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#1524388
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What stories/intellectual properties (other than Star Wars) would you like to retell/rewrite?
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Stargate SG-1, without a doubt.
Despite not liking the way they handled Sha’re’s death, I still liked the show up until Season 6. However, things started becoming really bad after they made Daniel Jackson become an Ascended being. The reveal that the Ancients and the Ascended beings are the same thing, the introduction of the Ori and the death of certain characters are all things that I would have avoided if I was in charge of the show.

So, these are my ideas to rewrite the show:

  1. The 1994 movie and almost everything from the first 6 Seasons of the show remain intact.
  2. The Ancients and the Ascended beings are two different things. Like in DuracelEnergizer’s Divergent Universe, the Ancients are revealed to be Reptilian humanoids. Millions of years earlier, they created a great Empire that included the Milky Way, Andromeda and the Triangulum Galaxy. However, at some point their civilization collapsed, which lead to their extinction. As for the Ascended beings, they’re not a prehistoric species of super-humans, but just people who reached illumination, and they can belong to different species.
  3. Daniel Jackson does not become an Ascended being and stays alive until the end. Therefore there’s no Jonas Quinn. Not that I hate the character (I quite liked him actually), but let’s be honest, he was just conceived to be Daniel’s replacement, so we can do without him.
  4. General Hammond leaves the Stargate Command like in the actual show, and Jack O’Neill becomes the head of the Stargate Command. However, he remains the head of the Command until the end, so General Landry does not exist. Cameron Mitchell still exists and serves as replacement for O’Neill in the SG-1 team, though.
  5. Anubis’s backstory doesn’t change, but everything would be adapted to the changes I’ve made to the Ancients and the Ascended beings. So, most of the Anubis arc would remain intact, but he would be definitely defeated over Antarctica thanks to the use of a super-weapon created by the Ancients during their reign, which was brought to Earth by the Stargate Command itself.
  6. Everything we know about the Replicators would remain the same. After the defeat of Anubis, the Stargate Command would defeat the Replicators.
  7. Vala Maldoran would be introduced a bit earlier. Specifically, she would be introduced after the defeat of the Replicators. Her personality doesn’t change at all, and she would eventually become another member of the SG1 team, like in the actual show.
  8. Like in the actual show, during the Replicator invasion of the Milky Way the Go’auld Empire lost a lot of power. The Jaffa become an independent power. However, Ba’al becomes a sort of Thrawn-like figure who tries to rebuild the Empire, but the Stargate Command and the SG-1 would eventually defeat him. After the defeat of the remnant of the Goa’udd Empire lead by Ba’al, the show ends with the Asgard giving the Humans all their technology, with the total disclosure of the Stargate Program and with the Humans becoming a tru interstellar power.

That’s all.

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#1523355
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Rank The Indiana Jones Films
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My (unpopular) ranking:

  1. Last Crusade
  2. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  3. Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  4. Temple of Doom

I know it’s a very unpopular take on the Indiana Jones movies, but I genuinely find Temple of Doom to be the most boring movie of the four. Last Crusade and Raiders of the Lost Ark are my favorites, and kingdom of the Crystal Skull is fun.

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#1523208
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The Unpopular Film, TV, Music, Art, Books, Comics, Games, & Technology Opinion Thread (for all you contrarians!)
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I just can’t watch almost any movie or TV show that was made after 2014, with only some, few exceptions. In my opinion, 2014 is when almost all movies and shows started sucking.

I love the comedy from the late 90s and early 2000s. The vulgarity and sexual jokes were almost always balanced, and never went too far as to become gross, unlike today. Furthermore, in the majority of cases, even when there was vulgarity in a movie, in the end the underlying message was always good and never too nihilistic, unlike today.

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#1522984
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I don't think Revenge Of The Sith is as good as everyone says it is.
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Anecdotally I know someone who just recently saw TCW and watching it made her like the PT less so than before. She’s not a hardcore fan, I introduced her to SW with the original 3 years ago and she slowly started liking the franchise more and more, but she’s definitely not a hardcore fan. She said the show feels like it takes place in a different universe from the movies, that Anakin is an entirely different character and that even if more likeable in the show, he seems even less torn or prone to falling to the dark side than his movie self. She said that Siege of Mandalore Anakin just doesn’t flow well into ROTS Anakin, and I find it hard to disagree with her.

