Much has been made of the never-ending tweaks that George Lucas keeps making to the Star Wars saga and the resultant fan outrage. But in an effort to be constructive, here are a few elements that we wish Lucas HAD futzed with that might've changed things for the better.
Mind you, these suggestions are meant to be small and achievable—and not large sweeping ones like "Cut out The Phantom Menace entirely, and just make it a preamble montage at the beginning of Attack of the Clones, as no real important story or character information is established" or "Make the romance between Anakin and Padme legitimate so we'll understand his motivation for turning to the Dark Side."
1. The TwigStar Wars: Episode VI — Return of the Jedi
If you'll recall, the way the Rebel forces first encounter the Ewoks—who would go on to prove the deciding factor in the Empire's downfall (if the Ewoks don't help the rebels defeat the Imperials defending the shield generator, then Lando and the Starfighters get blown to pieces and Darth Vader killing the Emperor before dying wouldn't matter, since there wouldn't be a rebel alliance left)—is because Han steps on a stick. How about, rather than sheer clumsiness, you make the Ewoks cunning and attentive forest dwellers who choose to attack these fleshy interlopers?
2. Droid Ownership
Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope
When R2-D2 escapes from Luke's moisture farm to find Obi-Wan Kenobi in the dunes of Tatooine, Obi-Wan tells Luke that he "doesn't recall owning any droids." Despite the fact that Episodes II and III clearly show R2 as Obi-Wan's frequent companion. Now, maybe "owning" is the letter of the law that Lucas is sticking to, but for old Ben not to remember the Astromech who saved his bacon more than once is a little silly.
3. Senator Binks
Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones
I just think any way you can eliminate Jar Jar, the better. Especially when he's introducing legislation.
4. Rock the Color Wheel
Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith
One of the smartest choices Lucas made in the OG trilogy was to color-code the lightsabers according to spiritual alignment. Good got blue or green, evil got red. So even when you're far away, you can sorta tell who's who. But in the climactic fight between Obi-Wan and Anakin, everything turns in to a blur of blue. Just pop some tint on that sabre and make it a more visually distinct fight.
5. The Speed Run
Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace
Once you establish—the way Lucas does in the opening action piece of this film, when Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon tap into the speed force to escape some heavily armed droids—that this kind of blurry sprinting in a Jedi power, then why doesn't Obi-Wan use it to save Qui-Gon from getting speared by Darth Maul? This sort of convenient ignoring of previously established abilities is easily rectified.