Trying to make Episode I better

Darth Maul returns tonight; Star Wars fan gets out his editing pencil

There are two different videos out today that make a point about the lasting goodness of Star Wars, Episode I. Having recently taken my son to see the 3D re-release of the 1999 film, I can honestly say that yeah, there were some things that needed to be improved.

First up, some good news for Darth Maul fans. He returns tonight for a special four-part arc in the Clone Wars series on Cartoon Network. Here's a preview:

The other video that caught my attention is from BelatedMedia, which presents an 11-minute review/critique of Episode I, and how to make the movie better by doing things like eliminating Jar Jar, focusing the story around Obi-Wan, making Anakin less annoying and keeping Darth Maul around for the entire prequel series. At least with the return of Darth Maul in the Clone Wars series, we get part of this.

With all of the revisions that George Lucas keeps making to this series, how much of a stretch is it to suggest that he fix them even more?

Bonus clip! As part of the Lego Star Wars: Padawan Menace DVD that recently got released, they added the following clip that's been on YouTube for a few years, but I didn't see it until yesterday. It's a great video showing how to use Jar Jar in a comedy role without ruining the rest of the movie:

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