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Old 02-18-2006, 07:17 PM   #2
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I've always seen it as a sign of Palpatine's over confidence, he knew Vader would block the blow, so he really had no worries. Palpatine's plan was to have Luke kill Vader so he could have some young Sith blood (an added bonus of not having a life support suit.) It also plays out well, when Vader finally turns on Palpatine his face is one of pure shock and horror, as if it's something he never counted on.

It could also be interpeted as Vader having mixed emotions about his son going to the darkside.

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