At time of writing, there’s discussion/ranting in G&G Fan’s thread about Yoda using a lightsaber, and about Jedi and Sith use of lightsabers in general. I thought of this thread idea a while ago but it feels relevant now.
I’m one of those people that believe Yoda shouldn’t have fought with a lightsaber - I don’t want all Jedi knights to be samey, and Yoda, as an ancient, sage master of the Force (who also happens to be very short), should have progressed beyond such weapons.
I think although it felt right for Palpatine to duel Mace Windu and the other Jedi with a red lightsaber, after his got knocked out of his hand and out of the window, that should have been the end of it. He would be much the same as Yoda, drawing on unique magical abilities befitting his mastery of the dark side of the Force. I think it would be better if we never got to see Yoda at full fighting capability in AOTC, then in Episode III the long-awaited duel between the Emperor and Yoda would get to be a demonstration of exactly how much power an individual can wield. The only trouble is, outside of lightsaber combat, we have… telekinesis, force lightning, repelling force lightning…jumping about like a maniac… is that it?
This might be a controversial idea, but if you HAD to introduce new and powerful Force abilities, what could they be? Off the top of my head, I thought playing with the elements like in Avatar would be nice, Palpatine conjuring destructive fire and Yoda being able to conjure water - but that’s getting into Harry Potter territory, like the fight between Dumbledore and Voldemort in Order of the Phoenix. Good examples of new and inventive abilities are The Last Jedi’s Rey and Kylo connection and Luke’s force projection, I thought those were very in-line with what the Force is all about.
Interested to see how this thread will do. Perhaps terribly.
“Remember, the Force will be with you. Always.”