The What-Ifs of Episode IS

It's been fifteen years since we were exposed to Star Wars Episode I- The Phantom Menace. Tears have been shed. Gungans have been unleashed. And fandom was never the same.

Was there another way? I'd like to think so. But I'm not here to bitch about what is. I'm here to imagine what could have been, and hear what you imagined Episode I could have been. So tell me what scenarios and stories were going through your head before that fateful day. And perhaps an intrepid filmmaker can use the mistakes of the past to reboot a better future.