Stephen Colbert star wars Force Awakens lightsaber

The Internet had two major points of contention with the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. One was horribly racist and the other was incredibly nit picky. The nit picky one is about the new Sith lightsaber seen in the trailer. Many people are complaining that the construction simply doesn’t make sense. That the small sections pointing out of the hilt wouldn’t serve any positive purpose. And who knows? Maybe they’re right. The fact is, the movie doesn’t come out for a year so that may even be a plot point in the film.

Either way, Stephen Colbert has had enough. He explained why the new lightsaber would work, and is awesome, on Monday’s episode of The Colbert Report. The host also revealed he’s been a Star Wars fan longer than anyone. Below, watch the Stephen Colbert Star Wars video and see a few of the memes that the new lightsaber has spawned.

First up, here’s the Stephen Colbert Star Wars Force Awakens lightsaber analysis via Comedy Central:

One thing I haven’t seen mentioned a lot in discussions of the lightsaber is the possibility of the functionality being a part of the plot. A recent Reddit post suggested the reason the blades look so raw is because this is a build by an amateur Force user. So maybe the hilts on the end will end up being an issue in the actual film. Maybe it’s a little off on-purpose. I don’t know that for sure but it seems like a possibility.

Personally though, I love the saber. It’s cool, period. It’s different and if you want to complain about logistics, there aren’t explosions in space. Or hyperspace. Or The Force. Plus, it fits in with the math of the Star Wars Universe (via @DaveTheGame)

Lightsaber math

That’s just one of the hundreds of memes inspired by the saber. Here are just a few of the best, thanks to Seth Rogen, Movieweb, ToysRevil.

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