I don't know if you could do this, Adywan, but I liked how in the original version Reville said "yes" twice, with a pause inbetween, like he took a second to ponder it after agreeing. Is it possible to somehow edit McDiarmid's dialogue so that he does the same? Or maybe apply a series of filters to Reville's dialogue, and add one of the "yes"'s to the '04 dialogue? I understand what I'm asking for may (and probably is) be ridiculous, but I think that if it could be done it would work well.
Thats why I don't like the McDiarmid version. It doesn't work in the context of "Vader suggests it, Palpatine hadn't thought of that angle but likes it." The SE makes it seem like maybe Palpatine is faking it, and maybe Vader's faking it--whether due to deliberate design, or, more likely IMO simply poor performance/constuction, as the scene is totally unclear. The Revill version was "yeah, yeah thats a pretty good idea now that you mention it," while the McDiarmid version is more like "yeah, um, [shifty eyes], yeah I was going to say the same thing, thats right." The reason I liked Goodmusicians version is because it actually injected ACTING into the scene, theres character motivation and subtext showing: Vader tries to make excuses for why they should ignore Luke, Palpatine sees through them, then Vader plays his backup card of turning him instead of killing him, and Palpatine decides that will suffice, to which Vader reassures him Luke will join or die. This doesn't work dramatically in the SE the way it is IMO. The original edit works in terms of what I wrote in my first sentence but not the way McDiarmid plays it; there needs to be a pause so you can see the thought process after he says "yes."