If you’ve not seen Revenge of the Sith by now, this article will be spoiler filled, so avoid if you need to. However, if you’ve read my other articles, you already know all of the stuff here anyway, so read on.
There is one pretty big inconsistency in the Star Wars films that I don’t know the answer to.
How does Leia remember her mother?
It seems there are many theories about why, in Return of the Jedi, Leia says that her mother was “very beautiful. Kind, but…sad.”
When you look back on the Star Wars prequels, there is one thing that doesn’t stand out as very obvious at first. There weren’t many introduced mysteries that we absolutely had to get the answers to. Instead, most of the mysteries were laid bare for us to see as if we were the ones writing the screenplays. This wasn’t true all the time, of course, but in those cases, the mysteries weren’t character driven enough, or sweeping enough to cover the trilogy.
Mystery Boxes are those mysteries that occur when you’re watching a movie or TV series brings up a bunch of questions that you feel the need to know the answers to. They happen very frequently at the beginning of the original Star Wars film, A New Hope.
A few months ago I had an idea that, while imperfect, could have resulted in a much better response to The Phantom Menace. Would the movie play better if every Neimoidian character was replaced with a human in an Imperial officer uniform? What a way to start planting the seeds of the Empire early, by making them the Trade Federation. Read to see how this change might have effected all three of the prequels. I haven’t thought through all of these ideas, but I feel like even these subtle changes would make for much stronger films, even as they already are.
Let’s start with The Phantom Menace.
It’s been called the biggest twist in motion picture history. It was known by no one on the set when they filmed the scene, except for Mark Hamill, who was told by George Lucas only moments before they filmed. The true fate of the father of Luke Skywalker.
This is something that I think could be retained if the prequels were ever rebooted. As one person recently said at Comic-Con, how could anyone take that twist away from future audiences? With the creation of Episodes I-III, it was very clear that the secret wouldn’t be able to be maintained. Especially with the obvious nature of the direction of the story.
My thoughts on possible solutions?
The scoundrel. The smuggler. The over-confident anti-hero. Han Solo and Lando Calrissian are two characters from the original trilogy that helped to make the Star Wars universe what it is today. They were the characters that we could relate to most, as they were on the outside of the force. They were out bridge into that world. These characters were the cowboys that would ride from town to town, and either wind up running things, like Lando, or they’d be a mercenary for hire, like Han. And they could not be found in the prequel trilogy.
This is a character that could have brought a bit more heart to the story, with a big personality and a no-nonsense attitude. It would have been our look at what the Clone Wars were doing to the rest of the universe from the perspective of an outsider that is now somehow getting involved in the war.
Instead, we got a group that would be the equivalent of Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Princess Leia in the lead roles, without Han Solo or Chewbacca. It really showed.
For this entry, I’ve been inspired to talk about Star Wars fandom, and what that has become since the prequels. I became a fan of Star Wars while in junior high, this was in the mid-1990s, a few years before the Special Editions would come out in theaters. Episode I: The Phantom Menace was released in the spring of my senior year, just prior to my high school graduation. Until that time, the only fan related Star Wars hate revolved around the Ewoks, whom I had no trouble with and still don’t.