Remember in Episode I when Qui-gon asks Shmi about Anakin's father? She said, "There was no father...I can't explain what happened." Now this may come as no surprise to a lot of you, but, I believe we have the answer in Episode III. During the opera house scene, Palpatine relates to Anakin the story of Darth Plageis, the wise, "...he had such a knowledge of the Force, he could even influence the midichlorians to create...life." He then tells Anakin that Plageis teaches his apprentice, then later, the apprentice kills Plageis in his sleep. Now as I was thinking about this (with some help by USA Today last weekend), I was wondering if Palpatine learned this power---to influence the midichlorians---by Plageis, then, was the very one to later kill him. If this train of thought is correct, then Palpatine would be Anakin's Father. It would explain why he was so taken with him from the very beginning: "...and you, young Skywalker, we will watch your career with great interest." It's just my opinion, but, as I'm putting the pieces together, it appears to fit. What do you guys think?