Gathering data and experience from the crap movie, the Original Trilogy, common sense, and the basic rules of good story-telling and movie making, I’m piecing together better prequels. Join me, won’t you?
Characters of Note:
No Qui Gon Ginn: Obi Wan Kenobi, as established in Return of the Jedi, “took it upon himself to train” the young Anakin Skywalker. He also, at no point, mentions any one named Qui Gon Ginn as his master—in fact, it is revealed that his teacher was Master Yoda. So, QGG is out.
Obi Wan Kenobi: Freshly named a Jedi Knight, OWK should be a bit arrogant, cocky, not afraid to flirt with the rules a bit. Empire Strikes Back reveals him to have been rebellious and Reckless. “You are reckless!” “So was I, if you remember.”
Anakin Skywalker: A young kid, but not too young. At the very least, he needs to be 13-14. Any younger, and you’ve got child actor syndrome. He needs to be a character who is not so much potentially dark, but filled with hope. Anakin has to be one of the dearest characters with a huge, tender heart. He will also be very intelligent, very logical, full of sense. Not in a “wiser than his years” way, but in a very strait-forward way. Also—there is no need for him to be a slave. He just needs to be a poor kid who’s always been left behind, or is just a little bit odd. He lives with his Momma all alone on the outskirts of town; his dad was killed by Sand People.
"Padme" Amidala: Ok, so, we’ll need a Padme. She can be older or younger than Anakin—what’s most important is that they are comparable in age. (One would also want for her to be a blonde with blue eyes. Why? Because Anakin Skywalker, as revealed in Return of the Jedi, has dark hair and dark eyes. So our Young Anakin must have these qualities. Giving “Padme” blonde hair is helpful for two reasons: 1) visual connection for Vader and the audience to the woman he once loved in Luke, and 2) makes genetic sense. Of course, brunettes can be carriers of recessive traits, but opposites attracting can play out in a visually stunning way, esp, again, in the future.)
Also: we are not going to call her Padme. We have to find a new name for her. Seriously. Padme? Wtf.
Jar Jar Binks: Is a mother fucking distant memory/bete noir.
We’re just going to get rid of Naboo altogether. Naboo has nothing to add to the plot. It has no connection to any other part being played. The only appeal it has is that it is Earth-like, and that it’s beautiful.
But we already know of a planet in the Star Wars Mythos that’s Earth-like and beautiful, and we’ll have an immense attachment to it later. Naboo therefore is Alderaan instead.
Tatooine is obviously necessary, as will be Coruscant. (Coruscant will be important for visual reference. In this re-doing of the prequels, we must show the Capitol of the Republic crumble inside and out. Seeing before and after Coruscant will be important.) Those may remain.
Plot/Questions that need answering:
What do we want to establish?
We want to establish the Republic as it has stood peacefully for 1000 generations. We want to establish the Jedi, their principles, their duties, and their place in the galaxy. We want to establish the relationship between Anakin Skywalker and Obi Wan Kenobi. We want to establish the good in the galaxy (the Republic and the Jedi) versus the evil in the galaxy.
Darth Sidius, or the future Emperor: What is his position in this world? What is his task? How do his actions effect the status quo of the world?
Propose that Darth Sidius is indeed the Senator Palpatine, operating in secret. But perhaps let us make Palpatine have more of a Hitler-esque rise. He speaks in tremendous voice for a cause that not many people want to hear. Instead of this cause being a faux blockade that simply doesn’t make sense like in the movie, why not have him speaking for defense against a little known threat? Perhaps he can be seen as an extremist, until his “visions” prove true.
This ties us perfectly to:
What is the threat?
Palpatine’s cause is the potential threat from “Clonist” cultures. There are rumors of Cloning being performed to create an Army of aliens, aliens from a galaxy beyond this one. This alien army moves from planet to planet at the edge of the galaxy, conquering its inhabitants and then planting themselves there, like parasites swarming closer and closer to the Capitol. No one knows if this is true, and no one can be sure. This is why the Jedi, the peacekeepers of the galaxy, send out several new Jedi Knights to the planets in question, including Jedi Knight Obi Wan to a planet in one of the FARTHEST reaches of the Galaxy, Tatooine, to research, investigate, and report back.
How does Obi Wan decide Anakin is worth training?
Obi Wan, in his search for answers, must find himself brought to, must happen upon, or do something that crosses paths with the young Anakin. Anakin seems almost steady against this wild and rogueish Jedi Knight. Anakin has an immense ability to concentrate, has patience, and of course, is gifted with the force. Most importantly, Anakin can use the Force to sense the presence of a Clone. They will discover one on Tatooine, track it down, and find out where it came from: Alderaan. Obi Wan needs Anakin to track Clones, and he is fascinated by the boy’s ability to focus the Force with absolutely no training. Obi Wan is convinced he must be trained.
They report their findings to the Jedi Council. Their information is revealed with great uproar and panic. Palpatine seizes on this, allowing himself the first step into power.
Alderaan and the entrance of Padme—what happens?
While Obi Wan and Anakin meet with the King and Queen of Alderaan, a girl watches from behind the scenes. She is not the Princess, but the Princess’ best friend, her lady in waiting. Padme pulls Anakin aside and tell him that she’s seen something strange. Anakin and Obi Wan, led by Padme, discover a foreign ship deep in the forests of Alderaan, which has set up camp and is breeding clones, more and more by the second. This exponential climb on a planet of such prime location can only mean one thing: preparing for the ultimate invasion.
Alderaan, being a peaceful planet with comparatively little interest in technology, will be swarmed and overtaken in days.
What does this mean?
The Capitol is in panic—a call to arms is raised, and all able-bodied men must enlist. They are now Soldiers in White. They come from all around, not just Coruscan; they are volunteers, but how long can they remain standing with only volunteers? In panic and desperation, Palpatine is voted Supreme Chancellor. Perhaps he, who is the only one who seems to understand the real danger posed by these Clones, can stop this War from progessing any farther.
The final scenes will be the battle for Alderaan. Anakin (with the surprisingly skilled Padme at his side) pilots a group of unskilled and ragtag Alderaanians to airborn victory in the skies, while Obi Wan and the Jedi function as Generals and Strategists below. Together, they defeat the invading Clone Army, but not entirely. The Clone War, the greatest War in Galactic History, has begun.
The first story ends with Anakin being widely accepted by the Jedi Council of Elders as Obi Wan’s Pupil. Anakin has proved that he has incredible power, bravery, and heart. He and Obi Wan set off as Master and student, unaware of the tragedy that will eventually befall them.
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