March 7, 2019

This 'Revenge of the Sith' Deleted Scene Raises More Questions

I know we're in the golden age of 'Star Wars' movies now, but what the hell was going on in this deleted scene? 

Star Wars was already a huge part of my life when the prequels came out. I was a massive fan of the originals, I had the toys, and I saw all the re-released and updated movies in the theater multiple times. I remember bracing myself for the action and being on the edge of my seat opening weekend. My entire family went to AMC Painter's Crossing to see The Phantom Menace. The lights went down. The music went up. And I learned a whole lot about an international council. I guess as a kid I didn't hate Jar-Jar. 

But the action was gone. And I'm not sure the heart was there either. Anyway, two movies later, and things felt dire. Now that we're back in a great era for Star Wars, I don't want to go back...but I think we have to, especially after I saw this ludicrous deleted scene that blew my mind. 

Today we're going to talk about that, unpack the entire 19 seconds of W-T-F storytelling, and talk some Star Wars prequel nonsense. 

The Deleted Scene 

I was scrolling through Twitter today and found this. I cannot believe it's real. But it is. So watch the Star Wars deleted scene and then let's chat. 

What the hell was that? 

Let's take it in stages. 

The Good 

It's under 30 seconds, which is awesome, because my psyche can't handle much more. So in this scene, we learn that Obi can't really speak droid? But you can guess this is where he learns the lessons he should, which matters later because he can talk to R2D2. That's a fun origin for something NO ONE CARES ABOUT. 

We also learn that Anakin can speak droid fluently, or so he thinks. 

Also, it's worth noting that this scene didn't make it into the movie. So at some point, someone realized why this scene didn't fit. 

The Bad 

There are lots of things wrong with the prequels, but Revenge of the Sith came across as the most consistent. It was going to be dark. It was going to show us how and why someone became Darth Vader. While I understand the need for drafts and to leave deleted scenes dead, I'm upset this scene exists because it confirms that maybe Lucas missed out on what we loved about Star Wars in the first place. 

Star Wars presented an amazing world where anything could happen. The people were cool, the action was exciting, and everything felt special. Seeing Anakin dealing with wifi and then doing a weird joke about whether or not he fluently speaks droid takes me completely out of the universe. The argument back and forth also is such a forced way to put pit them in a Han and Luke banter, and it fails miserably. 

It also feels awful that they don't speak any droid! They interact with these droids every day. These are supposed to be Jedi. This makes them more like discount cowboys. 

And it makes me ask about the tone of this movie. Is this an adventure, or a thriller about a man spiraling toward the dark side? How does this scene build character at all? I know I'm going overboard here on a deleted scene but these 19 seconds are indicative of what's wrong with all three movies. 

1. Failure to understand what the audience wants.  

2. Uneven tone with throwaway scenes that don't matter. 

3. Useless mythology that takes the magic out of the world 

What's Next? Concentrate on tone

Unlike Lucas in the 1990s and early 2000s, you can master your tone by educating yourself with our articles and writing as much as you can day in and day out. Try not to be bitter these movies exist. 

Take a look at our internal and external conflict post for ideas of the kinds of situations you can put your characters inside that will keep your tone consistent throughout. Don't take my word for it, check out Paul Schrader's Screenwriting Class or join our Free Screenwriting Seminar and a Free Drama Pilot Seminar to help your ideas onto the page.       

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We're in the "Golden Age" of Star Wars movies??? 2018 just saw the first box office bomb of a Star Wars movie. The second installment in the new trilogy dropped 300 million compared to the first. We've been waiting for Godot since Return of the Jedi. He's not coming, Jason. He's not coming.

March 7, 2019 at 1:12PM

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Ryan Hoffman
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I agree, Ryan. The newest trilogy has been nothing fun or even original. I enjoyed Solo, but it wasn't the best. Rogue One is my favorite SW movie to date.

March 7, 2019 at 1:18PM

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Evan Olow
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Hey at $392,924,807 worldwide - Solo was hardly a bomb. Also, they sell toys and other merchandise to ensure future profits.

I'm a big fan of the newest movies and think they take a lot of chances. They're making insane amounts of money:

Last Jedi Worldwide: $1,332,539,889
Rogue One Worldwide: $1,056,057,273
The Force Awakens Worldwide: $2,068,223,624

Sure, Solo is down from that, but it's still one of the top-grossing movies of 2018!

March 7, 2019 at 1:40PM

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Jason Hellerman
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With a production budget of 275 million $, and worldwide box office of 392 million $, Solo is without a doubt a money losing venture for Disney. You have to factor in marketing (easily 150 million) and that the studio only gets a little over half the box office, on average. It's not a total catastrophe, but close. Factor in the expectations that come with an origin story for one of the most beloved, iconic characters in fiction, in the most valuable franchise in history, and Solo is definitely a bitter disappointment for those involved.

March 8, 2019 at 5:38AM

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You're not as clever as you think you are: you forgot to include money from the PPV and TV rights, streaming rights and Blu-ray and DVD sales.

Once you get those numbers and add them in, I'll be ready to accept your conclusion. If you're right.

March 10, 2019 at 12:15PM

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"...they take a lot of chances."

Like what?

March 8, 2019 at 1:02PM

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Kyle Dockum
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Totally agree... we’re in the slums of Star Wars... the golden age was when Empire Strikes Back came out and I sat through 2 showings in a row.

March 8, 2019 at 1:49PM

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Gene
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I'm very happy they took this out. It had nothing to do with anything.
BTW, I'm following you on Twitter. :)

March 7, 2019 at 1:16PM

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Evan Olow
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Counterpoint: I kinda get this. It's still a horrid scene, but I think what he was trying to do here is to like...have some of that banter that Han and Chewy had, arguing about little things in the midst of big things. Like when Han is repairing the Falcon and the tools fall on his head? Or anytime C3PO is saying something silly while on Chewy's back in Cloud City - those are fairly silly moments but they totally work because C3PO is meant to be comic relief, and Han is meant to be a bit rogueish and everymannish.

This doesn't work because the Jedi are supposed to be the straight characters and the jokes are supposed to be left to the normal people. Which is why it works decently well with Finn in the new trilogy, or even Rey before she is revealed to be a talented Jedi person.

There is a place for this kind of comedy in Star Wars, and I understand Lucas wanting to put some of that into his prequels, but this....does not work.

March 7, 2019 at 5:18PM

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Marcelo Teson
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I'm failing to see the problem...he DIDN'T include it, when you film movies, some stuff translates better on screen than others and you act like this is the first time a deleted scene from a movie didn't make sense..lmao, seems like a slow news day to even have to write an article about this..

March 8, 2019 at 1:49PM

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Shaun Ryan
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Is Anakin "joking" ? Seems to me like he's just his usual impulsive dumb self.

The scene is supposed to be a joke, but it's the situation that is (supposedly) funny, not the characters.

March 10, 2019 at 12:17PM, Edited March 10, 12:18PM

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