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Star Wars- The Alternate Prequel Trilogy: Episode One

Updated on November 11, 2012

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One of the most instantly recognisable logos you'll see anywhere.
One of the most instantly recognisable logos you'll see anywhere. | Source

The Best Review Of The Phantom Menace You'll See Anywhere

Introduction

Prior to 1999, I had never had a bad word to say about the Star Wars franchise. But all that changed, when I went to see Episode I: The Phantom Menace. I remember entering the cinema expecting to see another classic piece of space opera, but left it scratching my head, wondering what on earth I’d just seen. Had I been watching Star Wars or some cheesy film aimed at little kids? Three years later, I went to see the second film with lower expectations, but still confident that George Lucas was capable of getting Star Wars back on track. How wrong I was, once more I sat through two hours of video game action that lacked any sort of story or any decent dialogue for that matter. I remember the two things that really irked me in that film was the revelation that Boba Fett, a cool and mysterious bounty hunter from the original films was nothing more than a clone created by some long necked aliens on a water world. The other, was watching Yoda jump around with a lightsaber. I’d always assumed that a Jedi of Yoda’s power was above common fighting and instead just used the force. By 2005, my enthusiasm for Star Wars was at an all time low, and yet I still went to see the third film, probably because the critics were saying that this was the best of the lot. I must admit on first impression, it looked a good film, and I remember leaving the cinema thinking ’now that’s a Star Wars film!’

However, as time has progressed my opinion of the third film has declined rapidly. I watched the film again with a dispassionate attitude, and through that all of the faults that had marred the other two films surfaced in this one. The bad dialogue, the bad acting, the overuse of CGI and elements of the story that made no sense whatsoever. It would be easy for me to waste my time venting my frustrations, but I came up with a much better idea, why not get creative and try to re-imagine a prequel trilogy that may have looked good, had it been developed into a film. So here it is:

A Mandalorian Warrior

The famous bounty hunter Boba Fett actually wears the battle dress of a Mandalorian warrior.
The famous bounty hunter Boba Fett actually wears the battle dress of a Mandalorian warrior. | Source

A Planet Under Siege

This is Theed, the capital city of Naboo, which was devastated by the Mandalorians at the start of this story.
This is Theed, the capital city of Naboo, which was devastated by the Mandalorians at the start of this story. | Source

The Jedi Temple

This is the ancient Jedi Temple located on the jungle planet of Yavin.
This is the ancient Jedi Temple located on the jungle planet of Yavin. | Source

The Two Main Heroes

In this version of the prequel trilogy. This is how Obi Wan Kenobi (left) and Anakin Skywalker (right) look at the start of this story. Anakin is around 20, while Obi Wan is maybe 30.
In this version of the prequel trilogy. This is how Obi Wan Kenobi (left) and Anakin Skywalker (right) look at the start of this story. Anakin is around 20, while Obi Wan is maybe 30. | Source

Home Sweet Home

The famous homestead of Owen and Beru Lars, where of course Luke grew up. In this version, Anakin lodges here in between smuggling jobs.
The famous homestead of Owen and Beru Lars, where of course Luke grew up. In this version, Anakin lodges here in between smuggling jobs. | Source

Mos Eisley- A Wretched Hive Of Scum And Villainy

The City Planet

The planet of Coruscant, is the capital of the Republic. Virtually the entire planet's surface is covered in a city.
The planet of Coruscant, is the capital of the Republic. Virtually the entire planet's surface is covered in a city. | Source

The Battle For Mandalore

Mandalorian warriors trying desperately to defend their primary cloning facility from the Republic.
Mandalorian warriors trying desperately to defend their primary cloning facility from the Republic. | Source

Lord Maul

In this version of the prequels, the name 'Darth' is not synonymous with the Sith. Therefore the character portrayed here is known as Lord Maul.
In this version of the prequels, the name 'Darth' is not synonymous with the Sith. Therefore the character portrayed here is known as Lord Maul. | Source

Obi Wan And Lord Maul Do Battle

The Greatest Jedi Of Them All

In this version, Yoda definitely does not use a lightsaber. More importantly though, he is the one that first spots the anger and hatred dwelling within Anakin.
In this version, Yoda definitely does not use a lightsaber. More importantly though, he is the one that first spots the anger and hatred dwelling within Anakin. | Source

