The movie originally opened up with Luke observing the space battle above Tatooine, but the scene was cut because the hat he was wearing was just too embarrassing– even for the man who would later create Jar-Jar Binks!
We also would have gotten to see the “Toshi station” where Luke oh so wanted to go pick up power converters… but that scene was cut because Luke’s nickname was so irritating and also because Lucas later decided that a crystal ball did not fit so well with his vision of the Star Wars ethos:
I had the Star Wars storybook as a kid and it also contained images of the following scene that hit the cutting room floor. Man, I thought Biggs was cool. I could not figure out why they cut him, but then in the nineties Lucas reinserted some of his scenes when he released the altered version of the film. Oh! The pain! If only we lived in a world where Lucas had someone near him to tell him he was out of his mind….
You remember that scene with the shiny black miniature Death Star looking floating droid thing with a syringe? I never could figure it out as a kid…. I mean here we are in this high tech supernatural universe and Vader can’t pull a Jedi Mind Trick while using some kind of high tech brain imaging. No… we’ve got a floating death star with a syringe! It just doesn’t fit. Well, you should have seen what Lucas originally had in mind: a black droid with a mohawk and an earring! “I pity the fool that don’t tell me the location of the hidden rebel base!”
He’s another lousy scene that should of stayed on the cutting room floor but that Lucas had to dig back up for his re-envisioning of the film. At least you get to check out the frightening pre-slug Jabba:
And check out this rendition of the famous Remote and Blast Shield. This image upset me even as a kinder-gardener with only a dim memory of the movie. I guess the Marvel Comics artist lacked the necessary stills to pull this one off and had to make it up based mostly on the script?
And here’s the scene where Frodo is entering the Mines of Moria… oh wait… wrong movie. You remember the scene where Chewbacca gets frightened and Han just randomly shoots his blaster down an empty hall? It never did make any sense to me. Apparently, Lucas originally had something different in mind there as we see below. Hmm… maybe he was running out of special effects $$?
But if I was slightly confused by Han shooting down an empty hallway, I was quite perturbed by Obiwan Kenobi’s light-saber duel. He just gives up! He holds his light-saber straight up and lets Vader kill him. Right. (Luke, did Ben forget to tell you that not only do Jedi Knights venerate lying, but they are also heavy into ritual suicide.) The comic book adaption of that fight is much better; Kenobi talks a little more smack and appears to go down fighting. Here’s line that got cut from the film that puts one of Ben’s more cryptic remarks in context:
Here’s a particular juicy bit… in the earliest cuts of the film, Luke’s father was well known and well thought of. Personally, I’d like to live in a universe where Ben’s not a liar, Luke didn’t kiss his sister, and where Vader was not Luke’s daddy. This scene provides some evidence for those that think that things really were intended to be that way as the first film came together:
Here’s a scene that demonstrates how Lucas’s revisionism truly knows no bounds. You can tell this is the revised adaption from 2006 because Lucas had Dark Horse comics remove the part where Luke screams “Carrie!!!” instead he makes them put in some lame line about ‘Technicos.’ Right. You’re not fooling anyone, George. It’s bad enough that you’ve altered the movies, but could you at least stay out of the comic adaption and leave things be?