A Bit of a Daydream About Luke Skywalker’s Blue and Green Lightsabers

What would it be if Star Wars could boil down to one thing? Could it be an X-Wing, particularly an X-Wing in flight like a T-70, flying away with four red-orange engine exhausts leaving everything in their wake? Maybe, those things are fantastic. Could it be Vader gesticulating wildly at some rebelling princess? Another good thing, but no. It all boils down to Luke’s lightsaber.

So what of it? Two key Star Wars moments relate to Luke’s weapon of choice.

The first, and by far the most incredible, was Luke giving some kind of salute to Jabba’s sail barge, which turned out to be a signal for R2-D2 to fire Luke’s hidden saber into the air so Luke could do a Jedi flip, grab it in mid-air and then wreak the worst kind of havoc over Jabba’s henchmen.

That green light slicing across the silver screen burned into many retinas as fans sat in theatres worldwide.

The second was when Obi-Wan Kenobi handed Luke his father’s old saber and turned it on. That sound, that flash of light blue, that awe that suddenly struck Luke was mirrored in audiences. That gentle wave of the sword as Luke stared into its light.

This was not just a fantastic space movie; this was now a great space opera movie with blue swords.

Something borrowed, something blue…

So much happened to Luke’s blue saber before he got his farmboy hands on it. The saber had already seen a LOT of violence.

In Revenge of the Sith, it was used to kill Count Dooku and to fight against Obi-Wan Kenobi; oh, and lest we forget, it was used to massacre the younglings. This weapon had some serious history and a lot of innocent blood on its hand before it got to Luke.

When it was handed to Luke by Obi-Wan, it was both an introduction to him and the viewer of things such as Jedi Knights and the Force and a big hint towards what was to come. But Luke didn’t use the saber for violence in A New Hope – that was saved for The Empire Strikes Back.

There was no lying when Obi-Wan told Luke that the saber he handed belonged to his father, Anakin Skywalker. Note that Obi-Wan picks it up just as he’s leaving Anakin for dead, so he had it in his possession the whole time he kept an eye out for Luke on Tatooine.

Luke then used the saber until he lost it down the shaft on Cloud City. It was not seen again until Maz Kanata laid it out for young Rey to find in the catacombs of her castle. We do not know what happened to the lightsaber between those two moments.

We finally got to see Luke use his saber for real in The Empire Strikes Back when his duel with Darth Vader resulted in him becoming just another Star Wars statistic.
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Image Courtesy of Lucasfilm

The loss of one’s arm must be pretty traumatic. It must be even more so when you’ve lost it at the hands (pun intended) of someone who has just told you that they are your father.  And it’s a pivotal moment in the story of Luke’s saber. As Luke’s hand arm is cut off, two things occur. The first is that it's simply great drama, and the second is that it also serves as a personal representation of the Empire striking back (along with the Hoth battle, of course).

The saber was also used in The Empire Strikes Back to show that Luke's powers as a Jedi improved. When he was stuck in the ice and came by the Wampa, Luke showed his control over the Force by drawing it from the ice to himself to use it set him free. It shouldn't be lost on anyone that when Rey used the Force to call the same saber, this was an homage to that moment in the cave.

With The Force Awakens, we saw Rey returning the saber to Luke at the top of her climb to him on planet Ahch-to. We expected him to take it ruefully, ponder some of the moments in his life when it was in his possession and give it back to Rey, signaling the beginning of her training as a Jedi. That didn't happen, of course.

A small sidenote is that it's worth remembering Luke’s saber also serves as a means for Han to get Luke into his dead tauntaun, which meant we got the best joke ever made in a Star Wars movie, “and I thought they smelled bad on the outside…”

It ain't easy being green – Luke's second saber

This piece alluded earlier to how great the green saber was – and that's probably the case because it was a surprise to see it suddenly slice and dice the bad guys.
Refer to the photo at the top – this article's featured image. It's a cut scene from Return of the Jedi. Luke is in a cave on Tattooine and appears to have found the crystal required to complete his newly-fashioned saber. While tremendous, the shot of him with the saber would have reduced the excitement of Luke's surprise attack at the Sarlacc Pit.
Even Darth Vader was moved to comment on this new green saber in Return of the Jedi: “I see you have constructed a new lightsaber. Your skills are complete. Indeed you are powerful, as the Emperor has foreseen.”

Luke and his dad eventually battle it out in a great duel before the Emperor. The clash of red and green was excellent, and the set itself was dark and evil, conjuring thoughts of the dark side of the Force and just how close Luke was to succumbing to it.

Shortly after Luke returned the favor of chopping off his dad's arm, the Emperor invited him to join him and rule the galaxy. Luke rejected this grand gesture and threw the saber to the floor. It's just as a telling moment in Luke’s path to becoming a Jedi as any. He now is one and, in becoming so, has turned away from the lure of the dark side of the Force and the attempted seductions of Palpatine.

And then there's The Last Jedi. Do we get to see Luke kicking as with the green saber? No, we get possibly one of the most remarkable role reversals in Star Wars history. Luke cannot physically fight Kylo, so he beats him with the most extraordinary manipulation of the Force we have ever seen – he wasn't even there, yet he bested Kylo Ren in a lightsaber battle.

With a blue sword – which at the time was very disappointing, as the kickass version of Luke would've been more spectacular. But stepping down from a high horse and thinking about what happened truly showed how Luke became a legend across the galaxy for a second time. It didn't matter that he probably caused many of the movie's problems when he decided to kill Ren as a student for some truly unfathomable reason.

That moment was an actual failure of a plot point in that movie. It has some magical moments, and Rian Johnson directed the film so well, but that was a hinge that rusted quite quickly.
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