Episode 1 was originally called Balance of the Force

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Been reading Toyfare #1 recently and they talked alot about the movie originally called Balance of the Force.

Plus Nicolas Cage's Superman Lives movie news was important back then
 
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There were a lot of rumoured titles back in those days, I remember one of them being Children of the Force, but they were never going to use any of them.
 
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Balance of the Force isn't a terrible title, it just doesn't really make a ton of sense in context to the story of EP1. I guess it would refer to Anakin being discovered and whom eventually brings balance by ROTJ. But the immediate story is more about the reveal of the Sith and their machinations than Anakin. He's kind of a subsidiary role in EP1. Truthfully, EP1 is kind of all over the place with its characters. Like RedLetterMedia said, does EP1 even really have a main character? I mean, does it? SHRUG! But Balance of the Force really sounds more like a title for a climax instead of an opening chapter.

I remember when The Phantom Menace was first announced, people didn't care for the title. But I much prefer to the almost B-Movie sounding title of Attack of the Clones. But I can't really fault that title, it explains exactly what happens. I just always thought something less almost Roger Corman like would be better.

When you really look at the titles, they all pretty much add up except IMO one:

The Phantom Menace: References the lurking Sith coming out of the shadows.
Attack of the Clones: The beginnings of the Clone Wars.
Revenge of the Sith: The rise of the Sith ruled Galactic Empire.
A New Hope: Luke Skywalker/Leia Organa, hope for the galaxy/force/jedi/rebellion.
The Empire Strikes Back: Well...the Empire strikes back.
Return of the Jedi: Luke becomes a Jedi and defeats the Sith/Fall of the Empire.

It's with the ST that they get more vague.
The Force Awakens: I guess this is in reference to Rey and her connection to the force.
The Last Jedi: I guess this implies Luke's the last..."official"...Jedi.
The Rise of Skywalker: This is the one that I really have to stretch for it to mean anything. I SUPPOSE it's referencing the Skywalker Legacy ultimately winning out in the end by vicariously adopting Rey?
 
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Balance of the force for me is better than The Phantom Menace when talking of the title of episode 1.
 
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Ep,1: "Star Wars Episode 1: Decline of the Franchise"
Ep.2: "Cringy Wooden Dialogue"
Ep.3: "The Dark and the Spooky"

Ep. 7: "An Attenion-Deficit Hyperactive Disorder Rehash"
Ep. 8: "A Token Minority Casino Adventure"
Ep. 9: "Bankruptcy of Creativity"
 
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Balance of the Force isn't a terrible title, it just doesn't really make a ton of sense in context to the story of EP1. I guess it would refer to Anakin being discovered and whom eventually brings balance by ROTJ. But the immediate story is more about the reveal of the Sith and their machinations than Anakin. He's kind of a subsidiary role in EP1. Truthfully, EP1 is kind of all over the place with its characters. Like RedLetterMedia said, does EP1 even really have a main character? I mean, does it? SHRUG! But Balance of the Force really sounds more like a title for a climax instead of an opening chapter.

I remember when The Phantom Menace was first announced, people didn't care for the title. But I much prefer to the almost B-Movie sounding title of Attack of the Clones. But I can't really fault that title, it explains exactly what happens. I just always thought something less almost Roger Corman like would be better.

When you really look at the titles, they all pretty much add up except IMO one:

The Phantom Menace: References the lurking Sith coming out of the shadows.
Attack of the Clones: The beginnings of the Clone Wars.
Revenge of the Sith: The rise of the Sith ruled Galactic Empire.
A New Hope: Luke Skywalker/Leia Organa, hope for the galaxy/force/jedi/rebellion.
The Empire Strikes Back: Well...the Empire strikes back.
Return of the Jedi: Luke becomes a Jedi and defeats the Sith/Fall of the Empire.

It's with the ST that they get more vague.
The Force Awakens: I guess this is in reference to Rey and her connection to the force.
The Last Jedi: I guess this implies Luke's the last..."official"...Jedi.
The Rise of Skywalker: This is the one that I really have to stretch for it to mean anything. I SUPPOSE it's referencing the Skywalker Legacy ultimately winning out in the end by vicariously adopting Rey?

Kathleen Kennedy desperately wanted to take the Skywalker name and turn it into a title, basically making Skywalker the same as Jedi, & anyone can be a Skywalker now and they dont have to stick to the Lilly white family we all grew up with - "I can finally have the transexual asian Skywalker I always wanted!" - Kathleen Kennedy.

SW was never about race to me, they've had all the races in prominent roles from the very beginning. Soon as she introduced US politics to SW - it was OVVVVVER. THIS IS A FAMILY STORY, we care more about the SKYWALKER FAMILY than forced equality in a movie.

Episode 9 should of been called: Episode 9: TMNS - This Makes No Sense.
 
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Balance of the Force isn't a terrible title, it just doesn't really make a ton of sense in context to the story of EP1. I guess it would refer to Anakin being discovered and whom eventually brings balance by ROTJ. But the immediate story is more about the reveal of the Sith and their machinations than Anakin. He's kind of a subsidiary role in EP1. Truthfully, EP1 is kind of all over the place with its characters. Like RedLetterMedia said, does EP1 even really have a main character? I mean, does it? SHRUG! But Balance of the Force really sounds more like a title for a climax instead of an opening chapter.

I remember when The Phantom Menace was first announced, people didn't care for the title. But I much prefer to the almost B-Movie sounding title of Attack of the Clones. But I can't really fault that title, it explains exactly what happens. I just always thought something less almost Roger Corman like would be better.

When you really look at the titles, they all pretty much add up except IMO one:

The Phantom Menace: References the lurking Sith coming out of the shadows.
Attack of the Clones: The beginnings of the Clone Wars.
Revenge of the Sith: The rise of the Sith ruled Galactic Empire.
A New Hope: Luke Skywalker/Leia Organa, hope for the galaxy/force/jedi/rebellion.
The Empire Strikes Back: Well...the Empire strikes back.
Return of the Jedi: Luke becomes a Jedi and defeats the Sith/Fall of the Empire.

It's with the ST that they get more vague.
The Force Awakens: I guess this is in reference to Rey and her connection to the force.
The Last Jedi: I guess this implies Luke's the last..."official"...Jedi.
The Rise of Skywalker: This is the one that I really have to stretch for it to mean anything. I SUPPOSE it's referencing the Skywalker Legacy ultimately winning out in the end by vicariously adopting Rey?

As time has gone on I see ROTJ as the "return" of Anakin since Lucas has stated on multiple occasions it is Vader's story
 
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