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#1317810
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Unusual <strong>Sequel Trilogy</strong> Radical Redux Ideas Thread
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RogueLeader, YES. There’s been a lot of chat about other elements of the sequel trilogy but TROS absolutely drops Finn’s plot off a cliff, and it needs something like this to make it relevant throughout the full trilogy. Overdubbing the stormtroopers is a great idea, and a solution for TROS also needs to be found. I wish there were some way we could have elements of the First Order fleet turn against the Final Order fleet, but that’s likely beyond our scope.

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#1317299
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Unusual <strong>Sequel Trilogy</strong> Radical Redux Ideas Thread
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FreezingTNT2 said:

I have an idea for an upcoming edit of The Last Jedi. The final paragraph in the opening crawl mentions that Snoke has sent Kylo to obtain a wayfinder that will lead him to “a dark presence” that he must destroy as part of his training mentioned at the end of The Force Awakens.

We open with Kylo raiding Mustafar and obtaining the wayfinder before heading to Exegol, where he meets Darth Sidious and learns that Snoke was his creation (Kylo doesn’t mention that he killed Snoke, since he isn’t dead yet). We don’t get the shot of the Star Destroyers rising from the ground or the part where Sidious orders Kylo to kill Rey. After Sidious tells Kylo that Rey is not who he expects, we immediately cut to the opening Resistance evactuation scene on the ground.

We don’t get the first throne room scene with Kylo and Snoke, since it will be confusing if you have the scene with Kylo and Sidious play in the beginning while having Snoke berate Kylo for his failure to get Rey. Since we don’t get the first throne room scene with Snoke and Kylo, we remove the “Where’s Han?” scene (since it will be jarring if we cut from “Where’s Han?” to Rey explaining to Luke about the current situation) and it is now replaced with the deleted scene of Luke mourning Han before we cut to Leia in hyperspace.

I feel like this is the best option of everything that’s been proposed so far regarding seeding the Emperor. If we frontload TLJ with that knowledge, then it’s way less of a suprise, it keeps Kylo’s motivations ambiguous, and its shadow will keep TLJ feeling like a tighter part of the sequel trilogy rather than a lot of people’s ‘black sheep’.

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#1315324
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Idea: 'STAR WARS: SENATE EDITION' – a Theoretical Plan for Salvaging the Sequel Trilogy
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I’m really, really into this. Loads of great ideas. I think it’s absolutely necessary to introduce Palpatine throughout the trilogy, and a Snoke redub seems very sensible. I think FreezingTNT is right that ideally you’d be able to reuse existing dialogue, though that’s likely to be difficult, in which case your proposed alien dialogue with subs would be fine.

I don’t think Kylo needs to drop the ‘Kylo’ name though, especially since nobody uses ‘Darth’ for him in this. If you keep Kylo it’ll stay closest to canon.

This is a personal one, but instead of having Rey channel all Jedi at the end, have you considered keeping Luke and Leia alive until that point, and having their deaths coincide with Rey’s dual-wield defeat of Palpatine as they give her their power? The crawl in TROS could explain that Luke had chosen to stay on Ach-To to explore a solution in the force to Palpatine, while Leia stepped up to train Rey. That way her defeat of Palpatine is our three living Jedi versus the strongest Sith, as symbolised by the pair of sabers, and also IMO gives her a better claim to the ‘Skywalker’ title. It makes her powerful enough to defeat Palps without her being a Palpatine herself, and makes it far more personal to both Rey and the audience to have our two Skywalkers help her rather than just a mob of ghosts.

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#1314421
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The <strong>Original Trilogy</strong> Radical Redux Ideas Thread
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In TROS, the gang refer to the wreckage of the Second Death star on the Endor moon as simply ‘The Death Star’, presumably to not complicate things. I think that adds to the list of good reasons, not least of which being that under the ST in particular we have way too many Death Stars, that we should consider having the DS2 just be a part-repaired DS1.