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Episode One: The Beginning

Our story opens with a huge fleet of space warships gliding slowly towards an Earth like planet called Naboo. They proceed to enter the planet’s atmosphere and carry out devastating bombing raids against the largely undefended cities. Troop carrying ships appear, which deposit thousands of armoured warriors who descend to the surface by sliding down wires ejected from the undercarriage. The warriors look vaguely familiar, they wear similar armour and helmets to the bounty hunter Boba Fett; the helmets even possess the characteristic T-shaped visor. The warriors and the warships devastate the planet’s cities extraordinarily quickly, before rapidly withdrawing back into space.

Meanwhile, on the jungle planet of Yavin, a Jedi Knight called Obi Wan Kenobi is called before the Jedi Council, who dwell inside an ancient temple. They inform him of the disturbing events on Naboo and other similar worlds located on the Outer Rim and dispatch him to try and uncover the mystery.

Obi Wan’s investigations reveal something truly astounding. The mysterious warriors are in actual fact Mandalorians, a fierce warrior race thought to be long extinct, after being supposedly destroyed by the Republic. But apparently not, some must have escaped into exile and built the army up over time.
However, Obi Wan’s findings reveal something even more disturbing than previously imagined. The Republic’s perception of the Mandalorians was that, despite being fierce and violent, they were primitive in terms of hi-tech technology. But through Obi Wan’s findings, that perception was discredited because somehow, they have managed to obtain the technology to create fully functioning clones, which has allowed them to build a large army in a very short space of time. The Mandalorians being warmongers by nature, felt it only natural to seek revenge against the people who very nearly destroyed them, the Republic.

Obi Wan travels to the Mandalorian home-world, Mandalore and to his utter dismay discovers a large town sized factory, which surely must be their cloning facility. However, subterfuge isn’t one of Obi Wan’s strengths and he is compromised, falling under attack from Mandalorian ships. He escapes, barely and manages to limp to the nearest inhabited planet, a desert world called Tatooine.

He lands in the spaceport of Mos Eisley and seeks out anyone who might be able to repair his ship. But even the most confident mechanics he speaks to declare that it’ll be several weeks before his ship will be space worthy. Frustrated, Obi Wan has no choice but to seek out a pilot. He enters a dark and dingy bar, where, unsurprisingly for a man who had spent his entire life on Yavin stuck out like a sore thumb. Within no time at all, he begins to attract the wrong kind of crowd. Fortunately for him, he’s rescued by a young moisture farmer called Owen Lars, who quickly whisks him away. Obi Wan explains the dire situation he’s in to Owen who reassures him that he knows a pilot, who, in actual fact is lodging with him.

Back at the familiar Lars homestead, Owen introduces Obi Wan to a young pilot called Anakin Skywalker who has his own ship and is a freelance trader. Anakin and Obi Wan go inside to discuss business, while Owen helps his wife Beru with some chores. When Anakin hears where Obi Wan wishes to travel to, he refuses bluntly. Coruscant is far too dangerous for a freelance pilot, but Obi Wan wins him over by offering a substantial amount of cash. Anakin, agrees on the condition that they make a slight detour so that he can make a delivery.

Some time later Anakin and Obi Wan approach a backwater Outer Rim planet called Utapau. But instead of taking the standard route, he takes a rather out of the way approach, while at the same activating a cloaking device, which he explains to Obi Wan helps him to evade the security force. Obi Wan becomes suspicious and asks why such a move was necessary, leading to Anakin revealing that some of the cargo is contraband. All of a sudden appalled, Obi Wan elects to lecture Anakin on the wickedness of his ways, and declares that he will not travel with a common smuggler; he intends to find alternative transport once they land.

While Anakin makes the delivery, Obi Wan attempts to seek out alternative transport, but the pilots view him, his offer of money and his destination with justified suspicion. Word soon spreads among the pilots, and they all give him a wide berth. It soon dawns on him, that Utapau is a smugglers moon, and so, sheepishly he returns to Anakin. But Anakin is no longer interested in transporting a man who believes that he is somehow better than himself and refuses Obi Wan’s apology.

