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Keen-eyed fan spots The Last Jedi fight scene edit that saved Rey's life

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Apr 10, 2018, 10:01 AM EDT

Kids who’ve smacked themselves with toy lightsabers while trying to be cool, blade-twirling Jedi knights can rest a little easier now thanks to an eagle-eyed Star Wars fan. Even the most natural duelists in the universe aren’t perfect. Spying a hiccup in the most recent film’s fight choreography, they created a video highlighting a moment that seems like it should’ve ended Rey’s life rather early.

Now that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is out on DVD and Blu-ray, there’s ample opportunity to nitpick through the frames. By watching a small moment in the scene where [SPOILER] Rey and Kylo Ren fight off the red and spooky Praetorian guards, you can see a move that should have ended with one of the two sections of the guard’s vibro-arbir blade in her back.

Once you see it, you won’t be able to stop watching:

The guard reacts like “Whoops, I’m not supposed to have won... right?” and don’t worry, he doesn’t. Because that half of his blade, the dagger in his hand, just disappears. The wonders of editing.

Maybe he got overexcited and flung the sweaty weapon into the flames behind him. Maybe the choreography — either that take or the move in general — looked so cool to director Rian Johnson that it was worth the small scrub. Regardless of the answer, uncovering the blip is perhaps one tier more acceptable than asking why everyone’s spinning their swords so much and how come movie baddies don’t all rush their single foe at once: It’s just not as fun when you start trying to be too realistic.

But we bet that poor guard would’ve helped Kylo Ren rule the galaxy with an iron fist. You know, if his blade hadn't vanished.