The newest addition to the “Star Wars” universe is coming out Dec. 16. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is set to take place in between the original film trilogy and the infamous prequels. Now, let’s say you’re a big “Star Wars” fan like myself and you’re in the mood to do some marathon viewings of all the movies before “Rogue One” is released. The prequels may leave a sour taste in your mouth because, let’s be honest, those movies aren’t that good. Yes, they have cool action sequences and the third one isn’t that bad, but they don’t compare at all to the classic trilogy or even to the most recent film, “The Force Awakens.”
So, how can you make your viewings more entertaining the next time you watch any of the prequels? I’ve got you covered with these three interesting fan theories that have been floating around the internet. Just in case you’ve somehow missed these movies, be wary of spoilers ahead.
Was Qui Gon-Jinn secretly a sith?
Qui-Gon Jinn is the lovable master to Obi-Wan in the “The Phantom Menace.” He helps Obi-Wan become the successful Jedi Knight but dies by the hands of Darth Maul at the end of the movie.
So why is this theory out here? We know that Qui-Gon’s old master, Count Dooku, became disillusioned by the light side of the force and became the main Sith nemesis in the next movie, “The Clone Wars.” We know that Qui-Gon also pushes the Jedi Council into training Anakin because of the large amount of midi-chlorians regardless of the large amount of fear and anger he has, which eventually leads Anakin to the dark side of the Force.
In the novels written for the Star Wars characters we see how Qui-Gon had another apprentice before Obi-Wan. This apprentice also turned to the dark side and spread terror around the galaxy. With so many bad guys surrounding him, isn’t it a little fishy he doesn’t have to do anything with the dark side? Maybe Qui-Gon was secretly working for the dark side behind the scenes like Emperor Palpatine with a grand master plan to bring down the Jedi Order.
What if Obi-Wan Kenobi had a secret love affair with Padme?
I know it sounds like a stretch, but hear me out on this one. Next time you re-watch the prequels just choose to believe this fan theory.
Padme Amidala is Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa’s mother, wife to Anakin and later dies by his hand. This neatly sets up the Skywalker dynasty we follow in the classic trilogy. Now, if you just re-watch the movies with no fan theories in mind, you realize that their relationship on paper sounds strong and powerful, but due to bad acting and horrible dialogue everything seems somewhat dull, and at times, bland and fake. This leads to some of the most awkward “love” scenes between the main protagonist and his love interest, wanting us to pull our own hair out because we know that his love and need to protect her is what turns Anakin into one of the most badass movie villains ever, Darth Vader. But what if there was some fan theory to spice things up?
Padme is introduced in Phantom Menace as the secret queen of Naboo disguising herself as a simple servant. They fly off to Tatooine where she eventually meets the love of her life, a slave desert mechanic boy, Anakin Skywalker. Setting aside the creepy age difference, why would Padme fall for Anakin? She sees him as a creative sweet little boy and probably will view him like that instead of actually falling in love.
On this voyage, Padme is introduced to three bachelors. One is the wise and old master Qui-Gon Jinn. The second is the handsome magical space knight, who is closer to her age, Obi-Wan Kenobi. And then there is little Anakin. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure she was eyeing the young and handsome knight.
The next movie “Clone Wars,” Padme returns and requests for an “old friend” to be her bodyguard. In the traditional movie viewing, we would believe she means Anakin, because that’s who she’s supposed to be into.
Between these movies, 10 years have gone by and not speaking for 10 years after only one adventure doesn’t really make you friends. Obi-Wan and Anakin both show up for the position of bodyguard. If we go into the fan theory a bit more, she was probably asking for Obi-Wan to show up not his apprentice, Anakin. She probably remembers the good looking Jedi Knight who knows how to fight and actually protect her rather than the small sweet boy. She probably has no idea what Anakin has been up to, but she is surprised to see how he grew up. So, she eyes both Anakin and Obi-Wan.
Eventually it leads into the third and last film of this trilogy, “Revenge of the Sith.” This is the only movie that purposely makes Obi-Wan and Padme spend time alone with each other. This was done to fuel the rage of jealousy Anakin has. And if we stick with this fan theory, the movie brings out a weird love triangle that really seems to be the defining factor in Anakin’s broken spirit.
The final battle between Obi-Wan and Anakin becomes way more dramatic and intense if you believe the theory that Obi-Wan and Padme were secretly meeting and having a romantic forbidden love story on top of the forbidden love story between Anakin and Padme. Anakin even kills Padme blinded by his rage, maybe because his pregnant wife was actually hooking up with his best friend?
It makes the entire trilogy feel like a Shakespearean play set in space with force-bending samurais. The two men are now not just fighting for the safety of the universe, but also the love of Padme. This also then explains why Anakin is mad at his old mentor and friend throughout the film.
What if Mace Windu thinks he was the chosen one?
Jedi Master Mace Windu is probably one of the most memorable characters on the Jedi Council in the prequels. Not only does he have with a unique purple lightsaber, he is portrayed by the legendary actor Samuel L. Jackson.
Most of his scenes don’t show his true potential as a Jedi Master, however we are shown his dislike of the so-called “chosen one,” young Skywalker.
Mace is openly skeptical of the young Jedi Knight and denies his entry as a Jedi Master at the council. He even straight up says at one point, “I don’t trust him.” He certainly has doubts about Anakin … maybe because Mace believes he’s the chosen one.
The chosen one is, according to the prophecy, the one who destroys the Sith and bring balance to the Force, and and we really only get to see one Jedi take on the evil Sith Emperor Palpatine and nearly win: Mace Windu. Master Yoda even fights the emperor later on and doesn’t come nearly as close to defeating him as Mace does. He challenges and defeats the emperor in a fight, almost bringing an end to the Sith reign by killing him. However, none other than Anakin himself jumps in and intervenes with the fight killing Windu.
For me, keeping these fan theories in mind while watching the prequels really does make it a better movie-watching experience. There are tons of other theories, some that take a step even further like that Jar Jar Binks was actually trained in the way of the force and the evil mastermind of it all, but that’s for another day.
What do you think? Do these fan theories make the Star Wars prequels better? Do you have other crazy fan theories? Let me know with a comment.