However, the matter is taken out of Anakin’s hand, when a Mandalorian battle fleet arrives, bringing a reign of fire down on the planet. Anakin whisks Obi Wan back on to his ship and makes a quick exit.
During the course of the escape, Obi Wan assists with the piloting duties. Somehow they escape relatively unscathed. Obi Wan cannot help but admire Anakin’s piloting skills, he’s easily the best pilot he’s ever encountered. However, Obi Wan quickly suspects that Anakin’s exceptional skills lie far beyond the realms of a normal man. He believes that Anakin is strong in the Force and perhaps has the potential to achieve greater things. Anakin, meanwhile having witnessed the destructive power of the Mandalorians first hand, agrees that the Senate on Coruscant needs to be informed, and plots a course for the capital of the Republic.

The story now switches to Coruscant, a huge planet completely covered in a global city, and to the massive Senate building, where inside the forum, a rather unknown Senator called Palpatine takes the floor and begins a passionate argument that the Republic, which is basically a loose federation of allied planets (basically a Star Wars version of the EU) cannot survive the onslaught of the Mandalorians in its present state. He states no planet can stand up to the Mandalorians alone. He proposes that the Republic form a temporary, voluntary unified army, the Republic Army to try and take the battle to the invaders. He insists that this must be done, or, one by one planets will fall into enemy hands.

Obi Wan and Anakin arrive on Coruscant, and the Jedi immediately asks to be granted an audience with the Senate. As a Jedi, his request is automatically granted. It’s only now that both Obi Wan and Anakin begin to realise just how far out of their comfort zone they are. For both men, it’s their first experience of huge crowds and massive buildings, and the pair begin to form a bond, as they attempt to adapt to their new surroundings. Obi Wan relays his findings to the Senate, placing emphasis on the fact that the Mandalorian forces are increasing in number all of the time. All of a sudden, with that revelation, the bickering Senators suddenly come to an agreement that forming a unified Republican army is the best course of action, and in no time at all, dozens of planets both great and small offer their services. The Senate request that Obi Wan be appointed general, so that he can lead an offensive against the main cloning facility on Mandalore. They believe that as a Jedi, he reserves no bias or favouritism towards a particular planet, plus all planets trust the wisdom and judgement of a Jedi. Obi Wan agrees to the task on the condition that Anakin be allowed to participate, which the Senate agrees.

The story now switches to the primary cloning facility on Mandalore. Two great war fleets face off against each other in a huge and epic battle. On one side, defending their planet the Mandalorians, and on the other, the newly formed Republican army. Anakin coordinates the space and air battle, while Obi Wan takes charge of the action on the ground. He needs to shut down the planetary defences in order for the spacecraft to bombard the facility. But shockingly, Obi Wan gets more than he bargained for when he comes face to face with a Sith warrior, Lord Maul. To Obi Wan, the Sith were a mere myth conjured up by storytellers to frighten children. But the sight of a drawn red lightsaber brings the reality home to the young JedI, and a lightsaber battle ensues. Maul’s skill and speed are breathtaking and nearly succeeds in killing Obi Wan. But, just as he is about to deliver the killing blow, a reign of fire descends upon the facility and surrounding area. Momentarily distracted, Maul loses sight of Obi Wan, who manages to escape, barely. The battle ends in a victory for the Republic, with the primary facility out of action, surely the Mandalorian threat is over.

Anakin and Obi Wan travel to Yavin, where Obi Wan presents the young pilot to the Jedi Council. He requests that he be able to take Anakin as his apprentice. The council members seem shocked, they declare in unison that he is too old. But soon fall quiet as Yoda scrutinises Anakin closely. He agrees that he is too old, but he also reveals that the boy is full of fear and anger, remarking that there is a darkness in him, and fears a great danger during his training. The decision is final, Obi Wan’s request is denied. Utterly dejected Anakin makes preparations to return to his smuggling life. But Obi Wan is unwilling to lose a young man who had become a firm friend. Moreover, he’s not willing to see Anakin’s amazing potential simply go to waste. He informs Anakin, that the Republican Army have offered them both high ranking positions within it. He also promises that he will teach Anakin the ways of the force himself, one way or another he will become a Jedi. Anakin’s spirits lift significantly and he agrees to the proposal.

