Wednesday night while attending the Visual Effects Society Awards, J.J. Abrams spoke with Collider about his past work on Star Trek, his upcoming work with Star Wars: Episode VII, and also what kind of reaction he’s received to that new lightsaber design.
No one expects the Internet to be rational, and even less so when you change something as iconic in geek culture such as the lightsaber. Abram’s doesn’t go specifically into what kind of mail he’s been getting regarding the new design, just saying that he’s gotten things “that are nuts.”
“I will say that what’s been funny is, since the lightsaber’s come out, I cannot tell you how many contradictory emails I have received from people who have both defended it with unbelievably detailed graphics… I’ve gotten things that are nuts, and I’ve gotten people who’ve shown how it’ll kill you and how it doesn’t make any sense. It’s been the funniest thing to see the arguments that have developed over this thing.”
While we have no way of knowing what specifically some dedicated fans are sending him, it’s not hard to make an educated guess. Ever since the teaser trailer debuted in November, fans have been endlessly coming up with theories about how the lightsaber could or couldn’t work, and defending their stances vigorously. Some of us even spent an insane amount of time analyzing walking patterns of Gwendoline Christie to try and prove that the wielder of that lightsaber was indeed her, only to end up being completely wrong when it was revealed to be Kylo Ren (sigh…).
The biggest defense of the new lightsaber, as many illustrations have since pointed out, is that it acts as pommel guard to stop an enemy’s ‘saber from sliding down your own and making you one wrist short of a full set. Others point out that the guard is only effective on two sides thus rendering it mostly ineffective and would mostly likely result in a jedi slicing himself open before stopping a parry. The debate about how and if the new weapon could even work reached all the way to TV personality Stephen Colbert who had to settle the argument once and for all on his since-ended show, The Colbert Report.
It wasn’t all lightsabers and angry emails for Abrams in speaking with Collider. He also noted that even he himself has not seen a first cut of Episode VII as the film is still in editing. It’s also worth noting for IMAX fans out there that only one sequence in the film is shot specifically for the format.
“It’s really one sequence so it’s not a ton [of IMAX footage], but it’s a good sequence.”
Star Wars Episode VII, claymore lightsaber and all, is scheduled to land in theaters this December. The full interview with J.J. Abrams can be seen over on Collider at the source link below.