I recently came across this summery of the rough draft for The Phantom Menace- or The Beginning as it was originally called. http://secrethistoryofstarwars.com/thebeginning.html It's...better. It seems more mature and much more like Star Wars than what we got. Obi-Wan is the central character and he has an arc and mannerisms that gel more with what the OT told us about him finding Anakin. Jar Jar is less annoying and his racist pigeon English is not there, and in the battle he is actually heroic. Anakin is older and much more active in the plot- his recklessness shows more. In short, a lot of the kiddie crap is not there. There are a couple problems like how did Palpatine become Chancellor and stuff, but for only a rough draft is was decent. I am wondering, what happened? Why did Lucas go the other way?