one thing that I have been thinking about recently has been mentioned only briefly in a post I wondered whether anyone has any thoughts on the matter?
it is at the beginning of the film when dooku and anakin are fighting and obi wan has been knocked down for the first time and runs up some steps cutting some silver battle droids with his light saber as he goes...... Palpatine cheers at this, even though to keep up his false identity he has no need?
so what spurs the sith lord to cheer obi-wan?
one thought that keeps occuring to me is was obi-wan at any point considered by palpatine as a sith apprentice?
he did kill darth maul after all!
and to kill a sith you have to go a little darker
that is why luke stops short of killing vader in the ot,
and why yoda stops short of killing dooku etc
maybe palpatine had plans for obi-wan but when it was anakin who felled dooku he saw no need for obi?
if you remember, prior to episode ones ending palpatine had no knowledge of anakin! and he did manage to turn dooku to the darkside who was qui gon's master who inturn was obi's,
so couldnt obi have been shortlisted?