Until the release of ROTS on 5/19/05, I would like to discuss AOTC chapter by chapter on the DVD. There are 47 chapters to discuss over the next 8 months, excluding Chapter 1: Opening Logos, Chapter 2: Attack of the Clones and Chapter 50: End Credits. Each discussion will last 5 days. At the end of 5 days, the following chapter will be posted. Chapter 4: Chancellor's Meeting DISCUSSION: September 3, 2004 - September 7, 2004 DVD TIME INDEX: 4:23 - 6:59 Synopsis: The film shifts from the landing platform to the Republic Executive Building. Supreme Chancellor Palpatine is speaking with the Jedi about the difficulty in holding off the vote. Dar Wac appears via hologram to tell Palpatine that the Loyalist Committee has arrived and Palpatine tells them to send them in. The Loyalist Commitee, comprised of Senator Amidala, Bail Organa, Jar-Jar Binks and other senators enter the office. Yoda tells Padme that seeing her brings warm feelings to his heart. Padme then believes that Count Dooku is behind the assassination attempt. Mace Windu and Ki-Adi Mundi try to tell the senator that he would not do such a thing. It is not in his character. Palpatine looking out at the cityscape suggests that she be placed under the protection of security. Padme doesn't accept the chancellor's offer. Yoda begins to sense something in Palpatine. The chancellor then suggests that an old friend like Obi-Wan would be best suited for the job. Padme accepts Palpatine's help. Mace tells Padme that he will have Obi-Wan report to her. Palpatine gives a final wicked smile. END OF CHAPTER Opinion: A very political beginning. I know that there was a scene in the Senate preceding this discussion. More that I see AOTC, the more I see Padme has the Force. In this scene she jumps the gun and says Dooku is behind the plot. In a way he is with Gunray and Sidious. The elements of red foreshadow the Empire impressively. From the decour to the guards. Palpatine is as manipulative as ever. You can see that he is the puppetmaster. Yoda senses something, but the dark side is clouding the evil. I was skeptical at first with a great amount of exposition in the beginning, but going from a major action scene to nestling in a controlled political discussion is impressive. My only problem with Chapter 4 is technical. It has a difficult type transferring over on DVD. As far as story, it provides necessary political background and the relationship between Jedi and the Senate. Good scene though. We need quiet moments in between two action sequences.