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Star Wars- The Alternate Prequel Trilogy: Episode Three
Finally A Jedi
Married And Pregnant
Tightening His Grip
The Duel To End All Duels
Anakin Vs. Obi Wan As Presented By George Lucas
The Jedi Temple
A New Father
Anakin And Vader- Two Separate Characters?
In George Lucas' version, Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader are the same character. Anakin falls to the Dark Side and assumes the identity of Darth Vader, as he fully embraces the Dark Side of the Force. But the problem I had this was when watching the prequel trilogy, you see this all happen, and you even see Anakin being fitted with the famous suit. Therefore this makes the famous 'I am your father' scene in 'The Empire Strikes Back' redundant, because the audience already know who he is.
By inventing a separate character called Darth Vader, it means that when the charred human form is rescued from the pit and fitted with the suit, the audience assumes that it was Vader who survived and it was Anakin who died. But in the 'Empire Strikes Back' we learn that it was actually Anakin who survived and therefore must have simply assumed Vader's identity, forsaking his own, thus preserving one of the greatest cinematic twists of all time.
Where Did Yoda Go?
A Familiar Duo
Threepio And Artoo: What Happened Next?
Both Threepio and Artoo served the Organa's for many years before being passed on to Bail's trusted friend Captain Antilles, who, upon receiving them, requested that their minds be erased. Explaining why neither droid has any memories prior to their time with Captain Antilles.
A New Dawn
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Episode Three: The Rise Of Darth Vader
The war between the Republican factions loyal to Palpatine and the Separatists still goes on. However, it seems that the Separatists are desperate to end the bloodshed and are seeking to negotiate a treaty with Palpatine to re-enter the Republican fold. However, the unforgiving Chancellor is unwilling to accept any resolution other than unconditional surrender, as he seeks to bring them firmly under his rule.
In the time that has passed since Episode Two, Anakin has been designated a Jedi by the Council, as a reward for killing the Sith Lord Maul. Although it has to be said that the appointment was made rather begrudgingly by Yoda, the sense of displeasure in the Council is not lost on Anakin who has grown ever more resentful of the Jedi hierarchy. His main priority in his life is Padme, now his wife, who is heavily pregnant with their son. They are very much in love and both equally excited at the prospect of welcoming a new child into the world, a child that they can teach, care for and love unconditionally. Currently they are hiding at the Jedi Temple on Yavin; despite the Jedi’s general suspicion of Anakin, they did offer him and Padme sanctuary in gratitude for Anakin revealing that Palpatine is the Sith Lord, and the mastermind behind everything.
Consequently, the Jedi have allied themselves with the Separatists in an effort to bring Palpatine down, and destroy the Sith once and for all. Padme has become a high ranking leader in the movement; though has her pregnancy has progressed, so her leadership duties have diminished. The decision of the Jedi to side against the Chancellor has resulted in Palpatine demonising the Jedi, along with the Separatists. The Senate are more than uncomfortable at these extraordinary comments, but such is the sense of fear and distrust in the Senate, that none dare to speak against Palpatine. The Chancellor orders that the Jedi must be exterminated, and the man detailed to lead this genocide is his new apprentice, a shrouded Sith Lord called Darth Vader.
The name ‘Darth’ in this story has no association with the Sith whatsoever, it’s just a normal name. There is very good reason why I have separated Vader and Anakin Skywalker from each other as characters, which I will explain later. But first, more on Palpatine’s new right hand man; Darth Vader was once a Jedi apprentice, mentored by none other than Obi Wan Kenobi. However, Vader was seduced by the Dark Side of the Force and now desires nothing more than to kill his former friends. The Council, aware of this new and grave threat order Obi Wan to travel to the volatile, volcanic world of Mustafar to protect a small group of Jedi hiding there from Vader and his troops. There is though, an ulterior motive behind the order; the Council believe that Vader can still be brought back from the darkness, and they think that Obi Wan, his former mentor is the man who can do it.