Meanwhile, back in the ancient Jedi Temple, the council continue to discuss Obi Wan’s revelation about the re-emergence of the Sith and what part they are playing in the strange events that have unfolded recently. Despite the fact, that the Mandalorians have lost their primary facility, they still possess a huge war fleet and represent the greatest threat that the Republic has ever known. More and more planets volunteer their services to the Republican army, in order to safeguard their freedom. The Republic may have won the Battle of Mandalore, but the Clone Wars have only just begun.

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      HarrisonJames87 2 years ago

      Great Work! Your version of the prequels is very interesting. You fulfill all the established canon in the Original Trilogy, good story and even the surprise of Darth Vader.

      The only downside that I see is that your treatment you focus only on the good side, I think it lacks what happens on the bad side, for example the talks between Sidious and Maul. Another thing I think is missing information on when Darth Vader became Obi-Wan's apprentice and how much time passes between Ep.II and Ep.III.

      The truth is that I would have liked to see your prequels in script format. There is no chance you can make your prequels in script format? Thank you.

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      James Kenny 2 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Hi Kenny, in all honesty I'm not confident at all about the new Star Wars movies, the story was ruined a long time ago and unfortunately can never be truly salvaged. This is a merely a summary of my own vision of what a Star Wars backstory should have been like. Thanks for popping by, much appreciated.

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      Kenny Groom 2 years ago from Maryland

      This was a fun read. I was able to picture most of it in my head and enjoy it. You should write a "Fan Fiction" screenplay of it.

      Hopefully the new movies breathe life back into Star Wars. I think George Lucas had just become so lost in his own vision of his universe that things that he knew and saw in his mind weren't able to translate properly in the prequels.

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      James Kenny 3 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Thank you very much.

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      Rasimo 3 years ago

      Great story!

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      James Kenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Thanks Steve...I'm still waiting for that call from Disney hahaha. But seriously thanks for your kind words. I used the three original movies as my research source and nothing else, apart from borrowing certain names and places from the prequels. Personally I think the prequels were an opportunity to complete one of the greatest stories ever told...but all we got instead was video game rubbish and lame story telling. Hopefully you'll enjoy reading episodes 2 and 3.

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      Steven Escareno 4 years ago

      Wow, like you, most of my knowledge about anything Star Wars comes from the movies, and I have to say that maybe lucas should've hired you to write the story instead of himself, as you seem to have written a way better premise in this hub than what we actually saw in episode 1.

      Good job writing this, as i can't wait to read the other ones you've written thus far.

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      James Kenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Oh really, that's interesting. The only expanded universe books I've read were the Han Solo Trilogy, because he's my favourite character. I also read Shadows of the Empire which was also very good, and was probably worth making into a film, mainly because Boba Fett had more of a role in it. What I liked most about it was that it actually highlights the trouble he went through just to deliver Han to Jabba the Hutt, and also it introduces us to the other bounty hunters.

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      ata1515 4 years ago from Buffalo, New York.

      Yeah, most of what I know is from the expanded universe. In the expanded universe Yavin becomes the new home of the Jedi temple.

      I read many Expanded Universe books as a kid so I have way to much knowledge on the subject. Much of what you would have had occur in your prequels actually happens at different times and throughout different storylines of the expanded universe.

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      James Kenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Hi ata, thanks for dropping by. I'm going to go with the assumption that most of the info you supplied comes from the Expanded Universe. To be honest, I haven't really delved into the Expanded Universe in any great depth, as I'm of the three original films only. So I used those as my primary source. The rest is purely my own imagination. I've never liked the whole Darth and Sith association, so I decided not to include it here.

      I chose Yavin as a home for the Jedi, simply because it seems more appropriate for a group of warrior monks than a planet covered entirely in a city- not much chance of finding serenity there.

      Anyway, I appreciate the feedback. Thanks very much.

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      ata1515 4 years ago from Buffalo, New York.

      I'm glad to see we share another interest in Sta Wars as well as history. Your story line is really cool, but it completely ignores the background of the Star Wars universe in many places.

      For example, the Jedi do not settle on Yavin until after the fall of the Galactic Empire. In the Old Republic Yavin was part of the Sith Empire, and Darth was still a common title for Sith Lords.

      It's certainly an interesting concept, and the prequels could certainly have used a better storyline. Fun read though.