Well, for my first post, I am going to be pretty ambitious. The goal of this post is to tie together the significance of the Chosen One prophecy to the Saga (along with fate in general), the meaning of bringing balance to the Force, the true interpretation of the outcome of Palpatine’s duel with Mace (Yes, this will provide overwhelming evidence that Palpatine threw the fight), the reason Palpatine reveals his true nature to Anakin, and the reason all of this must be understood correctly for the prequel trilogy to be full connected to the entire Saga, making the entire Saga a richer experience in the process. I know. Small potatoes. 1. THE REAL MEANING OF THE PROPHECY OF THE CHOSEN ONE: What I’ll start with is the prophecy of the Chosen One. For some reason, the importance of this prophecy to the Saga is underestimated by most people, even though it was the sole reason that Anakin was selected by Qui-Gon despite his age and his being the Chosen One was what made Anakin so unique among the Jedi. We all know that the Chosen One is supposed to bring balance to the Force, and through the films (and also in interviews with George Lucas), it becomes clear what bringing balance to Force really means: destroying the Sith who are bringing the Force out of balance. If this is the real meaning of the prophecy, then it’s pretty important to the Saga. Why? The first answer to this question is pretty obvious. It involves killing off the baddies. However, there is a second answer to this question, and again, this answer is often ignored, but it is just as important because if the prophecy is correct, then Palpatine CANNOT be killed by anyone or anything other than Anakin -- not Mace, not Yoda, not the Death Star blowing up, nothing. For instance, if Mace were able to defeat Palpatine, then the prophecy would have clearly been invalidated because it would have been Mace who killed off the last of the Sith and who brought balance to the Force, and not Anakin. (Now does this mean that Palpatine is invincible? No, it just means that circumstances, in other words fate, will never put Palpatine in a position where his life could be taken by anyone’s hands but Anakin’s. I’ll go into the idea of fate in more detail in a moment.) There is another related reason that the prophecy is so important to the entire Saga. What most people miss in the Saga is that it is also telling the story of Palpatine working tirelessly to find a loophole in the prophecy and believing that he has succeeded in doing so. So, fulfilling the prophecy is Anakin’s main role while undermining the prophecy provides the main motivation for most of Palpatine’s behavior during the arc of the six films. That’s not inconsequential. Now, I can already sense the first two objections to my argument: the importance I give to the prophecy and my interpretation of it. To address the first, let me go back to one point I already made. I said above that as long as the prophecy is correct, then Palpatine can only be killed by Anakin and no one and nothing else.