Gosh, I cannot remember this scene at all. Did it even happen? It sounds vaguely familiar, but I’m not as knowledgeable on the Prequels as I would like to be…especially lately. I feel like somehow, in the last year-ish, my Prequel knowledge has been slowly slipping away. Often I’ll look at scenes like this thinking…did this happen in the movie? Which differs from the Original Trilogy, where I will know immediately whether or not it was in the movie.
Either way, look at the manipulation of Palpatine. There’s a track on the ROTS soundtrack called “Padmé’s Ruminations”. Hauntingly, beautiful piece by Mr. Williams, but they should also have a track called “Palpatine’s Manipulations”. Haha. That would be fabulous.
I don’t get Palpatine’s line of “We can only hope that the Council didn’t make a mistake”. I can see it’s manipulative, but is it because he is just letting lines drop here and there to try to plant seeds of doubt in Anakin’s mind?
Okay, I cheated here and went ahead to the next scene. The next scene is DEFINITELY deleted, which makes me think this one is too…and I’m not going crazy.
In the following scene, Palpatine says there are rumors in the Senate that Kenobi is not fit for the assignment (going to Utapau to kill Grievous) because his “mind has become fogged by the influence of a certain female senator.”
Okay, it’s making more sense now. He wants to have Anakin believe that Obi-Wan is two-timing him. OH SHNAP. This is slightly frustrating for me, because a lot more in ROTS is making sense now.
I was so confused when I watched ROTS for the first time and saw Anakin’s jealousy over Obi-Wan and Padmé at the end of the movie. He was beside himself with rage and choked Padmé when he saw that Obi-Wan had come with her to Mustafar. I attributed it to the fact that at this point, Anakin had fallen to the Dark Side and was just cray cray.
But now it’s making a little bit more sense. Palpatine had been sowing the seed of distrust within Anakin for a while. Gosh…sometimes I really disagree with the scenes Lucas cut out! I know that, in the end, this is Anakin’s story and the movie was long anyway, but this really shows the complicated intricacies between Anakin and Palpatine. It’s not like Anakin just *poof* went to the Dark Side. It had been slowly building up in him like the volcanoes on Mustafar (great symbolism when Padmé comes to see him on Mustafar, by the way). His doubt of the Jedi, his growing distrust of Obi-Wan, Padmé bringing up that maybe they are “on the wrong side”..it’s all there, and the root of the problem is Palpatine.
Palpatine, dude, you are tricky. You don’t work outright with fear and deception like Voldemort, at least, not right now in the Prequels. But your underhand molding of Anakin into your perfect apprentice is formidable.
But you forgot one thing. The same thing Voldemort forgot. Love undoes all your hard work.
EXTERIOR: CORUSCANT-CITYSCAPE-CHANCELLOR’S TRANSPORT-DAY
The Chancellor’s Transport races through the city and heads for the Senate Office Building landing platform. Waiting on the landing platform is a LONE JEDI. The Transport lands, and CHANCELLOR PALPATINE emerges with FOUR ROYAL GUARDS and MAS AMEDDA. The FOUR ROYAL GUARDS move off in another direction as PALPATINE greets ANAKIN, who has been waiting for him.
PALPATINE: Well, Anakin, did you see your friend off?
ANAKIN: He will soon have Grievous’s head.
PALPATINE: We can only hope the Council didn’t make a mistake.
ANAKIN: The Council was very sure in its decision.
They exit the landing platform.