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HUMOR Do Lightsabers Weigh More When They're On?

Discussion in 'General Movie Discussion' started by SegNerd, May 20, 2020.

  1. SegNerd

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    I meant this as a lighthearted question, but now that I've thought about it, I am really puzzled - do lightsabers weigh more when they're on?

    Most beams of light don't have any sort of measurable weight - but lightsaber blades really seem to have a lot more in common with physical objects (with mass) rather than light. For example, lightsabers can collide into other objects (including other lightsabers), and the blade also has a fixed size and shape.

    Having the lightsaber increase in weight might seem like it violates conservation of mass, but theoretically energy can be converted into mass, and the Kyber Crystals seen to draw some sort of energy from the Force.

    I don't really have any experience with any sort of swords or fencing, so I'm not sure if it would matter to the holder whether the beam has mass.

    What do you think? :D
     
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    Lightsabers are made of superheated plasma that is channeled from the Kyber crystal and focused by the force. So technically, it probably shouldn’t be that much heavier or heavier at all. That’s probably why people can swing them around like madmen at high speeds.
     
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    I'm not the most informed when it comes to the science of light and what-nots, but I think a key to understanding the science of lightsabers would be to not be pinned down by the term "light" in "lightsaber."
    The name could simply imply what it looks like, not the actual mechanics of how it works.
     
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    Interesting question. I always imagined that they didn't weigh much if anything, yet they likely have some drag to it when swung so it wouldn't have a weightless feel.

    It's been a while, but pretty sure in the director's commentary for A New Hope that Lucas said that his original idea was that lightsabers were so full of raw energy that they were hard to control, like someone using it has to really hang on to it to control it properly, and that was apparent in his direction. He had Kenobi and Vader using both hands, and they weren't twirling around like marching band leaders using batons. Then of course it got changed in Empire, and all the rest of it.
     
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    I’m pretty sure I saw a round table discussion on YouTube once, with Mark Hamill, JJ, Kevin Smith, & Stan Lee.

    Mark Hamill said him and the stunt coordinators basically begged George to let them doing more one-handed lightsaber moves, but he refused because he said the lightsaber would be heavy when turn on.

    Then Mark talks about his outrage when he saw the prequels and they got to twirl lightsabers about for days :D
     
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    That's the point of the prequels. It shows what damage the Empire has done to the Jedi order.
     
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    Heh, more like heavysaber, amirite??
    Okay I'll be going now.
     
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    Star Wars: Rebels - S3:E15 Trials of the Darksaber

    Sabine: It's heavier than I thought.

    Kanan: Energy constantly flows through the crystal. You're not fighting with a simple blade as you are directing a current of power. Your thoughts, your actions, they become energy. They flow through the crystal as well, and become a part of the blade. The blades will be drawn to each other. There's pull. Can you feel it? That sword is old, heavy, but powerful. Respect its strength.

    Sabine:
    The blade feels lighter.

    Kanan:
    You're connecting with it. It's becoming a part of you.
     
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