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<   No. 1125   2006-02-24   >

Comic #1125

1 Obi-Wan: It's over Anakin! I have the high ground.
1 Anakin: You underestimate my power!
2 [sound]: Whooom! Sliiice! {Anakin attempts to leap over Obi-Wan, who slices his arms and legs off with his lightsabre}
3 Obi-Wan: And now you haven't a leg to stand on.
4 Anakin: You and your damned aphorisms!
4 Obi-Wan: Actually they were just cutting remarks.

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Of all the bad lines in all the Star Wars films - and there have been a few of them - this one is my candidate for absolute worst.

Obi-Wan: It's over Anakin! I have the high ground.
He is literally standing on ground that has a greater elevation than where Anakin is standing. But it's also the end of the duel, and Obi-Wan has won because he is on the side of right and good. He has the moral high ground too. Get it? It's such a subtle nuance that you could be forgiven for not noticing it...

Hmm, now that I think about it again, that's bloody brilliant.


Oh, and in case you're wondering how I did the effect of Anakin suspended in mid-air, there was no digital manipulation trickery involved. I simply suspended him in mid-air exactly as you see and took a single shot. He's held up by a strut made of Lego parts, all of which are cunningly hidden behind his body.
2015-06-10 Rerun commentary: The lava effect is an actual LEGO baseplate with, wait for it, lava painted on it. It came as part of the LEGO movie making set, as a dramatic hazard to make your LEGO movies cool and interesting. It fits together with some baseplates showing a street with painted white line markings, which split apart as if caused by an earthquake, to reveal the lava underneath the street.

Because we all know that there's red hot lava just beneath the surface of our streets.

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