Star Wars: A Series Of What Ifs….

I’m kind of hard on George Lucas and Episodes I, II, and III. I have no problem saying so in this weeks podcast and in podcasts past. Many of our listeners and readers often agree with me and just as many disagree as well. There’s been a overwhelming amount of discussion and speculation on how George could’ve improved the first three episodes. Some of it good, some of it not much better than what became the end result. However, in my travels through all of the theoretical fixes that abound, only one  person explains the much needed changes so well, and that’s Micheal from Belated Media.

"Could it really be made much better Master?" "Anakin, I daresay it could have been."

“Could it really be made much better Master?”
“Anakin, I daresay it could have been.”

Here’s his Episode I fix, which I thought was pretty cool:

Here’s his Episode II fix which, in my humble opinion (not being a multi-billion dollar movie producer/director), makes so much more sense than what we paid to see at the box office:

As far as I know, he’s working on his “fixes” for Episode III and you can watch for its release right here. What are your thoughts?


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8 Responses to “Star Wars: A Series Of What Ifs….”

  1. Actually have a clue says:

    People who dont understand I-III is not really fans in my opinion as they dont understand why he made them that way, but hey opinions.

    • Deirdre says:

      I’m just a fan of good writing and I-III are not examples of that. But hey,opinions. ;)

      • 3nihs says:

        Thats the style.

        Look at the originals. They are serious, and very cliche in a sense. Yet the genre itself was very original.

        Appeals to a certain style. I am not for one style of perfect, but a range of styles in art forms to appeal to ones senses.

        The writing delivers the story. Could there have been more exploit, manipulation, and more fitting of the themes. Possibly, yet in episode 3, you get to see how easy it was to manipulate Anakin.

        I think it delivers well. If there is too much of anything then it overshadows other elements.

        I beleive SW is more about the bigger picture, and back ground rather than personal show of a characters predisposition and how to ‘out-do’ the character for the next scene to further show those predispositions.

        E.g. Darth maul. He is simply a tool for evil. There is nothing more than that. Yet his character has an appeal with his abilities rather than his back story. But, without better writing, the situation is well delivered and we see his motivations in the simplicity of it, no need for explanation. Or it wont be a movie, but rather a collective biography turned into a movie.

        I think the only valid argument is Jar Jar binks, but thats classic writing of comic relief but has redeeming qualities on the battle field.

        However, swtor, on the other hand… is an MMO. It has all a lot potential to cover a variety of themes, and to give a lot of context. Yet, imo, their story was more about the big picture rather the societies, and going deep into the psycology, different teachings, and combat of the sith, or the jedi. For example, a certain area that is new, it must have sort of back story, culture, tradition, and religion. It seems that to introduce all this quests must be written to explain this in a cliche way. Since MMOs or swtor specifically cant have NPCs show movement without lagging an area.

        Image a game like the witcher 2 but an MMO, or similarly GTA 5 as an MMO with NPC movement. Their actions give a back story to the area. That is why NPC movement is important to give a large context that movies or games in general avoid unless they write lore about it… which is not bad, but not great when trying to explore in a static world it seems.

  2. Quips of TORWarz says:

    I’ve always enjoyed this Episode I video, thanks for pointing out that he released a vid for Episode II, I hadn’t seen it yet.

    I think my favorite “fix” for the prequels as a whole, is Machete Order:
    http://www.nomachetejuggling.com/2011/11/11/the-star-wars-saga-suggested-viewing-order/

  3. Sandird says:

    I’ve love all six episodes, all of these films were rich with story and detail, lots of people follow some lunatic reviews and make judgment…

  4. Kal Spiro says:

    Oh my god, that would have been amazing. It ties everything together while also making significant connections to what would be the later episodes. Episode I ends with everyone being happy at a job well done like Episode IV while Episode II ends on a down beat cause everything is going wrong and Skywalker lost his hand like Episode V. Everything about it just really falls together significantly better while simultaneously bringing us towards Episode IV in a meaningful way.

  5. B'Mal Suj says:

    I used to HATE the prequels… I refused to re-watch them for the longest time…

    Then someone bought me the complete blu-ray set for x-mas… and one night… having run out of podcast i decided to start listening to the prequel commentary…

    As I listened to George talk about the story he was trying to tell, a lot of things clicked for me… and suddenly I liked them… still a far cry from how good the original 3 were… but I like the prequels now…

    In many ways Mike’s movies would have been better… but… it wouldn’t have been George’s story.

    And in George’s defense… Mike’s version leave a lot of details up to the imagination of the watcher, which works ONLY to mike’s advantage…

  6. Korviz says:

    The prequels get so much hate from the internet community at large, but the story that is being told is really vital to the overall saga.

    That being said there is much that is left unsaid or was just placed on the cutting room floor. Which really can affect how these movies are understood.

    Take Episode III for example: Go read Matthew Stover’s novelization, it’s absolute gold. His version (and one would assume the original version) of Palpatine’s attempted arrest by the Jedi is just brilliant. It works in novel form and evokes so much more emotion then the movie can because of how pacing needs to be in a theatrical presentation. Everything makes so much more sense once you read Stover’s novelization and I find it makes the movie so much better. I actually believe this was coined as “the Stover effect” as those who read the novelization before seeing the theatrical movie for the very first time took so much more away from the story.

    Likewise, I wasn’t a fan of Episode I, but afer listening to the audio version of Darth Plagueis (the BEST Star Wars novel in the past 10 years in my opinion), the prequel trilogy becomes much better because there is a lot more understanding with what was going on. Midichlorians, Anakin’s virgin birth, the mysterious Sifo Dias, even our beloved taxation of trade routes from Episode I’s credit crawl all click together and the story is so much clearer.

    I think the movies are good. Not great, not horrible, but good. They have their flaws, but overal, the story that is told is key to the saga.

    If the movies suffer one thing, its that George just can’t properly convey ideas in his head onto paper as percieved by someone that dosen’t have the foreknowledge that he does.

    Hence, why novels like Episode III, and Darth Plagueis help make these movies better.

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