Sunday, June 12, 2005

The Phantom Menace: Infinities (2)

How would these scenarios play out in a comic, with caveat being that the single most important event of the prequel trilogy remains the same – Anakin Skywalker becomes Darth Vader?


What if Anakin had lost the pod race?
  1. Anakin loses the pod race.
  2. Padme’s ship is forfeited to Watto.
  3. Qui-Gon, ever the maverick, steals the ship back.
  4. Anakin has stowed away on board.
  5. The Jedi Council tells Qui-Gon to take the boy back home.
  6. He doesn’t.

What if Obi-Wan had died in the fight against Darth Maul instead of Qui-Gon?

  1. Darth Maul kills Obi-Wan.
  2. Qui-Gon kills Darth Maul.
  3. Qui-Gon takes Anakin as his padawan.
  4. As time passes, Qui-Gon starts to compare Anakin unfavorably to his dead padawan, Obi-Wan.

What if both Jedi had survived the fight with Darth Maul?

  1. Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon kill Darth Maul.
  2. Obi-Wan is promoted to Jedi Knight.
  3. Qui-Gon takes Anakin as his padawan.
  4. Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon maintain their friendship.
  5. Anakin comes to resent this friendship.

What if Darth Maul had killed both Jedi?

  1. Darth Maul kills Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon.
  2. The Trade Federation is still defeated on Naboo.
  3. The Jedi Council attends the funerals of Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon on Naboo.
  4. Mace takes on Anakin as his padawan.
  5. Anakin comes to resent Mace.

What if Darth Maul had killed Qui-Gon in their first encounter?

  1. Darth Maul kills Qui-Gon while he and Anakin are boarding Padme’s ship.
  2. Obi-Wan gets Anakin on board, but is too late to help Qui-Gon.
  3. Anakin blames Obi-Wan for Qui-Gon’s death.

What if, after being rejected by the Council, Anakin had run away on Coruscant?

  1. Anakin is rejected by the Council.
  2. Anakin runs away from the Temple.
  3. Anakin is found by Palpatine, who takes him in as his ward.

[Talk about worst case scenario!]

What if Padme had purchased Shmi’s freedom?

  1. Anakin destroys the Trade Federation’s droid control ship.
  2. Padme repays Anakin by purchasing his mom’s freedom.
  3. Shmi is set up in a little house on Naboo.
  4. Anakin goes to see his mom regularly.
  5. The Jedi discourage this.
  6. Palpatine has Shmi murdered.
  7. Anakin thinks the Jedi did it.

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