

  • Added Leia’s jedi training sequence as a memory as she is drifting in space.

  • Removed Poe’s “A what now?”

  • Removed Finn and Rose from Speeders (extensive cuts) and streamlined story here.

  • Removed any shots of Physical Luke after he disappears from Crait – he simply disappears from Ach-To too, just leaving the robe shots.

  • Removed Hux’s extended glare at Kylo in the evacuated rebel base on Crait, as he is now being sidelined.

  • Removed Broom kid scene unfortunately, as we cut directly to Episode IX.

 

Episode IX:

Many ideas here came from all over the Internet after we all saw the film. Numerous people at OriginalTrilogy.com suggested ideas immediately after release. Big thanks to user “jonH” who submitted amazing edited clips, two of which were used in my edit.

  • Recut Kylo on Mustafar to seem like the wayfinder was ahead of him, inciting the battle with the defenders of the wayfinder (not simply murdering for murdering sake, with the wayfinder behind him when he was done and everyone was dead)

  • Replaced footage of Snoke in the cloning tanks with Palpatine in the cloning tanks (thanks poppasketti)

  • Removed Palpatine’s line about creating snoke and being all the voices in his head.

  • Removed his promise of a fleet. The motivation for Kylo to align is simply vanity, about truly becoming the next Vader.

  • Removed plotline about Rey connecting with all the past Jedi.

  • Edited down Rey’s training, removing Leia training her all altogether.

  • Added future Palpatine shots to Rey’s vision during training

  • Removed the notorious ‘lightskipping” scenes all together

  • Edited Rebels discussion to remove mention of a Sith fleet and to lean into the cloning angle.

  • Removed Rey and Leia’s discussion about leaving. (too forced, sorry Leia. You do best when you just die in this one, you kinda gave Poe command at the Battle of Crait)

  • Removed lines with Hux and Kylo about the Mask.

  • Removed General Pryde’s defense of the sith cult.

  • Removed all scenes and storylines on Pasana, including chewie fakeout death.

  • Removed all of Kimiji storyliines, including C3PO’s memory, Zorii storyline, Hux spy plotline.

  • Re-edited Rey to say she only sees herself on the Sith Throne

  • Reduced almost all of Jannah

  • Removed Finn and Jannah chasing Rey onto the Death Star

  • Re-edited Leia to simply be dying, and to calling out to Kylo as her last effort – not the intent to stop Kylo in order to let Rey kill him, Leia never gave up hope.

  • Re-edited Kylo and Rey Death star fight to remove Rey stopping Kylo’s lightsaber with the force

  • Re-edited Kylo hearing Leia, dropping his saber and Rey stabbing him to be quicker and to feel like Rey quickly took advantage of the situation before realizing how dark that was.

  • Removed Kijimi PLANET exploding, implied that only the city was destroyed.

  • Re-edit Rebel discussion to remove “planet-killing star destroyers”

  • Removed force ghost Luke catching lightsaber.

  • Moved Leia Jedi training montage to previous movie.

  • Removed force ghost Luke straining to raise his X-Wing.

  • Added subtitle to cult chants “Assembled flesh, rise again!” (my most questionable of all edit choices, imo)

  • Removed all mention of Rey being a Palpatine again

  • Removed Ben being tossed down the hole.

  • Reordered to have Ben save Rey after they are both struck down by Palpatine. Used 4k footage to crop out the lightsabers in the shot that would affect continuity. Added lightning flashes and sith cult chants in the background.

  • All Finn and Jannah storylines in the final fight have been removed (no horses on spaceships)

  • Removed “I am all the sith” and “I am all the jedi” chat, its really as simple as a revived Rey kicks a weak Palpatine’s ass, with a few force ghosts helping her.

  • Added Ben to final force ghost vision (thanks jonH)

  • Removed Rey’s new lightsaber reveal, and the interaction with the old woman on tatooine.

    • Hopefully this leave an ambiguous ending that can be debated about what the ending means – is she ending the jedi for good? Or is she simply closing the Skywalker saga?
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Sounds interesting. I suspect many people will want to create 3-in-1 or 3-in-2 edits of the sequel trilogy, similar to what happened with The Hobbit.

You should remove that link though, posting download links to edits is against forum rules. You’ll need to PM people who want the edit instead. I just sent you a PM myself.

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Can i have a link, please ? Really curious to see your project.

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user1mad said:

Can i have a link, please ? Really curious to see your project.

Shoot me a PM and I will send over

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Seems awesome, could I get a link?

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I grabbed it from the link that was up for a few minutes! Looks awesome, thanks!

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I am guessing people have downloaded it a lot or probably not at all as the Google Drive quota has been exceeded.

Any advice for a free way to post this movie? Its 25gb, I could compress for somewhere else…

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If I had the skills, this would finish my dream edit:

Luke’s saber is destroyed after the Holdo Maneuver.
Leia trains Rey with HER saber, still blue.
Ben turns good but doesn’t toss his saber.
The final Palp saber “X” is leias blue and Ben’s red, matching TFA imagery.
Rey buries Leia and Ben’s sabers on Jakku or Ach-to.

But I’m happy enough with my current edit to let this addiction go. That amount of work is crazy.

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Just had to bump this and say it’s a pleasantly watchable edit. Still too much for my personal tastes, (as I am looking to create a 3.5 hour ST edit). A fine combination for a dedicated viewing. I’m taking a machete to some of it to get a raw idea of how to build my semi cohesive vision.

