A gENERAL response to episode 7
HOW I KNEW THIS WAS NOT JUST A FAN TRAILER
Note about lightsaber crossguards…
Speculation abounds. The faceplate looks very familiar. Could this be—or somehow be related to—Darth Revan, featured in the Knights of the Old Republic computer game, and subsequently in the Shadow of Revan expansion for the Star Wars: The Old Republic massive multiplayer game?
Regarding the "impracticality" of the cross-guards: I just have to say that one of the multiple established (or a new) form of 'sabre resistant metal (such as cortosis or phrik) could easily form this lightsabre hilt, making it actually an effective defensive design. Gauntlets of the same material could keep the wielder from slicing off his or her fingers.
On that note—why don't we actually choose to enjoy what we see, rather than assuming that it can't work and/or is stupid and lame?