This thread is for the discussion of an edit of the Star Wars films that are focused on making the six-part narrative of "The Skywalker Saga" fit together more seamlessly as a whole. This project has grown out of a conversation that began in Trooperman's "Shroud of the Dark Side" thread between MTHaslett, Commander Courage and myself, and is now ready to be developed as a project by itself.
Look, I know this is "originaltrilogy.com", and before you tie me to a stake and burn me in the public square for suggesting that the OT should be altered in any way, let me just say that we all love Star Wars, we all love A New Hope - unaltered - un"specialed", period. And luckily, that version has been restored and preserved on DVD by guys like Garrett Gilchrist. We have it now to watch whenever we want.
But, what about the Star Wars Saga as a whole? What about consistency? What would a person who has never seen Star Wars think if they watched the Episodes in order today? Now that Lucas, after all these years of waiting, has finally bequeathed to us the "whole saga"... The "whole story"... Why is it that some of us are left feeling less than satisfied?
Let's face it, the credibility of the Star Wars franchise has been absolutely shredded with the advent of the Prequels. But, we believe there are parts of the Prequels that are actually good and can add a lot to the saga if molded in the right way, and placed in the proper context.
Ask yourself, how would you want your kids to see Star Wars for the first time? Riddled with Midichlorians, Sifo-Dyas, whimsical annoyances, glaring plot holes, and character inconsistencies? No. Because after you gushed over it for years and built it up in their minds how great it is, they'd probably think it's stupid, and in turn would probably think YOU'RE stupid for loving something so obviously kiddish and retarded.
That's why I think the need has arisen to make a saga that is more complete, as if George Lucas knew exactly what he was doing from square one. As if Episode I really was the first film made.
So, you're thinking, what could possibly need to be changed in ANH? Here's a few obvious one's off the top of my head, then I'm going to open this up for discussion.
-The Imperial March. (Why? It was in the other five, and it's one of the most memorable movie themes ever written.)
-Obi-Wan needs to stop lying through his teeth. (It's completely inconsistent with what we know of his character by Episode IV. Strips him of all integrity, and makes it appear he is manipulating Luke to his own ends.)
-Battle of the Heroes (the most memorable theme from Episode III, needs to reappear when Vader and Obi-Wan "meet again at last".)
-Obi-Wan and Vader's duel should be edited to pack more punch, a lot more excitement and ferocity needs to be demonstrated.
-Imperial Officers should have British accents, and not be dubbed by the same actors who voice General Dodonna and Red Leader later in the film.
-A way needs to be found to incorporate the Emperor into the film in some way. Whether through hologram or telepathy with Vader.
-Alderaan and/or Bail Organa would be nice to incorporate in some small way.
-Some of the sound effects and music may need to be updated/reworked.
Please submit any and all suggestions.
For those interested, here's a little sample to whet your appetite:
It is a preliminary version of a portion of the scene in Ben's Hut where he tells Luke about his father. It was suggested by MTHaslett to somehow combine Obi-Wan's speeches from ANH and ROTJ and edit it so he wouldn't appear to be lying so blatantly. This is the result. Careful though, the clip is around 56mb. So, my apologies to those of you on dial-up.
More to come later.