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I've always thought that lightsabre crystals were completely different, and so such a change wouldn't be possible in most crystals, just in a few, like these, and artificially made, and the KOTOR one I previously mentioned.
As for the lightsabre as a whole, the only problem I had with it is that the lack of the Force connection made even Marr's lightsabre wink out of existence. I had always thought that the power came from an energy cell in the casing, not the connection to the Force - otherwise, how could Han use it? That's the only thing that really jarred me. But almost everything else, I loved.
It was of particular interest to me that, in the first, he was essentially fighting himself - metaphorically speaking - and in this one he was literally fighting himself. That show scene at the end wasn't exactly significant in itself, but it was so very intriguing.
It's also funny that the first was billed as a standalone, yet was written, quite cheekily, in such a way as to almost demand a sequel be written. This was written in just a way, too, though slightly more subtle. I'm curious, since I feel that a sequel would be more than likely, where they would place it? Would it be a direct sequel, or several years down the line? I'm hoping for the latter, since it would seem likely that the One Sith would have far reaching plans.
As for the zombies, well, I've never really been bowled over by zombies. Have never found them scary - though ask me that after I've met a real zombie, and I'm sure I would change my mind - and I was okay with them being not a great threat. How could they be, when, if you so much as glanced in their direction, they crumpled into dust?
I am a Star Wars fan. That doesn't mean that I hate or love Jar Jar. That doesn't mean I hate or love Lucas, or agree or disagree 100% with him. That doesn't mean I prefer the PT over the OT, or vice versa. That doesn't mean I hate the EU, or even love all of it. These are not prerequisites. Being a man is not a prerequisite. Being a geek is not a prerequisite. The only prerequisite is that I love something about Star Wars. I am a Star Wars fan.
Life is like the Force - Luke Skywalker, Crucible. Damn straight I am.