July 15, 2024

The Acolyte: How and why they’re nerfing Lightsabers

If you’ve watched episode 5 of The Acolyte, you’ve no doubt noticed that the Jedi’s lightsabers kept breaking and shutting off during their battle with the Sith Lord, leading to the group suffering huge losses.

There was a time when the lightsaber was considered one of the most devastating weapons in all of fiction, now we’re seeing Jedi dropping like flies despite the weapon being more prevalent than ever.

In the Acolyte, it’s because of Cortosis.

This is a metal that can stop and disrupt lightsabers. This is how we see our Sith Lord, parry with his wrists and even head butt the weapons with no difficulties whatsoever.

Really, the show should have dropped a mention of Cortosis before or even during the fight. Many fans didn’t even know it existed and they don’t mention it following the conflict either.

We’re just left wondering how this Sith Lord is able to make lightsabers look so dumb. It also leaves the casual fan wondering why both forces haven’t been using this substance to battle lightsabers in other stories as well.

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The decision was done to make the Sith Lord look more powerful and to go beyond his already unknown identity before the fight.

Where do we go from here?

It depends where on the timeline we go. What this does do is add more questions. And we’re living during a time when producers and showrunners, especially at Disney, don’t want to make viewing prior episodes and movies neccessary for fans to enjoy a given production. They’ve been especially careful with the the upcoming Deadpool and Wolverine movie where we’ve got characters with stories that go back decades.

With the Acolyte, we’ve regressed a little bit and at the cost of one of the most iconic weapons of all time.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

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