The Tusken's abduction of Shmi has been an issue that people have discussed since the movie came out: did she simply stray too far and was taken by the Tuskens because of their savage nature or was it all planned so that Anakin would try to rescue her? I don't recall anyone having raised this particular point, but correct me if that's not the case: The Darth Sidious/Emperor theme is played while Anakin is confessing to Padme. Click to hear it for yourself As you can hear from Charlie Martel's sound file, the Sidious/Emperor theme is clearly there. Could Lucas have given John Williams a bit of insight into the situation with the Tuskens that included Palpatine's involvement? Besides the obvious dark side element, why else would Williams play that piece of music culminating in the Imperial March? I've often felt that the Tusken's abduction of Shmi was orchestrated by Palpatine and I think Williams' use of the Emperor's theme is an indication of that, but what do you folks think based on the use of that music during this pivotal scene?