That’s literally me!

I hate how people say because the new ones are so horrible, it makes the prequels good now. No… bad movies are still bad movies. If you genuinely like them(more power to you) then fine, I don’t agree but fine(who I am to tell you what to like), but the logic of bad sequels=good prequels just don’t make sense to me.

I don’t think that the Prequels are bad movies, I genuinely like them. But I totally agree with you on this. Actually - and I say it as a Prequel fan myself - I hate when people say that the Prequels are good exclusively because the Sequels are bad. It shows that you don’t really appreciate the movies, it just means that you are “forgiving” them because you think there are other movies that suck harder than them. Saying that the Prequels are good because the Sequels are bad is like saying: “Oh yeah, they suck, but they suck less than the Sequels.”

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#1522752
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Star Wars Headcanons
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Anakin and Dormé (Padmé’s handmaiden) are actually siblings. Before she was sold as a slave, Shmi had a relationship with Dormé’s father and gave birth to Dormé herself. However, she was sold after that, so she never had the possibility of seeing them again, and could never find them again. A year after all of that, she gave birth to Anakin. Therefore, Anakin and Dormé were siblings who didn’t know to be siblings. This is perhaps the most crazy of my head-canons, and I admit it could feel a little stretched. But I love Rose Byrne, so I wanted to give her character a little more importance in the overall universe XD.

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#1522525
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General Star Wars <strong>Random Thoughts</strong> Thread
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The despecialized version of Return of the Jedi fits better with the rest of the old EU than any of the subsequent Special Editions. I personally don’t like the idea of a victory celebration all across the Galaxy. As we know through the EU, the Battle of Endor didn’t mean the total defeat of the Empire in the entire Galaxy, but simply the turning point in the fight against the Empire. In fact, after Endor the Empire still had control of many of the most important planets, including Coruscant and Naboo. Thus, seeing a victory celebration on those two planets makes no sense, because they were still in Imperial hands and the Rebellion had not yet totally won the war. So, I think it would be better to circumscribe the celebration on Endor without showing any other celebration in the Galaxy. Therefore, Yub Nub is a necessary evil that I’m willing to accept for a matter of consistency with the rest of the EU.

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#1522371
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Star Wars Headcanons
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Spartacus01 said:

  • The Tales of the Jedi comics happen. After the end of the comics, there are several millennia of peace and prosperity in the Republic, until 2000 BBY.
  • In 2000 BBY the Mandalorian Wars take place. The reasons of why the Mandalorian Wars happen are the same reasons of why they happened in the original Knights of the Old Republic lore, before The Old Republic MMO retconned everything. The major events of the Mandalorian Wars are the same that are described in the Knights of the Old Republic comics. However, Cassus Fett is replaced with a new character, as my Old Republic head-canon (just like my Prequel rewrite) respects Boba Fett’s pre-Prequel backstory, and so the Fett family doesn’t exist as such.
  • After the end of the Mandalorian Wars, Revan and Malak fall to the Dark Side, revive the Sith cult and unleash the Jedi Civil War. The following events are similar to those described in the first Knights of the Old Republic game. However, the Jedi are more similar to the Jedi from the Tales of the Jedi comics, and look nothing like the Jedi from Lucas’ Prequels. Apart from this, Revan and Malak’s story is similar to what’s depicted in the first KOTOR. So, we still have Bastila and the other characters, Malak is still defeated, Revan is still redeemed, etc.
  • After Revan’s redemption, the Republic continues to fight against the remnants of the New Sith Empire founded by Revan. The war goes on until 1000 BBY, when the Sith are definitively defeated in the Battle of Russan. However, a Sith survived the battle, and this Sith is Bane. So, after the defeat of the old Sith, Bane created the Rule of Two, established the use of the Darth title (which didn’t exist before him) and also established the red lightsaber rule for the Sith.

Since I have completely abandoned my plans to rewrite the Prequel Trilogy and the Old Republic, this head-canon must be changed.

