(Warning - the following contains large, hulking SPOILERS for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, and detailed discussion of easter eggs and teases that can be spotted within a number of key moments. If you haven't yet seen it, then proceed with whatever level of caution you innate SPOILER-aversion suggests is wise...)
Now, by this point, there's a pretty good chance that you've not only seen Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, but seen it multiple times. After all, the movie has already made an insane amount of money in the two weeks that it's been on wide release, suggesting that most of us (myself included) have already headed back to enjoy the adventure for a second (or third, or seventeenth) time.
If you're still thinking of heading back to the theater to dive back into the action, though (and honestly, why wouldn't you be?), then it might be worth taking a look below. Namely, this here shiny breakdown of...
What to Look Out For When Re-Watching 'Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens'
10. The Movie's Opening Line Has a Double Meaning
For many fans, Episode VII's opening line, in which Max von Sydow's Lor Son Tekka tells Poe "this will begin to make things right", was a little... unusual. If you think of it as not only a reference to the map fragment he's passing on, but also the revival of the franchise as a whole, however, it becomes a whole lot more... and a pretty major piece of shade thrown in the general direction of the prequels.
9. Keep Your Eyes Peeled For a Giant Pig Butt
Now, sure, we all know someone who's a complete horse's ass, but get ready to have way more of a problem with a pigs butt. Or, at least, be prepared to be mildly traumatized by the giant pig whose trough Finn shares on Jakku once you notice the horrifyingly direct look of its butt-hole you glimpse as Finn walks away.
8. Han Solo May Have Teased the New Jabba the Hutt
Remember how Han mentioned that he and Chewie were hauling Rathtar's for a certain King Prana? Well, that's the exact same sort of early, highly-teasing name-dropping that brought us our first mention of Jabba the Hutt back in A New Hope. A future antagonist for our new heroes, perhaps? CoughPoeandFinnteamuppleasecough.
7. There's More to the Falcon Than Just Holo-Chess
Or indeed Dejarik, as it's better known to fans. Y'see, while we were all grinning at the return of the holo-game, it was easy enough to miss that Finn picks up and discards the remote Luke used to practice his lightsaber skills back in A New Hope.
Which, as it turns out, was training he could probably have used...
6. Maz Kanata's Cantina Was Full of Geeky References
From Warwick Davis cropping up as a pig-snouted type named Wollivan, via a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance from Comedian Judah Friedlander, all the way through to the flags outside. Some of the top spots? A Mandalorian symbol, a handful of pod-racing designs... and the logo of the 501st Legion, earth's leading Stormtrooper unit/costuming organization.
5. Kylo Ren's Mysterious Ashes
On first viewing, Kylo Ren's dropping of his helmet into a pile of ashes seems mood-setting and mildly disconcerting. On second viewing, you might wonder just why he's not storing it in a nice cabinet, or on a helmet stand of some sort. And then you remember that he owns the distinctly burned helmet of Darth Vader, and start to wonder whether he's taken a trip to the forest moon of Endor at some point, and whether he might just have picked up more of his grandfather than his helmet...
4. The Hidden Heroes of the Jedi
Remember Rey's mysterious vision/flashback/lightsaber-inspired fever dream? Well, those whispered voices during it weren't just random force-folks - they were Yoda and Obi Wan. What's more, the lines were recorded specially for the movie by Frank 'Yoda' Oz and Ewan 'Obi Wan Mk.2' McGregor. Even original Obi Wan Alec Guinness got in on the fun, despite having died fifteen years ago - the line 'afraid' was cunningly edited down to 'Rey' just for the movie.
3. We See a Whole Lot of Folks From 'Game of Thrones'
Thomas 'Jojen Reed' Brodie-Sangster is a relatively obvious spot as a First Order Bridge Officer, but it's also worth keeping an eye out for Jessica 'Nymeria Sand' Henwick as an X-Wing pilot and glimpses of Miltos 'Syrio Forel' Yerolemou, Mark 'Grenn' Stanley and Emun 'Marillion' Elliott.
It's almost as though casting director Nina Gold worked on both The Force Awakens and Game of Thrones. (note: she very much did...)
2. That Pink Droid You Might Have Spotted Hanging Around With the Resistance?
Well, let's just say that she's got one hell of a back-story...
1. Was That a Gravestone We Saw?
Specifically, it seemed as though there was some dinnerware on the steps Rey ascends while searching for Luke - but was that also a gravestone? Perhaps, or perhaps not - but if he really is her father (as has been heavily rumored), then she would have had to have had a mother...
What do you think?