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Anakin Becomes Darth Vader: From Blue to Red Lightsaber

You could make a very convincing argument that Darth Vader is the most famous villain in the history of cinema. His compelling screen presence is largely a function of his ominous jet-black uniform, intimidatingly commanding voice, and general aura of menace. However, the complexity of his character plays into his enduring popularity as well.  Darth […]

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Lightsaber Guide

Since it was released to an eager world in November 2019, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has captivated gamers everywhere with its sharply rendered landscapes and addictive combat mechanics. With sales on the title reportedly topping ten million copies, there’s no doubt that fans have found a lot to like about this canon chapter in […]

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The Latest on the Obi-Wan Kenobi Series: What You Need to Know

Star Wars fans are a famously argumentative bunch, fond of debating endlessly about the relative merits of Episodes One through Nine and speculating about the proper “direction” the franchise should take. But there’s at least one thing that fandom tends to agree on: They want to see more of Obi-Wan Kenobi and his legendary single-bladed […]

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What You Should Know About Ahsoka Tano and the TV Spinoff

The Mandalorian season two was well received by TV audiences. For a large subset of devoted fans, its biggest revelation was the appearance of Ahsoka Tano. This fan-favorite character finally made her live-action debut in “Chapter 13: The Jedi,” where it was revealed that she was on the lookout for Grand Admiral Thrawn. It’s the […]

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Why is Mace Windu’s Lightsaber Purple?

With his stoic, commanding presence, Jedi Master Mace Windu captured the admiring attention of many moviegoers when he debuted in Episode I, and he remains hugely popular in fandom. Although there’s certainly a lot to say about Windu, a key figure in the Clone Wars, fan commentary tends to center not on his personality or […]

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Kylo Ren’s Lightsaber Fights

Kylo Ren is without question one of the most dynamic and memorable of all the characters introduced in the third Star Wars trilogy, in large part due to his skill with a lightsaber. That distinctive crossguard lightsaber certainly saw a lot of onscreen action, and made for some especially vivid moments. The following is a chronological […]

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A Deeper Look: Lightsaber Combat Forms – Form I: Shii-Cho

The intricacies of lightsaber combat can take years—even a lifetime—to master. What novice fans do not realize, however, is that Star Wars lightsaber battles are not just simply two people trying to hit each other with the aid of tactics that are entirely improvised in the moment. Although saber duels may look like chaotic hack-and-slash […]

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A Deeper Look: Lightsaber Combat Forms – Form II: Makashi

The first lightsaber combat form was Shii-Cho, which arose in the era before sabers were widely disseminated throughout the universe. Back then, those who wielded lightsabers usually fought against enemies who were forced to rely on more primitive tools. Therefore, skirmishes involving lightsabers tended to be one-sided affairs: a saber wielder against one or more […]

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A Deeper Look: Lightsaber Combat Forms—Form III: Soresu

Through the ages, various lightsaber combat forms have come into being across the Star Wars universe, in response to deficiencies of earlier forms as well as to changes in traditional battlefield conditions. The first form, Shii-Cho, was created at a time when lightsabers were relatively uncommon, and, because of that scarcity, their wielders held a […]

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