- The introduction of new lightsaber designs in the war of stars The franchise brings visual brilliance to battles.
- In the latest episode of Ahsoka, The rotating blades of the Imperial Inquisitors’ lightsabers prove to be their downfall, as the weapon’s predictable timing results in the Inquisitor’s defeat.
- Asoka’The orange lightsabers sparked an online debate, with fans questioning the change from the traditional red swords. Creator Dave Filoni explained that the color choice was deliberate and intended to offer viewers a subtle twist.
The war of stars The franchise first introduced the world to lightsabers as a weapon in 1977, with a simple principle at its core. Since then, the lightsaber has evolved as the series has expanded, since the introduction of double-bladed weapons The Phantom Menace to more recent versions such as the Darksaber, originally introduced in animated series The Clone Wars before it goes into live action The Mandalorian.
In new condition war of stars series Ahsoka, The Imperial Inquisitors made their live-action debut, bringing with them another addition to the saga’s technologically advanced weaponry – a double-bladed lightsaber with rotating blades. While the weapon is certainly something spectacular to behold, it brings with it the age-old problem of its wielder being weaker than many of its predecessors, and that was made clear in Ahsoka’s latest episode.
In 1977, Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker engaged in their first lightsaber duel using simple single-edged weapons that essentially resembled a futuristic sword, and the duels boiled down to a classic sword fight reminiscent of classic fighting games like Zorro. This remained the case throughout the original trilogy, but as the decades passed there was an increasing need to take the choreography and visual brilliance of the battles to new levels.
The Inquisitors’ rotating blades now join a long line of lightsabers that go beyond their initial simplicity, but as seen in Episode 4 of AhsokaThe very thing that makes the Inquisitors’ weapons intimidating to some also creates their greatest weakness. As a result, Inquisitor Marrok faced Ahsoka Tano in a duel that did not end well for the former. Since Ahsoka was completely unintimidated by the Inquisitor’s use of the rotating blade, a trick that could terrify some, the weapon’s predictable timing became a major weakness, ultimately leading to Marrok’s defeat and the weapon’s inferiority exposed The Inquisitors’ Weapons when it comes to actual combat.
Ahsoka’s lightsabers sparked a lot of debate on the internet
When the first images and trailers for Ahsoka were released, fans immediately began questioning the orange lightsabers of Baylon and Shin, two obvious villains who didn’t carry the usual red-bladed weapons. After a long online debate, Ahsoka Mastermind Dave Filoni eventually jumped in and explained that the new lightsabers were actually orange in color and that there was a reason for the change. He said then:
“I made it a little more orange. That’s a really good eye. You’re the first to notice this. That was very intentional. I didn’t just design them in a bright red. I remember as a child Vader’s lightsaber varied from visual effects to something orange in color. I didn’t want to go straight to orange, but it shows kids a little bit that they might not be what you think they are in the beginning. It’s good that you understood that. Nothing is random.”
While nothing is coincidental, it seems that not all new lightsabers are built to outperform the classic single-edged weapons that started it all in 1977. You can check out all the latest lightsabers in Ahsokawhich is now streaming on Disney+.