From a perilous crash landing in the hangar bay to an even more perilous crash landing on the surface of Coruscant, Jedi Knights Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi had a rough time navigating their way through General Grievous' flagship: The Invisible Hand. Unfortunately, due to time constraints and flow issues, many of the dangers the Jedi encountered, some with Chancellor Palpatine in tow, had to be deleted from the final film, but I'll try to cover as much as I can on this page.
The scene with Obi-Wan and Anakin in the elevator was changed a little. Originally there was supposed to be a big blast hole through the door at one point, but that was scrapped. There are some images of the door with the hole through it, some of which you can see at the bottom of the page. The hole was supposed to have been the result of some battle droids that blast their way into the elevator after Anakin cuts himself a hole onto the roof. The shots of the Jedi exiting the elevator were reshot to depict them traditionally leaving the lift, instead of ducking through the blast hole.
Take a close look at the photo way down below of the Jedi in the elevator with their lightsabers ignited. Though this scene is in the film, this particular still most definitely is not. Perhaps this was from an alternate take or from the scene mentioned above that was scrapped. It's actually one of the promotional stills from Lucasfilm but those are many times given out a very long time before the film is edited down into its final form. Sometimes, deleted scenes slip through the cracks.
During the opening hijinks, R2-D2's role seemed to be endlessly changing. He was literally all over the place. Sometimes he was with the Jedi, sometimes he wasn't. Sometimes he showed up to help, other times he stayed in the hangar. In the finished film, he pretty much stays put but he did have a few more shots that didn't make it into the film. Starwars.com released this photo which is a good example of this. Originally, R2 was with the trio as they found themselves caught in the ray shields. Much of this was reshot later to accommodate R2 coming in later.
According to this Starwars.com Set Diary by Pablo Hidalgo, R2-D2 had another confrontation with a super battle droid. Here's how he explains it:
The little droid places a "signal beacon" at the end of a beam balanced on a large fuel pipe. He rockets high overhead and activates the beacon. As a battle droid inspects it, Artoo slams hard on the other end of the beam, see-sawing the battle droid into the ceiling in a spectacular crash. The battle droid's debris then falls and hits the beam hard, sending Artoo flying in turn. The little droid smashes into the battle droid, "causing the battle droid to squash to about one quarter of its former size."
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Once Palpatine was rescued and Obi-Wan was awakened from his Sith-induced slumber, the Jedi had to navigate their way off of the Invisible Hand with the uncharacteristically athletic Chancellor Palpatine following behind. Originally, there was to be a scene where the trio walked across some unsteady pipe work trying to get from point a to point b. This is not one of the scenes restored for the DVD, but there are a few shots from it in the bonus footage if you look carefully. Starwars.com and a few other publications have let some of the images slip as well.
Let's set up the structure and flow of this whole scene so we can understand where it was supposed to fall in the film. After the Hand straightens out and the Jedi find themselves in an abandoned corridor, Obi-Wan says they should head to the hangar bay to find something flyable. Anakin calls R2-D2 who pops out of a pile of droid parts and hangar debris. Then Grievous activates the ray shields. There are a series of shots from the time that R2 is called to the time that Grievous activates the shields that were dropped, one of which includes the pipe-walking shots you see below.
As I mentioned, Obi-Wan wants to head to the hangar bay. In the finished film, we get the impression that when the ray shields are activated, they're still on their way there but in the original script, they actually did get to the hangar bay, but found nothing useful. The rest is illustrated in the following script passage:
56 INT. HALLWAY TO HANGAR BAY-TRADE FEDERATION CRUISER
OBI-WAN and ANAKIN lead PALPATINE down a hallway toward the hangar bay.
57 INT. DOORWAY TO HANGAR BAY-TRADE FEDERATION CRUISER
It is extremely windy as bits and pieces are continually sucked into space. The hangar bay doors are closed, but great stresses are being exerted as the ship twists, re-entering the atmosphere of Coruscant. They stop in a doorway leading into the hangar bay.
None of those ships
will get us anywhere.
What are we going to do?
I don't know.
Don't look at me.
I don't know.
ANAKIN and PALPATINE both look to OBI-WAN. He shrugs his shoulders. Anakin's Fighter has been sucked out of the hangar bay and is totaled. Suddenly, the ship turns on its side.
Here, Chancellor, lock this
around your waist, and hold on.
We'll head toward the bridge
and see if we can find
an escape pod.
ANAKIN hands PALPATINE the end of a cable that is attached to his utility belt. PALPATINE attaches it around his waist. ANAKIN and OBI-WAN throw their utility cables to some pipes in the ceiling and swing to a second set of pipes.
58 INT. MAIN HANGAR-TRADE FEDERATION CRUISER
OBI-WAN grabs onto the pipes that run along what was the ceiling and is now the wall. As he moves out into the hangar, TWO SUPER BATTLE DROIDS start firing at him. The Jedi ignites his lightsaber and deflects the bolts back at the DROIDS, blowing them up. ANAKIN and PALPATINE follow OBI-WAN along the pipes running along the ceiling of the hangar. PALPATINE struggles against the escaping air of the pressurized hangar. PALPATINE loses his grip as a pipe breaks, causing a rush of steam, but ANAKIN manages to maintain his grasp on the pipe as the CHANCELLOR dangles on the other end of the utility cable. They are surrounded by SPARKS and EXPLOSIONS as the ship twists and tries to break apart. ANAKIN moves out of the steam and struggles to pull PALPATINE back to safety. ANAKIN is almost pulled loose in the buffeting winds. The ceiling behind them buckles, causing pipes to break, creating geysers of steam. Some bits of pipe go hurling into the blast doors and out into space. They make it through a hangar doorway and close it behind them.
