Stephen Colbert Defends the New Lightsaber

Dec 2, 2014 at 3:43 pm |
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66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Stephen Colbert

LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 25: Writer/Producer/Host Stephen Colbert, winner of the for Outstanding Variety Series Award for The Colbert Report, poses in the press room during the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

In our own little galaxy not so far away, exciting things are happening. Earlier this week, Disney released the trailer for the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. In just 72 hours, the trailer got over 40 million views on YouTube, not to mention an onslaught of parodies and spoofs.

One of the greatest fan reactions to the minute and 30 second glimpse into the next movie (set to hit theaters in December of 2015) comes from the sneak peak we got of a cross-shaped lightsaber. That’s right, no more boring single energy blades. It would seem the legendary weapon received an upgrade with the reimagined sequel to the original franchise.

Fans, however, are torn over this change from Star Wars cannon. Stephen Colbert, himself an established Star Wars fanatic, hopped onto the cause on last night’s episode of The Colbert Report. Enthusiastically, he refers to the weapon as a “ménage à sabre,” and, in homage to Princess Leia, calls the haters of the new blade,

stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking Nerf herders

In this clip, he goes on to defend the new-and-improved lightsaber’s design with an explanation that only the most devoted Jedis will understand. Still skeptical? Watch for yourself!

What did Stephen Colbert have to say about the new lightsaber from the “Star Wars Episode VII” trailer? Find out here!