Would that recontexualised TLJ include Luke vs Kylo? Cus it seems that would have to go, and have the climax be Rey & redeemed Ben killing Palpatine, followed by an edited Tatooine epilogue with Ben staying there in exile.
Yes… I’m unsure about this part. I agree this new TLJ would end best with the Supremacy. Maybe after the two beat the guards, we show the shots of their hands to force-pull an empty Raddus into the Supremacy, turning the Holdo Maneuver into the big finale beat.
Crait I think should be moved to the end of this new TFA. All hope seems lost, Palpatine is back, so they retreat to Crait and appear defeated when Luke shows up (for the first time) and saves the day. He doesn’t die this time, so new-TFA will end with the heroes escaping Crait and Rey going in search of the recently returned Luke.
OR if that makes TFA too long and new Ep 9 too short, you could move Crait to the beginning of Ep 9. Not sure how that’d work though.
Of course, this can all be avoided by just keeping Kylo evil as TLJ implies. He killed Palpatine and will continue on, but Rey will eventually beat him or something. However, I’m personally not a fan of that ending for Ben.
Further refining the unified trilogy idea…
THE FORCE AWAKENS (DARK FORCE RISING?)
–The crawl defines the First Order as a band of Sith Cultists (not a new Empire)
–The crawl also explains the First Order is searching for an Ancient Sith Bioweapon to bring back the former Empire.
–Begins with Kylo arriving on Exogel. He then gives his “finished what you started” speech with all the cultists chanting, to imply the FO’s plan.
–The “map” in TFA is recontextualized to the Map to Starkiller Base.
–No Snoke whatsoever. Kylo and Hux are in charge.
–Rathar scene cut for pacing.
–Kylo successfully probes Rey’s mind and they are able to find Starkiller.
–Ideally, the Resistance is renamed “The Republic” however I am unsure if this possible without cutting too much.
–The Resistance/Republic attack Starkiller but fail entirely. Han dies, the base fires releasing the fleet from Exogol, and Leia orders an evacuation.
–During Starkiller, use lines from the beginning of TLJ to show Leia wants the team to pull out, while Poe doesn’t and thinks they still have a chance. This way Poe’s decision in TLJ is earned.
–Trim the Rey/Kylo duel: Rey still holds her own but is unlikely to prevail until the Falcon shows up.
–The return of Palpatine initiates R2’s “Emergency Backup” (told through captions) which tell Rey where to find Luke. Rey heads off while the rest of the fleet flees an old rebellion base, Crait.
–Rey finds Luke… only for him to cast the Jedi aside. R2 then gives the “You are my only hope” speech, which triggers the end of the Battle of Crait.
–Cut Finn from the Battle of Crait.
–End with Luke’s inspiring moment against the newly powered First Order. Luke survives and agrees to train Rey, while the Republic retreats for a regrouping against the newly formed Empire.
THE RISE OF SKYWALKER (LABRYNITH OF EVIL?)
–Crawl establishes the Republic and reborn Empire are fighting a bloody civil war, while Luke has been training Rey.
–Rotoscope Luke onto Ajan Kloss instead of Leia for Rey’s montage.
–With a bit of cutting and possibly alien dubbing (with captions), the “Plan” is to go to Exogol and eliminate the Empire’s base of operations. To do so, they need to find a Sith Wayfinder.
–Meanwhile, Palpatine’s plan is the same as before. He wants Kylo to give him Rey, though it is unknown yet why. Later on, it is revealed Palpatine wants Rey to replace Kylo, but Rey refuses, so Palps settles for Kylo in Ep 9.
–Kylo isn’t redeemed after the Death Star, instead, he remains alive and is later seen in his ship (footage from TLJ) fighting in the space battle.
–Leia doesn’t die.
–Rey isn’t a Palpatine.
–Movie plays as normal all the way up until the finale, where Palpatine wins. Lando’s fleet becomes the New Republic’s and it is completely wiped out by its explosion. Palpatine successfully takes part of Rey’s force energy or whatever and becomes full. Rey barely escapes.
–Ends with Rey in self-exile on Ach-To.
THE LAST JEDI (THE LAST STAND? THE UNIFYING FORCE?)
–Crawl establishes since Palpatine’s trap last movie, the First Order under his and Kylo’s control rules the galaxy, with Leia’s Resistance barely surviving.
–Luke, now a force ghost (implied death by old age) gives Rey a few lessons (from TLJ), without the cynicism but with the “Jedi must change” angle.
–Honestly keep Canto Bight, as much as I’m not a fan, this movie needs all the runtime it can get.
–Leia dies on the bridge.
–Integrate TROS Luke pep talk with Rey. Rey is inspired and goes to redeem Kylo on the Supremacy. Rey also gets Leia’s purple lightsaber (Anakin’s blue was destroyed on Exogol) for the rest of the movie.
–Rotoscope Snoke for Palpatine from ROTJ. He’s given up tempting Rey at this point but does want Kylo to kill Rey and assume his place as next in line for the dark side throne.
–Possibly get a voice actor for a Palpatine impression of “I see you turning the lightsaber to strike your own true enemy”. Too good a line to lose. The rest can just come straight from ROTJ, though.
–Ben is a full good guy after killing Palpatine. Possibly integrate the Han scene from TROS in as a force vision (not actually happening, he keeps his crossguard saber for the Praetorian duel).
–We get some proper Finn story arc by ending his story with a Phasma fight, rather than it happening midway through and leaving him nothing to do moving forward.
–Rey and Ben work together to force pull the Raddus into the Supremacy after everyone has evacuated, destroying the power structure of the FO and bringing peace back to the galaxy.
–Ending montage of freed planets and Rey and Ben on Tatooine.
WHEW that was a lot, but I think all in all, it flows very well, doesn’t require too much work (the hardest part is rotoscoping Palpatine into TLJ, beyond that, everything is relatively simple), and would make for a strong united trilogy.