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

Updated February 11, 2021 11.1k votes 1.5k voters 81.9k views17 items

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!

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    Dooku Should Have Been Around From The Beginning

    Photo: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones / 20th Century Fox

    From Quora user Zachery Chapman:

    Put Dooku on the Jedi council in Episode I, and make him the lone voice on the council in support of training Anakin. When Qui-Gon dies, Dooku storms out raving about the incompetence of the Council and of the Republic as a whole for electing a chancellor that only he has the political acumen to sense is corrupt. One of the last scenes in the movie shows Dooku being approached by a hooded figure…

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    Actually Show The Depth Of Obi-Wan And Anakin's Relationship

    Photo: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones / 20th Century Fox

    From Quora user Michael Wellen:

    Add more scenes with Anakin and Obi-Wan in them, together, just hanging out. First, this would establish Anakin and Obi-Wan’s strong friendship. Second, it would give a way to show us Anakin’s conflict through a deteriorating friendship, rather than telling us directly through dialogue.

    This sentiment is carried over on Reddit as well, with Redditor u/lupatine offering this perspective:

    [Anakin and Obi-Wan] aren't friends, it is a dysfonctionnal sibilings relationship where the older brother had to take the place of the father when he didn't want to. And it [messed] up their relationship.

    Anakin needed a stronger parental figure but Obi-Wan stepped out of this role the moment he could to go back to being buddies. [Anakin] needed what he became to Ahsoka, I think it isn't a mistake he choose to "parent" her like he does.

    And Obi-Wan was too young and [inexperienced] to take on a padawan, let alone the Chosen One.

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    Give Padmé More Agency Over Her Romantic Interests

    Photo: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones / 20th Century Fox

    From Quora user Michael Wellen:

    Have Padme pursue Anakin. When older Anakin is first established, he doesn’t seem like a good man or a good Jedi. Instead he comes across as a creepy, possessive punk. It’s frankly rather difficult to see why a woman like Padme would be interested in him. If Padme is the pursuer, however, it does several things.

    First, it establishes Padme as a character with agency.

    Second, it would make us like Anakin more, since Padme’s love for him would act as social proof for the audience.

    Third, Anakin’s resistance to this pursuit would establish his commitment to the Jedi order, and his surrender to love would show that he is corruptible. Most usefully, this change would play into some of the oldest tropes in world history, including Adam and Eve, Samson and Delilah, Lancelot and Guenivere.

    Going against tropes is sometimes good, but tropes are around for a simple reason: they work.

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    Rework The Entire Count Dooku And Jango Subplot

    Photo: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones / 20th Century Fox

    From Quora user Jason Reynolds:

    Don’t make Jango an obvious bad guy.

    Give the audience credit for being able to grasp subtlety. By making him a villain who they find out works for Count Dooku makes the Jedi look like idiots for EVER trusting the Clone Army.

    I’m sorry but if [Mace Windu] has to cut [someone's] head off I am not going to be trusting an army of the [same person's] clones. We should have some reason to question if the Clone Army is actually a good thing but it doesn’t need to be so hamfisted. It should be obvious the Jedi made a mistake to trust the Clones in Episode III but not from the very beginning.

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