If you are a hardcore Star Wars fan, chances are that you've at least heard of the 2002 television drama series Firefly. The show drew a lot of inspiration from Star Wars, and even snuck in props of Han Solo in carbonite in every episode. In the first episode alone, you can see an Imperial shuttle flying overhead in the background.
With all of the nods that Firefly gave Star Wars, it seems like Star Wars may have finally returned the favor. In an early scene with Finn and Rey aboard the Millenium Falcon, the Falcon undergoes some technical difficulties and Rey is forced to patch it up.
As Rey gives commands to Finn, who is trying to assist her, he repeatedly grabs the wrong part that she's looking for. She responds by saying "No! No! I'm pointing to it!"
This is extremely similar to multiple scenes in Firefly when the mechanic, Kaylee Frye (played by Jewel Staite) was trying to guide her male crew-mates around the engine room to retrieve tools, saying things like (paraphrasing) "look, over there, I'm pointing right at it."
The two scenes are almost situationally identical, with the tech-savvy female roles giving orders to her male comrades to fix the spaceship. While this may just seem like a happy coincidence for sci-fi fans, it may have been completely intentional.
Star Wars director J.J. Abrams stated that there are a few easter eggs in The Force Awakens, and they might not all be visual references. Perhaps Abrams, a sci-fi fan himself, was giving tribute to this cult-classic show with a simple line.
Did you guys notice the similarity as well? Or am I just grasping at straws? Let me know in the comments below if you spotted any clever easter eggs in the latest Star Wars film!