2. He was Sidious when he recruited the members of the CIS. When looking at the members of the Senate, he spoke with great chrisma. His speeches and ideals were enough to sway many into backing him. He made promises that would work. "I'll scratch your back, if you scratch mine." His knowledge of what they'd want, what they fear, what they desire most is like an open book to him. Make them an offer they can't refuse and victory is his. And for those who don't follow along, they're plenty of others willing to do so. And when that's not enough, use fear. 4. I was correcting you on the eye color issue of the hologram. 7. Yoda could feel Anakin on Tatooine because of his power allows him to stand out through the shroud of the dark side. Anakin isn't trying to hide in the Force like the Sith are. That's the major difference between the two of them. Lucas has said that he has something in store for episode 3, that he knows not everyone is going to like. This might be it. Read the [link=http://www.geocities.com/mandrell_uk/glpro/evil.html]Geroge Lucas pronouncements[/link] about the ideals of good and evil in the PT. It'll cover what you're thinking. Read the heights for Vader and Anakin. David Prowse was much taller than Hayden Christensen. (and no I can't spell.) 13. The Jedi have allowed themselves to become weak and arrogant. The Force is out of balance and the Jedi have become blind to the powers that are in control. They don't suspect Palpatine because they can't feel him in the Force. There's no reason to suspect someone whose intentions are honorable. Again, read what Lucas has said in the pronouncements. 14. Yoda does suspect something, but he can't pinpoint it. Palpatine is such a good actor, that it's hard to buy that he isn't sincere in what he says or does. That's why Dooku said what he did to Obi-wan. To sow more confusion and set them up for a fall. It is not that Sidious is stronger than Yoda, it's that Yoda is weaker than he was before. Again it's the balance of the Force being out of alignment. Coupled with his own arrogance in not believing Dooku's claims outright, chalking it up to lies and deceit. 16. There are most likely more than two people that haven't figured it out. In a world where people thought Anakin Skywalker in TPM was Luke, it's a sign that people aren't that bright. And in a world where Lucas has to answer something that's so blatenly obvious, it shows that people aren't bright. It's all a visual thing. Sidious is the Phantom Meance and as such, Lucas is making him look like it. The unseen enemy that the Jedi are looking for. It's all a story standpoint.