Ignore Obi-Wan, The High-Ground Doesn’t Matter
By David Crow
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith has just turned 16 years old.
Opening on May 19, 2005, the final Star Wars prequel was celebrated in its time...
Maybe just because of the two movies that came before it.
Still, it had the long-anticipated battle between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker….
… leading to Anakin being encased in Darth Vader’s armor.
It also features one of Star Wars’ most parodied lines.
“It’s over, Anakin. I have the high ground.”
Obi-Wan says this before slicing his protege in half.
But does the “high ground” really matter in Star Wars? Not really...
Consider Vader’s own first battle with Luke Skywalker in Empire Strikes Back.
When they cross lightsabers, Vader abandons the high ground to leap at Luke.
Maybe it was because he was trying to lure Luke into a carbonite trap?
But nope, he lets Luke get out of that despite “high ground,” too.
Well, in his own words, Vader is a slow learner.
Except here is Darth Maul with the “high ground” over Obi-Wan himself.
And there’s Obi-Wan leaping right over Maul like a putz.
Maybe Obi-Wan just never taught Anakin the true power of the back-flip?