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Ninth and final installment of the Star Wars saga, The Ascension of Skywalker, released on December 18, 2019 in theaters and now available on VOD, put an end to the galactic epic of the Skywalker family. The film answers the main questions launched in the new trilogy, piloted by J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson, and sheds light on the origins of his heroine Rey (Daisy Ridley). The latter finally discovers her true identity: she is the granddaughter of Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid), the Sith Lord who makes a resounding return in this last chapter. After a race against the frantic clock to put an end to the plan of the Sith politics and his Last Order, Rey comes out victorious from his fight against his elder who wanted to rock him on the dark side.
Although descended from a Sith lord, the young woman has completed her Jedi training and is following in the footsteps of those whom she has chosen as alternative parental figures, namely Luke (Mark Hamill), Leia (Carrie Fisher ) and Han (Harrison Ford). And this accomplishment in her quest for identity is perfectly illustrated in the last scene in Skywalker’s Ascension, where Rey chooses the name Skywalker when she returns to Tatooine to bury Luke and Leia’s sabers in the sand. She then renounces her parentage with Palpatine, chooses the bright side of the Force and brandishes her new lightsaber that she has made, a saber of .. yellow color.
What does the yellow saber mean?
Lightsabers are weapons mainly used by Jedi and Sith and these swords with energy blades can have different colors. These colors all have particular meanings: blue is associated with justice, green with wisdom, red with destruction, etc. In the cinematographic saga, these three colors are the most widespread, with the exception of purple which is the color of Maitre Windu’s saber, at the request of his interpreter Samuel L. Jackson.
Lightsabers are created from crystals that can be found on the planet Ilum or Dantooine and which allow them to focus their raw energy. If we can see some blue and green flickers at the base of the handle of the new sword of Rey (surely in homage to Luke and Leia), his sword has a yellow laser. This color represents the balance on the light side of the force, between blue and green. Within the Jedi order there are several categories of disciples: Guardians with blue sabers, Consular with green sabers and Sentinels with yellow sabers. The latter are agents specialized in solving complex problems, very connected with the Force and trusting their instinct more than institutions.
Sentinels are best able to withstand the dark side of the Force and are often sent to set the right course for the lost Jedi. Their exceptional gift and their ability to be close to the dark side without ever being perverted sometimes stirs up paranoia among other Jedi but the Sentinels are focused on the help they can give to threatened beings. In view of the role and characteristics of the Sentinels, it is therefore entirely consistent that Rey makes a yellow lightsaber, she who is a descendant of a Sith and who has managed to restore balance in the Force while helping his loved ones and defeating the dark forces.
Although the Yellow Saber and the Sentinels are exceptional in the film saga, they have already appeared in other Star Wars universes. They are thus found in the series The Clone Wars but also in the video game Star Wars Kinect. In the video game Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, when the hero Cal Kestis makes his laser, the player can choose the color of his crystal and yellow is available. This color, rare in films, corresponds to Rey’s personality and her destiny and reinforces the exceptional character of this heroine who ended the epic of the Skywalkers in the Star Wars saga.
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