In ANH, I’d edit the explosion to make it look more like massive damage than full destruction, and in ROTJ, I’d remove references to it being another DS, and add references to it being simply under repair.

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#1314415
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The Sequel Trilogy: Trilogized (a Work In Progress)
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These are all really good ideas, and this sounds like a great start. I’d disagree with sade on TROS Palpatine being a clone (body) though. The first factor here is that cloning tech does exist in Star Wars, and the second factor is that Palps not only falls down the reactor shaft in ROTJ, but the entire station later explodes. Since Palps masterminded the Kamino cloning plan, it stands to reason that he thought about having backup bodies for his spirit to inhabit.

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#1313142
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Star Wars: <strong>The Rise Of Skywalker</strong> Redux Ideas thread
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Octorox, agree with all of your points, and that they’re the priorities. I’m pretty sure Rey Palpatine can be cleanly excised. I don’t think your 7 (Poe/Zorri) is that vital to remove - it’s a charming bit of Poe, though doesn’t really add much and I can’t remember why she’s even a part of the story. On your 9, can we simply have Chewie die? I can’t remember how many other shots he’s in but it’d be nice to have his death be permanent, and a factor in the rest of Rey’s story and doubt.

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#1312017
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Unusual <strong>Sequel Trilogy</strong> Radical Redux Ideas Thread
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Screw it, let’s get the conversation started, around what the core of the story should be both in theme and emotional arcs. It seems like the most coherent theme of the trilogy, that we have the most material to play with, is legacy and how much it shapes us.

Kylo’s relationship to the theme of legacy defines his emotional arc - he’s inherited a dark legacy which he struggles with and ultimately rejects.

Rey’s relationship to legacy gives us two options:
(1) She’s looking for a legacy, finds one (she’s a Palpatine), and rejects it. This is similar to Kylo’s, so far less interesting I think.
(2) She’s looking for a legacy, finds she doesn’t have one, and creates her own (with a hint of Skywalker). This I think is the far stronger option.

I think one of the biggest other issues of TROS is that force powers are something you can level up in. Palpatine can now lightning fleets - that has to go. Healing force power is something Anakin turned to the Sith for but still didn’t get - having Rey be a healer cheapens that. So does Kylo’s ability to return her from the dead(?)

I think this is cohering into a sensible approach for me - if we drop Luke dying at the end of TLJ, and we also drop Leia dying so that Rey can kill Kylo (which she heals to undo anyway), then we can have them both contribute their lives to Rey’s victory over Palpatine at the end, at the point where she ignites both lightsabers. That way we replace the silly “I am all Sith”/“I am all Jedi”, and Rey just being born with Palpatine power levels, with the heroic sacrifice of two legacy heroes to ensure Rey has what she needs to win.

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#1312011
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Unusual <strong>Sequel Trilogy</strong> Radical Redux Ideas Thread
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God damn, I really don’t think this is salvageable. I think, for this movie and this trilogy to survive at all, we’re talking more of a trilogy edit than a single film edit. I think elements that came out of left field, like Palpatine’s return and Leia’s lightsaber, need seeding earlier. I think the jarring tonal swings between the themes and messages of each film need thorough analysis to find the most solid and coherent throughput. I think the full trilogy needs a solid review of what works, at which point a consensus can be reached on how much of it is retained for a far tighter ‘trilogy’, which could end up being only two films. It feels like a lot needs to change, to justify the Disney trilogy’s existence now.

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#1311670
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Clone Wars Movie Series - Episodes (Seasons) I to V released...
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I have a record of Smudger’s plans, Haynick. Let me dig it out and I’ll share it with you.

