The Phantom Menace:
might have Ben Kenobi...
I’ve been compiling a list I
“How Episode I should have gone…” If I had the talent I
love to turn it into a script, but right now it is basically a list of
criticisms of various plot elements and an alternative version of
I ran across a well written web site along similar lines a while back
save the url unfortunately), so I decided to make my own. Here’s
what I have so far...
What might have been...
Anakin is already a teenager and
a Naboo-like world.
Queen Amidala has a better name and
have a clone.
Amidala lives on Alderan.
There are no "midichlorians."
Jedi Knights are recruited in their
(not as children).
The Jedi Order lives on their own
not in the middle of a bureaucracy.
The Sith are an entire (secret)
a pair of guys.
The Sith exist on their own planet.
The droids begin as servants of the
No Jar Jar or Gungans in this
Merge character traits of Qui Gon
Wan into Obi Wan = rebellious, young Jedi
Refine Capt. Panaka and combine with
to create roguish pilot/hero character (“Han Solo” of the piece; you
kill him later, he provides the transportation in this movie).
Fuse entities of Galactic Senate and
Pod race is an escape from bad guys,
competition! Substitute suspense for sports!
Beginning of movie: R2 and 3-PO on a
(mimic the beginning of Ep IV). I’m glad Lucas didn't’t
creating parallel scenes the way they did in Back to the Future II
was supposed to be campy, so it worked in ways that would not have in
Wars… just like Jar Jar).
Yoda is a Master, but not the leader
Jedi. There is a council, but there is also a single ruler of the
Jedi Order. A significant dramatic element is his death by the
of Anakin in Epi II.
this episode of This American
Life. Skip to about 12 minutes from the end of the
It features an imaginative attempt to rewrite Star Wars: Episode 1:
The Phantom Menace.