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The Gospel of Magnum PR: Remaking the Prequels: Episode I

January 3, 2016

So, with Disney owning Star Wars, one of the dream scenarios (as Disney likes to play it safe and just turn it into a cash factory) is rebooting the prequels. I’ll be giving my ideas on how to make each prequel better because let’s face it, they didn’t just suck, they were an abomination.

The prequels need to have a simple purpose: To show the fall of the Republic, the birth and rise of the Galactic Empire, rise and full of Anakin Skywalker, the arrival of Vader, and the fall of the Jedi Order. That being said, the tone of the prequels should be action packed but depressing.  The Sith should take the role of the Rebels as the underdogs and the Republic as the favorites, like the Empire.

The prequels should also be focused on Anakin, much like how the original focused on Luke as this father and son duo are vital to these key events occurring throughout the 6 films. You can also connect the time between the 6 films with various games, books, TV shows, mini-movies, etc.

Episode I should introduce the players that set the pieces of events leading to A New Hope into motion. So without further ado…Episode I – The Phantom Menace. This will be set 45 years Before A New Hope.

  • Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan, just having passed his trials to be eligible for Jedi Knighthood, are at a Republic Post outside Naboo orbit. They notice that the forces requested by the council has been significantly smaller than promised in the orders, agreeing that they shall approach the Supreme Chancellor after this mission. They debate about the role of the Jedi being nothing more than “Force Scientists” and “Republic Policemen”. Qui-Gon tells Obi-Wan that a Jedi Knight should not only follow the force, but protect its delicate balance, become one with it and life will have endless fulfillment instead of being either stuck in a lab, on Republic patrol while having to follow the bureaucracy of the Jedi Council and Senate.
  • Qui-Gon senses a disturbance as the Republic Cruiser is assaulted by a massive droid armada. Under heavy fire, the cruiser loses power, sinks into the Naboo Atmosphere and crashes into one of its heavy marshes. The Jedi are the lone survivors and wake up in an underwater city. The Gungans reveal themselves and inform them that they were the only ones that survived the crash. They also inform the Jedi that Naboo, like other planets were under siege by the Trade Joint Force due to the GFTA. Qui-Gon convinces Boss Nass to inform Queen Amidala of the Jedi’s arrival, to initiate a plan to bypass the blockade, and show the botched Republic ambush and Naboo occupation to Senator Palpatine.
  • Amidala arrives at the underwater palace and with Boss Nass, form a small escape team with the Jedi to head to Coruscant. The Gungans and Humans unleash a diversionary attack on the droid forces so the escape team can bypass the blockade and leave the system. Veteran Cliegg Lars heads the ship crew and brought along his son, Owen. During this Owen struck a friendship with Obi-Wan.
  • While they managed to get out of the Naboo system, Amidala’s Freighter took serious damage and as a result, the hyperdrive was disabled. Cliegg advised Qui-Gon that he knew that the closet planet for repairs was Tatooine. He also advised that they could approach his friend, Jorelles Skywalker, a moisture farmer and expert starship mechanic could repair the freighter to full mission capability at a reasonable price. Qui-Gon agrees as they get a hologram from Valorum. He explains to the Jedi that he ordered a sizeable force to repel the Trade Force blockade but the orders were modified at the last minute by one of his opponents on the Armed Forces committee and would like them to investigate when they arrive to Coruscant. He feels someone is secretly pulling strings behind the scenes for a sinister plot as Qui-Gon agrees.
  • The Trade Forces contact Palpatine as Sidious and inform them of the situation. He deploys his apprentice Darth Maul, now a Sith Stealth Assassin to follow the Jedi, agitate them, and return to him with his results. Palpatine uses this maneuver to appease the Joint Forces and sets the seeds for the trigger to oust Valorum.
  • When the group arrived at Tatooine, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan felt a tremendous presence in the force as they been sensing it since entering Tatooine space. Both Jedi confirm that it is a presence they are not familiar with and do not know the origin until they notice the protocol droid C-3P0. Jorelles explains then that his 10-year old son, Anakin, created the droid and scrap pieces when he was only 6. He calls Anakin into the room (this is also when Owen, Anakin’s older sister) and both Jedi are in shock as the presence of the force is coming from the 10-year old.
  • While Jorelles is working out the details to repair ship as well as catches up with Cliegg, Anakin asks Obi-Wan if he wants to see his lightsaber. Obi-Wan laughs as he believes Anakin is pulling his leg and reminds him that the only way to obtain a lightsaber is through one of the many trials at the Jedi Academy right as Anakin pulls out and activates his lightsaber.
  • Anakin explains to Obi-Wan that he was to find materials while searching a cave on the farm property (which would later become Obi-Wan’s cave) and built his lightsaber. Obi-Wan then decides to entertain the child and briefly duels with Anakin as he is surprised by not only Anakin’s ability to wield the lightsaber, but has remarkable swordsmanship skills for his age.
  • After the repairs are done, the Skywalker family and the group enjoy a nice dinner as Shmi talks about Anakin’s miraculous birth, his mysterious anger issues which he has no idea he was or how he gets angry. Amidala contacts Palpatine about the situation and informs him of the evidence they intend to show during the Senate session as proof the Joint Force is blockading and occupy many planets such as Naboo who pushed for the GFTA.
  • Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon discuss Anakin as they were impressed with the young boy’s many abilities. Obi-Wan suggest they give him a midichlorian test when Qui-Gon scolds his padawan that The Force cannot be treated as an exact science and inform him that they were able to feel his presence just entering Tatooine space. Qui-Gon informs the council of the situation and about the young boy.
  • Maul, who was spying on the Jedi, contacts Palpatine and informs him that the “superweapon” not only exists, but is alive and well as a 10-year old boy. Palpatine, as Sidious, informs Maul to track the group and if the opportunity arises, to kidnap the boy and bring him directly to Sidious.
  • Jorelles enters the porch with Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan to discuss payment options:
  • Jorelles: I had a feeling you two would still be up. I wanted to discuss pay.

