Palpatine used the Force in the elevator shaft

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  1. Darth_Ogawa Jedi Youngling

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    As Palpatine was falling down the elevator shaft with Anakin and Obi-Wan when the runaway elevator was about to hit them, he loses his grip on Anakin's leg.

    Then as they approach the next elevator shaft opening while falling, Palpatine suddenly grips onto Obi-Wan's leg like it's easy slinging himself into the opening.

    It seems like they would at least notice Palpatine's quick reactions at that moment and maybe should have suspected that he was more than just a politician!
  2. theBluePhoenix Jedi Master

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  3. Darth_Ogawa Jedi Youngling

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    hu huh. Yeah! Yeah!!

    Well, I guess it's good Palpatine didn't use his Force grip on Obi-Wan's shaft and grabbed his leg instead!
  4. Darth_Sidious- Jedi Youngling

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    Who's dat cat that won't walk out, when there's trouble all about...SHAFT! Dats what I'm talkin' bout baby.
  5. darth-sinister Manager Emeritus

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    It's called CGI. Palpatine didn't use the Force, otherwise Anakin and Obi-wan would both sense it.
  6. Rossignol Jedi Youngling

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    If that fall down the elevator had gone slightly wrong, do you think Palpatine would have been forced to use the force in order to prevent his death? Do you think he had so much faith in Anakin that he never considered this?

    Also, if Palpatine had used the force, would Obi-Wan and Anakin actually have been able to sense it, considering he had been able to conceal his abilities with the force from the entire Jedi Order whilst on Coruscant?
  7. TomPiltoff Jedi Youngling

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    It's CGI? You mean that isn't Ian McDiarmid plummeting down an elevator shaft? Thanks for that.

    The original poster is asking about the way Palpatine seems to effortlessly slide out of the elevator shaft. Which would lead us to believe

    A.) Palpatine used the Force, which the Jedi should sense.

    or

    B.) Palpatine did not use the Force, in which case I hope there's a good in-universe answer, because it's just sloppy to show an 80 year old man doing stuff like that.
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  8. mandragora Jedi Master

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    or C.) he did use the Force, but with all the action going on the Jedi were a little bit too busy and focussed on the rescue to concentrate on whether Palpatine might use the Force for a fraction of a second then.

    Actually, I found the scene quite funny. Without all the chaos surrounding them I think they would no doubt have noticed that "you must have Jedi reflexes" to pull off what Palpatine did.
  9. LLL Jedi Master

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    Yeah, I saw that! I was like, "OMG -- they dropped Palpy!"

    Who's to say that somebody didn't realize they dropped Palpy and use the Force on him to pull him back up so he could get a grip?

    It's the only thing that makes sense. He's not going to use the Force in front of Anakin and Obi-Wan.

    Pssst, Palpy is 60 there, not 80.
  10. lighteninggun Jedi Youngling

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    And it is NOT a foregone conclusion they would have sensed it. Isn't he using the force to hide his identity?
  11. TomPiltoff Jedi Youngling

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    Yeah, but I'd imagine actively moving an object with the Force would send out a tremor, whereas simply using it to hide wouldn't.
  12. TheCRZA Jedi Padawan

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    It's also CGI when Anakin uses the force to feed the fruit to Padme in AOTC.
    Bad CGI.
    Bad Force usage.

    I don't want to be the guy that breaks the Santa rule to anyone here,
    but depicting the Force in SW films requires special effects.
    Because... the force isn't real.
  13. darth-sinister Manager Emeritus

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    My point about the CGI is that it makes it easier to have Palpatine make a smooth catch. Realistically, it wouldn't be that smooth. However, you don't have to be a Jedi or a Sith to catch someone's leg. It's common in films for people to do the impossible without being superpowered. Palpatine doesn't need the Force to simply reach out and grab ahold. The reflexes aren't dependent on the Force. Only when it's something like blasters or fighting. Simply reaching out isn't that difficult.

