So probably the most debated and controversial part of the new Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens (2015) trailer is the new design of the lightsaber. The single blade being kept the same but now the lightsaber features two additional small blades either side of the of the saber/sabre.
There have been plenty of jokes made about the new design and how stupid the community believes it to be.
But there have been a lot of things showing how the Star Wars 7 lightsaber is perfect and will come in handy! I mean the new lightsaber apparently could have stopped Luke's hand being cut off for starters, but the next photo actually show's quite a good point!
Now as you can see the new lightsaber isn't as smooth as previous lightsabers, it's more rough and bumpy if you understand what I'm saying, you can clearly see that it has been tweaked. But ever wondered who's idea this was? Who came up with such an idea to change one of the most iconic weapons in movie history! Well believe it or not, it was NOT J.J. Abrams, it was in-fact a man by the name of Sir Jonathan Ive.
Now apparently, Mr Ive gave Abrams some advice or feedback on how to improve the new lightsaber and it's quite clear to see that J.J. took this advice!
Sir Jonathan Ive is actually the Senior Vice President of Design at Apple, Inc! He is the designer of many famous Apple products that we all know and love like the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad, the MacBook Pro and so many others! The Great Steve Jobs the past CEO of Apple itself regarded him as the 'spiritual partner at Apple'.
Okay back to Star Wars. In a recent insider of Mr Ives with the New Yorker he mentions about the new design and what he thought they should be.
I thought it would be interesting if it were less precise, and just a little bit more spitty,” Ive told The New Yorker when asked for his input on the weapon. Ive went on to suggest that a lightsaber should be “more analog and more primitive, and I think, in that way, somehow more ominous.
The old designs of the lightsabers can also be seen to look different apart from the two new blades, the blades themselves look more rugged and like Mr Ives said 'spitty'.
Jonathan Ives designer for Apple and now Star Wars?
It's not actually confirmed whose idea it was to design the lightsaber with the two new blades, but there is no need to worry about the impractical uses of the new blade. I am sure that everything in these films have been well thought out and he's new steps in the Star Wars universe and been considered carefully before they were taken. SO CHILL THE F*CK OUT.
So as disappointing as the prequels were, everyone needs to remember the controversy when Darth Maul appeared for the first time with the new dual lightsaber and how stupid everyone thought it was. But after seeing the film, to this very day it is regarded as one of the coolest lightsabers ever!
But even some of the actual stars of previous Star Wars film are a little hesitant to the new blade. Ewan McGregor played Obi-Wan Kenobi for episodes one, two and three! So in a interview at the Sundance Film festival Ewan stated;
'I was a bit dubious about the hilt on the lightsaber, did you see that? It's got a hilt now, you don't need a hilt.
'If you know how to handle a lightsaber, like we did, then you don't need a hilt. That's just one thing I think they might've gotten wrong,' the actor added while pretending to cough
Even though he was a little reluctant about the new blade, he gave nothing but positive responses when he was asked if he would take his family to see the new film.
So what do you guys think? Do you like the new design?
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