Finished watching Part I. Here are my thoughts on it:
First of all, this was very well done, very smooth and watchable. As others have said, one of my biggest gripes with the actual show is the glacial pacing. This edit does a lot to correct that. I liked the addition of dialogue from the trailer, and the dialogue cuts where they were made.
Pacing-wise, I think it could have been improved even more. During the early conversations there are still these big, thoughtful, dragging gaps. I’m not a video editor so I don’t know how well it would work, but I wondered if there was a way to cut back to characters at a later point in the takes during these conversations, to shorten the lengthy pauses. It would make those conversations flow a little faster. Of course, it’s a fine line between making it better and making it feel off. Just a thought.
In the first fight between Sabine and Shin, I greatly prefer 21C Peasant’s ‘slice vs stab’ You gave your reasons for wanting to leave it as it was originally done, and that’s fine. I just think this way would be better, and I don’t see how it could possibly affect much down the line. Personal preference on that one.
I think the idea WtarSars had about cutting the exterior space sequence could work while still retaining the Purrgil. Flow would be something like this: Eye of Sion fires on T-6, Morgan asks about the results, they’re off the scope. Cut to the T-6 starting planetfall, show the Purgill, and then intersperse some shots of the T-6 flying over the surface and landing, picking up the character shots with Ahsoka back in her normal outfit. Maybe there’s a way to make that relatively seamless, or not. I’d love to see someone give it a crack.
I’m torn on removing the ground fight at the T-6. It does tighten up the narrative and Morgan’s dialogue does provide a pathway to omitting it, but I enjoyed that scene. Mere personal preference, again. What was done here still works well.
I think Hera’s holo-meeting with Mon Mothma could be cut completely. When she contacts Ahsoka later, the same information is purveyed to the audience. I haven’t watched Part II of this edit yet, but doing this would be a first step towards eliminating that clunky (in my opinion) bit of the story completely.
Loved the way Ezra’s voiceover was added to the scenes on Seatos with Baylan and Sabine. Really gives some added insight as to how Baylan reads her inner conflict so clearly, and why Sabine makes the choice she does.
Overall, this has the look and feel of professional work. Nice job, and I’m looking forward to checking out Part II!