(possible SPOILERS, I guess)
I’ve seen the movies, played TIE fighter, and read Zahn’s sequel trilogy, but that’s all I know. Looking at some of the advance materials for Episode II, I’m really confused as to how the Empire came to be!
Palpatine is the Emperor, no? We know that the Emperor is one of the most powerful Dark Jedi ever. So, who trained him without anyone knowing? I’m thinking that some of the other Jedi are on about the same level as he is (Yoda, perhaps?) so how can they spend time around good 'ol Senator Palpatine and not pick up on his massive force power? Even if he’s strong enough to mask it somehow, shouldn’t they have recognized his potential earlier? I mean, the Jedi can’t hardly finish a conversation without someone wrinkling up their nose and saying, “The Force is strong with this one”.
I realize this is a really geeky thing to wonder about, but I’m curious.