By now audiences are aware that Colbert knows his stuff when it comes fanchises like The Lord of the Rings, but Colbert revealed that he is also a consummate Star Wars nerd, based on the fact that he has two-weeks worth of geekery on just about everyone else on the planet. He lends his fandom to a pretty great defense of the trisaber design that so many articles — including our own — have critiqued.
Colbert’s defense hinges on the fact that the trisaber is composed of a single beam, perhaps split and focused by crystals or prisms. If it was a single beam, then cutting through the metallic part of the crossguards doesn’t mean instant Skywalkerification.
Of course, even if these plasma hand protectors work as intended, there is still the problem of accidentally snagging some skin on them as you jump around like a cartwheeling Yoda.