    Who is to say that Palpatine wasn't an athlete when he was younger, before going into politics?
  14. Darth_Ogawa Jedi Youngling

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    Maybe he didn't use the Force very overtly, but I think he may have sneakily tapped into it for just a split second while utilizing only minimal Force usage therefore still being able to maintain that cloud of stealth around him so they wouldn't notice anything.
  15. mandragora Jedi Master

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    Obi and Anakin were struggling for their own lives in that fall, everything happened within fractions of seconds - why is it so hard to believe that they simply were too focussed on other things to notice that for a fraction of a sec Palp used the Force?
  16. darth-sinister Manager Emeritus

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    Because the second Palpatine uses it, they'll feel it and identify it in him right away. Palpatine has remained hidden by not using the Force in the presence of the Jedi. To do so would endanger things.
  17. mandragora Jedi Master

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    I think it depends to what degree this usage causes a tremor in the Force. I think of Force sensitivity as kind of a sixth sense, which works similar to the usual five senses. The "louder" the Force tremor, the more likely they are to hear hear it. If it isn't that loud and is lasting only for a fraction of a second, and if they are busy struggling for their lives at that moment - plus don't forget Obi had just regained consciousness - I think there's a very good chance for them to miss it. I mean, how often do we miss something we normally are able to hear if we are in the midst of a situation of chaos. Even though they are Jedi, they are still human, they aren't some kind of recording machine. It is to be expected that they don't catch every detail that happens in such a situation, even if they are Jedi, I think.
  18. yoshifett Jedi Knight

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    C.) It's Star Wars and thus inherently unrealistic. Shortcuts are made to service the plot. That's it. The same can be said about the Indiana Jones movies. Everyone shots at Indy, he never dies. The storm troopers shoot at our heroes and they never get shot.
  19. darth-sinister Manager Emeritus

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    It's not hard to believe that Palpatine just managed to grab on at the right time. It's happened in all kinds of action films.
  20. yoshifett Jedi Knight

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    Exactly, that's what I was trying to say. Action movies are inherently unrealistic and suspension of disbelief is necessary.
  21. Droid Jedi Master

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    If Palpatine has the ability to use the force to save himself from falling down a shaft then maybe he didn't really die at the end of ROTJ.
  22. Obi-Chron Jedi Master

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    QGJ explains to Shmi that being strong in the force allows one to anticipate things before they occur. So Palps does not have to manipulate events in the elevator. He is able to anticipate what is about to occur with lightning quick reflexes and still remain undetected by the two Jedi.
  23. Darth_Joshy Jedi Youngling

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    LMAO
  24. Obi-Chron Jedi Master

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    Consider also that the shaft holds mythic symbolism on several fronts:

    It is in one way symbolic of the plight facing the republic -- how Anakin and Obi-Wan do their respective parts to win the war, while Palpatine rides their coat tails and comes out smelling like a Utapauian rose.

    Mythic falling into shadow indicatesan unleashing of one's destructive powers.

    Falling in Jungian and Freudian dream symbolism represents an unfulfilled need, often for one who feels misunderstood or misrepresented or pertaining to a matter of personal failure -- all three of the falling individuals have failed in some way already at this early point in the movie: Obi-Wan has failed in his second attempt against Dooku, rescued by his former Padawan and carried to safety like luggage; Palpatine has not been able to divorce Anakin from his attachment to his mentor, Obi-Wan; and Anakin completely failed the Jedi code, killeing Dooku in revenge, letting his emotions get the better of him.

    Dream falling also indicates an impending adversity facing the dreamer, a major conflict looming that demands resolution. So the elevator shaft could have much more meaning than merely an Fx backdrop to a plot transition.
  25. Dezdmona Jedi Padawan

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    A Utapauian rose?@};- A rare rose indeed Obi-Chron.

    A well written and interesting analogy on dream interpretation.
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