The Insane Idea:
Instead of a spaceship, or a planet, or something that wouldn't be surprisingly horrifying, The Force Awakens was going to open with a goddamn severed hand floating through space like a revolting asteroid. The hand is a familiar one: Luke's. In fact, it was still going to be holding the lightsaber from his duel with Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back, probably thanks to some kind of midi-chlorian-assisted rigor mortis. If you're having a hard time picturing what that would look like, The Verge created an animated approximation:
The hand would then burn up in the atmosphere of the planet Jakku ...
... and the surviving lightsaber would land in the desert, only to be plucked up by an unseen alien. Probably Maz Kanata, the goggle-eyed old lady creature who somehow had Luke's lightsaber in her Red Lobster treasure chest of goodies in the movie proper. But wait, how the hell would this even make any sense? At the end of Empire, Luke's hand doesn't go flying into space after Vader lops it off; it falls to the bottom of Cloud City. Are they implying that one of Bespin's weirdest citizens found a severed hand and decided to launch it into the sky like the remains of Hunter S. Thompson? And then it traveled the galaxy like the Hamburger Helper glove?