Heh, apparently some people can't fathom that the lust for power is all the motivation that there needs to be. Palpatine wants to control the universe and he is doing a pretty good job of going about it. We, of course, know that he ultimately succeeds but we are now learning exactly how he achieves it. Just as we ultimately know Vader's fate and are now seeing exactly how it came about. The difference, and maybe this is what you don't like, is that Anakin Skywalker has a 6 part character arc and Palpatine has none whatsoever. He doesn't change throughout the entire series. He puts on a false front for people in the prequels but he does not change the core of his being. He doesn't need to. We understand who and what he is and why he is doing the things he is doing. Well, at least most of us understand why he is doing these things. He is the catalyst for the turmoil in the galaxy and he sparks the change in the other characters. He is static and that's exactly what he needs to be. I understand what you are saying but this is not Palpatine's story. This is not the story of the Sith. They are given the broad backgrounds and simple motivations so that we can understand their place in the tale. Just as the Jedi are. We know that for a thousand generations they were the guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy. Do we know how they started? No. Do we need to know? No. It's not necessary to the story and would be poor writing to throw it in there for any reason other than serving the plot. I also think you are getting ahead of yourself. There is still one more part of the story to go. Edit: Perhaps I've been watching the wrong Special Editions but I haven't seen, nor have I heard, of any plot reconstruction or plugging sequences. All changes have been cosmetic in nature and have had no bearing on the plot. This is unlikely to change with the "ultimate" editions. In fact, as of this point, I see no plot holes at all in the series. Any perceived plot holes also have the benefit of one final film to change those erroneous perceptions.