Feb. 29th, 2008

krpalmer: (mimas)
A fair while back, I decided to express an "unpopular fandom opinion," if with the resolution that I wouldn't do that sort of thing (at least, in so obvious and ostentatious a way) very often. Only a little while ago, I started wondering about making a post to my journal today, to mark in enduring fashion the "leap day"... and then the thought hit me to make an unusual post on this unusual day and express another "unpopular fandom opinion." This time, I'm saying that I don't quite agree with an idea that seems to run through the "secondary literature" of Star Wars, that of placing great emphasis on Jedi building their own lightsabres... it seems to me to load a great mystical weight on to the weapon, to the possible exclusion of actually dealing with good judgement, experience, or maturity.

I have an idea of where the general opinion came from, Darth Vader's line in Return of the Jedi: "I see you have constructed a new lightsabre. Your skills are complete." However, I don't see this as a case of "Luke builds a new lightsabre and his skills are complete," but rather as "it's because Luke's skills are complete (even if he isn't a full Jedi yet) that he can build a new lightsabre." Perhaps, of course, it's too fine a distinction. Still, one small detail I did find myself enjoying in Attack of the Clones was how, in the escalating end battle, Obi-Wan and Anakin are tossed spare lightsabres and away they go with no problems whatsoever...

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