Dethryl said:...but I would definitely have Dooku as a rogue Jedi...
(Sorry for the double post, but this is a separate issue so I wanted to separate them)
I saw the idea elsewhere on this site, so it's not my own, but I loved it. (not sure what of the following, if any, is my idea, but want to give credit elsewhere just in case - the general idea is definitely not mine)
Dooku is a rogue Jedi, and actually not corrupt at all, (however, presented to the audience as bad in the beginning, an unknown entity) who senses the Sith in the Senate. Dooku tries to warn the Jedi Council of this corruption but they don't sense it. So, Dooku leaves the Order and then decides to (either of his own volition or by the influence of Palpatine - it doesn't even have to be defined though) start a Separatist faction that could battle the Senate and rid the Sith corruption from the Senate.
Basically Dooku's speech to Ob-wan on Geonosis is true, and Dooku is on the right side.
Now, how much of his character has changed being a Rogue Jedi and no longer under the Order, is up for debate. I think he would be a man who has had to make his own rules and rethink his beliefs after years of being "brainwashed" - from his point of view. He would be a little impulsive, untrusting of any Jedi, yet reserved and contemplative at the same time. Is the entire Jedi Order under the influence of the Sith? How long has this been going on? Is the Jedi Order in and of itself, evil and manipulative? How much of his own training can he trust in? These are the debates that would be constantly waging war in his own mind.
I would also have Dooku's lightsaber not be red... this sort of man wouldn't adopt that color. He might change his original to show his distancing from the Order, but not to red. If it would be remotely applicable and accepted anywhere, purple COULD be used in this instance, however I'm still on the fence about that particular color. And hey, this is the radical ideas thread :)
Someone posted a video a while back of dooku with a white lightsaber. It was pretty cool and gave his character a little more ambiguity in terms of where his loyalties laid.
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