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Remember the excitement you felt as a child the first time you watched Star Wars? Do you remember clinging to your blankey during the Darth Vader-Luke Skywalker light saber fights and asking your father, "Daddy, how did they make the light sabers work in the movie?" The special effects geniuses that designed props for Star Wars' Turkish remake never asked that question, apparently, because they decided that the best way to depict one of the iconic weapons in the history of science-fiction films was by cutting a piece of plywood in the shape of a lightning bolt and spray-painting it yellow. While the Force may still be with us, it's apparently gotten really cheap in its old age.

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