Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens has been out for a few weeks now, and people are still discovering new Easter Eggs and references hidden within it. Some of these include items in the Millennium Falcon, repeated lines from previous films and even some symbols on the banners hung on Maz's Castle.
However, there is (at least) one Easter Egg which is actually not a Star Wars reference, but a reference to something else entirely.
Warning: Minor Spoilers Ahead for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'
During the scene aboard Han's ship, three Rathtars (the squid-like monsters) escape and start chasing after Han, Chewie, Finn, Rey and the different gang members. It was a rather intense scene, leaving us frightened for the fates of our favorite new and classic characters.
Though we do not have any footage or stills on hand from this scene, there is one moment where Han (Harrison Ford) runs away from a Rathtar which begins rolling towards him down a narrow hall. As Han runs from the rolling Rathtar, he looks over his left shoulder, and continues running forward. Seem at all familiar?
That brief shot from The Force Awakens is a direct nod to this classic and memorable moment from Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark. Instead of Harrison Ford being chased down a narrow path by a rolling boulder, he is being chased down a narrow path by a rolling Rathtar. He even looks over his left shoulder in The Force Awakens, just like he did as Indiana Jones! Check it out!
This is one of those blink-and-you'll-miss it references, but it's still pretty effective in bringing back nostalgia. It may also be a nod to Disney's future involvement with Indiana Jones, since they received the rights to the series after buying out Lucasfilm and have recently confirmed that they have plans to reboot the hero. But, it is still great to see this Easter Egg because, let's face it, this may be the closest we get to seeing Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones again.
If you've seen this moment from The Force Awakens rather recently, be sure to watch the boulder scene from Indiana Jones above and see if you can make the connection! It really is perfectly identical, at least in choreography. And really, why else would J.J. Abrams decide to make the Rathtar roll at that exact moment? They didn't really roll for that long of a period of time at any point before that.
Even if this moment was somehow a coincidence (which is rater unlikely), I still enjoyed watching it. The Force Awakens was a rather fun movie to watch, and this reference to Indiana Jones made even better. Plus, let's face it, we were already on the edge of our seats during this scene. It's not too surprising that Abrams slipped something in there for us to look for.