I currently accept the Old Republic Era the way it’s portrayed in the already established EU timeline. However, I keep the changes regarding the Darth title and red lightsabers. So, every Sith prior to Darth Bane never used the Darth title, and there wasn’t the rule to use a red lightsaber. Both these things were created by Darth Bane itself. That is, everything happened in the same way as in the already established EU timeline, but the historical archives of the Galactic Alliance contain some small inaccuracies. Therefore, what’s depicted in KOTOR/SWTOR is extremely accurate and reflects what really happened, except for the Sith aesthetics. Due to this small inaccuracies, the galactic historians use the Darth title to describe the pre-Banite Sith an depict them as using red lightsabers, when they actually looked more like the Sith from the Tales of the Jedi comics. This explains why in the KOTOR games, in SWTOR and in their tie-in material we see the Sith looking like the Sith from the PT, when they actually didn’t look like that. In the real universe the Sith look from the Prequels was born with Bane and died with Sidious, after which there were no more Sith (as my head-canon universe ends with the NJO series anyway).

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#1520650
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Am i the only one that has a fundamental issue with Clones' Inhibitor Chips?
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Kyp_Astaar said:

Spartacus01 said:

No, you’re not the only one. I totally agree with you. It was stupid. In the Clone Wars Multimedia Project there wasn’t any chip, and it was done Better.

Unfortunately by living in Italy we had limited access to more niche SW literature, by the time TCW’s movie/series arrived they started catching up, but before it was a mess, i bought some republic commando and yuuzhan vong saga novels out of desperation one summer in 2006 when i went to the UK for vacation.
How did they put it in the multimedia project?

I’m Italian too and I understand you perfectly, in our country It’s very difficult to find Star Wars books, because publishers are lazy and never translate anything. Anyway, in the Multimedia Project the Clones were genetically engineered to obey every order without question, just as it’s established in Attack of the Clones, therefore 99.9% of regular Clones obeyed Order 66. However, Clones of higher rank such as Commandos and ARC troopers were more independent than regular Clones, and had the ability to disobey orders. It was necessary to make them more independent than regular Clones, because the kind of missions they were designed to participate in required more independence and free thinking. In fact, most of these Clones obeyed Order 66, but there were also many cases of desertion.

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#1520382
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George Lucas should get more credit for &quot;saving Anakin Skywalker&quot; in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
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if it’s 1993 or whatever and you’re trying to write the Prequels from scratch, what would you focus on? Suppose your goal is to generate the maximum amount of drama and audience emotional investment possible. What is the most effective way to achieve that?

If I were in 1993 and I had to rewrite the Prequels from scratch, then I’d keep the actual story, but I wouldn’t develop it in a movie trilogy. Rather, I would just make the Prequels to be part of the EU, because the Prequels have an incredible amount of story to tell, and three simple movies are not enough to tell it. So, I would basically create a whole multimedia project similar to the already existing Clone Wars Multimedia Project, but starting from the early PT era when Obi-Wan was still a Padawan. I would tell Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon’s adventures, until we get to the events of The Phantom Menace and the discovery of Anakin, then going forward and forward until the Clone Wars start. Then I would explore the Clone Wars in detail, like in the CWMMP, and then I would end everything with the events of Revenge of the Sith and Order 66. The story would remain the same, but it would just be more developed and explored better, since it would be developed in comics, books and video games instead of movies.

Being italian and having watched the PT for many years in italian only, i can safely say he comes out a bit better than the original, it’s by no extent of the imagination a perfect dubbing, mostly because the voice actor still needs to emulate at least sometimes his tone, unfortunately we traded a better performance for Anakin for the clearly superior acting that Ewan McGregor gave for Obi-Wan in original language, not to mention McDiarmid’s priceless Palpatine acting.

I’m Italian too, and I love Francesco Pezzulli’s performance better, for sure. I love Hayden’s too, though. I never had any great problem with Hayden’s performance.

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#1520273
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General Star Wars <strong>Random Thoughts</strong> Thread
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Sometimes it seems to me that the different categories of Star Wars fans find themselves arguing about non-existing problems. I mean, the fandom and the Saga are big enough to accommodate everyone’s opinion. But despite this, we find ourselves having endless arguments among the fans when it’s absolutely not necessary, as there are simple solutions that can satisfy everyone.

