Imagination Connoisseur, Ian Samuels, plays script doctor and shows us how he would have fixed DUEL OF THE FATES so it could have become Episode IX of the Star Wars saga instead of STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER.


DUEL OF THE FATES (DOTF) could have worked with a couple changes.

Scrap the stupid bits. Don’t try to squeeze Chewie into an X-Wing and don’t give Kylo a stupid, Beskar Phantom of the Opera mask.

Then fix the big plot hole I previously mentioned. Change the lines. Have Rey tell Kylo that she cannot forgive him for joining those who hunted down and killed her parents (The Knights of Ren) and that he might as well have killed them himself.

Don’t kill Luke in STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI (SW:TLJ).

The character Tor Valum is supposed to be thousands of years old and is stated as being the Master to Darth Sidius. Just use Plageus.

Ret-con or take out all Leia stuff except the holo-message. More poignant as she has died.

The stuff on Coruscant having it under the First Order is like a sci-fi version of revolutionary France, only with Finn, Poe and Rose leading the revolution. Even having a ‘barricade’ scene that would make it a sci-fi version of Les Miserables would have been epic!

Otherwise, leave the rest as is.

Now that I have had time to absorb it I can see where it could’ve been fixed and would’ve worked and been better than what we got.

– Ian

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