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I just watched this and I really like what you’ve done! Props for trying to fix the unfixable! I actually enjoyed the ride here. So much of the usless is sidelined and it accentuates what we actually wanted to see. Great work!

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mariana said:

I just watched this and I really like what you’ve done! Props for trying to fix the unfixable! I actually enjoyed the ride here. So much of the usless is sidelined and it accentuates what we actually wanted to see. Great work!

Hurrah! Thank you for taking the time to give feedback! My thoughts exactly!

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Just finished an updated version (V2), having audited the whole edit based on a great video about “showing, not telling.”

https://youtu.be/J26kkQ7jTRU

I specifically addressed the points mentioned in the video about TLJ, then audited the rest of the edit for more examples, shaving off an additional 13 minutes of needless exposition. Also had a good list of notes from reddit feedback that I have been meaning to review and consider. (a word here, a frame there)

Available now!

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Things that changed exclusive to V2 overall besides trying to remove needless exposition:

Major changes:

  • Sprinkled Palpatine premonitions earlier into Rey’s visions
  • Adjusted Palpatine motivations to be more Sith-based, and not Empire-based. Kylo sees a chance to be like Vader, and Palpatine is really just interested in getting a similar force-sensitive body (lightning finger type powers) to transfer his spirit into.
  • Better clarified the plutonic relationship of Finn towards Rey

Little words and frames here and there aren’t included but most of the new edits are as follows:

  • Removed some of Finn and Poe killing stormtroopers in the hangar, and changed the tether separation from Poe pressing a button to simply it breaking free.
  • Removed Poe describing BB-8 as one of a kind.
  • Removed Finn kind of recognizing BB-8, now BB-8 recognizes him first
  • Removed shot of scavengers immediately pouncing on the downed tie fighter Finn shot.
  • Removed all hints of Finn being interested in Rey more than as friends.
  • Removed Finn trying to use Rey’s head to get higher in the cockpit
  • Trimmed Rey and Finn hiding from Han
  • Trimmed the Rathtar and gang scene
  • Removed Kylo mentioning “supreme leader senses it”
  • Trimmed Mas’ character a little to make her more badass, less horny
  • Added premonitions of Palpatine to Rey’s visions, beginning when she touches Lukes lightsaber
  • Removed Finn’s “I need a weapon line”, and added the stormtrooper line “laser sword, he he” mockingly while kicking Finn’s ass a little faster and more dramatically than before
  • Removed shots of Poe inside his fighter when rebels arrive, to delay his reveal until at back at the base
  • Removed Kylo explaining to Rey how the first order only needs the last part of the map because they already have the rest of the map because of old empire records
  • Removed Rey’s line to Kylo “you will never be as strong as darth vader” line, ended it on “you’re afraid”
  • Cleaned up the “you’re cold?” joke
  • Removed Han retelling Chewie what he just said about explosive plan
  • Removed Rey meeting Luke on the hill, now he is literally hiding.
  • Removed Rey overexplaining to Luke why she needs his help
  • Removed when the first order lady said the x-wing guns and shield were in attack mode
  • Removed Poe’s interaction with Hux
  • Trimmed the bomber scene to get to the point faster
  • Removed Leia’s line “get your head out of your cockpit”
  • Trimmed Rose and Finn’s meeting
  • Trimmed discussion with Mas to get to the point quicker (and again make Mas less horny)
  • Trimmed Rey and Luke dialogue to remove discussion of Luke cutting himself off from the force, he is just horrified she had no self control with the temptation of the dark side
  • Trimmed “the galaxy may need a legend” to remove “and I need to find my place”
  • Moved Luke reaching out to Leia until after Rey leaves the island
  • Removed Rey’s narration during her trip through the reflections
  • Trimmed Rey and Luke arguing about the truth about Kylo to remove so much repetition
  • Trimmed when Rey says to Snoke he is wrong about skywalker, etc, to just Ben Solo
  • Remove Snoke admitting he connected their minds.
  • Trimmed Yoga and Luke scene for needless exposition and now Yoda only says Ben instead of ben solo
  • Removed Mustafar establishing shot to feel like Ben is just in a rage in a general sense, ended scene after the massacre, removing him finding wayfinder - cut to his ship flying into the cloud
  • Re-edited C3PO’s lines before leaving to “Have you heard R2? I am going with Rey on her mission!” Now he says the same thing when he leaves as the first thing he says after his memory is restored. (and its not Rey’s first official mission, what was the trip to find Luke?!?)
  • Trimmed meeting with Lando to remove mention about only two wayfinders existing
  • Removed Rey getting visions from the dagger, removing “Horrible things have happened with this” (she’s holding the youngling killer too)
  • Trimmed shot of the knights of Ren spotting chewie by a second
  • Cleaned up meeting with Jannah
  • Clarified Rey’s line that her vision was just her on the sith throne
  • Adjusted final Palpatine confrontation to seem more like Rey has no choice

More smaller details, I’ll keep working on the full cut list for v2

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Sounds really good - may I get a link to this? Thanks!!!

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Dec 2020 Update:
This Edit is now available as two parts, because 5 hours is asking a lot. Also all edits have been updated with a “show, don’t tell” focus in the storytelling whenever possible.

3-in-1 Edit - Running Time 5h7m
Episode 7 - Running Time 2h2m
Episode 8 & 9 - Running Time 3h20m

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Sure! Here you go!

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Happy watching! Any feedback in the thread is greatly appreciated! Hope it’s worth the watch!