Ed’s note: Fan Fix by Nathan Adler, is one man, and one major fan’s tireless efforts to fix continuity in comics, in the ultimate chronicle of character histories and fan theory into an ingenious bit of streamlining.
Upon watching the train wrecks that are the Star Wars prequels, I began to understand how Lando felt when shafted by Vader in Empire Strikes Back.
To begin with, how can it be that Owen Lars met the droids in Episode II when he showed no discernible sign of previously seeing them in 1977’s Episode IV?
How can, when Anakin, already deep in the thrall of the dark side, echoing the words of George W. Bush, hisses at Obi-Wan, “If you’re not with me, you’re my enemy,” Ben responds “Only a Sith thinks in absolutes”, when the whole point was that both the Jedi and the Sith had fallen into a trap of believing absolutes, with Luke’s task being to restore balance to the Force?
The clear implication was that the Force had a yin-yang aspect, which both the Sith and Jedi had lost sight of. The core story arc thus was to be Luke’s restoration of that balance despite opposition from both the remnants of the Jedi and the Emperor. In choosing to put those words in Obi-Wan’s mouth, Lucas betrayed his own creation.
Mon Mothma should have been a young woman on the Senate (Gillian Anderson would have been perfect). The backstory on Mon Mothma was that she was a young Chandilaran politico within the Galactic Senate during the rule of Chancellor Valorum and was opposed to Palpatine being elected. Despite this she remained a senator after Palpatine’s disbanding of the Republic into the Galactic Empire and his self-declaration of Emperor.
Episode Three should also have kicked off the plot of the Bothan spies in the final.
Anakin picking up with Sith Pirates (i.e. Mandalore Red Guards), whom he would draft into service for the Emperor, was also overlooked.
Since “A New Hope” practically took the plot of Akira Kurosawa’s “Hidden Fortress”, the prequel should have included a tribute to his other great film, “Seven Samurai” with a band of Jedi attempting to take back a planet from the Trade Federation and their mercenary Mandalore Pirates. Otherwise, since Campbell’s “The Hero with a Thousand Faces” spells out the template that Lucas utilised for the Star Wars Trilogy perfectly, it also includes a section on THE HERO AS A CHILD, so this could have been used for Anakin’s infamous rise.
There was also no need for a Rebel Alliance in the prequel.
Jedi Knights Of The Round
Howard Kazanjian, the producer of Return of the Jedi, on the parallels between the original trilogy and the prequels:
“In the trilogy, there is a competitive love triangle that develops between Luke, Leia and Han. This love triangle ends peacefully when Luke learns that Leia is his twin sister. In the prequels, George has planned a love triangle involving Luke and Leia’s mother, Anakin Skywalker and Ben Kenobi.
The consequences of this love triangle are devastating with great betrayals and forever changes the fate of our heroes and villains in the films. So those who watch the trilogy for the first time after seeing the prequels will be scared to death that the same horrible fate that beset the heroes in the prequels will happen to our beloved heroes in the trilogy because of a dangerous love triangle that divides and destroys close friendships, but fortunately this does not come to pass.” - 27 October 1997
I would therefore have developed this love triangle along the lines of King Arthur, Lady Guinevere and Sir Lancelot of the Camelot legend (instead of the sexless Jedi established as warrior monks in the prequels). Arthur = Ben (the oldest of the three), Guinevere = the Young Queen (younger than Arthur/Ben, but older than Lancelot/Anakin) and Anakin = Lancelot (the youngest of the three).
In Episode II a 30-ish Ben would court the young Queen, who would then be in her late 20’s, and asking for her hand in marriage, she accepts. The young Queen was the focus of Ben’s life and would be the only woman that he would ever love (that is why he lives all alone as a hermit on Tatooine because he never gets over the loss of the young Queen).
Enter the conquering hero in Episode II: The young, hot-shot Anakin (in his early 20’s) becomes one of the most decorated warriors of the Clone Wars and catches the eye of the young Queen. It is love at first sight for Anakin and the young Queen and they carry on an affair behind Ben’s back.
The young Queen consequently leaves Ben for Anakin, completely devastating Ben, who considers this to be the ultimate betrayal at the hands of his two closest friends (the young Queen and Anakin). Consequently, Ben and Anakin’s friendship is destroyed. Palpatine takes advantage of this situation and lures Anakin to the dark side. By the time Ben realises what has happened to Anakin, it is too late. As a result of his turning his back on Anakin and the young Queen, Palpatine uses Anakin in his rise to power. Ben carries the guilt of Anakin’s fall from grace and the demise of the Republic for the rest of his life. And tries to resurrect his mistakes vicariously through the young Luke Skywalker.
Further ties to Arthur’s story could be drawn with the Jedi Council being the equivalent of the Knights of the Round Table, with perhaps Yoda as Arthur, Coruscant their Camelot, Anakin their Mordred whom they refuse to advance, and Palpatine as his mother.
Or alternatively, after Luke and Leia’s mother becomes pregnant, Anakin begins to become cold and cruel (like Michael Douglas to his wife in Falling Down) and she falls in love with Obi-Wan (Greek Tragedy).
Speaking of their mother, in The Empire Strikes Back when Luke says “there was something familiar about this place,” I would posit that he and Leia were born on Dagobah, and became separated soon after. Whilst Obi Wan’s brother Owen Lars was to watch after Luke, Leia was sent to Bail Organa on Alderaan. Luke and Leia’s mother must have survived the birth and came under the protection of Bail, since Leia recalls her mother in Return of the Jedi. Alderaan would have been a better substitute for the cloning technology to have been developed upon.