Qui-Gon: Yes, of course.

Jorelles: Preferably alone.

Qui-Gon: I can assure you, your words are safe with my Padawan.

Jorelles: Normally, I would charge 5,000 credits for full repair since Cliegg is my friend and I am helping the Republic, but I won’t charge you. Instead, I would exchange my services for a favor…

Qui-Gon: What kind of favor?

Jorelles: Take my son with you. Train him to be a Jedi Knight.

Qui-Gon: You want me to train him?

Jorelles: You both have seen his abilities. Hell, for no training, he held his ground against your padawan. Sure, he could help Beru, get into the family business or join Cliegg and Owen to become a freighter pilot, but I feel he is destined for great things, not to rot away here. If you can get him the Jedi Academy or get him into something more meaningful than he would ever achieve here, that would be worth much more than any amount of money you could pay.

Qui-Gon: You have my word. I will see to it that Anakin fulfills his destiny; he will become one with The Force.

Obi-Wan: Master! You can’t assure him—

Qui-Gon: It WILL my padawan. With or without backing of the Council.

Jorelles: Thank you, Master Jedi.

Qui-Gon: No, thank you.

  • The group adds Anakin as he gives an emotional goodbye as well as Owen, who has become attached to Beru. As Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan prepare to leave, they hear Anakin scream. The crew is knocked down while Cliegg, Owen, Jorelles, and Captain Tanaka are taking aim at a mysterious warrior in black, deflecting their shots while trying to kidnap Anakin. Qui-Gon force sprints and force pushes Maul off his speeder, freeing Anakin of his grip. Obi-Wan grabs Anakin as Qui-Gon orders him to protect the boy with his life as well as ordering the crew back into the ship and prepare for flight.
  • Qui-Gon manages to get Maul away from the Freighter and duels with Maul, giving the crew time to get the ship in the air. Once the ship is ready to exit the atmosphere, Qui-Gon force pushes Maul into a nearby Sand Dune that stuns him; Qui-Gon jumps up into the ship as it exits Tatooine.
  • Maul arrives at an undisclosed location and gives another report to Sidious. Sidious does not scold Maul for failing to kill the Jedi and retrieving the superweapon. However, he advised him to find Qui-Gon and to slay him as he could put their plans into jeopardy due to his immunity to the dark energy from the force flare Palpatine is using to hasten his dark scheme.
  • The group arrives at Coruscant as Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon and Anakin meet before the Jedi Council. Qui-Gon makes his case to train Anakin to be a Jedi Knight. While the council agrees that the young boy has tremendous skill and power, they cannot agree to put him through formal Jedi training as due to the dark energy, they cannot foresee his future, but hint that Qui-Gon can train himself as it would be beneficial for him to receive some sort of Jedi training instead of falling into the wrong hands. Qui-Gon tells Anakin if they won’t accept him into Academy, he will train him to be a Jedi Knight himself.
  • As Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan leave the council room, Valorum appears before them and asks them if they noticed anything odd from the files he gave them as it supports his theory. Qui-Gon advises that they would need access to the full Senate archives to make a full inquiry. Valorum says he’ll try to get it through but reminds them to hurry, the emergency session is about to start soon and might be removed.
  • At the emergency session, Amidala, Nass, and Palpatine present their case to the senate to take military action against the Joint Force. After showing not only the evidence of the Naboo blockade but of the ambush on Tatooine by Maul, Palpatine uses the shock and disgust of the Senate to set forth his motion to oust Valorum:

