Darth Wong wrote:
I would challenge any of the Palpatine wankers to find any actual evidence that he deliberately allowed Windu to knock his saber away and leave him helpless. Because that interpretation is frankly absurd on its face, and the novelization says nothing about any such deliberate self-endangerment. So all you have is "well, I think he's more powerful so he can't lose", which is bullshit. Anakin was more powerful than Obi-Wan and still lost.
Explicit evidence pro and con is probably not to be found at any rate.
Considder this thought:
- Palp knows Mace et al. is coming (surveilance or similar. No one walks into the chancelor without him knowing).
- Palp knows why (having just told Anakin he's Sith)
- Palp knows the almost exact strengths/weaknesses of his enemies (if not, he would not have survived this long)
- No one smart lets a superior force with ligthsabers into your chamber just like that. If Pal wasn't 98% certain of succes he would have been found in a larger room instead with a platoon of troopers to even the odds.
- Mace does not really hinder Palps quick dismissal of the two Jedis, even though he was close and prescient and all.
- The loss of his saber might have been an accident, those cannot be planned for, OR it might have been a deliberate loss knowing that he at least could shield himself from Mace (with lighting) until Anakin broke down. It seems to me that Anakin would be easier to seduce if he helped an unarmed man instead of a fiercely fighting sithlord.
- Being a manipulative man with a seemingly profound knowledge of both the dark side AND human psycology, I say he knew almost exactly what it would take to convert Anakin completely. And that was what he did.
In conclusion, Palpatine set the stage and played the pawns. He achieved what he wanted without ever exposing himself to significant danger.
a Palpatine wanker