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Stephen Colbert on why 'Star Wars' new lightsaber makes perfect sense

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Although it may be difficult to believe, not everyone has spent the weekend gushing over the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer. There are some people who have problems with its apparent disregard for the finer points of how a laser sword works. But on last night’s Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert engaged in one of the proudest traditions in all of fandom—telling other fans how wrong they are.

After making every single sound effect that’s more or less required when watching a brand new Star Wars trailer, Colbert establishes his cred—he’s been a fan longer than any of us!—before coming up with a perfectly reasonable explanation for the trailer’s controversial new lightsaber. Take a look:

Personally, I ascribe to a different theory. Some people believe that the side sabers aren’t a hilt, but exhaust ports, because the lightsaber is unstable—which comes with all sorts of crazy interesting implications! But it’s been a while since I’ve brushed up on the finer points of lightsaber construction, so go ahead, tell me I’m wrong.