The real Phantom Menace!

by Bill Cable
on 2021-11-17, 07:14:39

I'll begin by stating that the idea that Palpatine was the phantom menace just never sat well with me. Why? It was too obvious. Was there anyone, anywhere who didn't immediately recognize the hooded Sith when he appeared on screen? Given the lack of mystery, it would have been disrespectful to the audience to suggest to them this was the actual puppet master to whom the title refers. But suggested it was, and we swallowed it.

For twenty years, we've all had it all wrong.

On closer analysis of the sequence of events through the prequels, it becomes apparent who the real man behind the curtain was. The real person who manipulated the course of history to snatch unlimited power, and topple the Galactic Republic. That person? Padmé Amidala Naberrie!

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I mean, think about it. When we first meet Padmé, she's the elected queen of Naboo at an unnaturally young age. How's this possible? It's the Jedi mind trick, obviously. As queen what does she do? She displayed irrational stubbornness on trade routes, thereby instigating war. It's clear that at this point she was the apprentice to Darth Sidious, and was using her power to destabilize the republic.

Next she personally scouted Tatooine for Force-sensitive recruits. She does so incognito, demonstrating her lack of trust in the Jedi and her overall dishonest nature. She found Anakin and orchestrated a scheme to separate him from his mother. "Oh I'm sorry Qui-Gon, but my royal starship is fresh out of cash or valuables in the vault! Better engage in some light slave trading to get us afloat!"

Upon landing on Coruscant she was "manipulated" by Palpatine to vote Chancellor Valorum from office so her master could take power. Pure theater.

The next demonstration of her Sith powers came after she returned to Naboo. She convinced Gungans to sacrifice themselves to liberate Naboo after her doppelganger failed miserably, this time using the Jedi mind trick on Boss Nass. Then she went on to invade and capture Theed Palace with inexplicable ease. That's not a feat that someone without Force powers would accomplish.

Moving on to Attack of the Clones, Padmé easily survived "assassination attempt" that assured Anakin would be assigned as her personal bodyguard, and Kenobi would find out about the clones. After separating the padawan from his master, Padmé initiated her next scheme - seducing the Chosen One away from the teachings of the Jedi!

This is where this evil Sith really starts messing with the poor guy. One moment she's flirty, the next she's distant. She tells Anakin his leers make her uncomfortable, but then she shows up to an intimate dinner dressed like this.

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Through it all she kept him off balanced skillfully enough that he was convinced it's his own idea to abandon the Jedi and succumb to temptation.

In the following days Padmé ramped up her machinations. She poisoned his mind with visions of his mother's and her own deaths. Being skilled in the Dark Side, she would have foreseen where this would lead him. She brought him to Tatooine, where the discovery of his mutilate mother would drive him to the merciless slaughter of Sandpeople. And not just the men... but the women, and the children too! Then when he told her about killings, she assuaged his guilt, making it possible for him to justify even greater atrocities.

Knowing the droid army was being produced on Geonosis, Padmé forced Anakin to travel there, setting off a series of events that would lead to the massacre of dozens of Jedi in an obvious ambush. As they pursued Count Dooku, Padmé "falls" from the gunship, shattering Anakin's focus, assuring he'd be defeated by Palpatine's apprentice. After that, his body and spirit broken, Padmé compelled Anakin to violate the cardinal rule of the Jedi and and marry her. His journey to the Dark Side was nearly complete.

Then something happened that threw a wrench into all of Palpatine's schemes - Padmé got pregnant. This prompted her to reexamine her loyalties and ultimately decide that Palpatine shouldn't rule the galaxy... that role should go to her children!

To accomplish this goal, she had to make two things happen: She had to assure Anakin would become Palpatine's apprentice, and she had to nerf him so he wouldn't overpower his kids. She accomplished the first by driving him mad with visions of her death. She did the second by betraying him to Obi-Wan, and then sacrificing her own life. It was the ultimate sacrifice, but necessary to ensure Anakin would never be mentally fit to meet his full potential.

None of what came to pass would have been possible if not for her evil deeds. The identity of the phantom menace is obvious. Padmé was the Sith behind it all.





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