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The teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released on Friday Nov. 26th and it damn near broke the internet (sorry Kim Kardashian you lose). In just 4 days it has been viewed 58.2 million times (via CBM). Beating out The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer views of 50.6 million, the first look at J.J. Abrams‘ new Star Wars flick has cemented itself as the most viewed trailer in 2014.  Sufficed to say, the 88 second tease has awoken Star Wars fans everywhere. With reactions to the trailer ranging from utmost delight to the downright cynical and judgmental.

With the Star Wars franchise being such a cultural cornerstone, would you have honestly expected anything less? The discord, however, well… it’s just beyond anything you could possibly imagine. Star Wars brings out the very best and very worst of Nerd-dom.

Let us take a look at positive praise and love from film makers such as Kevin Smith, as well as arguments made by faux TV new pundit Stephen Colbert on that controversial new lightsaber. Then to round out this roundup of Episode 7 coverage, we have some Mark Hamil/Luke Skywalker talk (was he featured in the trailer?), and a (obligatory) parody video.

Writer/director/podcaster Kevin Smith revealed his Star Wars The Force Awakens reaction on The Comlink, the Star Wars section of Smith’s Smodcast Internet Television network.

Smith pretty much likes every film, almost always saying something positive. He also gets carried away by hype and geek stuff. So I dunno if he should be trusted on his opinions on geek/nerd movies. Still, it’s Kevin Smith and hearing him talk and geekout is always worth a listen.

So… about that lightsaber…

At the end of the trailer, a cloaked figure is seen stalking through a snow-filled forest, and then this figure, most likely a Sith, turns on his lightsaber. The new lightsaber emits not just one long blade, but two more smaller horizontal beams at the hilt. It’s clear J.J. Abrams was trying to up the “cool” factor of lightsabers which were last topped by Darth Maul in Episode One: The Phantom Menace and his double bladed saber.

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Much like the competitive shaving industry, why stop at two blades when you can add two more? Naturally, the naysayers criticized the blades impracticality – making the argument that the two smaller blades acting as a “cross-guard” would not serve their purpose as an attacking blade could and would likely slide down and cut through the hilt.

On last night’s episode of The Colber Report, Stephen Colbert explained how and why the crossguard (or cross-hilt) lightsaber design could actually work.

Alright, so Colbert makes for a good argument. However, that still doesn’t absolve the clear and present danger to the wielders own wrists/arms and body – that’s two additional points and length of flame to be mindful of. All together, that’s triple the risk of possible self inflicted injury. Yes, this is a fictional movie in which real world physics and logic give way to entertainment, but still, that’s just darn silly if you ask me.

Speaking of lightsabers, at the very end of the Force Awakens trailer fades out as we hear the sound of a lightsaber igniting. I, for one, always assumed all lighsabers sounded the same, but apparently, this particular ignition is one we’ve heard before. According to a segment on Good Morning America it’s the sound from the 1977 Star Wars, when Luke ignites the saber handed over to him by Obi Wan Kenobi. Check it out, at around 2:15 below. (Via Uproxx.)

Personally, I can’t see how when Vader lopped Luke’s hand off w/saber still clenched and fell all the way down that hole on Cloud City (Maybe it went through the wormhole from Interstellar?).  Unless it is Luke’s green lightsaber from ROTJ. Regardless, the possibility of Luke wielding his lightsaber on screen again is just the sort of thing Star Wars fans clamor over.

Lastly, we have this Spaceballs/Star Wars mashup, appropriately titled Spaceballs: The Schwartz Awakens. It’s basically the one mashup you didn’t realize you needed.

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