I decided this weekend that I am going to rewrite some of Episode III. I’m rewriting it enough to give it what would be a satisfying ending for myself.
I was talking with a friend about the shortcomings of the Prequels and we went back to the fact that Padmé’s death was incredibly lame. She “lost the will to live”?! Really? Tricia Barr makes a great argument on this in an Insider article, where I mentioned it in a past post. But at the end of the day, Padmé is a strong, wonderful character and her death deserved more respect.
And when I say that I think it “deserved more”, what I really mean is that…I think Anakin should have killed her. I feel like I could have mentioned this before, but I thought about it more in depth this weekend.
I would cut out all the dreams Anakin has about Padmé dying in childbirth throughout Episode III. I mean, at the end, we all know it’s just an excuse to see Hayden Christensen’s bare, muscular, fabulous looking chest. I can do without that fine looking chest and cut out all of his dreams.
If we really do want to focus on Anakin’s internal feelings, perhaps let’s focus on how he felt abnormally good and powerful when he killed all the Sand People on Tatooine. How those feelings of power have become sort of addicting and let’s use that to contradict it against his feelings of guilt as a Jedi. He knows he shouldn’t like the feeling of power and the act of killing…but he does and it’s slowly taking over his life.
Intersperse that with Palpatine’s wheedling ways and the way he cracks Anakin’s shells by making him doubt everything. We can keep the pivotal opera scene, but instead expand on what was discussed in the beginning about the Sith not being afraid to embrace the dark side of the Force. He can talk about how Anakin’s feelings are not bad at all, instead that killing-spree-power-trip is necessary in order to be aware of all aspects of the Force.
Then we have Obi-Wan on the other side, trying to mentor Anakin down the road of the Jedi, coupled with the Jedi Council’s mistrust of Anakin. Anakin’s need to prove himself as a Jedi Master only further frustrates him as he wants to believe what Palpatine is saying so badly. Within these scenes, Anakin finds out how Obi-Wan and Padmé have been schmoozing on the back porch together and gets jealous aka sociopath jealous aka dark side jealous and just mulls over those feelings in his head (and the thoughts in his head are like TCW jealousy, not what we see in the movies). It further adds to his internal war because though he loves both Obi-Wan and Padmé, he is starting to resent the Jedi and Obi-Wan is, clearly, a Jedi.
When he finally does welcome the dark side and kills Mace Windu, he doesn’t utter “What have I done?”, instead he relishes in the joy of finally being able to embrace who he is.
At this point, he still loves Padmé because even in ROTS, Anakin wants Padmé to join him and rule the galaxy. In his twisted head, he thinks she will want power too, be understanding, and still love him, despite being a Sith. And then Obi-Wan comes out of the back of the ship and all those jealous feelings that have been mulling around in his head internally just come out in a rage, similar to what we actually see in ROTS.
The only difference is that this time – he kills Padmé deliberately. He doesn’t care about his unborn child and doesn’t care about her. His dreams of ruling the galaxy with his love are extinguished as soon as he sees Obi-Wan step out of the ship. Because at this point, Obi-Wan represents everything he hates. Obi-Wan represents the Jedi, which stifled him and refused to let him use his powers to his full ability; he represents the life he has led where he was not able to see his mother, not able to love Padmé freely, not able to feel joy when she announced she was pregnant; and he represents the guilt that Anakin felt for wanting to kill and enjoy it.
Padmé is far enough along with child that they are able to save the children after Obi-Wan’s duel with Anakin/Vader. They have awesome medical care in a galaxy far, far away so it’s no problem, obviously. Or the fight between Obi-Wan and Anakin is much shorter. Or Threepio actually does something for once and pulls Padmé into the ship and manages to hook her belly up to something that saves the children. Whatever. Somehow, the children are saved and we still have Luke and Leia.
I feel like this makes the redemption in ROTJ so much stronger. At the end of ROTS, Anakin is just downright twisted and evil…the Darth Vader we remember from the OT. So when Luke breaks through and gets Vader to feel a little bit of love again, the ROTJ ending is much more poignant.
Or it can bring into question on whether Vader just killed the Emperor to feel the ultimate satisfaction of killing the hardest target. Bwaha. You’d never know if he did it for Luke or because he felt a good opportunity.
I know I can’t change ROTS, but sometimes I like to think, “What would I have done?” Okay, now you all can feel free to tear my thoughts apart and point out all the holes.
As much as we all love Star Wars, is there anything significant plot wise (not characters) that you guys have wanted to rewrite in the Saga?