On Monday night, Stephen Colbert began his week back from vacation with a discussion of the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The film may not be due out until 2015, but the release of the trailer over Thanksgiving weekend set the Internet ablaze with commentary, both positive and negative.
Some die-hard Star Wars fans have reacted with alarm that actor John Boyega, who is black, appears dressed in a stormtrooper’s uniform. Others have reacted with glee, recreating the entire trailer in Lego bricks.
Colbert addressed one controversy that has aroused particular ire among fans, the red, 3-pronged light saber wielded by a dark figure in one scene. The new light saber has a pair of smaller beams that jut out perpendicularly from the handle.
“They say if these things are supposed to protect your hands like sword hilts,” Colbert explained, “it wouldn’t work. Because the first time you cross light sabers and it slid down to the bottom of the blade, your opponent’s light saber would chop through the little side-sabers and take off your hand.”
Or as one Twitter user said, “hilt on light saber stupid and impractical childhood ruined everything ruined!!!11!!”
To these “half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf-herders,” Colbert said, “I say it’s a perfect design.”
He produced a small dry-erase board and broke down the mechanics of the light saber, telling viewers that while “People think it’s really three different plasma streams, but it’s all one.”
The long beam and the two smaller beams are attached, he said, the metal casings that the beams project from are actually there to protect your hands.
“Even if someone slices through the metal, they’re going to hit the beam right there,” he explained. “Any padwan knows that.”
Watch the video, embedded below via Comedy Central:
‘Martyrdom for snowflakes’: CNN analyst knocks Republicans who desperately wanted to be arrested at protest
CNN host Don Lemon reported Wednesday evening that many Republicans wanted to be arrested for storming the secure room where the House Intelligence Committee depositions were taking place.
Fox News reporter Chad Pergram tweeted that he was told "there was never any chance [members] who barged into SCIF would be arrested by [capital police], but some members asked to be arrested. They wanted the optic of being frog-marched out of the SCIF in front of TV cameras. That would help w/GOP narrative of Dem process abuse."
Commentator Wajahat Ali called it the perfect example of "martyrdom for snowflakes."
Seth Meyers says Republicans storming classified room looked like a protest at a pharmacy that ran out of Viagra
"Late Night" comedian Seth Meyers couldn't help but lambast the far-right Republicans angry that they're not being included in the depositions ahead of the impeachment hearings.
Wednesday, Republicans stormed a secure room known as a SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility), because they seemed to misunderstand the difference between a deposition and a hearing. In Congressional hearings, witnesses will be presented for members of the committee to question. In a classified deposition, the witness can give information that is considered classified for security reasons. Oddly, some members who are allowed in the room were also protesting.
WATCH: CNN’s Don Lemon bursts out laughing over Trump’s new wall in Colorado
CNN's Don Lemon typically deals with difficult and intense topics at the top of his weekly show. Wednesday night, however, after a serious opener about Syria and ISIS, Lemon broke into hysterics over President Donald Trump's flub saying he would build a border wall on Colorado's border.
"You know why we're going to win New Mexico? Because they want safety on our border. And they didn't have it," said Trump. "And we're building a wall on the border of New Mexico. And we're building a wall in Colorado. We're building a beautiful wall, a big one that really works — you can't get over, you can't get under. And we're building a wall in Texas. And we're not building a wall in Kansas, but they get the benefit of the walls that we just mentioned. And Louisiana's incredible."