Every year on May 4th there is a holiday only Sci-Fi lovers used to know. It has now become known as international Star Wars day, its observance has spread through social media, and it is now celebrated across the globe. Star Wars is a movie saga full of imagination, the captivating lightsabers, feel igniting music, and characters you just can’t help but love. We have gathered some Star Wars Easter eggs for your enjoyment on this year’s holiday season. May-the-Fourth-Be-With-You!
The opening scene of “Rogue One” is a bridge of “Revenge of the Sith” and “A New Hope“. The movie opens in a prison colony called Wobani which is an anagram of Anakin Skywalker’s mentor and master “Obi-Wan Kenobi.” The film also begins with much like other Star Wars films with a big yellow lettered title, and a ship moving from deep space into an unknown planet.
Anikan & the Starkiller
Remember the dreaded Death Star? It was the super planet-sized weapon used by Vader and the Sith to destroy planets. In the newer Star Wars films, the Death Star is replaced by something much more terrifying called the Starkiller. The Starkiller is actually named after Anakin’s original last name Anakin Starkiller.
The director of Rogue One, Gareth Edwards, appeared as a Resistance soldier in The Last Jedi. Rian Johnson, director of The Last Jedi, appeared as a Death Star technician in Rogue One. Longtime producers Rick McCallum and Paul Martin Smith appeared as Naboo noblemen in the celebratory ceremonies at the end of The Phantom Menace. Can you recognize the man in this picture by the way? That’s George Lucas!
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If you are watching the Last Jedi, you will notice that the last large frigate the resistance has to its cause is called the Raddus. This reference is in homage to a character in Rogue One. In Rogue One an Admiral by the name of Raddus commands the only ship that was able to get a radio transmission and transfers those plans to Princess Leia before being destroyed.
Tera Kasi the fighting style used by Han Solo in the movie Solo first originated in a video game released by Lucasfilm to PlayStation in 1997. The characters in the game fight in mortal combat like atmosphere with Tera Kasi being one of the main fighting styles.
The Lando Chronical
Prior to turning his ship over to Han, Lando would record his experiences in a digital diary. The stories he referenced were three real-world book titles about Lando: Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu, Lando Calrissian and the Flamewind of Oseon, and Lando Calrissian and the Starcave of ThonBoka.
L3 is one of the many eccentric Star Wars droids with a big personality. L3 is Lando’s personal bodyguard and shipmate. It’s supposedly a female droid who is very spunky. In the film, L3 leads her own droid revolution. When L3 is wounded in battle, she bonds herself with the Falcon, and in the Empire Strikes Back you will hear C-3PO talk to her to see what she needs for repairs.
Revenge of the Sith Falcon Cameo
The Millennium Falcon seemed to have been planned as an easter egg decades in advance. There are references to the falcon being an old piece of junk every time it is featured. In the movie Solo you can even find out how Han Solo got the Falcon, and when he got it, it was already very old. So old that you can see it parked when Anakin and Obi-Wan return to Coruscant to rescue Chancellor Palpatine.
The Imperial March is used as propaganda all around the empire in the movie Solo. Solo takes place around seven years prior to the events depicted in Rogue One. When Han Solo and his girlfriend Qi’ra attempt to escape from the muddy conditions on Corellia, they try to head off-world by going through the official customs depot. All around them are holograms featuring Imperial propaganda.
Fate of the Red
“Red Five” was the call sign made famous by Luke Skywalker, but it was not originally his to start with. It first belonged to another rebel fighter named Pedrin Gaul. Gual flies his X-wing fighter out of the same Tabin 4 hanger that Luke did in “A New Hope.” Once Gaul is shot down, he leaves the vacancy open for Luke.
E.T. Phones Home
Before the Sith Empire came into power, the Galactic Senate held a diplomatic format that included all the species of the galaxy. If you pay close attention, you will notice that in the movie Phantom Menace, a group of aliens is briefly spotted looking exactly like the character in the movie E.T. Lucas included them as a nod to the science fiction world.
There are many bizarre names to alien characters in the Star Wars saga. One of these is the name Klaatu Barada Nikto. Klaatu Barada Nikto is actually a famous phrase uttered in the movie The Day the Earth Stood Still. It was the phrase used to stop the actions of the Genetically Organized Robotic Technology or “GORT.”