For example: if you don’t like the Sequels, then there is the EU; if you don’t like either of them, then there are a lot of fanfictions that can replace both. If you don’t like the Prequels, then there are a lot of fanfictions and rewrites out there, or maybe you can create something on your own; if you like the ideas but not the execution, then there are the novelizations. If you don’t like TCW, then there is the Multimedia Project; if you don’t like either of them, then there are a lot of fanfictions that can replace both. If you like the EU but not the current Canon, then just ignore the current Canon, just pretend it doesn’t exist; if you don’t like either of them, then again, there are a lot of fanfictions that can replace both.

There’s a ton of simple solutions that can satisfy everyone, and make everyone happy. But despite that, it seems that people don’t care, it almost seems that people like to attack each other for no reason. I don’t understand that…

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#1520270
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George Lucas should get more credit for &quot;saving Anakin Skywalker&quot; in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
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I’ll probably still make fan-edits of the Prequels tho, just so that when I do watch them they’ll be more enjoyable experiences. And for what it’s worth, I still enjoy ROTS a lot.

I want to create fan edits of the Prequels as well. I already have my Attack of the Clones edit completed if you’re interested.

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#1520194
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How would you restructure Anakin's turn to the dark side in the Prequels?
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G&G-Fan said:

Will never be a fan of pining the blame of Anakin’s turn on the Jedi. Darth Vader should be a villain with agency responsible for his own actions. Makes him a more powerful and badass villain.

This may be driven by the fact that I’m a Vader fanboy, but it’s just my opinion.

And I’m a Anakin fanboy, so I defend him a bit.
I don’t blame the Jedi entirely, of course. I blame Anakin, Palpatine and the Jedi equally. All of them were 1/3 of the problem. But we already had a lot of discussions about it when I still had my old account, so it’s better not to start again.

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#1520149
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How would you restructure Anakin's turn to the dark side in the Prequels?
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The cult-like behavior comes from their sheer commitment to the greater good. The Order is socially engineered so all of its members always prioritize the greater good. They train Jedi from birth so they never meet their family and prioritize them over the greater good of the galaxy. They don’t allow Jedi to fall in love or even have friends because the galaxy’s history books are full of Jedi who turned to the dark side for their friends. It’s dehumanizing, but the Jedi justify it because the Force gives you an immense amount of power, and if you can’t give up your own humanity for the greater good, you don’t deserve that power. Anakin, the one who wasn’t brainwashed from birth, who will fall in love and have a child, is going to be the one who ultimately destroys the Jedi Order and hands the galaxy over to Palpatine.

The Jedi are still flawed though, and if I were to actually write this I’d like to frame it to make the argument that the greater good itself is not for the greater good. The Jedi and the Republic tolerate slavery because the effort to end it would cost many times more lives than it would liberate, and (temporarily) tolerating some evils is for the greater good. But you can’t exactly tell a slave that their slavery is a good thing, and if it turned out that the Chosen One is a former slave, you’re going to make a natural enemy of him by continuing to tolerate slavery, even if he recognizes ending slavery would let out more evils than it would abolish.

That’s the way I interpret the actual Prequels as well, even if it’s not what George Lucas thinks, and blah blah blah.

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#1520147
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George Lucas should get more credit for &quot;saving Anakin Skywalker&quot; in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
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There’s a lot of ways you can retool the plot to be better structured.

Maybe you should rewrite the Prequels instead of doing fanedits, then. Have you ever thought that?

If you prefer the Prequels just as they are, that’s excellent for you. I’m glad you find them fulfilling where I don’t. These are just my ideas and my opinions.

That wasn’t the point of my replies. The point of my replies is: for the story they have to tell, the Prequels are intrinsically not good for a movie format, because there are a lot of things to explore, and there’s not enough screan-time to do it. So, it would have been better if they had been part of the EU. However, even with their limited amount of screan-time, I’m still capable of getting everything necessary to appreciate them.

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#1520019
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George Lucas should get more credit for &quot;saving Anakin Skywalker&quot; in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
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So, the summary of your criticism is this: in the first two Prequel films there is not much story to tell, so you lose a lot of time behind secondary things. Am i right? If so, then great, it’s a very acceptable critique. But my reply is this: not every movie in a Saga has to be fundamental to understand the Saga itself. In my opinion, sometimes it’s nice to have movies where the plot is a little calmer, without necessarily having action and important things happening all the time.

