So after seeing a lot of great ideas for rewriting the Prequels I decided it was finally time to throw my hat into the ring after mulling over some ideas. Baring in mind these are quite rough ideas and I’m just throwing it out there to see what people think!
Obi Wan Kenobi
So Obi Wan to me was one of the only things done decently in the Prequels, but despite Ewan McGregor’s great performance, it was clear that the Obi Wan we got didn’t have much of a character arc. My idea is to have him question and reevaluate his very beliefs in the Force. See, Obi Wan in my Prequels, and many of the Jedi for that matter, hold the belief that there is no “Light” and “dark” side of the Force, simply a person’s intent with it. In my mind it makes sense, since why would an all encompassing energy field have a sense of morality to it? By the end of Episode III Kenobi will have constructed this ideology of a Light and Dark side to the Force when he sees how corrupt Anakin has become, speaking of…
Anakin will hail from Tatooine, being a simple farmer wanting more from life. I know that there’s the whole “If Anakin is from Tatooine then wouldn’t that be the first place he’d look for Luke?” and my counter to that is why would be looking for a son he didn’t know he had in the first place?
The other questionable decision of the OT is that if Anakin Skywalker was such a great pilot then how come he never seems to be remembered? Surely a hero of the Clone Wars would be recognisable, yet in the OT (as others on here have pointed out) The name Skywalker doesn’t get much of a response, so what gives?
Well, Obi Wan calls him a “Star Pilot”. When you think about it, that’s a pretty broad term. So my solution is that at first, he’s simply pilots a trade ship for the farm, and when he decides to follow Obi Wan on “Some damn fool’s idealistic crusade” he becomes the pilot of a transport ship during the War. It’s a role that would certainly show his skills, but he’d probably wouldn’t be a decorated veteran Ace Pilot.
The Jedi and The Force
The Jedi are very low-key, settling disputes and whatnot and generally being peacekeepers. They mainly use the Force and only ever use a Lightsaber in desperate situations. Since they prefer to be discrete about their business they will often adopt the dress sense of a particular planet or culture. With regards to the Force, something that always bothered me is how the Jedi Mind Trick is considered perfectly OK. It’s always played for laughs and always used for personal gain in both Trilogies, so in this rewrite I would establish a more ethical use for the trick, which would be to influence otherwise disruptive individuals to change their ways (Which to be fair, did happen in Ep.II with the ‘Deathsticks’ guy, but again, it was played as a gag)
The Larger World
“This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or as random as a blaster; a more elegant weapon, for a more civilised age”
This quote, to me, speaks volumes of the world in which Obi Wan once lived in. Lets say that there were no blasters in the time of the Jedi, or if there were they’d be comparable to old muskets, inaccurate and cumbersome. So in my interpretation the majority of weapons are melee based; Knives, Staves, Staffs and of course, lightsabers. It would be a good way to demonstrate the changing times, and not so much that the Jedi were cast out and vindicated, but rather that there were just quicker and easier ways to defend the Galaxy in the form of a good blaster by your side.
The Republic and Empire
I’m imagining that at the beginning of ANH that the Empire has been established for around 40-50 years, and that the Old Republic slowly transitioned into the Empire from the ashes of the last Clone War.
That’s all for now, I’d appreciate feedback and suggestions, questions, etc.!