Okay, so here goes with my first post on FF-UK... What are your favourite scenes from the Star Wars movies? I would choose two, one from Revenge of the Sith and the second from Return of the Jedi. Not surprisingly for anyone who knows me, they both feature Palpatine/the Emperor Some of the best moments of Revenge of the Sith for me were those scenes between Anakin and Palpatine and particularly Anakin's slow and inexorable seduction to the dark side. This is perfectly illustrated in the Opera House scene, where Palpatine at first appears to be an avancular-figure and trusted mentor. As the scene opens out, it becomes clear that Palpatine has dark motives for requesting Anakin's presence and begins to seed the idea in his young charge that the Jedi are corrupt and that the dark side promises the power to save the one he loves. Palpatine's dialogue in this scene is delicious in its sinister sincerity and the shocking revelations it presents to the audience - Palpatine is a Sith Lord and that he (without doubt in my mind) is the one who created Anakin. By the end of the scene, as Palpatine allows himself a brief almost imperceptible smile, the true extent of his Machiavellian ambitions is revealed. The second scene I would choose from Return of the Jedi also features Palpatine, this time as the Emperor, using his Force lightening to alarming effect on Luke Skywalker. Again I enjoy the dialogue here - "If you will not be turned, you will be destroyed", "Young fool, only now at the end do you understand" etc. This is Palpatine as his true self - no longer the controlled and manipulative creature of the earlier parts of Revenge of the Sith, but a powerful Sith Lord in full flood of rage. The scene is particularly effective because it seems for a few beats that Luke is defeated, that the Emperor has won and darkness will triumph.