Hi all. I've had this idea in my head regarding TPM for a long time but I'd never expressed it on these boards before. At lot of people have issues with Lucas' decision to include the character of Qui-Gon, citing that it detracts from the character of Obi-Wan Kenobi. While I agree with this point somewhat, I truly love the Qui-Gon character and would not have liked to loose Liam Neeson's incredible performance. If I had written the script, I think that I would have come up with a sort of a compromise: I believe that Qui-Gon should have been slain in his desert duel with Darth Maul. Prior to his desert duel, the film should have remained the same. Qui-Gon goes off without Kenobi onto Tatooine, discovers Anakin and brings him back to the ship, where is he attacked by Darth Maul. Anakin enters the ship and tells Obi-Wan that they are to take off no matter what. As they do, Obi-Wan is forced to watch from the cockpit as his master is slain. Returning to the Jedi Council, Obi-Wan now has two agendas. First: he wants to find the identity of the Sith who killed Qui-Gon and second - he pleads to have Anakin trained, as Qui-Gon would have wished. He is denied on both accounts. Anakin is dangerous and Obi-Wan has yet to face the trials. The Council debates on which master should take on Obi-Wan to continue his padawan training. Obi-Wan is vocally upset. Upon hearing of the Queen's sudden move, Obi-Wan jumps at the opportunity to return to Naboo, correctly making the assumption that through following Amidala, he will be led to Maul, and a chance to avenge his master's death. The Jedi Council deny him his request, citing that he must calm his head before going on any assignments, and that sending a padawan without a master would be an unprecedented move. "Reckless" Obi-Wan decides to make the move anyway. He falsely tells Panaka that he has been assigned to protect Amadala and returns to Naboo with the Queen and her entourage. It is there where he finally gets his chance to avenge his masters death and a one-bladed Maul is defeated. The Council is indebted to Obi-Wan. Not only has he confirmed that the Sith have returned, but he's destroyed their master...or maybe apprentice? Mace isn't quite sure. It is decided that through "protecting" the Queen and killing Maul that Obi-Wan has successfully completed his trial. They grant him the status of Jedi Knight, and after a bit of work, he is allowed to train Anakin, as Qui-Gon had hoped. Had George written The Phantom Menace in this way, it would have fleshed out the character of Obi-Wan better, and given him more motivation to have Anakin trained, as well as justifying the "reckless" comment that Yoda makes to Luke in ESB. I find it a shame that Obi-Wan, a character so predominant in the entire saga, was virtually pushed to the background in TPM and had Anakin practically dumped upon him. By the same token, I loved Qui-Gon, and feel that his warmth was a great asset to the film. With Qui-Gon dying earlier in the film, of course, we wouldn't have been treated with the fantastic 2 on 1 lightsaber battle, but, judging by Obi-Wan's importance to the rest of the saga, I think that loosing that classic duel is a sacrifice that I would have been willing to make for the betterment of the over all story of the film and the saga. Mace Windy, kiss me, I'm windy!