STAR WARS: IS CHANGE GOOD?

Evil Rey.

I’m not gonna talk too much about it because…whatever. […] However, the thing that gets me the most is her lightsaber.

I…CAN’T get with it.

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Hey and Welcome to the next “lesson”.

Look, y’all, I know this isn’t like one of my usual “lessons”, but I gotta talk. It’s a big enough topic in my head that warrants discussion so…consider this a lecture hall.

LECTURE HALL — STAR WARS: IS CHANGE GOOD?

Soooo…

I like the rest of – well, half of rest of the world thanks to The Last Jedi – love me some Star Wars and, yeah, in spite of even some of the more divisive choices, some part of me still enjoys the Sequel Trilogy (overall) and with D23 just finishing, Disney wasted no time showing a teaser of The Rise of Skywalker.

I…hate that title.

But, anyway, let’s just get to it.

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Evil Rey.

I’m not gonna talk too much about it because…whatever. Not gonna happen. Potential biggest plot twist in a TEASER? I’m in…sooooo much suspense. However, the thing that gets me the most is her lightsaber.

I…CAN’T get with it.

It’s redundant and stupid. I just SERIOUSLY can’t see the practicality of it. It got so bad to the point where I started thinking if I was the problem…

Let me explain.

Ever since Empire, Star Wars has always added a newer element to its galaxy. Empire, Force Pull & Vader being Luke’s father.

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Jedi, new lightsaber AND Force Lightning – something that became a staple Sith move ever since.

Even the prequels added its fair share of new changes (that aren’t CGI). Before Phantom Menace, who knew that a lightsaber could be double bladed?

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Attack of the Clones, lightsabers can come in purple, too!?

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I could go on, but the point remains, change IS a part of the Star Wars canon. In fact, one could even argue that it’s its central theme, but then I had to ask myself, does that make it good?

Since the sequel trilogy hardly has notes that require deeper discussion, at least not nearly on the level of the prequels, it stood to reason that I nitpicked something that, honestly didn’t even matter.

So, what if Rey has a new lightsaber. New lightsaber designs are nothing new, but would this fall under the thematic change or just a spectacle one?

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Admittedly, this all started when Kylo Ren’s saber was teased a few years ago. You never saw his face, but you saw an ominous, dark presence who thrust out his blade and, for the first time, we saw a crossguard design.

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Then the reactions came out and, hell, even Stephen Colbert defended it. While I’ll go on record saying that I didn’t think it looked like a lightsaber, it did prove itself when it never really had to.

Its striking blade poses as conflict within Kylo Ren and the cross guard was used in that same film as a means to burn Finn when their blades were locked.

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Love it or hate it, it makes sense. And, with that film’s success, it seemed even the animated features caught on.

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In Star Wars Rebels, Ezra was seen holding one with the same design. It was a nice nod that made the galaxy feel a little more connected… but at what cost?

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Speaking of Ezra, when time came for him to make his own lightsaber, he had one with a blaster hilt attached to it.

Again, not my style, but it would easily prove useful if caught in a locked position with another duelist, he could fire a blast and they’d be defenseless to guard it. Another plausible choice.

And then this happened…

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Now, on one hand, I can see how this could be a good design as spinning rotors could make for an advantage when in battle, but the Inquisitors (owner of the blade) use it, it can also help them take flight small distances…

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WHY!?

I’m all for new designs, but what’s the point of that? It just comes off ridiculous and even shallow; change for the sake of change is worse than no change at all.

And, since Rebels, who’s just on a ROLL at this point, they roll out this design, too.

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And thus, brings us to Rey.

Now, again, I’m all for good designs and change if they serve a purpose. This design simply doesn’t, not like Darth Maul’s which worked effectively well.

First off, having a dual bladed lightsaber creates a newer danger when dueling. Even in canon, no one had seen a Sith in 1,000 years so when Maul popped up again, they were already at a disadvantage.

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When dueling, Obi-Wan had multiple dangers to look out for. True, if he knew where one blade was, he by proxy knew where the other was, but that didn’t make it any easier. Look at this piece, they’re dueling  and Obi-Wan has to worry about two blades and being attacked from one end or its base.

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Even when he managed to cut the blade in half, Maul still had one working saber and was still in the fight.

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What’s this all have to do with Rey? Because her lightsabers are REDUNDANT.

When she first shows them, there are two blades pointed in the same direction. Now, as far as I know, the attacks of lightsabers aren’t depended on the force of a swing. They’ll do just as much damage as they would if it slipped. If that’s correct, having two blades in the same direction doesn’t really add any new advantage.

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And shortly after, she flips it open to reveal a similar design to Maul’s as it has a blade on two different ends. And, aside from a new visual, again, what’s the point? If it’s about coverage, why not just have a regular hilt like Maul? Both blades don’t have to be lit.

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One could present the argument they come apart. Asajj Ventress’ blades are separate but capable of doing so, but, then I’d ask why swing it at all?

I WILL ADMIT the most interesting thing about it, I’d say, is the fact her blades crackle just like Ren’s…

While it is just a teaser and this is all just speculation, I don’t know whether this is a good thing or not. While it is a new design, I just don’t see the point. In fact, this entire trilogy seems to be one bad balancing act of change and homage.

Whether just for spectacle or a true character turning point, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Until then, I have a bad feeling about this one…

Author: R.J. LEE

Over the past decade, it seems pop culture hasn’t become just “pop” anymore. Comic book movies are multi-billion dollar corporations, comics aren’t only for weekly Archie specials and video games have become an electronic sport competing with the likes of the Super Bowl! What happened? Where did the time go? It can all be a lot to take in and overwhelming at times, but what if I told you it doesn’t have to be? Like everything in life, nothing is hard to learn, you just need the right teacher and that’s where I come in. I’ll be your Lingo Liaison, your Coach for Comics, your Tutor for Trends, your Video Game Guru, your sensei from Sin City — My name is R.J. and I’m here to answer your FAQ’s of Life.

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