59 INT. HANGAR DOORWAY-TRADE FEDERATION CRUISER
OBI-WAN, ANAKIN and PALPATINE are out of breath.
Well, that was close.
According to Starwars.com, R2-D2 was also supposed to fly up and help out the Chancellor when he falls from the pipe. He was moved all over the place during the rescue so depending on the shot, he was either added or removed. Starwars.com went so far as to even show us the utility cord that Anakin uses to attach himself to the Chancellor during the pipe walking scene. You can see that image down below.
From there we are supposed to cut to Grievous activating the ray shields, which brings us to yet another bit of deleted dialogue. It's not much and just amounts to a little more Jedi bickering which I don't think any of us will miss too much. Palpatine also makes a suggestion about what to do. It's interesting to note that the Super Battle Droid calls R2-D2 a dummy. In the finished film, he just says, "Don't move." In the days before the film's release, the Star Wars Trivial Pursuit DVD Game was released and contained this shot with the Battle Droid clearing calling him, "Stubby" instead. In the end, I guess the droid name-calling was too much. I've included a clip of it below with the pictures. I forgot where I got it, but I didn't make it and the audio sync is slightly off but you'll get the idea.
61 INT. HALLWAY-TRADE FEDERATION CRUISER
They run down the hallway. Suddenly, ray shields drop around them, putting them in an electronic box in the middle of the hallway.
OBI-WAN takes a deep breath to express his total disappointment.
Wait a minute, how'd
this happen! We're smarter
Apparently not, Master.
This is the oldest trap in the book...
Well... I was distracted.
Oh, so all of a sudden
it's my fault.
You're the Master.
I'm just a hero.
I'm open to suggestions here.
Why don't we let them take
us to General Grievous.
Perhaps with Count Dooku's
demise, we can negotiate
The Jedi look at each other in disbelief.
Patience! That's your plan, is it?
Yes, Artoo will be along in
a few moments and he'll release
the ray shields...
ARTOO comes skidding across the hallway and bashes into the opposite wall. He takes a moment to compose himself.
See! No problem.
Suddenly several doorways open, revealing TWO DESTROYER DROIDS. SIXTEEN SUPER BATTLE DROIDS emerge from behind the DESTROYER DROIDS.
ARTOO turns and zaps one of the SUPER BATTLE DROIDS who then kicks ARTOO over.
SUPER BATTLE DROID
Don't move, dummy.
Ouch! Zap this.
Do you have a plan B?
Once again, I refer to Starwars.com's Pablo Hidalgo for some more interesting notes on this scene. Because of the constant changing of R2's roles and locations, he was originally meant to be with the Jedi and the Chancellor when they are caught in the ray shields. He was later removed and the shot where he skids in was added later. Of course, that means some of this scene was reshot at a later date. Originally, Anakin had a different plan than waiting on R2. He was going to wait for the battle droids to show up and release the shields. Then they could wipe out the droids and be on their way. Pablo mentions a line of dialogue that isn't in the published script: "Security patrols are always those skinny useless battle droids," says Anakin. Of course, droidekas and super battle droids show up instead.
Because the filmmakers knew somewhat early on that the death of Shaak Ti was not going to make it into the opening scenes, some of the dialogue from there was moved to the bridge scenes, since this was now supposed to be the first real meeting of Grievous and the Jedi. Even with the rewrite, there were a few bits of dialogue in there that didn't make it into the final version. Here's part of the scripted scene:
62 EXT. BRIDGE-TRADE FEDERATION CRUISER
OBI-WAN, ANAKIN PALPATINE, and ARTOO are captured by GENERAL GRIEVOUS. They stand before the ALIEN DROID GENERAL.
Oh yes. General Kenobi,
the Negotiator. We've been
waiting for you. That wasn't
much of a rescue.
A BATTLE DROID walks to GENERAL GRIEVOUS and hands him the JEDI'S lightsabers.
That depends upon your
point of view. Hah!
And Anakin Skywalker...
I was expecting someone with
your reputation to be a little older.
General Grievous... Supreme
Commander of the Droid Armies.
You're shorter than I expected.
Take a close look at the wide digital model shot of the hangar bay on its side. If you look closely in the upper left hand corner, you'll see two figures climbing along the piping. They look like Anakin and Palpatine to me, but where's Obi-Wan? I remember reading that originally Anakin and Obi-Wan were to be separated once on the ship. Anakin went after Palpatine and Obi-Wan took on Grievous. In that context, this photo - which was probably done very early on - makes perfect sense. Special thanks to EP for this special "spy" pic.
I'll be sure to update the page when I can as I'm sure there's lots more info out there on these shots. Enjoy for now and check back occasionally.
Description: Video clip from the REVENGE OF THE SITH Trivial Pursuit DVD game.