Continuing the thread(s) about the Sith and the emporer, here's a new one.
The official reason for Palpatine not just simply using the force and preventing his fall into the chasm is for movie plot advancement, but geekdom has had me pondering this question. Mainly just to create a new thread.
If Palpatine was so incredibly powerful as to take over the entire republic, forsee the future, and shoot lightning bolts out of his hands, you'd think he'd have even more powerful force powers than Luke for getting himself out of trouble spots.
When Luke was dropped into the carbon freezing chamber, he zipped himself right up out of it. And when he fell into the cloud city chasm, he used the force again to propell himself into a vent.
Now why couldn't Palpatine simply just levitate with ease out of that hole that Vader threw him in? He obviously was fully aware that Vader was turning on him, as evidenced by shooting lightning at Vader which caused Vader's demise. So IMO, Palpatine "could" have potentially kept himself from falling as he was fully aware of what was going on, yet simply did not because the script would not allow it.
Any other (better) reasons he didn't stop his fall?