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Fixing The Prequels: 'Star Wars' Fans Tighten Up The Divisive Trilogy

List RulesVote up the headcanons that fix the 'Star Wars' prequels.

Love 'em or hate 'em the Star Wars prequel trilogy is here to stay. That doesn't mean long-time fans of the franchise can't speculate "what if..." certain creative choices were just a touch different back when they were first being developed back in the mid-'90s. From simply wanting George Lucas to show more and tell less of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker's relationship, to some pretty sweeping changes to the character arcs of Jar Jar Binks and Count Dooku, a fandom's speculative headcanon is nothing to be trifled with.

This is a collection of speculative personal headcanons and "what if's" from some of the biggest Star Wars fans around. Take a gander and vote up the headcanons that fix the prequels!

  • 5

    Give Jar Jar Binks Some Depth

    Photo: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace / 20th Century Fox

    If you've been on the Internet, chances are you've come across the Darth Jar Jar fan theory from Reddit back in the mid-2010s. While certainly plausible if you follow George Lucas's philosophy of "rhyming" his trilogies, there were much simpler ways to give Jar Jar Binks some semblance of characterization that wouldn't have completely changed the course of the films.

    From Redditor u/Digitlnoize:

    Anakin ("Annie") first meets Jar Jar in Episode I as a very young boy. Jar Jar calls him Annie. Even in Episode II, he calls him Annie...in the same scene where he and Padme share their uncomfortable "my...you've grown" bit.

    ...I was convinced his character existed for a reason besides selling toys. I told my friends, "You'll see. Jar Jar is meant to serve as the audience's emotional link to the little boy Anakin. So when he becomes Vader, we'll still have good old Jar Jar calling him 'Annie.'"

    When Episode II came out and opened with Jar Jar saying, "Annie!" I though my suspicions were confirmed. He's still calling him Annie. Emotional link confirmed. I thought, "wouldn't it be great if Anakin kills Jar Jar when he turns to the dark side?" I was absolutely convinced this was going to happen.

    Then, it didn't. Episode III came and went without an Anakin wasting Jar Jar scene.

    All we needed was a quick scene after Anakin turns, but before he kills all the Younglings, showing Anakin running into Jar Jar (who calls him "Annie" of course, despite the fact that Annie has that "I will cut you" look on his face). Perhaps Jar Jar tries to find out what's wrong, perhaps he's just annoying. Either way, "Annie" gets p*ssed and kills him.

    Regardless. This one scene would have made his entire character have a point. A true plot-driven point. Jar Jar should have served as our emotional link to the little boy from Episode I. Instead, he's a just a sad joke.

    TL;DR: Jar Jar should have been the audience's emotional link to young Anakin. Vader should have killed Jar Jar late in Episode III to illustrate just how far he'd fallen.

    From Redditor u/Intelagents:

    Get rid of the accent [or broken dialect] so the audience can take him seriously.

    Great idea?
  • 6

    Ditch Naboo, Show Us Alderaan

    Photo: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith / 20th Century Fox

    From Redditor u/sigmaecho:

    Padme is a beautiful young Alderaanean princess.

    Alderaan is a peace-loving, thriving core world, and an easy target for the Sith... as in The Phantom Menace, Obi-Wan defeats Maul, seemingly killing him. Alderaan replaces Naboo as a major location, with much of the action taking place there, giving [much needed] weight to the planet's eventual destruction in the original trilogy.

    A similar thought was brought up on Quora by user William Frantz:

    Introduce Padme Amadila as a princess, not a queen. She is at the Senate representing the royal family of Alderaan (forget Naboo) when regional Governor Nute Gunray establishes the blockade. Padme must return home to Alderaan but she can't do it alone. The Senate is useless so she desperately turns to the crusty old Jedi order that used to keep the peace in The Old Republic.

    Great idea?
  • 7

    Actually Give A Reason For The Trade Federation's Blockade

    Photo: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace / 20th Century Fox

    From Quora user Gene Su:

    Why did the Trade Federation blockade Naboo? 

    The Trade Federation would have attempted to blockade Naboo not over trade routes or tariffs, but over a rare natural resource that Naboo has. It could be used in building something important such as hyper-drives. Nations don’t go to war over trade routes. They go to war over land and resources such as oil (think of America’s meddling in the Middle East). We can even have the Trade Federation attempt to install a rival government or royal family to fight against Padme Amidala. It’s a habit of more powerful nations to install puppet governments in less powerful nations.

    Great idea?
  • 8

    Anakin Needed To Be Older In 'The Phantom Menace'

    Photo: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace / 20th Century Fox

    From Redditor u/The4thSniper:

    I had always lamented the fact that Anakin in Episode I wasn't 19 years old (mirroring Luke, and later Rey) which I think would have solved a lot of the execution-related issues with his portrayal in the movie.

    It would have worked out some minor timeline weirdness (it's not lore breaking for Anakin to have had kids and become Darth Vader at like, 23, but it is weird) and really would have made him stand out as the black sheep and an unprecedented case among the Jedi if he was literally an adult when he joined. 

    Apparently Lucas was pretty adamant on a major theme of Anakin's story in the prequels being the death or corruption of innocence so we got adorable little kid Annie instead.

    Great idea?