This week’s assignment from The League Of Extraordinary Bloggers: “What if…? — Write an alternate turn of events for a pop culture storyline.”
Well this is fascinating. Love these scenarios. A year and a half ago I came up with an alternative version of ‘Star Wars’. So I’m going to use that here for this assignment.
What If George Lucas from an alternate universe had made the franchise starting from Episode 1?
Star Wars Episode 1: Fall of Skywalker
In this universe there was no prequel trilogy, Alt/Lucas started from the beginning. In Ep 1 Anakin Skywalker has been training as a Jedi Knight since being found on Tatooine as a young boy. After re-uniting with Padme Amidala he falls head over heels in love, but the former Queen turned Senator has eyes for Anakins older Master, Obi-Wan. Count Fooku has created a separatist movement and goes to war against the Republic. Chancellor Palpatine re-organizes the Republic into the Galactic Empire, he authorizes the use of a robot drone army to battle the Separatists clone army. Obi-Wan falls in love with Padme and they do the nasty. Anakin is unaware of this as he is on a top secret mission for the Chancellor. Qui-Gon Jinn and Yoda head the Jedi Council. They learn of Obi-Wans actions and he is expelled from the Jedi. Anakin gives into his dark emotions and finds the evil Count Fooku and kills him a lightsabre battle, even though his orders were to capture him alive. Anakin returns and learns of Obi-Wans actions and is outraged with jealousy. Chancellor Palpatine is pleased that Anakin is giving into his emotions and creates evidence that Obi-Wan is a traitor to the Empire and orders Anakin to hunt him down and kill him.
Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Drones
The Empire/Separatist wars wages on with drones battling clones and the Jedi Knights acting as Generals in the war. Darth Sidious's apprentice's, Darth Maul (same as our universe) and Darth Crilock (disgraced former Jedi Master Mace Windu) serve as the leaders of the Separatist forces. Obi-Wan is in hiding with Padme in a Jedi safe house on Hoth. Anakin searches for Obi-Wan on Tatooine and learns that his mother is being held for ransom by Jabba The Hutt. Jabba has learned she is the mother of prominent Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and wants money for her release, which the Jedi refused to do which outrages Anakin. Anakin seeks the help of former slave owner Watto, together the undertake a mission to save Anakins mommy. But she is slain during the battle at Jabba's palace by Jango Fett. Anakin slays Jango and Jabba in outrage, he has turned to the dark side of the force. Qui-Gon Jinn undertakes a secret mission to find the Separatist Leaders and capture them. Obi-Wans love for Padme grows and she falls head over heels for him. Qui-Gon finds Mace Windu and he manages to kill Winu but Maul escapes. Obi-Wan and Anakin meet up and battle. Anakin kills his former master, he then uses his force mind control to seduce Padme and they have sex, he then returns to the Chancellor with Padme. She is arrested and charged with treason. The Chancellor knows Anakin has turned to the dark side and wants revenge against the Jedi for allowing his mother to suffer. The Chancellor reveals himself as Darth Sidious and to be Anakin's father. The Jedi council lied to them when they told Anakin he was born from the force. Anakin is named Darth Vader and together they vow to destroy the Jedi.
Star Wars Episode III: Return Of The Sith
Sidious organized the war as a means to gain ultimate power over the Republic now Empire. The Separatists clone army and fleet have suffered great losses and are on the verge of surrender. He orders Maul to have the Separatists fleet come to Corucsant in a last ditch effort to capture the Chancellor, Maul being unaware that the Chancellor and Sidious are one and the same. Clone forces storm the capital planet, killing and destroying everything in sight. Yoda, Qui-Gon and the rest of the Jedi lead the robot drone forces against the clones. Meanwhile Anakin has disappeared. He is now Darth Vader and is acting as a Jedi hit man for the Emperor. He engages individual Jedi one on one and kills them in lightsabre battle. Qui-Gon finds Darth Maul as he attempts to capture the Chancellor. Maul and Qui-Gon battle with Qui-Gon killing Maul by slicing him in half. Qui-Gon is taken by surprise by the Chancellor and is killed shortly after Sidious reveals himself to Jinn. Sidious sends out order 66 to his drone troopers who in turn kill their Jedi Generals. Padme is in prison, pregnant with Anakins babies. Senator Organa and other secret Rebel conspirators rescue Padme and take her into hiding. Yoda confronts Sidious and they battle, but Yoda is overmatched when Vader arrives to assist his Master. Yoda strikes fatal blows against Anakin but is forced to retreat and goes into exile. Anakin's life is saved as he is fitted with robot drone components (much like our universe). The Separatists surrender and their fleet and army are absorbed into the Empire thus strengthens Palpatines grip over the galaxy. Yoda meets up with Senator Organa. Padme has died giving birth to the twins, Luke and Leia. Organa adopts them both and he takes them back to Alderaan.
