As usual, Mr. McDiarmid did a sensational job as Palpatine/Sidious. From his plea to Amidala (so manipulative), "do it for me Senator." To his buttering up Anakin's ego, "I have said many times...you will one day be the greatest of all Jedi." To his insincere, "I love democracy, I love the Republic.." and best of all, the way he says "Welcome home, Lord Tyranus." The way he says "tyranus" is great. A mighty big thumbs up for Ian McDiarmid. One more reason STAR WARS is great. You notice the critics NEVER PICK on his performances or line readings. They always ignore the quality things about star wars and try to zero in on the weaknesses. It's a good thing too that don't jack with Palpatine. One wouldn't want to get zapped with force lightning.