The general trend of responses on this thread is refreshing. I've always thought Palpatine's power was over-rated, as it was obvious that he didn't plan many of the things that were going to happen. For instance: 1. Darth Maul's death. If he'd truly trained someone from birth to be a Sith, only to plan for him to die in an inconsequential battle against two Jedi that was already part of a larger, loosing battle, the tide of which he could not reverse, then Palpatine would just be an idiot. 2. If he foresaw Anakin, why bother with either Dooku or Maul? That doesn't even make sense. 3. If he foresaw Vader, why did he let himself die? 4. If he truly forsees everything, why does he ever need to be told anything? For instance, wouldn't Dooku's "everythign is going according to plan" seem redundant and obvious to him at the end of AOTC? 5. If he foresaw the Jedi's involvement in TPM, then why, in his very first scene, say that that fact forced them to "acccelerate their plans?" Wouldn't the plans have already accounted for the Jedi if he had forseen them? 6. If he foresaw Amidala's actions, why does he say, and I quote "this is an unexpected move for her?" Or even better, his comment that "the Jedi will not become involved" in the retkaing of Theed, when clearly they did. The verdict has been in on this on for a long time. Palpatine is a guy whose wit and ability to strategize on-the-fly is exceeded only by his arrogance (unfortunately, it is greatly exceeded). I am oftne times appauled that people believe this guy, who uses more hyperbole than Donald Trump. Kudos to you guys to seeing through the BS. . .