But a 1 minute scene in which they recount old adventures didn’t do enough to make people feel they’re such good friends.

It was enough for me. That scene was really enough to make me feel that they are good friends. Especially because being friends doesn’t necessarily mean not arguing or having a good chemistry all the time.

just the beginning of the clone war and Anakin and Padme falling in love

Do you realize that without the assassination attempts there’s no investigative plot, that without the investigative plot there’s no Clone Army, and that without the Clone Army there’s no Clone Wars, right? How do you think they should have used the screan time instead? The movie shows exactly what it’s supposed to show: the beginning of the Clone Wars, and Anakin and Padmé falling in love. The investigative plot leads to the beginning of the Clone Wars and the romance leads to…the romance.

a part of The Phantom Menace

It is not “a part”, it is the whole movie! Again, without the Trade Federation blockade there is no Naboo crisis, and without the Naboo crisis there is no Palpatine’s election. How do you think they should have used the screen time instead? The movie shows what it’s supposed to show.

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#1519975
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George Lucas should get more credit for &quot;saving Anakin Skywalker&quot; in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
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Besides, being told he was a slave and seeing how it effects Anakin would’ve been much more effective. It’d allow the audience to fill in the blanks

Sure, but that’s your opinion. There’s people who would have complained about what you say as well. In fact, I’m sure that if they had really done this, then the Prequels would have been criticized anyway, by using statements like: “They told us about how Anakin lived in slavery and how it was horrible, but it’s impossible to directly relate to it, because we weren’t shown. Please George, show, don’t tell.” I mean, if you really want to find problems, then it’s virtually possible to criticize the Prequels by using every possible argument and counter-argument.

Well that’s the issue, isn’t it? They’re too convoluted. They don’t work as films on their own. George should’ve cut down the story to make it less complicated.

It’s not complicated if you pay attention to the movies and notice the details, like the facial expressions, etc. For example, last year I showed all 6 original Star Wars movies to a friend of mine, and when he saw Attack of the Clones for the first time he knew right away that Sidious and Dooku were behind the creation of the Clone Army. When I told him there were people who had trouble understanding it, he literally said: “Really? But how? It’s so obvious…” So, not everyone finds the story complicated. Sure, I think that some parts could have been explained better, but the story is not so complicated to understand if you pay attention.

how Palpatine became the Chancellor

That’s the whole point of The Phantom Menace. Unless you wanted a single line where they say something like: “Palpatine became Chancellor because he was elected.”

A few scenes with Dooku in the background of TPM, talking with Qui-Gon about his deteriorating faith or belief in the Jedi, then leaving the Jedi after the death of Qui-Gon shouldn’t add-on too much to the run-time.

Sure, but Dooku wasn’t even a thing when TPM came out. It’s like saying: “In ANH there’s no clue about who Luke’s father is.” Besides, in TPM you already have to think about Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon, Anakin, Padmé, and Jar Jar. So, adding Dooku as an extra-character you have to think about is just too much. However, I grant you that they could have added the AOTC deleted scenes where Dooku’s story and motivations are explored better.

I don’t expect “everything” to be covered, but I do expect to see certain events and relationships to occur on screen in the Prequels. The friendship between Obi-Wan and Anakin is an important major aspect of these films, and also to the Saga itself.

That’s your problem, not mine. As far as I’m concerned, I’ve always found more than enough what’s shown at the beginning of ROTS. From that beginning only, I’ve always been able to derive, to understand everything and I’ve always been able to grasp the emotion of the final duel. Their friendship is something that I’ve always imagined in my head, I’ve never felt the need to deepen the dynamics so much. Their friendship is a “fill in the blanks” case, at least for me.

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#1519813
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George Lucas should get more credit for &quot;saving Anakin Skywalker&quot; in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
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G&G-Fan said:

Showing Anakin and Obi-Wan’s friendship makes it way more devastating when Anakin turns and they have to fight. I think that’s more important then showing him as a young kid.

