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I always thought it was obvious that in all their fights up to this one, Vader could have killed Luke at will; he wasn't trying to kill him, he was trying to break him down and then turn him. In the words of the incomparable Mr. Plinkett, In "Empire"... Luke is just barely keeping up in his fight with Vader. Vader is just basically toying with him, he ...


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He was mocking Rey. He was arguing to Rey that he wasn't the savior she thought he was, and he wasn't going to return and go defeat the First Order on his own. He mis-identifies the lighstaber to mock the idea that he could take down the whole army with his weapon. Laser sword is the way somebody who is unfamiliar to a lightsaber might refer to one, so it ...


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In the prequel trilogy of Star Wars (the more recent three), the swordsmanship of the actors is great. There's lots of aerobatics and fast swordplay; generally impressive (albeit sometimes over-the-top) performances. I disagree. The fight choreography was structured specifically to be flashy and full of special effects; there was very rarely any plot ...


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Luke's a farmer, not a swordsman. He had never held a lightsaber in his entire life until that day. However, he has used rifles before; when he went out looking for R2-D2 on Tatooine, he carried a rifle; when the Tusken Raiders attacked, though, they quickly overpowered him with their melee fighting skill. It takes many years to become proficient with any ...


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There is one principal difference between swordsmanship in real fights and in movies. In real fights You aim at your enemy, trying not to open your defense. In movies You aim at your opponent's weapon, often both actors are too far away from each other to successfully hit the other one. Real fights are actually pretty fast. If you want the actors to ...


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If we assume that lightsabers and blaster bolts are some kind of plasma, they should cast a shadow under the right circumstances. Stars are big balls of plasma and one star can block the light of another, such as in an eclipsing binary. Flames, which include a small amount of plasma, can also cast shadows, either by absorbing some of the light or refracting ...


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She was reaching out to a man who had shut himself away from the galaxy... ...by giving him something that he has a personal connection to — his long-lost lightsaber. Even if she was aware of a fine detail such as his newer green lightsaber (and there's no reason she would know something like that when it's clearly established in The Force Awakens ...


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It was 100% Kylo Ren. When Snoke was slain, Rey had her back to him and when she turned around to see what happened, she was in complete shock. Also, Snoke narrated Kylo Ren's thoughts, which included him (Kylo Ren) striking down his enemy. Lastly, Kylo Ren lied about who killed Supreme Leader Snoke because it would be considered treason, and Kylo Ren ...


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The implication was that Rey was somehow blocking him through her own efforts to move the hilt. Note his surprise that an object so small doesn't come on command. The exertion actually causes him physical pain which in turn weakens his Force abilities to the point that Rey can overpower him and call the lightsaber to her. He retracted his blade, turned, ...


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TFA Visual Dictionary addresses this on page 26 "Kylo Ren: The Dark Warrior": The blade looks this way because it is unstable plasma blade Matrix This has to do with three facts also quoted on the same 2 pages: Though Kylo's weapon evokes an ancient feel, its components are modern. Its crude appearance suggests construction by an inexperienced hand The ...


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Most lightsabers have a built-in deadman switch. It would just be irresponsible for a Jedi to construct such a dangerous weapon without one. Essentially, if the handle is not being held (has pressure on it) the weapon deactivates. This prevents a lightsaber from flying away from the disarmed Jedi and scything through his allies (or slashing the viewport ...


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There have been a few attempts (mostly in EU novels) to discuss the properties of the blade, but most analysis instead explains why Jedi (and Sith) could use the blade effectively despite the objections you correctly raise. Here are the things we know: The weight of a lightsaber is comparatively light, and the mass is entirely in the handle. (We don't ...


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From Wookiepedia: Due to the weightlessness of plasma and the strong gyroscopic effect generated by it, lightsabers required a great deal of strength and dexterity to wield, and it was extremely difficult—and dangerous—for the untrained to attempt using. However, in the hands of an expert of the Force, the lightsaber was a weapon to be greatly ...


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Obi Wan explains this in the novelization of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope: "This was the formal weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster. More skill than simple sight was required for its use. An elegant weapon. It was a symbol as well. Anyone can use a blaster or a fusioncutter — but to use a lightsaber well was a mark of ...


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From this image from Episode I would appear that they do cast shadows, though the angles don't look quite right to me. From Season 1 Episode 14 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, "Defenders of Peace", Ahsoka's lightsaber clearly casts a shadow. This is animated and so is not the result of a mistake on post production forgetting to remove a prop's shadow. The ...


