Star Wars Ahsoka’s Controversial Orange Lightsabers Announced

during the weekend Star Wars Celebration 2023 (a dedicated event Star wars news, panels and more) took place and There has been a lot of news about the event., the internet can’t help but mention one relatively minor thing: orange lightsabers. Are these really orange? What does this mean? Who are these new characters using them? And is this connected to anything else coming up? Star wars projects? After researching around I got (some) answers.

Star Wars Celebration kicked off with a bang in London on April 7th. Lucasfilm announced new movies and showed new trailers for upcoming projects. The biggest and most exciting trailer of opening day gave fans their first real look at live action. Ahsoka sherry. However While there is some interesting information to be drawn from that short trailer–like characters rebels emerges and is the mockery of the big bad Thrawn—Star wars The geeks can’t stop arguing and theorizing about the orange lightsabers used by the new characters: Baylan Skoll And Shin Hat.

lightsabers Ahsoka Is the trailer actually orange?

In the new trailer for the upcoming Disney+ show, Ahsoka, we see Baylan Skoll and his apprentice Shin Hati, among many other things. At first glance they look like Sith or Inquisitors (Jedi hunters) but I’m not sure it’s either. What is the main reason I hesitate to place them in any group? Orange lightsabers.

At first, I wondered if this was just a lighting quirk or an artistic change. Lightsaber colors have been fluctuating for decades as different creators have used changing technology to depict the series’ iconic laser swords. And sometimes Dave Filoni (Ahsoka‘s showrunner) chose to change the way the lightsabers look for creative reasons. A good example of this is the Filoni-led rebels animated series. In that show lightsabers were very thinA callback to the original concept art for Star wars.

Lucasfilm / Disney

However, in the trailer we also see Ahsoka fighting something that looks like an Inquisitor. These Jedi killers were trained by Vader and often wielded dual red lightsabers with easy-to-spot circular hilts – and that’s exactly what this one. Ahsoka The Inquisitor seems to be carrying it. More importantly, whoever this is, he has an undeniably crimson lightsaber. So, if the show also preserves the classic red-colored swords, it seems highly unlikely that the orange swords in the same trailer were a mistake or an artistic change.

Fans were still discussing the lightsaber color because Star wars Fans love to yell at each other online. Some have cited them as a strange replacement for dark side users’ laser swords. Others claimed it was a sign that Lucasfilm was lazy and didn’t care about Star Wars. And others have suggested that this is an unfinished example of CG. it was all wrong

Shortly after the trailer’s release, Filoni confirmed that the blades were indeed orange for reasons he didn’t fully explain. Now the question is: why? what does it all mean?

Why do they have orange lightsabers? Star Wars Ahsoka?

Before I move on to my theories on this, let’s look at what Filoni had to say about the orange blades. Screen Rent was one of the first to ask clone wars creative and the cowboy hat enthusiast about the orange lightsabers, and his response confirmed that they were intentional, saying, “Nothing is accidental,” hinting at some mysterious reason behind the color.

I made it a little more orange. This is a really good eye. You’re the first to catch this. This was very deliberate. I didn’t just make them a sharp red. I remember when I was a kid, Vader’s lightsaber rippled slightly more orange from the visual effects.

I didn’t want to go straight to orange, but it does give kids a bit of a description of something they might not be what you originally thought. Good that you caught this. Nothing is accidental.

This quote makes it clear that Filoni wanted viewers to hint at the fact that these two new characters might not be what you initially thought. Hmmm! Curious. Most people immediately assumed they were Force users aligned with the dark side. However, Filoni specifically said that these characters “may not be what you originally thought.” If they’re not Sith (most people’s first guess), then what could they be? And do the orange lightsabers give us any clues?

Well, In the old days of the Expanded Universekyber crystals—crystals that power lightsabers— worked very differently from today’s canon. I won’t refer to EU issues because it’s no longer relevant, but old for you Star wars Fans out there, if any of this sounds wrong, it’s probably because you didn’t realize something had changed.

A comic book panel shows Darth Vader spilling the blood of a kyber crystal.

Darth Vader bleeds a kyber crystal
Screenshot: Marvel / Lucasfilm

Today, it is created through a process known as “red lightsabers”.bleedingThis is when an evil, dark side character infuses a lightsaber crystal, usually from a fallen Jedi, with so much hatred, anger, and pain that it causes the magical, Force-linked, light side-adjacent crystal to bleed like an organic crystal. be and be red. This is real edge lord shit and I love it.

So, one theory I have is that the orange lightsabers seen in the Ahsoka trailer are actually partially bleeding kyber crystals. Maybe these new characters aren’t Sith, they’re turning to the dark side, and have somewhat distorted their swords in the process. A popular theory is that these were fallen Jedi post-Order 66 who used the dark side to achieve an as-yet-unknown goal. Return of the Jedi galaxy. And I don’t think it’s a terrible theory but I have another idea about another aspect of the trailer and some Star wars video games.

Orange lightsabers, time travel, and the High Republic

Inside Ahsoka In the trailer, we see him fighting the old Baylan Skoll. It’s not all that remarkable that the show’s main character is facing off against the (presumed) major villain of the series. But, Where What caught my eye was that they were fighting. They seem to be dueling on Earth Between Worlds. “What between where?” I will explain. Briefly.

introduced rebels, World Between Worlds It is a plane of existence outside of normal reality that seems to connect every moment of time in a vast void. Although we don’t know much about it, we saw it once used to save a person from death by doing some time travel. It also seems to be accessible only by Force-sensitive entities.

Now, what does this have to do with orange lightsabers? About 400 years ago, before the events Ghost Threatthings were very different Star wars galaxy. This period of the franchise is known as the Supreme Republic. During this period, the Jedi were at their peak, peace had lasted for a very long time, and the Jedi Order was more diverse than ever before, not only in all the different types that were part of the group, but also in all the various interpretations. existing Power.

This is visually represented in the books and comics by all the different outfits the Jedi wore at the time, as well as all the vibrant lightsaber colors used at the time, including orange ones. For example, a lightsaber that looks pretty droopy orange to me can be seen in the announcement trailer for Star Wars EclipseAn upcoming game set in the previous era of Galaxy.

Illustrations show a large group of Jedi holding different colored lightsabers.

High Republic Jedi
picture: Lucasfilm / Disney

Here’s my theory: These two characters are Jedi (or former Jedi) from the High Republic era who somehow use Earth Between Worlds to time travel to the post-post.Return of the Jedi cycle seen mandalorian sherry. It wouldn’t surprise me if some Jedi from that era didn’t like the way the galaxy was going. The New Republic has been shown as a somewhat ineffective and powerless group after the war against the Empire, which will likely annoy the High Republic Jedi. Perhaps enough for them to align with Thrawn and the remnants of the Empire to restore order and peace to the galaxy, whatever the cost?

If that’s what really happened, Ahsoka gets into an awkward situation. Of course, he could argue that it was wrong for them to jump in time and possibly cheat death. but that’s exactly what someone did for him rebels Donated by Ezra using Earth Between Worlds.

This may seem a bit out there, but from the trailers and what we know, it looks like a similar story involving the banditry of a long-forgotten High Republic Jedi. maybe to be Star Wars Jedi: Survivor It’s coming out later this month.

One final video game link that can really help solidify this theory: Filoni loves wolves. And new characters wielding orange lightsabers Ahsoka bears the name Wolves from Norse mythology chasing after the sun and the moon. And what do the sun and moon create together? An eclipse And what’s the name of this new one Star wars A game set in the High Republic involving an orange lightsaber? eclipse. Hmmm….



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