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Making the 9 film saga cohesive

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The biggest difference between the PT and the ST is how much is borrowed from the OT. To make them feel consistent, we would have to make it consistent how much they borrow from the OT. That means make the PT closer to the OT while distancing the ST from it. Any thoughts on how to do that?

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Anakin Starkiller said:

The biggest difference between the PT and the ST is how much is borrowed from the OT. To make them feel consistent, we would have to make it consistent how much they borrow from the OT. That means make the PT closer to the OT while distancing the ST from it. Any thoughts on how to do that?

Start over.

heil palpatine.

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For starters, the sequel trilogy needs to be made to be more cohesive on its own.

The Last Jedi is the only one of the three that actually tied back to the original saga (apart from resurrecting the villain in 9), and 7 and 9 should be bent to be more in line with it.

Palpatine should be built up over the entire trilogy. I know that the OT doesn’t have the Emperor until 5, but TFA is too weak to stand on its own without it. If this were done, he would be in every Star Wars except for the original.

Hopefully we get the extended cut of 9, so we have more to cut down from. Really, if we can make 9 into a better sequel to 8, our only problem would be 7.

As for the prequels, they just need to be edited better, cut down to about 2 hours each before credits.

Editing the OT to be more consistent is a good idea as well. Cutting scenes from Jedi where Han is out of character would improve it a lot, and cutting the terrible scene where Leia kisses Luke (which was bad even before Jedi came out) would tie it together well. Some of the SE changes that aren’t terrible would do well being kept, such as Victory Celebration and extended flying bits, though I am not sure about Hayden at the end of Jedi.

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What if we added a brief flashback/catchup scene after “A long time ago…” and before the logo/title?

Return of the Jedi could keep the Yub Nub ending, but The Force Awakens could have the Victory Celebration ending at the beginning (start with Vader’s funeral), showing all the different worlds and trying to tie the movies together. Also it lets George’s vision for the series with the SE be a part of the movies, but doesn’t replace the original ending.

Anakin Starkiller said:
How 'bout adding the Emperor to ANH as well

I have an idea for this as well. Keeping with the pre-crawl scenes, the original ESB emperor scene could be made to be the beginning of ANH, with the redone SE scene staying in 5. They have slightly different dialogue so its not just a repeat, and it adds the earliest version of the Emperor to the original. The original could benefit from a couple added scenes, this one, and the final Biggs scene from the SE.

Here is a full list of possible cold opens for each SW film:

I - No idea.
II - The final scene from III could be put here instead, with Obi-Wan giving Luke to the Berus, as a sort of flash forward. Maybe also a scene from Phantom Menace where Anakin says bye to his mom.
III - The last two scenes of II would work nicely, with the effective birth of the empire and the wedding scene. Also, the scene with Anakin and Yoda could work here. You could also put the battle at the end of Rogue One.
IV - The original Emperor scene from 5, with the SE one in its place in 5
V - The ceremony at the end of IV could be put here, but it’s not necessary
VI - Yoda could be moved here?
VII - Victory Celebration
VIII - Rey finding Luke could work here, or Han Solo’s death. Maybe this would be a good place for Palpatine buildup.
IX - Palpatine buildup, or maybe the extended lightspeed skipping scenes we might get, as a tie in to the Victory Celebration.

Addendum: Title changes

I usually dislike edits that change the titles of the movies, because the alternate titles are usually too serious and not corny enough to be “Star Wars.”

Here, I propose some title changes that would be an improvement, without losing the Star Warsiness.

Episode II - Jar Jar’s Big Adventure
This was the original title for II, and even though Jar Jar’s role was significantly reduced, the title is funny in an ironic way. Jar Jar’s role in this movie is instrumental to Palpatine’s plot, and giving the random comedic sidekick the agency to change the direction of this universe is a great idea.

Episode III - Attack of the Clones
Revenge of the Sith was in my opinion the weakest of the original 6 titles. I like the homage to Return of the Jedi’s alternate title (Return was the original but Revenge was for most of the production) but “Sith” isn’t really a strong word. If it had been established in all of the Star Wars movies it would be good, but the OT just references the Dark Side. Also, Attack of the Clones is a horrifically cheezy name that I think is really funny for a movie as dark as RotS (with child murdering).

Episode VII - Shadows of the Empire
This was considered for TFA but it was already used on some EU thing. I don’t care about the EU and it is a good title, and greatly helps TFA in contextualizing it within the saga.

Episode IX needs a better title as well.

For the Sequel Trilogy, since they fail to connect themselves to the original saga, perhaps they could benefit from changing to Arabic numerals (Episode 7, Episode 8, Episode 9).

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That deleted conversation bothers me a lot because it should be in the movie. I can’t figure out why they added “maclunkey” but not this bit of dialog…