We're taking Palpatine's word that he's dead. Who is the real Phantom Menace? You know, when we think of a new villain for the ST, we should consider the episodic, serial, pulpish, generic roots of the series. It comes from a tradition that values villains who don't die or can't be killed, or who we think have been killed, but secretly lurk in the shadows pulling the strings of their next plot. This doesn't preclude a new set of enemies, but it makes of think of serials like Flash Gordon, where someone like Ming the Merciless can, in principle, always return. Like villains on soap operas; Star Wars is a space soap opera. Also: one person's cliche is another's beloved genre convention.