Star Wars Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
“Hello there” - Thus begins one of the classic fight sequences of the Star War series. In the Revenge of the Sith, General Grievous, one of the most interesting villains of the series, has succeeded his mentor Count Dooku as the Head of State of the Confederacy of Independent Systems. He is now the effective leader of the Separatists. He has moved the Council to the planet Mustafar, while staying on at Utapau.
It is here that Obi-wan Kanobi arrives. Surrounded by his soldiers he looks invincible. Obi Wan doesn’t sidle into the fight - he leaps to land right in the middle of the fray inviting the backhanded compliment from General Grievous “ General Kanobi, you are a bold one.”
The fight draws us in because it's between two accomplished warriors.
When Kanobi disposes off the first wave of droids, Grievous orders the others to step back.” I will deal with this Jedi slime myself.” It still looks a fairly even battle that will ensue until Grievous first announces that he’s been trained in the Jedi arts by Count Dooku himself. Then his two arms split lengthwise and suddenly he has four - each wielding a lightsaber. Now the odds look hopelessly stacked against Obi Wan. With his sabers spinning like rotors he attacks and the two are locked in one-on-one combat.
In a matter of seconds Obi wan evens the odds with a spectacular display of lightsaber skill, cutting off two of Grievous’ arms. Now more evenly matched they continue to do battle. Grievous is slammed back by the power of the Force, and scrambles into his wheel bike.
Obi Wan pursues him and soon they are back in combat. The only weapon in play now is Grievous’ electrostaff but soon that is dispensed with and they engage in hand to hand combat. It is during this phase of the fight that Obi Wan manages to pry Grievous armoured boy plates open exposing what’s left of his organs.
That sets the stage for the final phase - Grievous knocks Obi Wan off the platform. Clinging on for dear life, we think Obi Wan is a goner as Grievous approaches electrostaff in hand. But Obi Wan draws the gun on the platform towards him and fires off into Grievous’ exposed body. Grievous literally flames out.
The fight draws us in because it's between two accomplished warriors. Grievous has earned his reputation as a master combatant. We know Obi Wan can fight but wonder whether he’s met his match. The fight ebbs and flows - first in favour of one, then the other leading to the fiery but satisfying climax.