A Vision of Star Wars: Episodes 7, 8 and 9
Allow me to engage in some idle speculation…
Leia is the leader of the New Republic. Luke is an old, bearded Jedi Master who has established a Jedi training school on a garden planet. Aura, daughter of Han and Leia, is force sensitive, but despite Luke’s belief that she would make a powerful Jedi, Han and Leia have refused to let her be trained. They’ve seen the sort of thing that happens to powerful Jedi, and they want Aura to have a normal life.
The New Republic is still in its birthing throes. Although the Galactic Civil War has been over for twenty years, a ruthless band of Imperial loyalists still refuses to surrender. They are led by a sadistic officer named Splitter. He is divided right down the center: the entire left side of his body is a robot, and the entire right side is human. He despises the robot part of his nature, and has a pathological hatred of driods.
In the opening scene, set on a nuclear wasteland planet, Han Solo, now a diplomat, meets with Splitter, only to be killed through treachery. Solo dies in a blaze of glory, saving many innocent lives.
Meanwhile, a gifted young padawan of Luke’s named Mord possesses all the ambition of Palpatine. Mord discovers ancient Sith teachings that Luke has kept hidden for years. Calling himself Darth Scion, Mord secretly arranges for Splitter to invade Coruscant. During the battle, Mord kills Luke in a lightsaber battle. Splitter is driven away, but kidnaps Leia.
With Leia absent, her spineless VP comes into power, and Mord rises to become the VP’s highest advisor. He puts together a neo-Sith philosophy that spreads through the fledgeling new Jedi order. The followers of this evil philosophy model themselves after Darth Vader.
Coruscant threatens to become a police state, with fascist Sith Lords keeping the peace. Aura stands up to a female albino Sith, a favorite of Mord’s, and the Sith is killed. As a result, Aura is forced to go into hiding; she comes to reside amongst Yoda’s people on thier home planet. They are like the Tibetan Buddhists, and she learns from them.
As a ruse to draw Aura back out into the open, R2-D2 and C-3PO (who are now important leaders in the driods’ rights movement) are framed for murdering a human, put on trial, and quickly convicted and sentenced to deactivation. Aura decides that she has to come out of hiding to save her beloved robots, who raised her like nannies.
She arrives at Coruscant just as a driod uprising starts to take place in response to the verdict. Aura confronts Mord in the cavernous, tomblike catacombs beneath the city, but she is no match for him, and she loses both her hands. Instead of having them replaced by robot hands, she remains without them, to remind her of her failure. She now realizes that she is not powerful enough in the force to defeat Mord; instead, she convinces the other good Jedi to make one final stand against evil, inspiring them and serving as thier military strategist.
An army of Jedi and an army of Sith have an epic confrontation in the streets, and the final Star Wars battle is the coolest of all time.
Episode 9 ends with an army of Jedi Knights protecting a prosperous democracy, and the saga ends where it began.
In the final shot, we see the ghosts of all the Jedi who were killed in the final battle, standing in a long line on the horizon, lightsabers raised.