Much like TPM there are so many things going on which regular viewers don't notice when watching the movie. Palpatine not only manipulates the jedi but also the audience. The prequel trilogy builds up to a giant climax where all will be revealed. Maybe this is why some people say there isn't a decent plot in AOTC? Maybe this is why some people don't like the movie? Or maybe this shows how clever Lucas is putting the pieces together?