Before I start I just want to get something out of the way. I'm very well aware that we are getting at least two more Star Wars prequels with the Han Solo film and the eventual Boba Fett film. However, there's so much more fans might want to see. Don't get me wrong, I love Han Solo and I am anticipating his solo prequel. The idea of the Boba Fett film, on the other hand, hasn't fully been developed yet, making me curious about what they plan to do with it. That's not what here to talk about today though! Today, we are going to talk about the Star Wars prequel that I would like to see. I'm sure someone has mentioned this idea before and I'm positive that the internet will have their own feelings on this too.
Before we begin I just want to clarify: these are my thoughts and my thoughts alone. I had no outside influences or contributors on this piece at all.
Along Time Ago, In A Boy's Mind From New Jersey
Let's crack this cookie right open. The prequel I would like to see would take place in between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. The remaining Jedi have gone into hiding as the Empire comes to power across the galaxy. Yoda still goes to Degobah and Obi-Wan retreats to Tatooine; or does he? Well we can't change the events of Revenge of the Sith, so yes he inevitably goes into hiding on Tatoonie. However, while there he finds another young boy about the age that Anakin was in Attack of the Clones. Through subtle hints and an eventual blatantly obvious stunt, Obi-Wan realizes that his job isn't finished.
Just as Obi-Wan begins to train his apprentice, Darth Vader also begins his hunt for the remaining Jedi. Starting with cameo appearances made by other Jedi, Vader systematically hunts them down and murders them. However, he takes this as a more personal mission. In Revenge of the Sith, Darth Vader does state that from his point of view the Jedi are evil, so to him this would be his way of ridding the galaxy of evil.
Finding A Balance Between Good And Evil
Before we get too far into my manic poorly constructed plot details, this film should give each side a moral compass. I know that this would be kind of hard since we know Vader to be the embodiment of evil. But, the film would need to try and press the matter that to Vader this will be his life's work and that it means something to him. Before Rogue One, Vader started to slip into that category of being bad for the sake of being bad. That's why this film would need to flesh Vader out a little more as far as what he sees destroying the Jedi will do. Could it be that he would eventually find peace regarding the death of Padme? Perhaps he still searches for the teachings of Darth Plagueis? Find something that is going to make us have sympathy for Vader, not something that just involves him being already evil and that's how evil is.
Obi-Wan's moral struggle should be fairly simple to tackle. The main focus of his character should be the absence of hope. I know Rogue One tackled this theme, but it can certainly apply to another piece of media between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. However, Obi-Wan's struggle should be behind if he is willing to lose another apprentice. Can he live with himself if he fails again? Could he go on if his new apprentice turns to the dark side or worse, dies because of his actions. Anyway, the film would have to spend time enough on this to get the point across nicely, find a moment where hope is lost but he finds it in his young apprentice's actions. That shouldn't be the only purpose of the apprentice, but it should make for an interesting dynamic between the two.
Fleshing Out The Characters We All Know And Love
Without over complicating things, their characters would have to be reintroduced to some degree. Obviously I'm not saying to change who they are or who we know them to be, but there are somethings we need to really get invested.
This doesn't have to be super complicated, the ground work is already there for Lucas Film and Disney to reintroduce Obi-Wan just the way we want him. His introduction should go as follows.
First, we shouldn't see Obi-Wan until the pivotal moment in the film needs him. This intro lets us know that Obi-Wan is still there when you need him and that he is reliable as ever. Second, obviously introduce him right before there is about to be on screen combat. Obi-Wan in this movie should be more of a vigilante that only resorts to violence when absolutely needed. When we first see him, he should be shrouded in shadow and trying to use his diplomatic tendencies to deescalate the situation. However, the situation inevitably goes south and we see Obi-Wan completely destroy his enemies in good ol' fashion prequel Jedi action. This lets us know that Obi-Wan still has diplomatic intentions but can still hold his own in combat. The general feeling I should get from his intro is Obi-Wan is still the level headed badass Jedi we got in the prequel trilogy.
