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The Empire Strikes Back is the most beloved film in the Star Wars saga. It’s a masterpiece on several levels, and that’s all thanks to some much needed changes from the original scripts.

The first draft was written by Leigh Brackett, who turned in her script to George Lucas just before dying of cancer in March 1978. Lucas didn’t like the direction of her treatment, wrote a new draft of his own, and then hired Lawrence Kasdan to finish the job. The original drafts for the film contain some pretty interesting bits of information, and would have drastically changed the course of the Star Wars universe.

Though there are several great ideas present in the earlier treatments, there are a few puzzling ones as well. I’ve compiled a list of 5 things they thankfully changed, that would have drastically altered, and probably ruined, the final film…

5. Vader Had Pet Gargoyles

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In the original script, Vader lived in a castle, complete with a lava moat, and would have had pet gargoyles. There’s nothing more to say about that, other than… “WHAT?”

Luckily, this idea was quickly thrown away and instead, Vader resides mainly on the Super Star Destroyer called The Executor, his personal flagship.

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The Empire. Queue the sweetest theme song in the galaxy, as millions of Stormtroopers, AT-AT Walkers, TIE Fighters, Star Destroyers, and Sith Lords come marching down from the skies to ruin your planet’s day. Don’t even try fighting back. Resistance is futile.

Unless you happen to have a fighting squad of Force-sensitive teenagers lying around with names that begin with “L,” such as Luke, Leia, and, uh, Lando. In that case, strap in and get ready to fly down those Death Star trenches as you attempt to bring down the single most terrifying fascist regime ever witnessed by fictional history, with little more than luck on your side.

Seriously, how could the Empire lose? As a kid, you watch Star Wars and just accept that Skywalker saves the day. At the end of Return of the Jedi, the second Death Star is blown up, the evil Emperor Palpatine is dead, and a redeemed Lord Vader is down and out. All is right in the galaxy again as the multitudes of still-functioning Star Destroyers facing the tiny Rebel Alliance just… go away? As you grow up, cinematic magic begins to sway for logic and you come to the realise that in reality, the Empire would never have been beaten.

In fact, here are 10 incredibly simple ways they could have conquered the galaxy indefinitely…

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

That’s right people, you read the headline correctly, the genius and poetic beauty of Shakespeare and his iambic pentameter has found its way into a galaxy far, far away, and not a single Jawa or droid has been overlooked, resulting in this fabulous, albeit awfully familiar, book.

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars is the latest mash-up offering from the independent publishing company aptly named Quirk Books, and is the creation of mega Star Wars and Shakespeare fan, Ian Doescher. Quirk is a company that has been around for some time, and if you are like me, part pop culture fanboy, part literary book-worm, then there is no doubt that you have come across a book or two from Quirk. If you have never heard of Quirk Books then shame on you, because if you love anything to do with sci-fi, zombies, steam-punk or any other fanboy troupes, then Quirk is certainly something you should check out, and Shakespeare’s Star Wars is certainly a book every Star Wars fan should at least take a look at. Some of Quirk’s more famous works include the best-selling and rather famous Pride, Prejudice and Zombies, as well as Sense, Sensibility and Sea Monsters, and The Last Policeman.

As you can see from two of the books I have mentioned from Quirk they have a history of taking classic, and quite serious literature, and putting a unique, fun and rather accessible spin on them, such as adding zombies, monsters or in their latest offering a Wookiee.

The first thing I must say about this book is that from an aesthetic point of view, you can tell a lot of love and effort has gone into the creation of it; from the sublime artwork on the book jacket, to the design and look of the actual book underneath, which is made to look like a long-lost Shakespeare play, old and worn away. The great artwork on the front of the jacket depicts legendary Lucas creations such as Darth Vadar, Luke and Leia, but in a Shakespearean style and clothing from the era. This type of imagery is frequently included throughout the book, and the woodcut style of each picture, as can be seen below, which were drawn by Nicolas Delort, are so beautifully drawn that I hope they will one day be released as artwork.