Red is the original episode order.
Orange is the official chronological order.
Yellow groups it into arcs.
‘Bad?’ tracks whether or not I personally think the episode is bad or bad-ish, though this tends to align with consensus.
‘Moviefied?’ tracks whether or not Smudger used all or part of an episode in a movie, and also tracks episodes he’s considered for moviefication, or episodes which are excised since they’re dependent on another episode which is moviefied (for example Zillo Beast Strikes Back is implicitly out since certain scenes from Zillo Beast were used elsewhere).
Green tracks Smudger’s complete and proposed movies, and their ordering.
Blue tracks the current and future hybrid orders, if you wanted to watch everything in chronological order with as many of Smudger’s movies as possible.

Edit: That document no longer exists, as I’ve repurposed it for my own series of edits, which you can see in my thread or PM me for access to the files. But I still maintain Smudger’s episodes if anyone’s interested.

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#1307362
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Unusual <strong>Sequel Trilogy</strong> Radical Redux Ideas Thread
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DuracellEnergizer said:

EddieDean said:

Gigawattboy said:

If Hux had purple hair, I would have color corrected his hair too. And for the same reasons as changing Holdo’s to a more natural color. Neither are aliens so purple wouldn’t be a natural color. Something about spending their time on hair in the middle of Armageddon seems weird. It would be like Kyle Reese taking the time to dye his hair in the middle of The Terminator while he’s running for his life and living in sewers, eating rats. Something about it just doesn’t seem right. Granted, I had to watch The Last Jedi about 40 times before it started to bother me

Is pink hair not natural amongst humans in the Star Wars universe? Like I say I’ve not read much of the EU so sorry if I haven’t read the part where it says that Star Wars’ humans are limited to our blonde, brown, or Earth-natural reds.

There are plenty of humans and near-humans with exotic hair colours in the EU.

That’s interesting. I wonder why there’s so much focus on this one character then.

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#1307276
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Unusual <strong>Sequel Trilogy</strong> Radical Redux Ideas Thread
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Gigawattboy said:

If I end up disliking Lando’s bright colored clothes then I might change them. Changing brightly colored clothes to a different color is super easy in final cut. Can be done in a few minutes. We’ll see how how I feel after 40 viewing of Rise of Skywalker.
P.S. if anyone wants to know how to do it without rotoscoping, watch this tutorial on color correction: https://youtu.be/jmDWm3Mtqyk

That’s fair. And everyone’s edits are of course ultimately up to them. I still don’t really understand it at all if I’m honest, but you seem to really care about hair colour as your top priority issue with the movie, so I’m glad you’ve found a solution to something that will help you get more enjoyment out of the series!

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#1307248
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Unusual <strong>Sequel Trilogy</strong> Radical Redux Ideas Thread
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TavorX said:

RogueLeader said:

but maybe making Poe (and the audience) feel like something is off about Holdo is the point

The first time I saw it, I totally thought she was a FO spy.

That makes total sense to me, by Lucas’ original Imperial = unnatural, Rebel = natural rule. I can see someone wanting to change it on that basis, to avoid that confusion. For me I can also comfortably assume that the resistance wouldn’t care about hair colour since in the absence of any evidence to the contrary that seems like a sensible default. But I’m the one who’s very confused about this whole thing so I’m probably not the best judge here!

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#1307237
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Unusual <strong>Sequel Trilogy</strong> Radical Redux Ideas Thread
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idir_hh said:

For me the goofy purple hair aesthetic looks more Hunger Games than Star Wars.

That makes sense. Having seen the Rise of Skywalker trailer, do you also plan to replace Lando’s garish wardrobe (such as his bright yellow cape) with something more befitting the governor of Cloud City?

Gigawattboy said:

If Hux had purple hair, I would have color corrected his hair too. And for the same reasons as changing Holdo’s to a more natural color. Neither are aliens so purple wouldn’t be a natural color. Something about spending their time on hair in the middle of Armageddon seems weird. It would be like Kyle Reese taking the time to dye his hair in the middle of The Terminator while he’s running for his life and living in sewers, eating rats. Something about it just doesn’t seem right. Granted, I had to watch The Last Jedi about 40 times before it started to bother me

Is pink hair not natural amongst humans in the Star Wars universe? Like I say I’ve not read much of the EU so sorry if I haven’t read the part where it says that Star Wars’ humans are limited to our blonde, brown, or Earth-natural reds.

