It’s amazing after spending an entire lifetime consuming all things Star wars, new things continue to reveal themselves and make the saga seem more connected than previously thought. In Attack of the Clones, Anakin and Padmé share a scene together as refugees on board a transport en route to Naboo. During their travels, future couple discuss notions like love, possessions and compassion.
Attachment is forbidden. Possession is forbidden. Compassion, which I would define as unconditional love, is central to a Jedi’s life, so you might say we are encouraged to love.
In turning to the dark side and taking on the title of Sith Lord, Anakin betrayed those Jedi ideals. But not forever as it would turn out.
Over and over throughout the prequels, we heard how the dark side was clouding the Jedi’s vision. Yoda mentioned it more than once. Dooku told Obi-Wan about it, etc. Clearly, Lucas wanted us to know that the dark side had impaired the Jedi, who have who didn’t help their cause by becoming a complacent and arrogant entity. Without the full service of the Force at their disposal, the Jedi bumbled in to Darth Sidious’ trap, and have yet to fully re-emerge from that oblivion.
But in what can only be described as getting one’s comeuppance, Palpatine surprisingly had his vision clouded many years later. If arrogance crept in on the Jedi over time, it blindsided the Sith Master like an 18-wheeler careening through an intersection.
Fast forward to Return of the Jedi when Palpatine confesses to not having sensed Luke’s presence on Endor.
Vader: My son is with them.
Emperor: Are you sure?
Vader: I have felt him, my master.
Emperor: Strange that I have not. I wonder if your feelings on this matter are clear, Lord Vader.
Vader: They are clear, my master.
“Strange that I have not”. Hmmm, was Palpatine lying or was he completely blind to the emerging conflict within Vader? It certainly seems so, because Palpatine had no clue that his apprentice was about to toss him down
All of this is merely an observation that many, many others have probably already made but I feel like it’s worth sharing again here. I find it fascinating that Palpatine warned Vader that Luke’s compassion for his father would be his undoing. Instead, it was Vader’s compassion for Luke that was Palpatine’s ruin. And Palpatine, the guy who rolled out the longest con in the history of long cons, utterly failed to see it. The light side of the Force blinded Palpatine, and he didn’t even consider it as an option. Just as the Jedi has become arrogant in decades gone by, Palpatine had become so accustomed to his position of power that he had become the epitome of arrogance. The price for that arrogance? His Empire, and his life.
Pretty interesting movies, these Star Wars flicks, right?
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