Some of the most heated debates within the Star Wars fan community have centered on the many changes that George Lucas and his team have made to the saga over the years. While a few of them actually made sense for the story and continuity of the films, others are just so head-scratchingly unnecessary that adding them dampens the films’ impact and artistry. Here are seven of the most notorious examples of changes to the Star Wars series, including some of the ones that angered fans the most.
1. Who shot first?
The most famous of the changes to the saga, this one forever altered the confrontation between Han Solo and Greedo in the Mos Eisley cantina. Originally, Han took out the Rodian bounty hunter just moments before he had the chance to blast him or deliver him to Jabba the Hutt. However, Lucas presumably felt that the scene made Han — one of the heroes — appear too bloodthirsty. So, in the 1997 special edition, Han was made to digitally duck a shot fired by Greedo just a moment before he fires his own blaster (see above). The result looked ridiculous, and while further tinkering now has Han and Greedo shoot at roughly the same time (still with Han ducking), the damage has been done.