When George Lucas announced that he would be bringing a trilogy of Star Wars prequels to the big screen, fans rejoiced. After all, many thought that the 1983 release of Return of the Jedi had marked the end of the franchise. The resulting prequel films — released from 1999 to 2005 — created quite a rift in the Star Wars fan community, but more than that, they led to a number of discrepancies between the story details established in the original trilogy and what was revealed in the new releases. Here are 10 of the most obvious ones.
For the record, we’re staying away from large-scale issues like the difference in technology between the two trilogies as well as the age of returning characters (notably, Owen and Beru Lars) and instead honing in on specific moments that remain in all versions of the films. Also, we’re referring strictly to the films themselves, not any of the tie-in novels or television series still considered canon.
1. Anakin’s history (from Obi-Wan’s point of view)
Granted, much of what Obi-Wan Kenobi tells Luke Skywalker about his father is fabricated to protect the young farmboy from Anakin’s dark past. However, even the slivers of truth that he does include in his description of the elder Skywalker now seem disconnected from the reality depicted in the prequels. With no mention of Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan makes it sound as if he discovered Anakin and his abilities when The Phantom Menace makes it clear that he didn’t initially believe in the boy’s potential and only trained him because he promised his dying master. Generally speaking, the older Obi-Wan doesn’t technically lie about everything (Anakin was a great pilot or, at least, pod-racer), but the scene still doesn’t quite fit like it should.