The Emporer/Chancellor Palpatine

Of all the “bad guys” in the Star Wars universe, there is one guy who becomes the resident evil man.  The Emporer who is also Chancellor Palpatine plays an absolutely brilliant role in this movie!  Who has could make both factions in the Star Wars universe go to war?  I have some real interesting thoughts on just how brilliant he is.

Palpatine/Emporer:  ********* (9)


Of all the “bad guys” in the Star Wars universe, there is one guy who becomes the resident evil man.  The Emporer who is also Chancellor Palpatine plays an absolutely brilliant role in this movie!  Who has could make both factions in the Star Wars universe go to war?  I have some real interesting thoughts on just how brilliant he is.

Let’s split this character and really treat him as two different people, because in a way, he is.  I’m going to start by talking about Chancellor Palpatine.  Does anyone remember how he comes to power?  Oh yeah, he comes to power because he manipulates Queen Amidala to call for a “no vote of confidence” in Chancellor Vellorum’s power.  This ultimately leads to the insertion of Palpatine as the new Chancellor.  Don’t think for one minute that things did not happen to his plan.  The Chancellor then meets Senator Amidala at the beginning of Attack of the Clones and tells her that he is sorry that there have been attempts on her life and that he would do all that he could to ensure her safety.  Here comes the great irony, the guy who is really trying to take Senator Amidala’s life is the Emporer, who is also Chancellor Palpatine!  This scene always seems to make me laugh at the concept that Lucas gives.  Think about the irony that one man is trying to kill someone and ensuring their safety all in one breath.  Then, Chancellor Palpatine decides the Jedi Knights should be responsible for Amidala’s life.  Again, Palpatine has ultimate control here as he knows that the Jedi will put both Obi-Wan and Anakin in charge of this duty.  He also knows that this will distract the two most powerful up and coming Jedi so that the Emporer can do the duty that he plans on doing.  In the course of the movie, Obi-Wan gets further distracted trying to find out more information on Jengo Fett.  Then, he finds the clone army, which I believe Chancellor Palpatine planned on.  Ironically, the discovery of the clone army and the need for a clone army for the defense of the Republic coincide.  Palpatine convinces the Senate to let him use the clone army to attack the Federation’s droid army.  This leads to the Clone Wars.  But remember that there is someone in control on the other side of the Clone Wars.

On the other side of the movie is the Emporer, who is also Chancellor Palpatine.  The Emporer is in charge of the Federation faction by controlling what Count Dooku does.  This is all really revealed at the end of the movie.  The Emporer forsees the weakness in the Jedi and decides that if a war were to happen, the Jedi need to be at the front of the war to make sure that the Sith can rise again and wipe them all out.  So, he deliberately makes attempts on Senator Amidala’s life knowing that this will cause the Jedi to have to react.  He knows that they will find out who Jengo Fett is, and that the discovery of this Bounty Hunter will lead to the discovery of the clones on Kamino.  He also plans on this being used to start the Clone Wars.  Imagine this concept today.  That would be like George Bush and Saddam Hussein being the same person (I know I’m gonna catch political comments for that crack!), and Bush manipulated the American people into a war and Hussein did the same thing, and when the war ended, we found out they are the same person.  In reality, that is exactly how the Clone Wars happened.  I think that is what makes this storyline so unique in Star Wars.

Again Ian McDiarmid did an amazing job playing this two-faced character.  He seems to sell the character wll and we all are very convinced that Palpatine and the Emporer are running the show.  I think for those who were not true Star Wars fans and did not know that the Chancellor and the Emporer were the same guy, they would have been fooled by his ability to act out these two roles seperately.  Kudos to Ian, and I think you have earned an Emmy in my home if you haven’t received one in real life.  Although, I think his acting for the Star Wars series will get better for the next movie.  I give The Emporer a:

Palpatine/Emporer:  ********* (9)

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