In Star Wars I, Qui-Gon Jinn and the Queen of Naboo make their emergency pit stop on Tatooine, Qui-Gon prepares himself for bargaining with the locals. Qui-Gon walks through the junkyard of a man by the name of Watto. One of the scraps int eh yard is actually the Eva Pod, from the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
Ghost Appearance in Rogue One
Much like Disney bridges the gap for their newest movies, the Clone Wars had bridged the gap between Attack of the Clones and revenge of the Sith, and “A New Hope.” You can see the Ghost Starship doing just that several times throughout the movie “Rogue One.”
Being a Hollywood director is no easy job, and I would imagine you don’t get to go home much to see your family. So, George Lucas followed the footsteps of many like him and brought the family to work with him. Keep digging through with us, and you’ll be surprised to see who in the family he actually put in the movie. Now here is a funny GIF
A Well-Timed Pause
The prop department in the production of the 1977 A New Hope, must have known they were going to be doing more movies, as they jokingly put a vintage Star Wars poster in the chase scene between the Tantive IV and the Alderaanian CR90 Corvette. If you pause in the right time, you’ll see this vintage Star Wars poster on the windshield.
When Star Wars was first filmed, VHS was not a thing yet, and once people could start pausing in the middle of a movie, it became easier to spot props used in the original movies. Try it yourself you may find some potatoes among the meteors. But that’s not all you’ll find!
Flying Tennis Shoe!
During the epic space battle in Return of the Jedi, Han, Leia, and Luke are down on Endor trying to dismantle the shields. Rebel Fleets are poised above them attempting to destroy the Death Star and whittle down the Empire’s forces. Lando pilots the Millennium Falcon towards the Imperial Fleet, and amongst the wall of destroyers, there seems to be a Tennis Shoe.
THX-1138 is one of George Lucas’s first films and his first science fiction films. He actually worked with the Godfather director Francis Coppola who was co-producer in the movie. If you punch in 1-1-3-8 to your remote after popping a Star Wars DVD, you may find yourself watching some bonus scenes, and make sure you listen for the number as it is featured in many different Star Wars films.
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What to Know About Luke’s Compass?
In Star Wars: Battlefront II, a mission takes us to Pillio where the Emperor’s observatory hides a collection of artifacts. Luke Skywalker asks to keep a compass that later appears in The Last Jedi as an ancient Jedi artifact.
If you have made it this far and know nothing about Star Wars, I have done my job well. In case you didn’t know, Luke gets his hand cut off by his dad “Darth Vader” and has to replace it with a robotic hand. In the last Jedi, you see his robotic hand is damaged from when a hole was blasted through it in Return of the Jedi.
In “The Empire Strikes Back,” Luke Skywalker comes across an old Jedi Master by the name of Yoda who trains Luke to master the force. He finds Yoda in a small hut in the middle of the planet Dagobah. Yoda’s hut is actually the escape pod he fled in when senator Palpatine carried out “Order-66” a genocidal purge of all the Jedi in the galaxy.
The Golden Dice
In the lead up to the Last Jedi Kylo Ren Storms an old rebel base and comes across a pair of golden dice. This pair of dice actually belongs to his late father, the one and only Han Solo. These dice first appeared in A New Hope in 1977. They also make an appearance in the movie Solo.
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Ancient Carvings of R2D2
Spielberg and George Lucas were great friends in the 80s and still are today! Both would give each other feedback on each other’s movies, and if you look close enough, you may even find a couple shout outs to one another in their films too! Like this Indiana Jones shout out to R2D2 and C3PO!
The timeline in the last Jedi and Rogue One is about 40 years. Yet we see a “hyperspace tracking” system in both movies. In Rogue One Jyn Erso stumbles upon the files for the technology for hyperspace tracking that still did not exist at the time. 40 years later in “The Last Jedi,” it is finally being used to track ships moving the speed of light.
In Star Wars Episode II Anikan and Obi-Wan are tracking down a bounty hunter named Zam Wesell. They scour the underbelly of Coruscant’s urban underworld, in the back round, you can see a sports bar like scene, with people watching a weird version of football on TV, and remember that Gameboy game “Star Wars: Episode I – Racer?” that’s in there too!
