After watching (or rather, re- watching for like the dozenth time) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgICnbC2-_Y
it got me thinking, how could the original trilogy of Star Wars be improved. If I was going to re-write Star Wars what changes could be made that would make it better than it is now? I love Star Wars, but let's be honest... George Lucas has a great imagination but he is terrible at the actual execution of things. He needs someone else to have control while he is the creative guy (much more like Empire Strikes Back).
I have many ideas, which I want to gradually throw out in this thread (along with suggestions from others here) and tool up some cool ideas. Things could be vastly variant from the originals, or they could be slight adjustments, either about key aspects of the movies, or just touch ups about the background and such. Most of my ideas are general overviews rather than specific changes, though I would like to work my way to more specifics, as I find them hugely intriguing.
Darth Vader needs to be more present in Episode IV
In the original Vader was never intended to be THE big bad, he was basically a throw away character (originally the character Darth Vader was a scrawny human General, whose actual name was Darth Vader... not a naming convention of the Sith - which was retconned in later). This is evident across Episode IV, as Vader is only a background character (appearing for some 10 minutes of screen time) and is on the leash of Grand Moff Tarkin. There needs to be emphasis that Vader is working under Tarkin as he gains experience and to oversee the Death Star project, rather than simply being Tarkin's bitch. Why are the Generals and such not afraid of Vader when in Episode III we see how bad ass he actually is? There is so much that can be played with there, but it's important IMO not to overstep and make him too big (remember, this is Luke's story not Vader's).
Death Star Assault I
Where are all the Tie Fighters? A Death Star has a dozen fighters? Okay that makes no sense. Regardless of the threat the Imperials think the attack poses, they would launch anything and everything. The Empire needs to be shown as the intelligent and dangerous threat they are, not fools who let a small band of fighters do their thing without any kind of response. Obviously the small rebel group would be overwhelmed by too many fighters so give some reason for them not launching? I am uncertain what. Perhaps some infiltration work by Kyle Katarn and some commandos? Even give Katarn a small recurring role, mention him as being involved in retrieving the Death Star plans and then being assigned to disabling launch bays? Just don't make it a silly cameo, or fan service. His character would work well, but care needs to be taken not to overdo it for the sake of it (ala little Boba Fett in EpII, needless C3P0 appearances in EpI, etc)
Hell, even have the Death Star succeed in wiping out Yavin... the key rebels already having evacuated. Rather than the Second Death Star appearing in EpVI, the same Death Star just upgraded and finally being brought down (perhaps after taking out another planet or two?)
Have some women somewhere
Star Wars females are Princesses or Space Hookers. Or leader of the Alliance... but really other than Leia and Mon Mothma how many females are in the original Trilogy? Besides strippers (most of whom reside in Jabba's palace), there don't seem to be many roles females can take. Change that, I want to see female pilots, soldiers, whatever. It also helps to show the difference between the strict human male policy of the Empire and the female and alien equality program of the Rebellion.
Stormtroopers need to be scary
These guys are the most present enemy that the heroes have, yet after their initial scene of awesomeness they become fodder. We hear about their precise accuracy then see them miss anything and everything they shoot at. Bah.
Scenes that demonstrate how effective they are are necessary to really give them a threat and to help show how scary the Empire is. This is their most prominent tool of terror and force, so let's see them in this light.
Do Endor properly
Yes I am jumping around, but this needs to be said. Most people know that Endor was supposed to be the Wookies not Ewoks, so scrap the money making teddy bears and replace them with Wookies. Make the fight much closer and show that the Rebels really need to sacrifice to get the job done, not just smash aside an entire legion of the Empire's finest with a handful of troops. Shit gets messy (really, bow and arrows endangering guys in power armour? riiiiight) and the scary, crack team of Stormtroopers break ranks and flee to the forest? Laughable.
I also like the idea of Crix Madine leading the ground force himself (with Han in charge of the demolitions, with Crix leading the defend the demolitions team team). He is the head honcho, the big hoo ha, when it comes to Commando work and such, thus he needs to lead it. Plus taking revenge on the Empire is something he would love to do. It helps show how the Rebellion really relies on the Imperial defectors and their expertise, helping demonstrate their plight.
While on that, really emphasise that the Rebellion is throwing EVERYTHING at this battle. This is a desperate, last ditch attempt, where it is make or break. No Akbar calling retreat. He needs to be the one demanding getting into those Star Destroyers and insisting that everything is given to the cause.
Falcon crashes, Lando dies
Rather than losing the radar dish on the Falcon during the second Death Star run, the ship should actual crash completely, killing Lando and Nien Nunb. It was originally planned and it should have happened. Things don't always need to be happy across the board. Sacrificing a semi-main character is a great way to achieve a sense of loss and sacrifice.
Imperial Star Destroy upgrade
This is more a personal annoyance with the background of Star Wars. Imp Stars are such huge vessels, yet they have relatively few weapons and fighters. It's rather pathetic really. Compare them to the vessels in Warhammer 40k for example and you begin seeing how hilariously underpowered the Imperial vessels are for an Empire that prides itself on military efficiency and ferocity.
Imp Stars need to be armed to the teeth. Lots of guns, lots of fighters. The broadside of a Star Destroyer should be nothing but guns. We are talking many times more than they currently have. I like the idea of the Victory Class Star Destryer (a smaller, precursor to the Star Destroyers from the movies) taking the place of most of the Star Destroyers we see. They can be the same inefficient ships as already exist, designed to inspire fear and suppress planetary uprisings rather than being maximum efficiency from a military perspective. It shows the Empire wants to scare people and keep them in line, but still have the flying beasts that will do the real fighting in their now massive outfitted Imperial Class Star Destroyers.
I have more but it's a long enough read as is. Feedback and general discussion of ideas would be delightful.
I don't pretend my ideas are pure awesome or don't have flaws, merely enjoy the prospect of re-creating Star Wars and making it as awesome as much of the expanded universe has become (where George's ideas are used, but he has less control and doesn't do the writing himself...)