Star Wars: Abridged I - The Republic

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1999
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Star Wars: Abridged is meant to tell the Skywalker saga as succinctly as possible, taking all nine films and cutting them down to three. While many narrative threads remain the same, some have been vastly altered.
Intention:
The Skywalker saga is now told over nine films and I wanted to trim that down as much as possible to create a narrative that can be watched in a single day. Narrative choices have been made to remove what I believe didn't work or created new narratives that I think work better. Most of the side quests and subplots that don't really add to the main plot have also been removed.
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The Abridged series vastly deviates from the canonical source the further you go into it but kicks off relatively the same. A lot of prequel 3-in-1s have solved many of the narrative problems and I'm standing on the shoulders of giants for Star Wars: Abridged I - The Republic.

Some of the changes include eliminating almost all of The Phantom Menace except for the scene where Anakin leaves home. Qui Gon has now been recast as a Jedi recruiter in a prologue who finds Anakin on Tatooine.

I've completely removed all mention of clones and have also removed the prophecy of the one who will bring balance to the force. Anakin and Padme meet for the first time in her apartment on Coruscant and with a bit of compositing, it's heavily implied they consummate their relationship.

Grevious has been completely removed and much of this edit relies on a trimmed down version of Revenge of the Sith.

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This condensed version works quite well. Lots got cut out as would be expected distilling 3 movies down to a single 2 1/5 hour movie, but the edit achieved its objective. Lots of side plots and time spent on annoying slapstick are eliminated, instead focusing on the primary story arc: the Skywalker family saga.

A few niggles. The cold open felt a bit odd for a Star Wars film; I've spent since 1977 starting with the intro scroll, then starfield pan down entering the movie. The initial sequence felt a bit choppy. Also, I've grown accustomed to the now stereotypical wipe transitions, so a few transitions jumped out due to being different (fade to black, then fade back, iris wipe). As much as this was distilled down, the assassin chase through Coruscant seemed long.

That said, I like the recasting of how Anakin was located. While I miss the pod race, it's not needed for the overall arc and loses lots of time in extraneous side stuff. The new reason for finding him works well. It also eliminates the weird, creepy age difference between Anakin & Padme and his suddenly growing up while she didn't age so much. Now their story makes more sense and the creepy part is just due to Anakin's emotional issues.

While not a perfect edit for me, I am more than willing to overlook the little hiccups for the quicker-paced more focused telling of this story arc. It does seem like just one or maybe two movies worth of story (especially since almost all of TPM is gone and not missed), so this works well.

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(Updated: April 11, 2021)
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Well, I definitely enjoyed that. Not as radical a rethink as the other two episodes of this trilogy will prove to be, but I don't mean that in a negative sense, this feels like a very straight forward condensed take on the prequel trilogy. it's largely just the broad strokes of episodes II and III with an appetising minute or so of Episode I as the pre-titles, but this method probably works the best and doesn't try to cram so much in to a decent two and a bit hour runtime.

I quite liked how you cut down Episode II to the very basics, to the point I totally forgot that you did not include the final battle and repurposed aspects of it for the scene that both represents the Clone Wars and then bridges us into the Revenge of the Sith portion. Quite clever that.

Overall, it's a solid edit and a fine start to a trilogy.
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