When we interviewed Michael Barryte of Belated Media about the final chapter in his “What If?” reimagining of the Star Wars prequels, we were careful to stay away from too many plot details. Instead, we talked a lot about the motivation behind the characters, and a few particular plot points from the real Episode III in need of a change. (You can find the full interview here.)
Today, though, time to unleash the details. “What if Star Wars Episode III Were Good?” is finally here! It’s brilliant, and we’ve picked our favorite ten ideas we wish had made it into the real Star Wars: Episode III.
#10 – Opening Battle vs Maul Battle
In the real Episode III, we see a little bit of Anakin and Obi-Wan working together as they fly through the battle, but there’s also an awful lot of Obi-Wan getting in trouble and Anakin saving him. Then they spend basically the rest of the movie apart from one another before their big fight at the very end of the movie.
Revising the opening to take place on the ground is big for a couple reasons. First, because in the “What If?” prequels we’ve already seen that Anakin is “the best star pilot in the galaxy,” we don’t need a starfighter sequence to drive that point home. Second, and most importantly, because hand-to-hand combat is a way better way to show off how close and in sync Obi-Wan and Anakin are.
But here’s the real brilliant step: Midway through the “What If?” version of the movie, we get a status update in the duel with Darth Maul, and we get to see the growing gap between our hero Obi-Wan and his “brother.”