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#1307215
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Unusual <strong>Sequel Trilogy</strong> Radical Redux Ideas Thread
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TavorX, thanks for your input too. I wasn’t aware that people had a problem with Holdo in this movie. She’s not a main character and really exists only to serve Poe’s plot (bringing home that blind heroism isn’t good leadership), and then fill in a few other moments - a leadership position in Leia’s absence, and her heroic sacrifice. So like a lot of characters in the series, she gets little screen time but some key moments from which we can infer a lot about her character - she’s a good leader, she knows a lot about managing heroism, and she’s a hero herself.

Either way, maybe we’re getting distracted from hair colour chat, which I’m still really struggling to understand. I think there’s something fundamental I’m missing here because a few people now have said things like her hair is childish, not suitable for an admiral, annoying, attention seeking; but I don’t know of anywhere in the movies or the EU stuff I have read where people in the Star Wars universe would think things like that about a specific colour of hair or make judgments about people’s abilities based on appearance. Especially when there’s so much tolerated variety in Star Wars with all the aliens, and even other humans with crazy hair like Leia’s buns. Am I nuts or does it feel like a very specific set of assumptions we’re making here?

And even if people in Star Wars think pink hair on humans = less skilled, surely the fact that Holdo’s an admiral goes to prove that they value her abilities higher than even that judgment, like the Empire with Thrawn (“we hate aliens, but damn this one’s a great alien”).

Maybe I’m overthinking this. Though in overthinking this last night I actually was reminded of something I read in the Ralph McQuarrie book which does make sense to me as a reason to not have Holdo have pink hair. And that’s that, from the very beginning, it was an aesthetic principle of Lucas’ that Imperial designs had to use artificial colours (black, grey, white, red) whereas Rebel designs had to use natural colours (brown, off-white, forest green, sky blue). By that argument you could say that pink hair belongs on Imperials (/First Order, etc) which now I think about it I can totally see looking really cool*. But still, nobody’s really making that point against my argument here so I’m still struggling with the idea that some people in the Star Wars universe might think pink hair = unsuitable for an admiral, in an inclusive organisation who desperately oppose space fascists.

(*Ironically, idir_hh, I now have to answer your question of “I mean could you imagine how silly it would look on someone like Tarkin or Hux?” with “Perhaps not Tarkin since he’s such an iconic character, but I can certainly see other artificial colours of hair around an Imperial conference table!”)

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#1307082
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Unusual <strong>Sequel Trilogy</strong> Radical Redux Ideas Thread
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Thanks for your input, folks.

idir_hh, I’m not sure about purple hair being childish or linked to low status though. Is that something established as a thing in the Star Wars canon? I’ve not read much of the EU. Isn’t coloured hair quite a common sci-fi trope?

oojason, I can totally see the idea of hair as a technical challenge, it must be particularly difficult in motion and with all of the different shades. Has anyone done anything the other way round? i.e. natural colours to unnatural?

I had no idea people linked hair colour to sexuality in the Star Wars fandom - is that explicit in the canon or just something the majority believe? (‘fanon’ I think it’s called?) Though Holdo doesn’t have a romantic subplot so why would her orientation be important?

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#1307072
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Unusual <strong>Sequel Trilogy</strong> Radical Redux Ideas Thread
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Interesting. Is there anything else you’d like to change the colour of? Lightsabers, skin of non-human-colour aliens, etc?

Edit: That last one there makes me sound like I’m implying you’re racist. That’s not what I mean, I’m more saying aliens that aren’t a humanoid colour, i.e. blue, green, red, etc - are there any of those that your aesthetic doesn’t quite align with that you might change?