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Yes, he did. We see it in the "celebration on Endor" scene a few minutes later, just after he's cremated his father. Under the circumstances, we can assume that when he "hurled it aside", it simply rolled under the staircase behind the Emperor Update: According to the factbook "Inside the Worlds of Star Wars Trilogy: The Ultimate Guide to the Incredible ...


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First of all, Rey offering Luke her weapon shows that she means no harm. But there is much more significance to offering that particular weapon. The lightsaber belonged to Luke's father before him. It is the only memento he ever had of Anakin Skywalker. It is an object of deep personal significance, and (so far as we know) he thought it was lost forever in ...


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Cutting tool In Episode V, Han Solo used Luke's lightsaber to cut open a tauntaun on Hoth. Image taken from a Youtube video Han's tauntaun had just died from the extreme cold, so Han cut it open to put the injured Luke inside for warmth. The canon Star Wars Rebels episode "The Wynkahthu Job" (S03E07) includes an instance in which Ezra Bridger cut through ...


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Canon Vanilla lightsabers: Double-bladed lightsaber (see: Darth Maul, Pong Krell, Savage Oppress) While I hesitate to call this a completely different style, Master Krell's lightsabers are unique in at least one way: they fold up This is no longer quite as unique as I thought; in the Star Wars: Rebels episode "Shroud of Darkness", Kanan duels with a ...


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I am a medieval sword fighting instructor and have won a couple of tournaments so have a different insight than people who probably know the films better but in case you are interested: Sword (or lightsaber) fights rarely feature aiming at your opponent's sword. If someone aims a shot at your sword you just attack with your sword, their sword flies ...


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There's nothing impossible in those movements, the actors are performing them just fine. You can replicate the effect by taking a long stick and doing the same movements until you get used to them, then chop the stick up so you've only got a piece the same length as a lightsaber handle. You'll find you can still twist it through the same permutations easily....


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I suspect that there are many practical reasons why you might not have a guard. For example they may get caught, or stuck in clothing or against straps. However in this instance I believe that it is to do with the undertones of Japanese culture that can be seen within the Star Wars franchise films.1 There are plenty of examples of this dotted about online, ...


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Not likely In Return Of The Jedi movie, when Luke surrenders to the Imperial troops on Endor, they looked confused about the lightsaber in his possession. The imperial officer passes him to Vader saying "He was armed only with ... this". Looks like they were not instructed how to deal with such weapons. It makes sense that the Sith were trying to pretend ...


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Why did Luke leave his lightsaber behind? It didnʼt fit in his pocket. Another answer to this question suggests that Luke left his lightsaber behind on the Millennium Falcon because he knew he lacked the familiarity and skill to wield it effectively. While Luke did lack familiarity and skill with the lightsaber, this is not the reason he left it ...


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Luke's blue lightsaber was lost when Vader removed his hand in Cloud City. The outfit he uses in the Battlefront beta is the outfit he wears at the beginning of Return of the Jedi, complete with green lightsaber. As to why Dice chose to use this particular costume, I'm not entirely sure. Thematically, at the Battle of Hoth, Luke was in a standard orange ...


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He tries to remove the lightsaber's mythical image. The term lightsaber implies a lot of things beyond the actual technical device. For example, it is a part of the Jedi religion, it is a weapon of mythical reputation, it is the weapon that great heroes fought their heroic battles with. Luke wants to make Rey understand that everything beyond the apparatus ...


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From the Star Wars: Visual Dictionary and Force Awakens: Visual Dictionary. The "on button" is the big shiny thing on the handle.


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Episode V: Luke uses saber to cut himself free of ice stalactite. Han uses saber to turn a tauntaun into a sleeping bag for Luke. Luke uses saber to cut a hole in the belly of an AT-AT walker so he can toss in an explosive. Episode VI: Vader throws his saber to bring down a platform. Episode I: Qui-Gon uses his saber to slowly burn through a blast ...


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No. According to Star Wars Insider #154, you need to disengage the blade in order for the battery pack to power the blaster. Your lightsaber duel would last about four seconds and then you'd get your hands cut off. If anything, Ezra's revolutionary design would make it more likely that you'd get killed in record time which is why this style of fighting is ...


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[EDIT: I am concentrating on light saber duels: that is a Force user versus a Force user, which is where the spectacular moves come in. Against a non-Force-User, spins and tricks could be helpful -- or just plain fun -- but the Force is a large enough advantage that you could spin all you want and not disadvantage yourself.] An excellent read by a ...


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