I’m not saying I’m obsessed or something, however with regards to Star Wars, I positively want each single little element from the galaxy to have a clearly outlined reply or I’ll freak out. So, Dave Filoni’s lackluster clarification of the Darksaber’s energy is a shock, to make sure, and a really unwelcome one.
The lore of Star Wars is as vital as it’s huge. You merely can not watch the Star Wars films so as with out having some understanding of the overall construction of the unimaginable world that has been constructed, and figuring out one or two of the most effective Star Wars characters actually helps, too. However let’s be sincere, we’re all most intrigued by the weapons, proper?
From the mighty lightsaber, to the modest blaster, the Star Wars solid are fortunate sufficient to wield some spectacular armory. However, solely a choose few are entrusted with the Darksaber. Whereas I do know sufficient in regards to the legendary weapon to jot down an entire information on it, it appears Dave Filoni can’t even reply one query on the subject.
Anybody who has watched the newer installments of The Mandalorian, will know that the Star Wars sequence options the Darksaber pretty prominently. All through the course of the present, Moff Gideon, probably the greatest Star Wars villains, steals the weapon, makes use of it for his evil plans, and ultimately destroys it.
Filoni is without doubt one of the key figures behind The Mandalorian, and can be in command of one of many new Star Wars films, so that you’d suppose he is aware of a factor or two in regards to the Darksaber, proper? Effectively, in an interview with StarWars.com a couple of years again, Filoni confirmed a definite lack of understanding on the matter.
When requested why Darth Maul doesn’t use the Darksaber in Star Wars Rebels, Filoni replied: “I don’t know. He’s not in opposition to it, however it’s a completely different form of sword. It’s not that it’s essentially extra highly effective than some other lightsaber — the truth is, you can also make a powerful argument that it’s not. It’s an outdated, outdated, outdated lightsaber. For all I do know, it has limitations. It’s clearly not a mode that’s been replicated, and you’ll think about that’s as a result of Tar Vizsla understood one thing and added a Mandalorian twist to it that nobody’s been in a position to replicate since.
“It’s a flat blade of vitality, which is weird. Maul, I believe, in his coaching, is extra snug preventing with two. So he went again to a double-bladed lightsaber, in all probability simply as a mode choice greater than something. I believe he sees it extra as a trophy and an emblem than the rest. A fond reminiscence of when he virtually had final energy, which is one thing he’s all the time been after.”
Whereas his interpretation of Maul’s reluctance to make use of the weapon sounds believable on the floor, it truly smells like a little bit of guesswork to me. In reality, should you scour the annals of Star Wars canon (and non-canon), you’ll discover that Maul does wield the Darksaber a number of occasions, in opposition to the likes of Basic Grievous and even Emperor Palpatine. The issue is, he hardly ever appears to style victory when utilizing the weapon.
This, twinned with the very fact the Darksaber’s effectiveness depends closely on the connection it shares with its person (it could possibly truly turn out to be heavier to those that don’t forge a symbiotic relationship with it), is the extra doubtless motive Maul didn’t really feel the Darksaber was the appropriate weapon for him. Filoni actually ought to have identified about Maul’s historical past with the Darksaber, and the best way the weapon works, however hopefully he’s executed his homework within the years since that interview.
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