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Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith - When Obi-Wan Kenobi goes to the planet to fight General Grievous alone, shortly after he arrives he is in two places at once. He is sitting back in his ship talking to his droid before leaving...

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... and yet seconds later, he appears to have never left the planet and is watching his ship take off.

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Can this be explained?

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The junior novelisation indicates that he exited on the side facing away from the landing pad observation, then presumably made his way along the underside of the platform where he could remain hidden.

He cut the signal, then gave a few quick instructions to his R4 unit and slipped out of the starfighter on the far side of the cockpit. By the time the fighter took off, he was hidden in the shadows at the entrance to the sinkhole city. Now all I have to do is get to the tenth level and defeat Grievous.

You're not wrong that it's a weird cut though.

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    I never saw it as that weird. It appeared clear that he was meant to look like he was leaving, but was not actually leaving. – Behacad Nov 14 '20 at 20:33
  • @Behacad - it's weird because there's no way he could have gotten out of the flyer without it being immediately obvious that he'd done so. We rely on seeing the robot guards turn away before he's taken off. – Valorum Nov 14 '20 at 20:51
  • I had always assumed that he flew off and came back actually, so your answer is interesting. Also..... wouldn't that mean his shipped stayed there?? Wasn't he signaling his departure? I'm even more confused now! – Behacad Nov 14 '20 at 23:21
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    @Behacad - He told his ship to go into orbit and wait for the fleet to arrive. Presumably they grabbed it and stored it for him. – Valorum Nov 14 '20 at 23:28

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