From A Certain Point Of View: Would You Rather Serve LEGO Or Live-Action Palpatine?
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Two starwars.com writers debate working for the Ruler of the Beach or the ruler of the Empire.
James Floyd and Mark Newbold
One of the great things about Star Wars is that it inspires endless debates and opinions on a wide array of topics. Best bounty hunter? Most powerful Jedi? Does Salacious Crumb have the best haircut in the saga? In that spirit, starwars.com presents From a Certain Point of View: a series of point-counterpoints on some of the biggest — and most fun — Star Wars issues. In this installment celebrating the LEGO Star Wars Summer Vacation, two starwars.com writers duel it out over which master to serve: live-action Sheev or LEGO Palpatine.
Sign me up to follow the Galaxy’s Best (LEGO) Emperor, says Mark.
It’s possible to be a believer in liberty and freedom and still have a grudging respect for the long-gestating masterplan of Sheev Palpatine. From Senator of the Mid Rim world of Naboo to the most powerful seat in the cosmos, the scheming, the machinations, the manipulations, the devious brilliance of a plan that was so exacting it had 65 orders before the infamous 66th….it’s easy to admire. Consider the planning, the ability to constantly pivot between publicly leading a Galactic Republic while at the same time orchestrating a Separatist movement from the shadows. The Emperor of the flesh and blood Star Wars saga was an impressive operator, arguably the most tactically astute leader the galaxy has ever seen.
However….I’d stand behind the LEGO incarnation of Sheev Palpatine ahead of the ‘real’ one any day. When Darth Vader gifted his Emperor with a “Galaxy’s Best Emperor” mug? Palpatine — as was often the case — was offended by the implication that in order to be the best Emperor, there had to be other Emperors to compete against. That wasn’t what Vader intended. LEGO Sheev was the one, true Emperor, but in this particular stand-off of LEGO Emperor versus his flesh-and-blood equivalent, the brick does the trick.
Let’s look at some of the reasons for his obvious superiority:…
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