Many spoilers for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' lie ahead. Do not read on if you haven't watched the movie!
If you've made it this far I assume you've seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens and were as impressed with the movie as I was. You might also have noticed that buried within the seventh Star Wars movie were some tantalizing and intelligent easter eggs to whet your appetite.
If you didn't spot these easter eggs then you'll almost certainly be driven back to the movies for another viewing! So without further ado, here are 10 easter eggs I spotted within the movie; did you happen to catch any others?
You might know it as Dejarik, Holochess, or Holochex. The game is popular throughout the galaxy as a complex adaption of the traditional chess game. You'll remember that we saw R2-D2 and Chewbacca play the game back in Star Wars: A New Hope. We've now seen the game once more, after Finn discovered the Dejarik table aboard the Millennium Falcon.
2. Rey's Rebel Helmet
Did you catch a glimpse of Rey's familiar-looking helmet which she donned while looking sullen outside her makeshift home? It seems that the walking easter egg that is Rey has picked herself up the helmet of an X-Wing pilot. I wonder if it belonged to anyone we know.
3. "Maybe we should use a clone army"
There weren't many references to the prequel trilogy, but this was one of them. When Finn betrays the First Order and escapes with Poe Dameron, Kylo Ren expresses his belief that clones would be a better choice of solider. This also informs us of Finn's backstory, as we learn that the Stormtroopers are taken as infants to ensure their loyalty.
4. The Falcon's Motivator Is Busted!
Did this sound familiar? It should have, as the R5-D4 astromech droid at the beginning of A New Hope had a "bad motivator," leading to Luke and uncle Owen purchase R2-D2 instead.
5. "I've Got A Bad Feeling About this"
One of the most iconic lines in the Star Wars franchise, appearing not just in the movies, but in games such as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, this line has been included in every Star Wars movie script so far, and Harrison Ford has now spoken the line for a third and final time. Did you catch it? Ford spoke the line when the Rathtars were released aboard the freighter.
6. Combat Remote
Finn discovered an old remote while riffling through a compartment on the Falcon, before having a quick look and discarding it. Remotes are commonly associated with the training of new Jedi; you'll remember Luke using one in A New Hope, under the instruction of Obi Wan Kenobi. Remotes were also used by young Jedi back during the days of the Old Republic. Could this remote be Luke's, or perhaps a young Ben Solo used it aboard the Falcon?
If you happened to catch Finn's Stormtrooper identification number you'll know that it was "FN-2187." I won't slow-walk you on this one: in A New Hope, the number of the prison cell in which Leia was imprisoned was "2187." George Lucas supposedly used this number after watching a short film, 21-87, directed by Arthur Lipsett. Lucas was a huge fan of the movie and included a reference to it in A New Hope; as you can see, it continues to reverberate today.
8. The Dark Side
Kylo Ren is pretty keen to continue what was started by his grandfather Darth Vader, even going as far as to recreate Anakin Skywalker's trip down Dark Side lane. In Rey's Force-vision we see Kylo slaughtering young Jedi, presumably on Luke's training ground. This seems rather similar to when a young Darth Vader slaughtered the younglings at the Jedi temple; it's a dark reference, but a good one.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens had a number of cameo appearances which went widely unnoticed. Celebrities who acquired small roles include: Daniel Craig, who played a Stormtrooper; Kevin Smith, who's credited with an as-yet-unidentified speaking role; Greg Grunberg (Lost), played crack pilot Snap Wexley; and Ken Leung (Lost), was Resistance Admiral Statura.
10. 'Game of Thrones'
Keeping with references for a moment, we actually had a number of Game of Thrones actors in The Force Awakens, presumably due to the influence of Nina Gold, who served as casting director for both. The Game of Thrones actors in The Force Awakens include: Gwendoline Christie, as Captain Phasma; Thomas Brodie-Sangster, as First Order Petty Officer Thanisson; and Jessica Henwick, as Jess Testor.
- Carrie Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, played Lieutenant Connix.
- Both Ewan McGregor and Alec Guiness played small speaking roles as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Rey's vision.
- Simon Pegg played Unkar Plutt, the junk dealer.
- Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz were credited as voicing BB-8!