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.