Showing an innocent child who turns into an inhuman monster who kills children is very impactful as well, and showing Anakin’s childhood and his life in slavery is important to understand his character.

As I said, everything in the Prequels is important, the problem is just that there’s a limited amount of on-screan time, which prevents you from showing everything in detail. That’s why I said that the Prequels would have worked better as EU. I mean, imagine if the Prequels were an EU multimedia project, consisting of books, comics and video games. It would have been great, because in a EU multimedia project everything can be shown in detail and you don’t have to worry about on-screan time at all.

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#1519739
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Star Wars Headcanons
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Anakin Starkiller said:

Man, you guys don’t like Legacy?

I just hate the fact that they used the Sith as the bad guys again. I mean, yeah, I’m the first who doesn’t always agree with George Lucas, but in this case I prefer to stay on his side and to say that there are no more Sith after Return of the Jedi.
We can think everything we want about the Prequels, but they exist, so why can’t we just try being consistent with them? The Prequels say that Anakin would have destroyed the Sith, and he did destroy the Sith when he killed Palpatine and Vader in Return of the Jedi. So, there should be no more Sith after that. The authors should have just been creative and come up with new enemies instead of using the Sith again and again and again. We already have 5,000 years of Sith history in the EU, so it becomes boring if you continue to use the Sith after ROTJ as well, it just shows you’re not creative.
Hell, they could have just said that Kreyt founded a random Dark Side cult revolving around his persona without being a Sith. But no, it was better to revive the Sith just because. And don’t even make me start talking about what they did with Legacy of the Force and Fate of the Jedi, because it’s just stupid and depressing.

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#1519733
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George Lucas should get more credit for &quot;saving Anakin Skywalker&quot; in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
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Channel72 said:

But when people say TCW Anakin is a completely different character or that Filoni fixed him, it isn’t really correct. He’s the same as ROTS Anakin, we just got to see more of him.

Meh… I don’t know. Maybe it’s just the way Lucas directed Hayden Christensen, or perhaps Christensen’s own creative choices, but his portrayal of Anakin often bordered on eerily unstable or psychotic, like he’s channeling Malcolm McDowell in a Clockwork Orange. Even during the opening sequence of ROTS, where Anakin is arguably the most level-headed and closest to what I would have imagined him to be, Christensen still occasionally injects this underlying element of borderline personality disorder that comes out sometimes in a facial expression or line delivery.

In contrast, Clone Wars Anakin is a lot closer to something like a Han Solo/Luke Skywalker hybrid. Basically a typical “hot shot” hero character who sometimes also functions as an anti-hero when he wants to be expedient. This portrayal is definitely closer to how I imagined Anakin to be prior to the Prequels, but I also think it loses a lot of the vulnerability that Christensen’s portrayal offered.

Regardless, it’s hard to reconcile the two portrayals as representing the same character.

Agreed, and I genuinely prefer Hayden’s Anakin over TCW Anakin.

Emre1601 said:
For example, I really enjoyed the Dooku segments of 2022’s Tales Of The Jedi. But I could not help but question just why we were not shown such material in the Prequels themselves, which would have made his character and story arc far more compelling.

There’s a thing called limited amount of on-scream time. The Prequels are supposed to be three films, so you can’t expect everything to be explored in detail in three simple films, unless you want to see 10 hours-long Prequels. But I sincerely doubt you would have liked to see that, wouldn’t you?

Though I still don’t understand why Obi-Wan and Anakin’s friendship, them becoming a team, and then closer like “brothers”, wasn’t shown in the Prequel films themselves; that it needed “a footnote” such as TCW to explain or show this.

Again, it’s a matter of limited amount of on-screen time. The Prequels are not supposed to be about Anakin and Obi-Wan’s friendship, the Prequels are supposed to be about Anakin as a character, his motivations for joining the Sith and becoming Darth Vader, and the fall of the Republic. It’s only natural that they can’t show everything about Anakin and Obi-Wan’s friendship, as it’s not what they are supposed to show in detail. Unless you want to see 10 hours-long Prequels, again.

In general, I think that the Prequel Era would have worked better as part of the EU, being developed through books, comics and video games. This way, the authors wouldn’t have worried about limited onscreen time and could have developed and explained everything in detail.