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After watching the latest trailer, there are three main points I feel needs to be addressed:

  • How is the crossguard constructed? Is it similar to a double-bladed saber's construction of using multiple crystals to achieve the emittance of multiple blades?
  • Why does Kylo Ren's saber flicker? Seeing as the blue saber Finn was wielding in the trailer is similar to a good old Jedi lightsaber, we can conclude this isn't a new CGI style, and thus likely have an in-universe explanation. Are there functional differences to it - for example different combat characteristics, or perhaps it is unable to achieve zero energy leak?
  • Overall, is it a technological advancement, a "primitive homemade device" or simply a variant on a roughly similar level of technology?
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  • Given that the rest of us also only have the trailers to go off of, I doubt you'd get any more than guessing games. Isn't your question asking people to speculate on unreleased material?
    – Wolfie Inu
    Oct 23, 2015 at 6:36
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  • I was wondering if there was any talk of it in, say, novels and such Oct 23, 2015 at 6:40
  • Similar question: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/73788/… As to Finn's Lightsaber, I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that it is Luke's, which is probably why it looks like a "good old Jedi lightsaber".
    – Catija
    Oct 23, 2015 at 6:40
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    "three main points" - pun intended.
    – Coomie
    Oct 23, 2015 at 7:17

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