When the creative team behind the first Star Wars film began editing, they put together a masterpiece. Yet they created leg legions of loyal fans who have second-guessed all of those cuts, and every scene deleted since. Here are some of the best pieces that should have made it back into the directors’ cuts.
15 The Death Of Shaak Ti
Many out there want more scenes cut from the prequels, but the movies might have benefited from more Shaak Ti, too. Two scenes showing her death were shot.
One, for Revenge of the Sith, was staged with Obi-Wan and Anakin witnessing General Grievous impaling Shaak Ti on her own lightsaber. The cold-blooded killing would have gone a long way to make Grievous more evil.
14 Luke And Biggs On Tatooine
A long sequence from A New Hope had Luke and Biggs talking about the good-old-days on Tatooine, but on the ground in Tatooine.
Biggs Darklighter was a character that may have helped round out the movie, as it did Luke’s backstory. Yet he was cut.
13 Luke Builds His New Lightsaber
Luke’s introduction in Return of the Jedi cast him as a monk-like bad-ass. There was a scene, though, which showed Luke building his new lightsaber. Building a lightsaber is, we now know, an important part of becoming a Jedi. It would have been useful to see Luke in the process.
12 Jerjerrod Isn’t Pleased With The Emperor’s Orders
A scene was shot for Return of the Jedi that showed Imperial officer Moff Jerjerrod questioning the orders of Emperor Palpatine. The Emperor wanted The Death Star to target Endor. Yet there were Imperial troops on Endor, and Jerjerrod didn’t want to kill his own troops.
Yet the scene showed dissent and weakness from an Imperial leader, and ended up cut.
11 Padmé And The Senators Discuss Moving Against Palpatine
Critics of the prequel films often deride the talking heads and boring politics. Yet there was a scene with Padmé that could have, in some small way, forshadowed the coming rebellion. The scene was shot for Revenge of the Sith, but the recognizable moment was cut.
The conversation included Senator Padmé Amidala and Bail Organa, someone who has come back numerous times since.
10 Unkar Plutt’s Arm Is Yanked Out By Chewbacca
Wookies have a propensity for pulling off arms. In The Force Awakens, Rey, Chewie, and Unkar Plutt were to meet at Maz Kanata’s castle. When Plutt and Rey argued, and Plutt got a bit too aggressive, Chewie stepped in and ripped his arm off.
It was cut. Why remains a mystery, but the speculation is that the scene was too graphic.
9 Kylo Ren Snoops Around The Millennium Falcon
Kylo Ren is still a character that many Star Wars fans are debating.
The Force Awakens had a scene that showed Ben Solo searching the empty Millennium Falcon aboard Starkiller Base. The moment added some serious tension between him and Solo, yet it was trimmed from the picture.
8 Han Solo Tries (And Fails) To Talk Himself Out Of Trouble
The Force Awakens had several deleted scene set in Maz Kanata’s castle. One showed Han trying to talk his way out of a dust-up with First Order Troopers. It doesn’t work. After, though, Han makes a quip about wearing Storm Trooper boots to Finn, which explains how Han knew Finn was a deserter.
7 Yoda Enters His Exile On Dagobah
So many of the smaller characters in the Star Wars universe have their own compelling plot lines that the movies only hint at. Yoda, for example. Why is he hiding out on Dagobah?
Footage showing his exile was shot, but it wasn’t included in the The Revenge of the Sith.
6 Bail Organa Votes In The Senate
Senator Bail Organa was supposed to have had a small part in The Phantom Menace, too. Leia’s father figure was to be seen voting against Chancellor Valorum. Organa plays a crucial role in the story, but has very limited screen-time.
5 Darth Maul’s Probe Droid
The prequels, focused as they were on explaining the origins of Vader, had to show that Anakin wasn’t always bad. One scene in The Phantom Menace shows Anakin quietly passing cash to a market vendor.
Right after, Qui-Gon kills a Sith probe droid. The action was good, and showed they were close to being caught. And it served as a good transition into the fight with Darth Maul. The final film leaves it out, so we aren’t really sure why everyone panics and runs for the ship.
4 Padmé And The Senators Fight With Palpatine
The Revenge of the Sith cutting room floor must have been littered with important story points.
Padmé, in her role as instigator, was no fan of Chancellor Palpatine, and their interactions were dramatic and tense.In the final cut, Padmé is more passive. These scenes made her more of a heroine, and set up conflict with Anakin, too.
3 Dooku Deserves More
Count Dooku is an important character in the Star Wars story, yet the movies don’t do much to flesh him out.
Jedi librarian Jocasta Nu was going to fill in the gaps for Obi-Wan when he visited the Jedi Archive in Attack of the Clones, but the scene was cut.
2 Anakin Fighting With Greedo
There’s not nearly enough Greedo in these movies. Even the kid version of our favorite Rodian would be helpful. And there was a scene that showed Anakin and a young Greedo fighting as kids in The Phantom Menace. While some might find kid Greedo to be too coincidental in the the larger arc of the story, the scene would have helped show that Anakin, even as a little kid, had an edge and a temper that he couldn’t control.
1 Ghost Qui-Gon
Force Ghosts are an important part of the Star Wars story. They appear at important moments and help push the living to act.
The ghost of Qui-Gon had a scene with Yoda at the end of Revenge of the Sith where he explains the way you get to eternal spirituality. It would have helped explain some important aspects of the Jedi religion.