This week's episode of The Flash, although setting up an intriguing twist about Savitar's identity, was otherwise a tangled mess of tired secret-keeping tropes — and worst of all, it was almost entirely Easter Egg free. Sure, we picked up on that nod to veteran The Flash comic writer Brian Buccellato, but aside from that "The Wrath Of Savitar" was far too busy pitting Team Flash against each other (again) to give us our weekly dose of nerdy references.
So instead, I'm taking us back to last week's episode — "Attack On Central City" — because it featured one of the show's most interesting and subtle Easter Eggs yet.
Star Wars Is A Multiverse Constant
As with all of the best references on The Flash, this comes to us courtesy of Gypsy and Cisco, whose last team-up episode was loaded with delightfully geeky banter. This time around, Cisco tries to persuade Gypsy to stay on Earth-1 and fight the oncoming onslaught of gorilla vengeance, and that's when Gypsy drops this fantastic Easter Egg.
The line was a little rushed, so it's easy to miss, but this is a really neat — and super nerdy — reference. You see, in the second of George Lucas's many (many) original drafts of #StarWars, Luke's last name wasn't Skywalker, but Starkiller. The younger brother of Rebel Alliance captain Deak Starkiller, Luke grew up on Tattoine with his two other brothers: Biggs and Windy. Leia Lars is his cousin, and Luke has somehow acquired a lightsaber, with aspirations to become a Jedi when he has trained enough.
It's an interesting version of the story, and one that's fairly close to the final draft of Star Wars. George Lucas burned through many different concepts screenplays before hitting that sweet spot, with some later adapted as what-if comics for the publishing house Dark Horse.
So what exactly does this quote mean for Earth-19? Well, it seems that on this world, George Lucas didn't redraft from this early version of the script, meaning that Gypsy is a fan of a very different Star Wars saga. Perhaps the best part of this reference was Cisco's reaction — you can see him realize that this means, inwardly geek out, and make a mental note to follow up on this later.
Oh, and this isn't just a nod to some Star Wars history, but Gypsy's comment also echoed what Cisco said to Reverb when his evil doppelganger tried to recruit him for Zoom's cause on Earth-2.
We already know that Earth-19 is another wildly different variation of our reality (or rather, Earth-1's reality), featuring steampunk versions of the Justice League — and an intriguing speedster known as the Accelerated Man. So we can chock this Easter Egg up to another hint that Earth-19 is one of the weirdest worlds Team Flash have encountered, and hopefully we'll get to explore it more soon.
But above anything else, this proves that George Lucas's contributions to #scifi history are a multiversal constant — which we probably should have seen coming after Legends of Tomorrow had an entire episode about how important Lucas is tot the timeline. Personally, I'm hoping there's an Earth out there that features the original female version of Luke Skywalker, because that's an alternate Star Wars I'd like to see.