Stephen Colbert Ignites Debate Over New 'Star Wars' Lightsaber

December 2, 2014
Source: Comedy Central

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Yesterday, I had some fun proposing a theory about the hotly debated new lightsaber from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer, which has been dubbed a cross guard lightsaber, and a little easter egg from the end of the trailer that was revealed. But now one of the big guns has stepped forward to talk about this new version of the elegant weapon. Stephen Colbert was off last week, but he returned in full force last night with a whole segment focused on the new lightsaber. But rather than coming up with geeky theory, his nerdity is focused on proving the new lightsaber hilt is practical and works fine. Watch!

Here's Stephen Colbert's segment on Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the new lightsaber:

Star Wars fans have been talking about this extensively, but could this be the final word?

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, continuing the beloved original trilogy about Luke, Leia, Han & Chewie that ended in 1983, is directed by J.J. Abrams, of the films Mission: Impossible 3, Star Trek, Super 8 and Star Trek Into Darkness. The screenplay is written by Lawrence Kasdan (Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Return of the Jedi, The Big Chill, The Bodyguard) and J.J. Abrams, with Kathleen Kennedy from Lucasfilm producing. This debut is the beginning of a brand new saga, with another trilogy planned for this storyline, not to mention other standalone movies in this universe. Disney, after acquiring Lucasfilm, will release Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters worldwide on December 18th, 2015.

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  • Brian Sleider
    By in large I do not like Cobert, but this was good. He does have a high nerd factor, just pisses me ff that people actually watch him and J.Stewart for news....
    • Chris Groves
      The sad thing is, most of the time they are more unbiased and practical about news stories than the "legitimate" news outlets.
      • Brian Sleider
        lol, No they are not. But believe what you want. They are as slanted as CNN or Fox.
      • VodkaSauce
        bahahhaha....they are so biased it hurts. J. Stewart couldn't possibly pander any harder to a leftwing audience
      • Glorious_Cause
        " most of the time they are more unbiased and practical about news stories than the "legitimate" news outlets." Please, seek help. If you get your "news" from Colbert and Stewart, your mind is already lost.
        • Chris Groves
          That isn't what I'm saying, but they often put a lot less of a "slant" and manipulation on things than a lot of news outlets. Please don't tell me that Fox News is YOUR trusted source of information?
    • David Diaz
      There is our answer. Haha.
      • Brian Sleider
        He may even have a point. The nerd is strong with Colbert
    • Glorious_Cause
      This was the dumbest 5 minute video I've ever watched. Anyone who thinks Colbert is funny needs to have their head examined.
      • TheOct8pus
        It's no secret that a lot of people need their heads to be examined...
    Colbert loves taking a piss...haha...
  • Jorrell Mcdaniel
    LOL. Colbert is pure fucking gold.
    • Glorious_Cause
      Expand your vocabulary.
  • NicelyBuilt
    Wouldn't this 3-pronged lightsaber make sense for a Jedi who could've prevented his hand being slashed off by his old man if only he had the slightest "hilt"—a standard, commonplace defense on most sabers—protecting his hand?
    • John Doe
      Yeah, you make a good point, but it still looks derpy as hell.
    • Steven
      No. Vader loped it off with a move that a guard wouldn't of been able to stop.
    • TheOct8pus
      Get off the lightsaber already! Who cares! It's a movie! ...and lightsabers don't (and can't) exist in real life.
  • John Doe
    *sigh* They just had F with perfection didn't they? Damn you Disney, damn you all to hell!
    • Brian Sleider
      When its in the EU the SW fans eat it up, toss it on the big screen and the neckbeards froth at the mouth.
  • Prestron
    Did anyone notice the quoted tweet was from Bill Corbett of MST3K and Rifftrax?
  • TheOct8pus
    I'm hearing and reading all this racist press about John Boyega as a black stormtrooper. What the hell is wrong with people?
  • JayCee
    everything has to be political with you guys... just pathetic. I thought this was just plain entertaining
    • What about this is political at all? It's about a lightsaber. By definition, that has nothing to do with politics.
      • Wafffles
        I assume he was referring to all the people debating the bias in news organizations and whether the "news" in the Daily Show and Colbert Report is more or less objective than on Fox, CNN, etc. In fact, you proved his point haha: there is NOTHING in this that could possibly be considered political, and yet the mere presence of a TV personality that happens to lean left (or is it right?!) has resulted in about a dozen provocative arguments at the bottom of the page. Gotta love politics!
        • JayCee
          you assumed right! Thank you
      • Brian Sleider
        Well the saber is red, and what political party is associated with red? ITS ALL A REPUBLICAN TRAP. Q admiral Akbar.
      • JayCee
        Waffles took the words right out of me. Check his comment down below
  • CoosCoos
    This is absolutely brilliant.
  • grimjob
    I love Colbert.




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