The Skywalker Lightsaber. You know, the blue one. The one that has been to hell and is now back. Everyone in the Star Wars universe has had a journey, but one object has traveled through time and circumstance and raised more questions than anyone or anything. If you need a comparison, it’s pretty much what the One Ring was to Tolkein’s Middle Earth: powerful, wielded by both good and evil, seemingly lost then returned at a key point in time, responsible for the loss of body parts over chasms.
Christopher Sherwood has recapped the lightsaber’s journey in this, frankly, spectacular and emotional medley of scenes detailing its journey from Anakin’s introduction to the Jedi way of life in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace to the point where Rey has attempted to return it to Luke in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
As much as Star Wars is technologically advanced it holds to (at least) one timeless theme in legendary stories: the weapon of the father passed onto the son and so on is a pretty powerful thing. There’s something that, despite any differences in each generation (and the Skywalkers are full of those), grounds and binds each member.
It will be interesting to see what happens to the Skywalkers’ lightsaber in Episode VIII. Will Luke accept Rey’s offering? Will he tell her to keep it? Will he grab it and chuck it in the ocean? Has he gone senile and doesn’t even know whose lightsaber it is?
At least Luke’s severed hand isn’t still attached. That would just be morbid. And gross.
Star Wars: Episode VIII hits theaters December 15, 2017. Meanwhile Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released on Blu-Ray/DVD on April 5, though digital copies are available now.
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