Reading some of the early scripts for what eventually became Star Wars really puts emphasis on the theory that George Lucas didn’t lose his ability to write a good script with the prequels, he never had it in the first place.
“I am Lord Darth Vader, first Knight of the Sith, and right hand to His Eminence Prince Espaa Valorum, the Master of the Bogan. You will not mock me, or my Master; for the Ashla is weak, and the FORCE OF OTHERS cannot save you now…”
That’s a line from “Adventures of the Starkiller” about a boy named Luke Starkiller, who spends his time on a single planet with his buddy Biggs. In the film, Vader isn’t related to Luke, nor is he part of the Sith, but instead is just your ordinary grumpy bad guy who happened to have a few magical powers. There are no Jedi, but something similar called Bendus, of which Uncle Owen is one. Pretty much everyone has lightsabres, including your bog standard Stormtrooper. Leia is in the flick as well, though she’s not royalty, just someone hanging around Luke’s house.