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Nerding Out: The sci-fi phenomenon

Autumn Carlson
Guest Writer
abc5178@lhup.edu
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When you think of movie sagas, especially in the Sci-Fi genre, many come to mind. However, not many of them can say that the saga has spanned over seven movies, with a movie release every decade since 1970. That is something that can be said about the Sci-Fi phenomenon known as “Star Wars.” However, “Star Wars” isn’t just about the battle of good versus evil. There are many aspects to the movies, as well as the television shows, video games and books which add deeper elements to the franchise than just the movies alone.

It can be said that every “Star Wars” fan has a favorite character as each character is just as memorable as the next. Whether it’s the “stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerfherder,” Han Solo, or the lovable Ewok Wicket Warrick, each character holds a special place in the hearts of fans, no matter what age. There is a lot to love about all the characters from silly stunts that shouldn’t have worked to the memorable quotes that seem to stick with us and apply to everyday life. But the characters are only the tip of the iceberg.

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Anyone who has heard the words “Star Wars” knows that the lightsaber is the most memorable weapon of the franchise, and for a good reason. From the very first movie, the lightsaber is known as the Jedi’s weapon. In the original trilogy, there is a limited variety in colors of the lightsabers, as well as in the style of fighting and stances. These aspects are flushed out in the prequels. The prequels, which a lot of fans tend to cast off as being terrible because of the amount of CGI involved, show that before the rise of the Galactic Empire, there were numerous colors for lightsabers, and each color had its own meaning.

What always fascinated me about the prequels, and now the sequels as well, was the artistic style of the lightsaber duels. The lightsaber is, as Obi-Wan Kenobi stated, “an elegant weapon for a more civilized age.” There are many forms, or stances, for a Jedi to use, each focusing on different aspects of a fight. Some were favored defense, while some were more balanced. Others, such as the form used by Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens, stress the use of the Force.

Though there are many battles throughout the Star Wars franchise, some of the most memorable lightsaber duels came from the prequels, including the long awaited duels that featured a beloved original trilogy character: Yoda. However, of all of the battles, one stands out from the rest; the final battle of the prequels, between Darth Vader and Obi-Wan Kenobi. The battle’s thrilling pace, along with the stellar match-up fans were waiting for. If there is any battle that showcases the art of lightsaber dueling, this is it.

There are so many aspects to “Star Wars” that people of all ages enjoy, but these are just a few examples of those aspects.

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