What does everyone think about the idea of removing Palpatine completely? I posted some suggestions for it a few comments ago. Is it feasible or not?
Honestly I can’t imagine how that would work. Not that it couldn’t, but I can’t see it myself. So much of the film revolves around him it’d be very hard to do.
I posted a planned plot outline for a Palpatine-free version on the previous page. You might want to look at that.
First of all, to shift the story like you want, you need dialogue that doesn’t exist.
I was planning to use the opening crawl to change the story, like with many edits of TPM.
Secondly, without Palpatine, there’s no real climax. You didn’t explain how you’d handle Rey and Ben on Exegol, I think what you’re implying is they aren’t there at all. But you can’t rest everything on the ground and space battle, there’s really no meat to either, and they’re basically just a backdrop for what really matters, Rey and Ben vs. Palpatine.
I disagree. I feel like the “people’s fleet” moment is a great climax to the theme of the trilogy, which is that anyone can be a hero. The climax shouldn’t be Palpatine and Skywalker vs Palpatine.
I don’t know how you could erase Rey from the climax of the film and not have it feel like there was a lot missing. Maybe if you wanted to do a really short epilogue movie it could work, I don’t know. It’s an interesting idea but there isn’t a lot to work with.
Yeah, it would be short. But maybe it should be a short epilogue, since TLJ wrapped up most of the trilogy’s plot threads.