Anakin though, states adamantly that he doesn't wish to travel with Obi Wan this time. He states that his priority is remaining at his wife’s side. He will not miss the birth of his child for the sake of Obi Wan. Obi Wan almost begs Anakin to come along, reminding him of the many adventures that they’ve shared over the last decade or so. However, Anakin is unrelenting in his stance; he also admits openly that he doesn’t trust the Jedi, who have made it clear to him on many occasions that they do not trust him. He says that he can sense their dislike of him, and knows that they think that there is darkness in him. Any sense of appeal disappears from Obi Wan, as he bluntly insists that Anakin come along. He points out that if he hadn’t been with him at the Battle of Alderaan, then he would be dead. The mention of the battle, stirs Anakin’s memory of his encounter with Lord Maul. He has never told Obi Wan about what happened and resents his former teacher for reminding him of that dark part of his life. Obi Wan pleads with him to come, and eventually Anakin agrees, although very reluctantly.
The two heroes arrive on the volcanic planet, expecting to encounter a group of frightened Jedi, but instead they are met by Palpatine and Vader. Palpatine calmly speaks to Anakin, he senses the young man’s frustration at being here, and asks why he allows himself to be pushed around by others, when he has so much power? Aren’t you tired of being part of an Order that holds you back because they’re afraid of you? He tells him that he should be the one making the rules, if you weren’t in the Order, you could be with your wife, where you should be. Why have you allowed the people that don’t trust you to look after your wife? After a brief pause, he then asks Anakin a very simple question: What do you want?
The question hits Anakin like a sledgehammer; he’s not meant to think about himself, but at the same time he realises that he already has. His reluctance to help Obi Wan and the Jedi, and remain with Padme is exactly the kind of selfish behaviour that the Jedi abhor. He turns and looks at Obi Wan, but no longer sees a friend whom he loved as a brother. Instead he sees a man that has held him back, a man that has denied him the things that he has truly wanted. Palpatine’s poisonous words have worked; Anakin now feels nothing but hatred for his former mentor. Palpatine explains that he can only train one apprentice at a time, and both Vader and Anakin glare at each other with pure hatred. Palpatine proclaims that Anakin can learns all the secrets of the Sith, but he must first kill Darth Vader.
The epic duel, the duel to end all duels begins. Obi Wan tries desperately to talk sense into Anakin, while at the same time blocking slashes and lunges from his two former apprentices. He also tries to talk sense into Vader, but he senses that Vader is too far gone, and thus not worth saving. As the three men duel, Mustafar itself begins to tear itself apart, partly through its unstable nature but also as a result of the ferocious Force power being exerted from the three combatants. Anakin knocks Vader into the lava, and almost falls in himself, but is pulled back by Obi Wan. However, one look into Anakin’s eyes reveals that he is too far gone; he lunges at his former friend, but loses his balance and falls into the lava.
For a moment Obi Wan stares into the lava, utterly crestfallen before noticing Anakin’s lightsaber dangling on a rock close to the edge. He retrieves it, and makes a quick exit, returning to Padme, who has since given birth to twins, a girl and a boy. Obi Wan understands the consequences of this and realises that both Padme and her children are in danger; if Palpatine were ever to find out... He spreads the word that Padme gave birth to a stillborn son, neglecting to mention the girl at all, handing her over to Padme’s close friend Bail Organa. Obi Wan knows that he must do more to keep the boy hidden, and elects to take him to a place that surely he will be able to grow up safe and sound.
Meanwhile, back on Mustafar, a charred human body emerges from the lava and is quickly retrieved by a team of medi-droids acting under Palpatine’s orders. They take the charred human form back to the infirmary and start the painstaking process of constructing a very familiar black suit. One of the droids makes some final adjustments, and the familiar breathing starts, serving as an indication that the figure within lives. Palpatine approaches the massive metallic hulk and asks his identity. The figure replies in a cold voice: ‘I am Darth Vader.’
