OK, I have to know.

Why why WHY does Ben Kenobi’s ghost tell Luke, “Trust me” when he’s making the Death Star run, rather than telling him to trust the force?

Uh, that’s all I’ve got, but as long as you’re here I will reward you by telling you that Sam now holds all weapons the way Obi Wan holds his light saber before he fights General Grievous.

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Though Sam’s version is two-handed. I feel pretty certain that Obi Wan does a two-handed version at some point in the prequels, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to look for it.

Terrible screencap courtesy of my laziness.

8 thoughts on “OK, I have to know.

  1. Will

    February 16, 2009 at 2:34pm

    I think it’s because at that point, the Force is still an unknown quantity to Luke and the audience, whereas Ben has proven himself trustworthy. Keep in mind, Luke’s grown up in a world of Force atheists (which is a pretty quick turn around from Jedi being peace keepers of the galaxy just twenty years ago). So he’s saying, trust me and my trust in the Force.

    And speaking of one-handed lightsabers, Lucas showed up on the set of Empire (or maybe Jedi, I forget) when they were filming the Luke/Vader duel, and they had a few moves that were one-handed. Lucas insisted, no, it’s got to be two-handed, like a Samurai. My knowledge of the prequels is pretty spotty, but I think Dooku throws in some one-handed stuff. So go figure.

  2. Will Campbell

    February 16, 2009 at 2:54pm

    Wow. Not only was I going to write pretty much the same thing as above, but our first names are identical, too.

    I was even going to ref the samurai aspect of the two-hand hold.

    Spooky!

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  3. Shelby

    February 16, 2009 at 7:39pm

    I want to back up what Will had to say. In special features for “Empire” they talked about how in a couple of shots Vader used the light saber one handed and “everyone knows that a light saber is two heavy to use one handed.” Of course, Vader also had machine enhanced strength so it is a little okay.

    By the prequels, they were going for awesome choreography so the idea that the light sabers were somehow heavier when lit (which makes little sense anyway) seemed to have been abandoned. I am not sure if they talked about it openly though since I have not watched the behind the scene stuff for the new ones yet.

    Shelby

  4. Will (oslowe)

    February 17, 2009 at 1:24pm

    It is interesting that when Sam goes into his pseudo-Obi-Wan battle-pose he has a two-handed grip on his weapon (be it sword, 1/6 scale grenade launcher, or pencil)… perhaps he’s skipping past Lucas’ cribbed Samurai and going straight to Ogami Itto for inspiration? Could he be remembering on some primal level the hours of Samurai movies he used to watch?

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  5. Will Campbell

    February 18, 2009 at 7:17pm

    Dood. Four Wills. That’s so a record.

  6. Will (oslowe)

    February 18, 2009 at 7:32pm

    Yeah. Shelby had to go and mess that up.

  7. CosmicAvatar

    February 22, 2009 at 11:28am

    Wot the first Will said.

    I’m pretty sure Obi-Wan Kenobi has used the two-handed stance for most of his prequel fights. That pose pictured above is the unfamiliar one for me and I’m pretty sure that was the first time I’d ever seen him do it. If I had done my studies properly, I could even tell you what that pose was. But I can’t. I am a bad, bad fan.

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