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The artwork is not the only aspect of the book were you can tell a lot of love, effort and attention has gone into its creation. As previously mentioned, Doescher is clearly a massive fan of both Star Wars and Shakespeare, as not only has he gone through every line of A New Hope and has somehow managed to translate it all into iambic pentameter, as well as making modern English phrases sound more archaic (and believe me, as an English graduate who studied Shakespeare, that’s pretty damn impressive), but there is also not one aspect from A New Hope that Doescher does not put emphasis on. The inclusion of Luke and Leia kissing, as well as how weird that is once we find out they are brother and sister, as well as fanboys’ favourite discussion of Han shooting first, not Greedo, are all playfully included within the book.

If, like me, you are familiar with the works of Shakespeare, then no doubt you’ll find this book more rewarding than if you hate Shakespeare, as the greatest parts of the book are when Doescher manages to take legendary lines and soliloquies from some of Shakespeare’s most iconic plays. Moments such as Hamlet holding Yorick’s skull, Mark Anthony’s ‘Friends, countrymen, Romans’ speech and King Henry V’s battle cry of, ‘Once more unto the breach dear friends’, are taken and injected with Star Wars iconography and mythology. The results are Luke holding a Storm Trooper’s helmet instead of a skull, ‘Friends, countrymen, Romans’ being altered to, ‘Friends, rebels, starfighters’, and ‘Once more unto the breach’, altered to, ‘Once more unto the trench,’ in Luke and the rebels’ final attack upon the Death Star.

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The biggest flaw of the book is that if you are not a fan or familiar with Shakespeare then you will not get much out of it. Aside from Doescher exploring characters’ emotions and psyche a bit more in depth, such as Vadar giving soliloquies in which he reveals subtle aspects of guilt for all the acts of murder and evil he has committed, as well as Obi Wan actually voicing his reasoning for allowing himself to die, rather than Lucas making us guess and R2-D2 revealing he is not just a foolish droid that beeps, but instead is masterminding the entire plot, the book is basically an exact retelling of Episode IV. This means that at times the book can be quite hard to get through, as although it is quite short, if you have seen Episode IV the amount of times a regular Star Wars fan has, i.e. a lot, the book can be quite boring. This isn’t Doescher’s fault, as the guy has done a great job with the book, I just feel this book would have had more of an impact if it was published two decades ago, rather than now, when the plot line and characters of Star Wars, especially A New Hope, have been watched and parodied so much that every aspect of the film has been ingrained within western culture, so much so that at times this book feels redundant and just not needed.

However, arguably one of the best aspects of the creation of this book is that hopefully theatrical production companies may actually one day stage this play, as even the complexity of the space dogfights between the Millennium Falcon and Tie-fighters, as well as the attack on the Death Star, can be solved via models on sticks, as is shown in the book. Therefore there is absolutely no reason why this book can’t live on through theatrical adaptations.

Overall the satisfaction a reader would get from this book truly depends on how familiar they are with the two materials that have been mashed-up. If you love Star Wars to death, but hate Shakespeare, this probably isn’t the book for you. If you love, or at least have appreciation for both sources of material then there is no doubt you will find fun and enjoyment within this book. I just hope that both Episode V and VI get the same treatment soon.

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William Shakespeare’s Star Wars is available now.

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It seems impossible. Or at the very least, a terrible, terrible idea that would result in catastrophic, possibly world ending consequences. Because for the most part, Star Wars Fans and Trekkers hate each other. So a Star Wars/Star Trek crossover could conceivably lead to four possible outcomes.

1. The implosion of the universe.

2. Worldwide riots involving a West Side Story-esque rumble where the two sides are armed with Lightsabers and Bat’leths.

3. Content that is worse than the Star Wars prequels and Star Trek: Generations combined.

4. Something totally, utterly, mind-blowingly awesome.

Regardless of the result, where would you even begin? Star Wars takes place a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away and Star Trek takes place centuries in the future. So before you can answer the question of “Should they do this?” you first have to figure out “How would they do this?”

Fortunately, both universes feature an abundance of incredibly dumb plot devices that make little to no sense whatsoever outside of driving a narrative. That’s the beauty of Science Fiction, you can explain pretty much anything with one simple word: Because!

We’re going to have to push the bounds of both science and magic to to boldly go to a galaxy far, far away. This isn’t won’t be your run-of-the-mill suspension of disbelief, it will be an in-school suspension of disbelief, with no doodling, dilly-dallying allowed, and minimal bathroom breaks for disbelief.

Now, is your disbelief under supervision in a combination desk/chair? Excellent. Begin.

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