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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Reader Feedback - 29 Comments


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....

Brian Sleider on Dec 2, 2014


The sad thing is, most of the time they are more unbiased and practical about news stories than the "legitimate" news outlets.

Chris Groves on Dec 2, 2014


lol, No they are not. But believe what you want. They are as slanted as CNN or Fox.

Brian Sleider on Dec 2, 2014


bahahhaha....they are so biased it hurts. J. Stewart couldn't possibly pander any harder to a leftwing audience

VodkaSauce on Dec 2, 2014


" 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.

Glorious_Cause on Dec 2, 2014


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?

Chris Groves on Dec 4, 2014


There is our answer. Haha.

David Diaz on Dec 2, 2014


He may even have a point. The nerd is strong with Colbert

Brian Sleider on Dec 2, 2014


This was the dumbest 5 minute video I've ever watched. Anyone who thinks Colbert is funny needs to have their head examined.

Glorious_Cause on Dec 2, 2014


It's no secret that a lot of people need their heads to be examined...

TheOct8pus on Dec 3, 2014


Colbert loves taking a piss...haha...

DAVIDPD on Dec 2, 2014


LOL. Colbert is pure fucking gold.

Jorrell Mcdaniel on Dec 2, 2014


Expand your vocabulary.

Glorious_Cause on Dec 2, 2014


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?

NicelyBuilt on Dec 2, 2014


Yeah, you make a good point, but it still looks derpy as hell.

John Doe on Dec 2, 2014


No. Vader loped it off with a move that a guard wouldn't of been able to stop.

Steven on Dec 2, 2014


Get off the lightsaber already! Who cares! It's a movie! ...and lightsabers don't (and can't) exist in real life.

TheOct8pus on Dec 3, 2014


*sigh* They just had F with perfection didn't they? Damn you Disney, damn you all to hell!

John Doe on Dec 2, 2014


When its in the EU the SW fans eat it up, toss it on the big screen and the neckbeards froth at the mouth.

Brian Sleider on Dec 2, 2014


Did anyone notice the quoted tweet was from Bill Corbett of MST3K and Rifftrax?

Prestron on Dec 2, 2014


I'm hearing and reading all this racist press about John Boyega as a black stormtrooper. What the hell is wrong with people?

TheOct8pus on Dec 3, 2014


everything has to be political with you guys... just pathetic. I thought this was just plain entertaining

JayCee on Dec 3, 2014


What about this is political at all? It's about a lightsaber. By definition, that has nothing to do with politics.

Ethan Anderton on Dec 3, 2014


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!

Wafffles on Dec 3, 2014


you assumed right! Thank you

JayCee on Dec 3, 2014


Well the saber is red, and what political party is associated with red? ITS ALL A REPUBLICAN TRAP. Q admiral Akbar.

Brian Sleider on Dec 3, 2014


Waffles took the words right out of me. Check his comment down below

JayCee on Dec 3, 2014


This is absolutely brilliant.

CoosCoos on Dec 3, 2014


I love Colbert.

grimjob on Dec 3, 2014

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