Does the lightning age Palpatine or unveil him? You don't know. Does it drain him? But we could play this little game with EMPIRE. How do so many ships get away from the blockade? How is the Dark Side in a tree? How does a worm live in the vacuum of space? How does the Falcon attach itself to the side of SD in less than a second? How does the Empire get there before the Falcon? How does the Falcon not detect the Star Destroyers in the system? Why does the swamp monster spit R2 upwards? The reason we don't ask these questions is cause they don't matter. --- #1 - How does the Emperor know Padme's dead at the end of the film? Her funeral announcement. He read an obituary. #2 - How does Obi Wan know Vader is alive? According to an EU junior novel, he reads the paper while picking up groceries in Mos Eisley. #3 - Why does Darth Vader wear the mask? He was breathing fine as he smoldered by the lava, as he waitied for Sidious, and before the mask on the table. To sustain his lungs. I don't remember him "breathing fine." He looked like he had been basted and cooked. #4 - Why did Sidious' lighting "age" him, when it didn't do the same to Luke in ROTJ? Was it the lightning that aged him, or the overuse of his own power? #5 - Why did Mace's lightsaber reflect the lighting back at Sidious, but Obi Wan's didn't do the same when Dooku shot lighting at him? Because AOTC sucks. #6 - After ROTS, why would Yoda fear Palpatine? And would Obi Wan fear Vader? Because he has 10,000,000 Clones who work for him. Obi-Wan doesn't fear Vader. #7 - Why does Anakin leave Palpatine alone after he finds out he's the Sith Lord? Because he goes to turn him in. #8 - Why wasn't R2's memory erased too? Wouldn't he fill 3PO in afterwards? Since when did R2 ever do that. Remember A NEW HOPE, R2 didn't exactly tell him everything, did he? #9 - Where did Yoda's "good relations" with the Wookies come from? I'm scared to ask. #10 - Why did Anakin have yellow eyes for ONE shot in the movie? He was at his most evil. --- Why did the Jedi wait three more years in their Sith "investigation?" They didn't wait, but the CLONE WARS took priority - but they didn't become suspicious of Palpatine until he began to abuse his executive powers. They have business to attend to and the Jedi are comfortable enough in their position that they haven't felt the need to go into a 'panic' mode. I will say, read the novel, it goes into much more detail about this. And is very interesting in its own right. It will go down as one of the best of the novels. It's not Faustian . It's not Faust, it is STAR WARS, a space fantasy, with a similar theme, "Man sells soul to Devil to save lover and loses everything." I'll be interested to see if I feel the same. It's interesting in that you have two icons of STAR WARS in the scene, and the escape pod is going up away from a planet - versus landing down to a planet. I really think that was the whole purpose of this scene - simply to say "goodbye" to STAR WARS. I haven't heard any bad word-of-mouth, or any word-of-mouth of any sort. I don't actually know anyone who has seen ROTS (except for a co-worker whom I won't get to talk to about his reactions until Tuesday) Everyone I know who has seen it wants to go back. I've seen with die-hard fans, casual fans, and a couple of guys who have the old VHS tapes and were disappointed with the last two (saw them once) which are what I call 'normal people'; and they ALL want to see it again. I think ROTS will make a lot of money, though I wonder if the adult themes will hurt it some.