In Return of the Jedi when Luke is taken to the Dune Sea to be cast into the Pit of Carkoon why is it that when he strikes Jabba the Hutt’s guards with his lightsaber they are merely knocked off the desert skiff and not cut? The sound of the lightsaber striking an object is clearly heard.
This is the snippet from Return of the Jedi where the lightsaber strike knocks the target away:
While a similar strike in Phantom Menance cuts cleanly through the target
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