“Colleagues and Comrades, we have seen the devastation that the Trade Federation and their associates have done to punish those that want a fair marketplace. The Republic cannot stand idle and allow these thugs to cripple this great Union. The time for us to act is now. If he cannot meet those demands, then I recommend that we find someone that will fix our problems with an iron fist, restore order to the occupied planets, and restore the glory and legacy of the Galactic Republic!!!”

  • The Senate reacts to his speech with thunderous applause and unanimously votes to impeach Valorum and hold a special recall election for an interim chancellor. They also approved Palpatine’s motion to activate the Republic Armed Forces to resolve the conflict. The Jedi Council approves deployment of Jedi to the locations and Qui-Gon is allowed to train Anakin while they can discuss implementation of a special program to be run by Qui-Gon to train Anakin to be a Jedi Knight.
  • The crew gets back into Naboo with the help of the Republic Fleet. The Fleet with Naboo’s Space forces attacks the Trade Union blockade while the Gungans and Naboo ground forces battle the droids. As Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon escort Amidala, Darth Maul appears, armed with his double-edge lightsaber. The Jedi battle the Sith Lord while Amidala and Anakin head to the control room to activate the cannons to destroy the main station.
  • As they approach the control room, Anakin runs off and watches the Jedi fight Maul. Maul seals off Obi-Wan and fights Qui-Gon one on one. By the time Obi-Wan is able to break through the shield, Darth Mauls stuns Qui-Gon and impales him, killing the Jedi. Obi-Wan falls to his knees in a state of shock as Anakin screams in sadness as Amidala muffles his cries and rushes back to the control room.
  • Maul kicks aside Qui-Gon’s dead body and walks towards Obi-Wan and attempts to take his head off but Obi-Wan unleashes a fit of rage and blocks Maul’s attack and force pushes him back. Obi-Wan jumps up and overpowers Maul, slices him in half and kicks him down a chute. He rushes to Qui-Gon as his master informs him he is ready to become a Jedi Knight and makes take a vow to train Anakin, to make sure he becomes a Jedi Knight, and to keep him from the dark side at all costs.
  • The main cannon destroys the main station, which resulted in a victory for the Republic as their forces overwhelmed the Trade Federation. In Coruscant, Palpatine is elected as Supreme Chancellor with 80% of the vote.
  • Obi-Wan is made a Jedi Knight and vows to train Anakin to become a Jedi Knight.
  • Palpatine, under the guise of Sidious, meets with the leaders of the +
  • Trade Federation. He advised that it was time for a build up for forces and keep an open eye since many systems dissatisfied with the Republic may view it as an abuse of power. This would be an opportunity to strengthen your ranks as well as scare off the thugs. He then goes into a room with an unidentified person. Sidious proclaims that everything is going as planned and he’ll need to remove another threat.
  • Palpatine summons Damask as his senator identity into his chambers, announces his plans to take over the republic and become supreme overlord and that he has outlived his usefulness. He uses force lightning on Plagueis, killing him, making him the true Dark Lord of the Sith.

The last scene is a celebration at Naboo with Obi-Wan, newly initiated padawan Anakin, Amidala, and Palpatine. Palpatine looks down at Anakin and tells him he expects great things out of him.

A few more things, as you noticed I kept some scenes from the original the scene. I think they could still work with a bit of polishing up. Anakin should be seen as cocky, arrogant, but a good-natured kid. I will keep the Sidious/Palpatine angle because if Palpatine is going to pull off this grand scheme, he can’t be waltzing through the senate halls under his Sith Persona, can he?

That’s all I got, see ya!

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