Hey, I'm new here so sorry if I'm going about this all wrong. I'm sure this has been discussed before but I was wanting to get some opinions on the possibility of editing the original trilogy to where the Death Star I and II are a single Death Star.
I've heard people in the past say that felt that it was lazy writing to just have another Death Star (I think this was what actually made Gary Kurtz leave Jedi). While I know there are arguments for both sides, I think it wouldn't be impossible to do.
For A New Hope, the primary thing would be to replace Death Star blowing up completely to where it breaks into large pieces, similar in shape to DSII. You possibly could edit the briefing scene as well, but I don't think it would be necessary.
For Empire, you would need to change the word "destroyed" in the opening crawl to "devastated" or something similar. You also could add a shot of it being rebuilt in the scene where we first see the Super Star Destroyer. It could take away from its reveal possibly, but on the other hand could make the Empire's introduction that much more intimidating. It shows that the rebel's victory was only temporary and the audience will know that it will be a threat in the future. That way it feels less lazy and that it was planned. But showing it in Empire isn't exactly necessary.
Return of the Jedi, first of all, it would need to be made clear in the opening crawl that they are reconstructing the Death Star rather than building an entirely new one. I believe the only other time you would have to alter dialogue is during the rebel briefing. Mon Mothma calls it a "new battle station" and says "construction of this Death Star". Both her and Ackbar call it "this Death Star" more than once. Luckily, there isn't a close up on her face when she says "new" and "this" once, so those would be easier to fix. It would also be helpful if "re" could be put before "construction".
I believe that is all you would need to do. I'm mainly wanting to bring this up for an fan editors who would be interested in this idea, and getting feedback if I decide to do it. I'm hoping this alteration could help tie the original trilogy together more and get rid of any questions regarding the idea of multiple Death Stars.
Also, I just wanted to say that I really enjoy following what you guys talk about and I think this is a great community. Thanks for all of the hard works you guys do and I hope I can contribute to it as well in the future. Sorry if I posted this wrong, just let me know if I need to delete it or put it somewhere else.