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‘Star Wars’ fans will remember 1996 as the year of ‘Shadows of the Empire,’ the novel by Steve Perry that showed what happened between the events of ‘The Empire Strikes Back‘ and ‘Return of the Jedi.’ One of the main characters was Dash Rendar, a smuggler, freelancer, and captain of an even more advanced ship than the ‘Falcon,’ the ‘Outrider,’ which you can glimpse (in the upper left) taking off from Mos Eisley in the Special Edition of ‘A New Hope‘ released a year later.
The Arch of the Covenant
At the time of Techno Union leader Wat Tambor’s reign of terror, he was the overlord of Ryloth (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars“.) Wat ransacked the planet of all its riches before the Republic could invade and drive him off. One of his treasures? The Ark of the Covenant. Let’s hope they read the instructions before reading it!
Indiana Jones’s favorite Shanghai nightclub, in ‘The Temple of Doom, is named Club Obi-Wan, proving that Indy really is a brother from another galaxy to Han Solo. Maybe there is more to these movies then meets the eye.
The Falcon Battles Borg
The ‘Falcon’ was in ‘Revenge of the Sith,’ but it can also in our own galaxy fighting the Borg and defending Earth alongside the Federation fleet during the Battle of Sector 001 at the beginning of ‘Star Trek: First Contact.’ This proves that ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Star Wars‘ overlapped well before J.J. Abrams signed on to direct ‘Episode VII.
It seems the creators were in a humorous mood on the set of The Empire Strikes Back! As the movie starts, Han Solo can be seen wearing a bullwhip on his utility belt. It was actually the same one used in the Indiana Jones trilogy! That’s not all! There’s yet another nod to the Indiana Jones franchise in the incinerator room on Cloud City!
More Production Cameos
Remember the Imperial Officer, Colonel Dyer, who was killed by Han Solo in Episode VI? Don’t turn a blind eye to this character, but in real life, he’s actually an integral character in the Star Wars universe – behind the scenes, at least! The actor playing Dyer, Ben Burtt is none other than the saga’s sound designer. He’s the dude who created all Star Wars sound effects including the Lightsaber swooshes and R2-D2’s bleeps!
In the last 10 seconds of the ending credits of The Phantom Menace, you’ll want to pay close attention to the sound, you may hear Darth Vader breathing. As much as it may sound funny, you can check for yourself. It’s there, and it’s creepy as ever!
Javva The Hutt (Café reference)
If you’re like me, you like to avoid all the end credits to every movie you ever see. Despite learning what I learn writing these articles, I don’t know of a universe where I have the patience to read credits in the future either, but that’s what these articles are for! You may see in the end credits for Star Wars movies you will see a credit for “Jaava the Hut” that’s actually the Lucasfilm’s in-house café for the production.
In Star Wars Attack of the clones, there is a big colosseum sized fight between the Jedi and the droid army. When the escape ship comes to rescue the remaining Jedi, the pilot seems to resemble Homer Simpson. Is this a real easter egg or just a trick of the eyes?
When Padme and Anakin Skywalker first meet in Star Wars Episode I, there is a scene right before Anakin enters the ship to go find his mother on Tatooine, him and Padme have a deep conversation, and in the background there is a shadow of the two, with Anakin looking like the clear version of his grown self as Darth Vader, a creepy foreshadow of his future to come.
Remember we talked about directors bringing their kids to work with them. Meet Jett Lucas, the son of Georg Lucas. Jett plays a young Jedi who fights off his attackers to try to make it on Bail Organa’s escape ship before being killed by the clone army. Georges, daughter Amanda, also makes a cameo as Senator Terr Taneel.
Kylo Ren’s Scar
The story of Kylo Ren is for sure an unfortunate one. The young man born to Leia and Han solo had turned evil and shared a scar on his face, similar to the one his grandfather had too, this signifies Ren following in his grandfather’s footsteps. Will Ren ever leave the dark side. Or will he parish fighting the light?
It was awesome having Carrie Fisher return to the Star Wars saga but it was even cooler seeing her family join the set, too! Carrie’s daughter, Billie Lourd had a minor part in the Resistance headquarters. To make things even better, she wore Leia’s iconic buns from the original trilogy. Billie actually initially auditioned for the role of Rey.
There seems to be a habit of roasting the Millennium Falcon in the Star Wars franchise. In almost every scene when from the latest movies to the oldest episode 4, when the Falcon is introduced, it is always being introduced as a piece of junk. When will it ever be appreciated? Stay tuned with us for more Star Wars facts in the future. Enjoy international Star Wars day on May 4th and may the force be with you!