The Force Awakens’ New Crossguard Saber

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This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster; an elegant weapon for a more civilized age. —Obi-Wan Kenobi

With a few days of rumination behind us, let’s talk about the new lightsaber shown in the Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens trailer.

A darkly cloaked figure, presumably Sith, wades through deep snow on an unknown ice planet. Then, with a crackle he activates his blade, which seems to glow with electricity or fire. Then, amongst the huge excitements bookending this scene, comes my favorite part of the trailer: a second switch activates a hilt to appear, creating a mini-saber crossguard to his blade.

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Voila.

This has attracted a lot of criticism and mockery. Dorkly compiled a list of all the best Internet reactions to the new saber, which is humorous but undeniably condescending (Keyblade Lightsaber FTW). My newsfeed reels with people…

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