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The Star Wars Saga – Streamlined

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Lately I’ve been wondering “What if?” What if George Lucas’ Star Wars Saga had been mapped out in advanced instead of made up as it went along? What if the Saga had been released in chronological order? What if notable characters hadn’t disappeared between films? What if good ideas had been better executed/expanded upon? What if bad retcons hadn’t been an issue?

What follows are ideas I’ve come up with for a streamlined six-episode Star Wars Saga. I won’t be touching upon the ST, since to me it exists apart from Lucas’ brainchild. I may expand these ideas into cohesive story treatments, which I will post in this thread when/if I do so.

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EPISODE I

Naboo is now Alderaan. At this point in time, Alderaan is the ruling planet of an independent system which has petitioned for Republic membership but is not yet part of that body.

The Trade Federation is now the Federation Neimoidia. Instead of being a shipping/trading conglomerate (or whatever), the Federation’s a compact empire of mercenaries which hires its services out to planets/systems embroiled in small-scale conflicts.

Qui-Gon remains Obi-Wan’s master.

Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan wear black uniforms, the standard garb of Jedi.

Qui-Gon is the Jedi watchman of the Alderaan system. As such, he and Obi-Wan are already present on the planet’s surface when the Federation invades.

Amidala and Padmé are now separate characters. Amidala is a child queen, 9 years old, innocent and demure. Padmé is one of her bodyguards, 17 years old, stern, with a lean muscular build.

Threepio is one of Amidala’s servitors.

Palpatine never appears in his Darth Sidious persona. It is Darth Maul alone who conspires with the Neimoidians. He is a human with red-&-black body tattoos, pristine white teeth, and a crown of feathers sewn with razor wire about his head. He wears white robes, the standard garb of Sith.

The B1 battle droids are replaced with BX commando droids. These droids rarely speak.

Qui-Gon, a nonconformist who straddles the line between orthodoxy/unorthdoxy, is the only Jedi who wields a green lightsaber. Obi-Wan, more by-the-book than his master, wields a standard blue Jedi lightsaber.

Gungans are present in the story, but Jar Jar is jettisoned.

Obi-Wan accompanies Qui-Gon and Padmé into Mos Espa.

Anakin is 12 years old.

Cliegg Lars assumes Watto’s role. Owen is Anakin’s only friend. It is implied Cliegg is Anakin’s father (and Owen his half-brother).

Obi-Wan’s explanation of the Force in SW '77 is transferred here and given to Qui-Gon.

No podrace. Qui-Gon successfully barters for Anakin’s freedom but hasn’t enough to buy Shmi’s.

Rather than a double-bladed lightsaber, Darth Maul wields a lightsaber pike. The shaft is of lightsaber-resistant metal, sporting a single red blade.

The Neimoidians erect planetary shield generators across the face of Alderaan. These generators, kilometres across in size, ravage the natural landscape and claim thousands-to-millions of lives.

There is no Chosen One prophecy. Anakin’s raw prowess with the Force is impetus enough for Qui-Gon to bring him before the Jedi Council.

The dissonance between Qui-Gon and the Council is greater here, with visible animosity between Qui-Gon and Mace Windu.

The Republic has a navy, modest but sizable enough to displace the Neimoidian presence on Alderaan. Being a non-member system, however, bureaucratic red tape prevents the Senate from assisting Alderaan. This is what inspires the non-confidence vote which ousts Valorum from the chancellorship.

Anakin remains behind at the Jedi Temple as Qui-Gon and the others return to Alderaan.

Allying with the Gungans, the Jedi & co. go to capture and disable the main shield generator. This is where Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan face Maul. Maul fatally wounds Qui-Gon and bests Obi-Wan. Rather than slay Obi-Wan, Maul considers the apprentice too unworthy to die by his hand and so makes his departure.

The planetary shield nullified, the Republic fleet arrives to beat off the Federation.

The ending mostly plays out the same as in Lucas’ film.

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Interesting. So you plan for it to play out more like Belated Media’s “What if” prequel videos (at least with regard for the PT)? Do you have any ideas on how to do the OT (I haven’t really seen anyone try to revise or reimagine, so I’m curious to see how you will go)?

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Wannabe Scholar said:

Interesting. So you plan for it to play out more like Belated Media’s “What if” prequel videos (at least with regard for the PT)?

Those videos were an inspiration, for sure. I also liked the ideas presented in this video.

Do you have any ideas on how to do the OT (I haven’t really seen anyone try to revise or reimagine, so I’m curious to see how you will go)?

The biggest changes I have in mind are in regard to the Death Stars and Luke & Leia. I’ll explain them in greater depth in coming posts.

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This sounds pretty good, can’t wait for more.

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