10 Years of Attack of the Clones: Freedom and Tyranny (The best dialogue scene)

Here is part 3 of my ATOC retrospective series!

This is a 7 part series focussing on the 10th anniversary of AOTC. This series will cumulate with our live video podcast commentary of the movie on Thursday the 24th at 7:30 EST at http://www.starwarsreport.com/live Be there!

As much as people like to complain about poor acting and poor dialogue in the AOTC, I think they’ve forgotten one Person.

Ian Mcdiarmid.

What a phenomenal actor. He is really the glue that holds the plot of the prequels together. His portrayal of Palpatine was what made the fall of an entire republic believable. When I think of Palpatine, I think of Pure Evil. And so it’s no coincidence that my favorite dialogue scene is one of the most significant Palpatine scenes in the saga.

““It is with great reluctance that I have agreed to this calling. I love democracy, I love the Republic. The power you give me I will lay down when this crisis has abated.”


That’s it. That’s the scene.

He spoke with such astounding shakespearean cadence. When you see that scene you almost believe him yourself. He promises protection, shielding from harm and discomfort in exchange for one small, little, thing… Your freedom.

Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.  -Plato