A Bit of a Day Dream About Luke Skywalker's Blue and Green Lightsabers
I was randomly thinking if I could boil Star Wars down into one thing, what would it be?
My first thought was an X-Wing, particularly one in flight like a T-70, flying away from me with 4 red orange engine exhausts leaving me in their wake.
Because those things are awesome.
And then flashed up Vader gesticulating wildly at some rebelling princess.
All good things, but no, for this writer, it all boils down to Luke’s lightsaber.
There’s two key Star Wars moments for me that relate to Luke’s weapon of choice.
The first, and by far the coolest part for me as a kid, was watching Luke give some kind of salute to Jabba’s sail barge which turned out to be a signal for R2D2 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 was burned into my retina as I sat in the theatre in Heretaunga Street, Hastings, New Zealand.
That sound, that flash of light blue, that awe that suddenly struck Luke was mirrored on myself. That gentle wave of the sword around as Luke starred into its light.
This was not just a cool space movie, this was now a cool space movie with blue swords!
Something borrowed, something blue…
In the Revenge of the Sith film 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 has some really history and blood of innocents on it's hand before it gets to Luke.
There was no lying when Obi-Wan told Luke that the saber he handed to him was his father’s Anakin Skywalker. You’ll note that Obi-Wan picks it up just as he’s leaving Anakin for dead, so he had in his possession the whole time he was keeping an eye out for Luke on Tattoinne.
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 catacombe of her castle. We do not know the tale of what happened to the lightsaber between those two moments.
The loss of one’s arm must be pretty traumatic. It must be even more so when you’ve lost it at the er.. hand of someone who has just told you that they are in fact your father. And it’s a key moment in the story of Luke’s saber – as Luke’s hand arm is cut off it two things occur. The first is that it's simply great drama and the second is also serves as a personal representation of the Empire striking back (along with the Hoth battle of course).
The saber was also used in Empire to show that Luke's powers as a Jedi were improving. When he was stuck in the ice came by the Wampa, Luke showed his control over the Force by drawing it from the ice to him to use it set him free. It shouldn't be lost on anyone that when Rey called with the Force to the same saber, this was an homage to that moment in the cave.
With The Force Awakens we get to Rey returning the saber to Luke at the top of her climb to him on planet Ahch-to. Will he accept the sword from her? We imagine he will ruefully take it, ponder some of moments in his life when it was in his possession and give it back to Rey, signalling the beginning of her training as a Jedi.
A small aside is to remember Luke’s saber also serves as means for Han to get Luke into his dead Taun Taun which meant we got the best joke ever made in a Star Wars film, “and I thought they smelled bad on the outside..”
Luke and his dad eventually battle it out in a great duel before the Emperor. The clash of red and green was awesome 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 returns the favour of chopping off his dad's arm the Emperor invites him to join him and rule the galaxy. Luke rejects this grand gesture and throws the saber to the floor. It's just as a telling moment in Luke’s path to becoming a Jedi as any. He is now 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 amazing role reversal's in Star Wars – Luke cannot physically fight Kylo no, he best's him with the greatest manipulation of the Force we have seen to date – he wasn't even there, yet bested Kylo Ren in a light saber battle.
With a blue sword.
Which at the time was WHOLLY disappointing because I wanted the KICK ASS version of Luke. But stepping down from my high horse and thinking about what the heck happened truly showed how Luke became LEGEND across the galaxy for a second time.
No matter that he probably has caused a lot of the problems of the movie when he decided to kill Ren as a student for some truly unfathomable reason…
Paul Rose Jr has worked as TV News Producer, Forensic Analyst, and Train Conductor, among many other things. He’s the former TV Editor for Infuzemag.com and owns more books, DVDs, and comics than most people have seen in their lifetimes. When he’s not writing articles, he exercises his creative muscle writing screenplays and acting in film and television in Los Angeles, CA.