Star Wars Episode IV: Star Destroyer
Set 25 years after Ep III- There is great unrest in the Galaxy, many star systems have left the Empire and gone independent. Many have joined up with the Rebel Alliance in an effort to restore the Republic and democracy to the Galaxy. Leia and Luke Organa are at the head of this alliance against the Empire. Sidious has a plan in the works to bring these systems in line. He has created a massive star ship called 'The Star Destroyer' which has the ability to collapse stars thus destroying the planets in that star's system. Luke has spies in the Empire who have the information on the star destroyer that could be used to destroy it. Luke arranges to meet his spies on Tatooine. Lukes ship is shot down over Tatooine by the Empires fleet, but Luke manages to escape the wreckage on the planet before being captured. He is rescued from the sand people by former Jedi Knight Ahsoka Tano, who was sent by his father Bail Organa to rescue him. Together they manage to get the Intel on the Star Destroyer, they hook up with Smuggler Frans Solo and his crew of the Millennium Hawk. The Hawks crew consists of Wookie first mate Chewbacca, communications droid C3-P0 and mechanic droid R4-D2. The Hawk escapes the Empires fleet and they deliver the intel to Bail and the Rebel Alliance fleet. Bail reveals to Luke and Leia the truth about their past and he asks them to go to Dagobah and seek out the training of Master Yoda, they leave. The Rebels attack the Star Destroyer. Ahsoka Tano with the help of Frans Solo and his crew manage to board the Star Destroyer and sabotage it. But Tano is ambushed by Darth Vader and is killed, Frans and crew escape. Vader knows the Star Destroyer will self-destruct because of the computer virus they put into the main frame. Vader orders Grand Moff Tarkin to the Alderaan system to destroy that star. Vader leaves. Tarkin carries out his orders, Alderaan is destroyed and the Star Destroyer self-destructs shortly after. Bail Organa and the rebel leaders manage to escape with their fleet and their resolve to destroy the Empire is solidified. Bail convinces Frans and crew to join with them. Luke and Leia arrive on Dagobah to begin their training with Master Yoda.
Star Wars Episode V: The Sith Strikes Back
6 months after EP IV-
The Emperors spies have uncovered evidence that Bail Organa's children are in fact the offspring of Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala. Vader and the Empires fleet continue in their search for the Rebels. The Rebels have withdrawn to the planet Hoth, using a former Jedi safe house as their base of operations. Vader and his fleet find them and attack. Meanwhile Luke and Leia continue their gruelling training with Master Yoda. Bail Organa and Frans escape on the Millennium Hawk, but the rebel fleet is crushed by Vader and most are tortured and killed. Frans takes the Hawk to Bespin (Cloud City) to hide from the Empire. But they are tracked there by the Empire and Vader goes there to capture them, now aware about his children and knowing he can use Organa to flush out Luke and Leia. Vader tortures Bail Organa and Luke has a vision of this. Despite Yoda's warnings Luke rushes off to save his Dad, Leia remains behind. Luke battles Vader, Vader bests Luke and offers Luke to join him and his Grandfather the Emperor in ruling the Galaxy. Luke refuses and is beheaded by Vader. Leia senses the death of her twin bro but continues her training with Yoda. Lando helps Frans to escape and Bail Organa sacrifices his life to allow them to escape on the Hawk. Yoda promises Leia revenge for the deaths of her adopted father and brother.
Star Wars Episode VI: Revenge Of The Jedi
5 years after EP V-
After long training Leia is a Jedi Master. She and Yoda make contact with Frans Solo who comes to Dagobah to pick them up. Their mission is simple: Destroy Vader and the Emperor. With the Rebels crushed and no one to help them many star systems have re-joined the Empire. Without Sith to train the Emperor has created a personal crew of clones that do his bidding. 'The Trinity' are three evil corrupted dark Jedi clones of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn and Luke Organa. They intimidate the other systems leaders into falling in line and to re-join the Empire. Yoda and Leia first seek out this 'Trinity' and put an end to them. Leia must fight past her emotions and destroy the clone of her brother, while Yoda too must destroy the clones of his former friends. Former friend to the Rebels, Admiral Ackbar assembles a small fleet to take Leia and Yoda to Coruscant. Ackbars fleet fights against the Empires ships while Yoda and Leia manage to make it to the capital in secret. They battle Vader and The Emperor, destroying them in an epic battle which also costs Yoda his life. Leia escapes undetected. Leia's blood line is confirmed and she is named Empress of the Empire in place of her now deceased Grandpa and Father. With her new found power and authority she dissolves the Empire and it's forces, restores the Republic and democracy and steps down in place of the elected Chancellor. Leia creates a new Jedi Academy and begins to train the next generation of Jedi Knights.
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