Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Chapter V: Confronting Grievous

Confronting Grievous

Perhaps as an indication of its seniority, the yellow-plated battle droid command officer (OOM-series) pushes past the Jedi with a rude "'scuse me," then sets its sarcasm generator to maximum after Grievous snatches the lightsabers from its hands; "You're welcome!"

Grievous addresses Obi-Wan as "the Negotiator", a nickname he earns for his diplomatic, reserved approach to battles throughout the Clone Wars. Anakin's nickname was to have been mentioned here also: "The Hero With No Fear", aptly describing his unique response to the call of combat. The novelization expands on this, revealing that Anakin does indeed carry much fear inside him, and strives to live up to his nickname by eradicating his doubts.

Grievous adds the lightsabers of Anakin and Obi-Wan to his collection. The lightsaber already in his cloak appears similar to that wielded by Ki-Adi-Mundi, which Grievous took on Hypori in Star Wars: Clone Wars, though it may have been Adi Gallia's, collected on Boz Pity in Star Wars: Obsession. His complete collection numbered dozens more, and his victims include:

  • B'dard Tone (Star Wars: General Grievous)
  • B'ink Utrila (Unknown Soldier)
  • Daakman Barrek (Star Wars: Clone Wars Chapter 20)
  • Firkrann (Unknown Soldier)
  • Flint Torul (Unknown Soldier)
  • Flynn Kybo (Star Wars: General Grievous)
  • Foul Moudama (Star Wars: Clone Wars Chapter 25)
  • Jmmaar (Episode III novel)
  • L'lacielo Sageon (Unknown Soldier)
  • Nystammall (Episode III novel)
  • Pablo-Jill (Unknown Soldier)
  • Quarmall (Star Wars: General Grievous)
  • Puroth (Unknown Soldier)
  • Roron Corobb (Star Wars: Clone Wars Chapter 25)
  • Roth-Del Masona (Unknown Soldier)
  • Sha'a Gi (Star Wars: Clone Wars Chapter 20)
  • Soon Baytes (Star Wars: Obsession 4)
  • Tarr Seirr (Star Wars: Clone Wars Chapter 20)
  • T'chooka D'oon (Star Wars: General Grievous)
  • Ur-Sema Du (Unknown Soldier)
  • Waldan Bridger (Unknown Soldier)
  • Zephata'ru'tor (Unknown Soldier)
  • He also took the lightsabers of Aayla Secura, Shaak Ti and K'Kruhk, though these Jedi survived the encounter. Finally, he took possession of Sifo-Dyas's lightsaber, and the double-bladed lightsaber of Darth Zannah, later used by N-K Necrosis in Star Wars Galaxies: Rage of the Wookiees.

The MagnaGuards wield electrostaffs, capable of resisting the cutting energy of a lightsaber. Only a select few substances can withstand a lightsaber, including cortosis, introduced in Timothy Zahn's Specter of the Past and prominently displayed in the Knights of the Old Republic games; phrik, a substance used in the construction of the electrostaff; armorweave, the hardy material cloaks worn by Dooku and Grievous are made from; Mandalorian iron; and bioengineered weaponry of the Yuuzhan Vong of the New Jedi Order series, such as the snake-like amphistaff.

As Obi-Wan forces IG-102's electrostaff into the control console, we hear a cry of "ow" from one of the pilot droids; he apparently caught a few sparks on his hand, which he then holds up.

MagnaGuards can, as Obi-Wan learns the hard way, operate without major body parts thanks to backup processors that allow them to continue running even after a decapitation.

The fight on the bridge was originally far more complex, with scenes involving loss of gravity and a rotating bridge making life more difficult for our heroes. A rotating set was constructed, and shots filmed of the Jedi being thrown around but still managing to cut up their foes, though these elements were ultimately cut from the film.

Grievous' cape appears white in the two shots following the closing of the blast shutters, and in fact, it is. As evidenced by material such as the Clone Wars cartoons, his cape was originally set to be white in the film, but was altered to gray during post-production. It appears the shots of Grievous reentering his ship were missed by ILM.

The interior of the escape pod was the first computer-generated environment ILM created for the film, as revealed by John Knoll in 365 Days: Creating the Worlds of Star Wars.

Since Grievous launched all the ship's escape pods, he has effectively doomed the crew; whether any manage to survive or not is unknown, though some may have lived through the crash-landing to arrive on Coruscant.

When the back half of the flagship breaks off, Artoo repeats an "uh-oh" noise that was heard earlier by a battle droid chopped up by the Jedi.

Four fireships dive in to aid the falling flagship. More properly known as "emergency firespeeders", these vehicles spray fire-retardant agents onto the Invisible Hand. The pilot, identified as Jikesh Valia, was portrayed in the finished film by Visual Effects Supervisor John Knoll, although Documentary Assistant Director Ali Keshavji originally donned the uniform, prior to the shot having to be refilmed. Keshavji's original line was, "Follow us, we'll put out what fire we can", while Valia now says, "We'll take you in", to which Obi-Wan replies, "Copy that".

The shot of the cruiser grinding to a halt in front of the camera, getting so close that the occupants of the bridge are clearly visible, was designed as an homage to Lucas's fellow director, Steven Speilberg[1].

This scene was originally set to culminate with Mace Windu arriving at the crash site in a Republic gunship. Mace's dialogue with Palpatine was largely reworked into the scene where Palpatine arrives at the Senate Office Building. The scene survives in the comic adaptation, and was expanded in the novelization. Further, it is referenced in a cutscene from LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game, in which an impatient-looking Windu waits for Obi-Wan, Anakin and Palpatine as they dizzily exit the cruiser.


  1. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith DVD Commentary (22:24)

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