View Full Version : How much did Lucas use?

04-30-2002, 07:24 PM
SInce Lucas is writing the episodes in detail as he goes, how much would one say he had in mind of the first 3 episodes so he could write 4, 5, 6. How much would you say he is waivering for both trilogies to connect like they are suppose to. Do you think he is meeting his original vision?

05-01-2002, 12:41 AM
From what he's said before, the outline for the prequels was just that, an outline. Just a general idea of places and people, however, I think he gave himself a lot of room to play around in. In an interview that took place just before Ep1 premiered, GL stated that the entire outline of the prequels is laid out in the prologue for the original ANH novelization. If you ever read it, you'll realize that it is very loose and only mentions one person by name, Palpatine. The way I see it, as long as the preqeuls jive with that single page of text, then they are not breaking continuity.

05-01-2002, 12:55 AM
Here it is, written in 1976:

Another galaxy, another time.

The Old Republic was the Republic of legend, greater than distance or time. No need to note where it was or whence it came, only to know that . . . it was the Republic.

Once, under the wise rule of the Senate and the protection of the Jedi knights, the Republic throve and grew. But as often happens when wealth and power pass beyond the admirable and attain the awesome, then appear those evil ones who have greed to match.

So it was with the Republic at its height. Like the greatest of trees, able to withstand any external attack, the Republic rotted from within though the danger was not visible from outside.

Aided and abetted by restless, power-hungry individuals within the government, and the massive organs of commerce, the ambitious Senator Palpatine caused himself to be elected President of the Republic. He promised to reunite the disaffected among the people and to restore the remembered glory of the Republic.

Once secure in office he declared himself Emperor, shutting himself away from the populace. Soon he was controlled by the very assistants and boot-lickers he had appointed to high office, and the cries of the people for justice did not reach his ears.

Having exterminated through treachery and deception the Jedi Knights, guardians of justice in the galaxy, the Imperial governors and bureaucrats prepared to institute a reign of terror among the disheartened worlds of the galaxy. Many used the imperial forces and the name of the increasingly isolated Emperor to further their own personal ambitions.

But a small number of systems rebelled at these new outrages. Declaring themselves opposed to the New Order they began the great battle to restore the Old Republic.

From the beginning they were vastly outnumbered by the systems held in thrall by the Emperor. In those first dark days it seemed certain the bright flame of resistance would be extinguished before it could cast the light of a new truth across the galaxy of oppressed and beaten peoples . . .

From the First Saga
Journal of the Whills

Keep in mind, this was intended to lead directly into ANH so some of the later stuff, like the birth of the Rebellion, will probably happen between Ep3 and 4. But some of the stuff we have already seen in Ep1.