You can change your Poll Vote after voting. This makes it easier incase you change your mind after reading this post. I just saw the new trailer for Star Wars: Episode 7. For the most part, I have been sceptical to the idea of Disney getting their hands on Star Wars. I just never trusted their "free" mindset to respect the series for its lore and expertise regardless of popularity. For those of you who haven't seen it, here it is: My first reaction Here's how I reacted to the trailer: Initially, I was not surprised by the Storm Trooper guy. I didn't realize that all storm troopers were clones of Jango Fett, but it seems to be a trend in the series to steal storm trooper costumes, and there are a few videos that suggest that the new storm troopers would not be clones of Fett. The rolling robot felt to taste, I really like it and have honestly wanted something like this for quiet a while. R2D2 was just too slow and impractical for mobility. I love this robot, and would like to see how it works. The part with the storm troopers was no surprise, didn't fill me with any excitement, it just indicates more typical storm trooper mash, which I am not a fan of. I'd like every enemy to be powerful and respected, I like duels and have seen far too many dummy storm troopers to take them seriously. They're non-characteristical and all look the same, not to mention the fact that in every Star Wars movie, I feel like a hundred guns pointed at you in the middle of a war doesn't matter if they're wearing a white suit. I'm also a fan of the Podracing, and having played Star Wars: Racer on PC in the past, I was a little bit hopeful at the sight of the woman on the pod-like vehicle. It didn't amaze me to any extent, but its sound effect got to me. I like Star Wars' slightly "over the top" unique and characteristic sounds, despite them often being unrealistic. The sound of this vehicle got my hopes up that they'd not try to modernize Star Wars too much with the sound effects. Of course, I unconditionally loved the X-wing scene over the water, there's nothing cooler in a movie than that. Seeing the Millennium Falcon felt slightly exciting, but there is one scene I'd like to address last. The lightsaber First off, you can tell that the individual was most likely evil, not just because of the voiceover, but also due to their style and lightsaber color. But the lightsaber design itself.. made me cringe. I'm always interested in more lightsaber variants, and there are already a ton of different lightsabers in Star Wars, more than presented in the movies. But this design struck me as particularly inconvenient. My two first thoughts were, how on earth is that hilt gonna help you? Obviously, since there is a significant chunk of metal sticking out of it before the laser actually starts, your enemy would probably just slice right through that hilt, destroying the laser emitter. Unless, of course, the lightsaber metal is "saber-proof", which, at the time, I wasn't sure any lightsabers were. And the other thought was, even if that hilt were to be practical, swinging that lightsaber around would be tedious as hell, a lot of maneuvers and flexibility would be tossed out the window, because you would cut yourself on that hilt. You would basically require an expert wielder, and even then their movements would be significantly limited - so much, that opponents with greater flexibility would gain an advantage, which is completely against your interest. So why the new hilt? Is this really just because Disney wants to prove their worth and innovate? Probably. I have no faith in Disney, but who knows, maybe they know what they're doing. Or maybe they have some quazi-explanation that you can almost accept if you're not a geek and see plot holes with it. I also thought, maybe you could just place the hilt below the actual beam. That way, you'd get the benefit of a beam that isn't longer than the hilt, so the chances of cutting yourself are small, as the hilt would hit you first - and the hilt would not be dangerous to touch from your side. It would also not get chopped to bits, so no breaking. Alternatively, the hilt could encase the beam for even more protection. Which is what Colbert seems to suggest further below. Regardless, a V-shaped hilt seemed much more efficient, but it should have a metal guard that was 90 degrees and not V-shaped, to properly stop your hand before the V-shaped part of the blade. This would be a heck of a great blade, without providing much danger to oneself. The title at the end was in classic Star Wars fashion, which is good, it indicates that at least they're not trying to destroy the Star Wars feel. However, I did some research on the lightsaber. I'm gonna link you to the sources, and then spell out my so-far opinion on the subject. After that, I'd like your opinions on the subject. Sources Crossguard Offense Demonstration Screenrant Article NerdAlert's take on it McCombe's Claims More: The Different Types of Lightsabers (Only main ones) Popcorn Talk - Your thoughts By the way, apparently there was a competition related to UNICEF that lets a fan be in the movie. Info here at the end of the video: The contest has already been completed, apparently. My current opinion Not knowing too much about Star Wars lore myself is kind of a shame, given how I have every Star Wars game on Steam, I love the series, seen all the movies and so on. I suppose this is because I saw them so far back, when they were still relevant, that I've forgotten most of it. Jango Fett not being the model for clones anymore seems logical, given how according to Kim Horcher, he is infact very old. If you were to clone directly from DNA, that should be no problem, but I'm not sure how cloning works in Star Wars, so at the very best, I must say I'm unsure as to what's the logic here. There are many possible explanations to the black guy being in a storm trooper suit, but he doesn't look like a villain, so there's that. When it comes to the lightsaber, that is probably the most important part of the video. Different lightsabers have different specialities. As you can see from the video showing them off, there are plenty of variants, and there are also ones not shown there, like the ones that have a V-shape hilt, except only on one side. That video addressed only the most prominent lightsabers, and I think there are other characters in the comics that use hilted lightsabers. More to the point, if the hilt was actually fireable as a projectile, that would make all kinds of sense and make the weapon extremely useful. Alas, I doubt this is the case. If Colbert is right, the design works in terms of encasing the actual beam, and the beam is not emitted from the actual quillons. But there is no way to say if this is true. I sincerely hope it is. Since they went with the T-shaped variant and not V-shaped variant, I'm thinking this blade would be better for cutting an opponent's hand as shown in the crossguard demonstration video with real swords. It is hella potent for offensive maneuvers, better than the V-shaped variant in some ways, but less defensive in others. One being that a V-shape would more efficiently trap an enemy sword and prevent it from moving sideways and around to you. I sincerely hope that maneuver is the intention of this guard. But I also hope it has more of a use than that. If that is not the case, and the weapon does not withstand guard cutoff, either via the Colbert-way or an uncuttable metal, I'm gonna be very disappointed. The most likely explanation I think is that the metal is simply lightsaber-resistant. According to the source videos, some are, however not all. Had this not been Disney, I might have had more faith. But Disney's not too dumb ever, so I'm curious as to where this will go. Share your thoughts!