20 Biggest Plot Holes in Star Wars History

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13. The Jedi Have Ways Of Catching Palpatine, Never Manage To Do So

The Jedi are supposed to be the wise, great heroes of the Star Wars universe, but there are certain times when they just suck at everything. This is especially true in their handling of Palpatine and his rise to power.

Here’s a list of things that might have been smarter for them to do.

  1. Upon being told that he was a Sith, Mace Windu should have gotten every Jedi he possibly could have to help confront him. What was Palpatine going to do in the next five minutes that required Mace to just bum rush Palpatine with minimal reinforcements?
  2. The Jedi should have tried to confront him in public, where he either would have had to submit or attack and show his evilness. Yes, this would have been controversial given the politics of the time, but they then could have gone about proving Palpatine’s evil once he’s revealed or arrested.
  3. The Jedi should have a) sensed Palpatine’s understanding of the force, or b) tried to figure out why they could not do so. If at any point they discover that Palpatine is extremely force-sensitive, maybe that would’ve been nice to know. The Dark Side clouds the force, never once is it said that it blinds it. 
  4. Obi-Wan and Yoda saw Palpatine being evil on hologram security and decided to not show that to anyone ever. They sat on video evidence that they were not in the wrong, information that might have said millions of lives throughout the galaxy. 

A focal point of the prequels is that the wise and powerful Jedi were fooled by a thorough, masterful Sith plot. If that’s the case, leaving so many logical options on the table that would even give them a chance at not losing the conflict is hard to just let slip.

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