Watching the Original Trilogy in the early 90’s, there was very little information on what happened before. All we really knew was what Obi-Wan told Luke. The Jedi Knights were guardians of peace and justice. When Obi-Wan met Anakin he was already a great pilot, was strong in the Force and they were best friends. Yoda taught Obi-Wan to be a Jedi. Oh and that Obi-Wan and Anakin fought in the Clone Wars.
Not a lot of information to go on based on the films. There was an interview that George Lucas did where he told the story of an epic duel between Obi-Wan and Anakin that resulted in Anakin falling into fire/lava which was why he was in the Vader suit.
There were also rumours that Lucas was going to start making the Prequel Trilogy in the late 80’s and Mark Hamill was going to return to play Anakin Skywalker.
Of course none of this happened, so until 1999 we were left to our own devices in terms of what that period of time was like.
So where my head went was somewhere completely different in terms of what we would see.
Firstly, I took into account the ages of both Obi-Wan and Anakin from the Original Trilogy and thought that the Prequels would have happened years before they actually did. I always assumed they were around the same age, based on their friendship, and that because of that friendship Obi-Wan taught Anakin. I also believed that the Jedi were more like wandering guardians, going from planet to planet, stopping trouble and helping those in need, not the regimented organisation we actually got. Perhaps, if one Jedi found someone to be trained, they would send them to Dagobah for Yoda to train.
Also, Anakin already being a great pilot. Who would have ever thought that a child would ever be seen as a great pilot?
Imagine my surprise when I found out there was at least 10 years between Anakin and Obi-Wan. I couldn’t fathom the concept of having friends that much older than me back then.
At one point in my childhood, I remember my Sister telling me that George Lucas had written ‘The Clone Wars’. At this point I had started reading the ‘EU’, and so began a mad hunt for a book about ‘The Clone Wars’ but obviously I was mistaken, much to my youthful disappointment.
What I really took away from my preconceptions as a youth was that no matter what I could think up when it came to Star Wars, my ideas would never live up to those of The Maker (or Makers nowadays). And whilst I would have loved to see my 8 year old head-canon, I really don’t think that it would have been any good.
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