We should also see Obi-Wan struggle with his faith in the Force. I'm not saying he gives up on it completely, but we need to see some bitterness towards it. This story should also test is faith along with coming close to renouncing his Jedi ways altogether.
Like I said before this is a no brainer. Let's get something straight, Darth Vader needs no introduction. Just him walking across the screen in the background would be enough to send fans to the moon. But, we need him as more then our villain, eye candy or fan service. We need Vader completely lost to the ways of the dark side. Darth Vader should be seen doing only a few things in this movie.
To begin, Darth Vader needs to be seen doing some kind of worship. Although learning from his master should be his first line of interest, a different line of study should be seen. Vader should be studying the ways of Darth Plagueis. Any kind of written works or a trip to an ancient Sith temple would be in order. This would give Vader a new edge. His strive for knowledge of the power of the dark side should be evident. Vader should be seeking would Palpatine told him was possible, to reverse death. But that should only be the side plot and should play into his overall character and end on a personal note. His search for more power should be kept in the dark from other characters and should end with him finding peace in the form of sickly twisting an idea like to conquer death is to live for a lost one or something sentimental that doesn't make him completely un-evil, but enough to sympathize with him.
Next, Vader has to be given some onscreen slaughtering of other Jedi. I'm not saying that he needs to be beheading people on screen, but the implication needs to be there. Although I'm not entirely sure if his royal guards are there to protect him or to keep an eye on him, they should be the only two from the empire that are present during these sequences. Like I said before, this needs to be a personal mission for Vader. An entire squad of storm troopers would be a poor allocation of Empire resources during their rise to power and politics would just get in the way. This should make Vader double down on his intentions and only push his personal feelings for this mission further. Vader needs a "then I'll do it myself" mentality.
Lastly, Darth Vader needs to be allowed to let loose with his lightsaber. As much as I love Darth Vader, we never really get to see him 100% let loose on another Jedi. I know he had three duels in the original trilogy, but we would need to see Vader have the same Jedi action the prequels delivered. That includes Force jumps, flips etc. Anything that Anakin could do in the prequels should be on display here.
A Zero-Sum Game Ending
I can't go into fine plot details here, maybe one day I'll post a fully developed idea down. However, to avoid being a fan fiction writer I'm just going to stick to generalizations.
In the end, both characters need to win and lose. This should without a doubt be a zero sum game. Both characters need to have personal victories in a more philosophical sense. Obi-Wan should find hope and a newly restored faith in the Force, while Vader should find peace and solace with whatever he is struggling with. Regardless of what spiritual journey that Obi-Wan goes on, his new apprentice needs to die. There can be no other way for the film to end then both characters finding solace through the death of a loved one. Of course, this is after the climatic last duel.
The film should have a number of duels throughout, with each one getting more and more dazzling. But the real show should be saved for one last duel between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader. Obviously, a slow burn would be required with the two only ever meeting a few times before hand. But when it's time to start, it should be fast and brutal. Almost mirroring their last epic duel on Mustafar, but with more ferocity. Obi-Wan and Vader should be saying things they've been wanting to say for years. It would be like running into an ex drunk at a bar and just letting it all out. I don't know exactly what, but it should further their characters as well as the plot.
Ending the duel is the hard part. Which side would win? Obviously, both would need to live to fight another day; but can both be winners? This is a simple fix, have some kind of impassable geographical accident happen where they physically can not reach each other anymore or have them bother tired themselves out after a climatic battle. I understand that they would have to really go at it to completely tire themselves out, but that's what I would want. I want every single swipe of their lightsabers to potentially be their last. To sum it all up, they both need to win on their personal journeys', but they can't exactly kill one or the other off.
It's Time To Bring Obi-Wan Back
Obi-Wan and Darth Vader are my two favorite characters. It just seems so unfair that the two of them have never met when Obi-Wan was young and technology allowed them to really have at it. On top of that, I think we need to bring Obi-Wan back into the Star Wars universe. Darth Vader has always had his share of the limelight, but we forget he wouldn't be who he is without Obi-Wan, even if he renounced his Jedi faith.
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