‘The Acolyte’ Introduced a Very Dangerous Metal to the Live-Action ‘Star Wars’ Universe

'The Acolyte' Introduced a Very Dangerous Metal to the Live-Action 'Star Wars' Universe

Disney’s new Star Wars project, The Acolyte has been streaming on Disney+ since June 4, 2024, and despite all the controversies and review-bombing, the series is still one of the most talked about shows in the world, as the fans are going crazy over each new episode. It seemed that the series was getting back on track with Episode 5, but while the episode was an overall improvement, it has yet to be seen how it will influence the series going forward, both plot- and ratings-wise. But, at least we have stuff to talk about, right?

Not that long ago, we discussed Qimir’s lightsaber and how its characteristics come dangerously close to breaking the canon. We have explained how The Acolyte can mend this issue going forward and how it can make the Sith’s specific weapon canon. But, the lightsaber is not the only specific part of the Sith’s equipment that raised some eyebrows, as his armor and helmet are also very important, especially since they finally introduced a very dangerous metal to the live-action universe. In the paragraphs that follow, we are going to explain what it is and how it actually works.

We’ll start off by saying that Qimir is basically a unique feature of the world of Star Wars. We have already written about how peculiar his lightsaber is, but as you might have noticed, his whole appearance – armor included – is very interesting, and it seems that aside from the obvious similarities with the Knights of Ren, which we have also written about, there is a lot to tell about this armor, which also includes Qimir’s trademark helmet.

If you observed the fight against Qimir in Episode 5, you’ve probably noticed how the Jedi’s lightsabers actually short-circuited for a brief moment when they came into contact with Qimir’s armor. This was not an accident or a malfunction of the lightsaber but rather the consequence of Qimir’s armor, which is made of cortosis. Cortosis is a rare metal that can be found on the planets Dinzo and Mokivj, and it has a very special feature – it can absorb a lightsaber’s attack and short-circuit it!

Cortosis actually has a very high energy absorption rate and transmission coefficients, which allows it to dissipate the energy of a blaster bolt upon contact as well as withstand the slash of a lightsaber, shorting out the blade upon contact. It can also deflect explosions, which makes it one of the most interesting metals in the franchise, as well as one of the most durable minerals in the galaxy. This is why the lightsabers of the Jedi shorted out during the fight, which gave Qimir an advantage against them, an advantage long enough for him to come out victorious.

As for the helmet, Qimir himself explained that he wore it so that the Jedi could not read his mind, which means that the helmet itself is made from a very specific material that blocks the Force or some of its powers.

Qimir is, as you can see, well-equipped and ready to take on the Jedi. It will be interesting to see how he came to be so well-prepared, and we hope that The Acolyte will explore this part of his story and reveal more information about him soon.

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