How One ‘Star Wars’ Fan Rewrote The Prequels And Did It Better Than Lucas

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On YouTube yesterday, a video went viral that bases its core concept on a “What if” question that most geeks have pondered for a decade.

What if “Star Wars: Episode II” was good, like really good?

This is the second time that Michael Barryte of Belated Media has asked such a question of the “Star Wars” fan community. His first “What if” took on the much-maligned “Episode I” and cast Barryte in the role of a story executive at 20th Century Fox when George Lucas was developing his prequels. Over the course of 12 minutes, Barryte tweaked, snipped, and rearranged moments from “Episode I,” turning it into an Obi-Wan Kenobi-centric film with an older Anakin, no Jar Jar Binks to speak of, and a version of the beloved Darth Maul that doesn’t die too soon.

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