There have been countless fan edits of the latest trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but an edit from Max Nicholson does something most impressive: It makes the much-maligned Star Wars prequel trilogy look pretty great.
Nicholson borrows the soundtrack and the tone of The Force Awakens' newest trailer, while smartly using original trilogy dialogue — just like the second teaser trailer for Episode VII — to help infuse his cut with a powerful dose of nostalgia. His main goal, however, was to present a spoiler-free trailer for the prequels.
"One thing that always bugged me about the — including the marketing — was how they gave away the big twist from [The Empire Strikes Back]," Nicholson wrote on YouTube. "So, I decided to make a video that reinforced Obi-Wan's original story to Luke in the first Star Wars movie."
Nicholson still has to contend with some pretty rough dialogue from Hayden Christiansen's Anakin Skywalker and Natalie Portman's Padme Amidala, and the trailer reminds you just how many flat, boring shots the prequels have, but it's still incredibly effective fan work.