5. The Emperor Arrives at the Death Star

Up until that point in the original trilogy we’d only ever seen Emperor Palpatine in holograms. The might of the Imperial Navy was gathered in mass in the hangar; Stormtroopers, TIE pilots, and Imperial officers all lined up, waiting. Then the Emperor arrives, flanked by his crimson-clad guards, and descends the ramp.

Original Trilogy

The most memorable, and shocking part of that scene, was seeing the menacing Dark Lord of the Sith…kneeling. What kind of power did the Emperor wield to make Darth Vader kneel?