The story now switches to Tatooine and we are back at the Lars homestead. Owen and Beru emerge from within to greet a man they haven’t seen for a decade. While Beru is pleased to see him, Owen notices Anakin’s absence and remains cold towards Obi Wan. Obi Wan doesn't really have to explain anything to either of them. But he does unveil the baby boy, offering him to Beru, as well as Anakin’s lightsaber. Owen reluctantly agrees that they will look after the baby, but staunchly refuses the lightsaber, declaring that ‘he wants the boy to learn the ways of the farm, not the ways of the Jedi.’ Beru asks if he has a name, Obi Wan simply replies ‘Luke’ before turning and leaving.
Whilst en route back to Yavin, Obi Wan receives word that Padme has been captured by Vader’s forces during a siege on the Jedi Temple. The entire Council, apart from Yoda have been wiped out. The little green Jedi Master’s whereabouts though remain a mystery. Some Jedi still survive, so Obi Wan resolves to save as many as he can, and of course Padme. But his arrival comes too late, he’s greeted by a trail of destruction, not a single Jedi remains alive. Padme meanwhile has been dragged before Palpatine for an intense interrogation. She stubbornly refuses to cooperate, resulting in Palpatine unleashing lightning from his hands. He pauses momentarily, asking whether she is willing to comply, but the silence says it all. He continues to torture her while Vader stands by, doing nothing, barely moving a muscle. Palpatine asks one more time, but still she remains defiant. Eventually, she can take no more, and the life is literally sucked out of her.
Obi Wan arrives just in time to witness Padme’s death and in a last minute attempt to save her sets off an alarm. The troops begin a search, and Obi Wan soon finds himself cornered in a hiding spot. He can sense Vader’s presence and vice versa. All the Dark Lord has to do is drag him out and cut him down, but strangely he leads the troops away, stating that Obi Wan must have escaped. After a few tense moments of waiting, Obi Wan escapes, baffled as to why he is still alive, and why Vader spared him.
The story now switches to Alderaan, where a very familiar blue and white Astro droid arrives at the Royal Palace, home of the Organa family. An equally familiar protocol droid receives the droid and invites him in. Artoo explains via Threepio to the family that he bears a message from Padme Skywalker to Bail Organa and his newly adopted daughter Leia. The room falls silent, as a hologramtic image of Padme appears. She looks sad, almost as if she knows that she is going to die. She tells Bail that she fears that she may not live to get off the planet, she asks him to take care of Leia and raise her as one of his own. She also explains that Artoo is a gift from her to him, as gratitude for taking in her daughter. Threepio suddenly becomes annoyed and protests before being shushed by the family. Padme then speaks directly to Leia, telling her that she will always love her, and regrets not being able to watch her grow into a beautiful woman. Despite being a tiny baby, Leia instinctively reaches out towards the image, and starts crying, just as Padme whispers a tearful goodbye. In the background of the image, the sound of troopers trying to break the door down can be heard clearly. With that the message ends, and Leia starts wailing uncontrollably; she will forever retain a memory of her mother looking sad, and will one day relay those memories to her brother.
Speaking of her brother, Obi Wan returns to Tatooine with the intention of watching over and protecting young Luke. However, his requests are refused by Owen, who doesn't wish Luke to follow the same path as his father. He accuses him of filling his head full of idealistic and religious nonsense, and of effectively leading Anakin to his doom. ‘You will not do the same to Luke,’ he states angrily. Obi Wan understands Owen’s bitterness and agrees to keep watch from a distance, but reminds him that there will come a time when the boy must make his own decisions.
The war ends, with victory for Palpatine. The Separatist movement collapses, with its members agreeing to return to the jurisdiction of the Republic. Palpatine declares that recent events have shown that a Republic is no longer workable as an entity and disbands the old constitution, installing himself as the first Emperor of the new Galactic Empire. The Separatists though, haven’t completely disappeared, despite the fact that they are now a part of the Empire. They meet in secret, to discuss how to continue the fight against Palpatine. Chief among their members is a certain Bail Organa, who suggests that they rebrand themselves; after a little discussion, they all agree that from henceforth, they will be known as the Rebel Alliance. Thus a whole new war begins...