To many of us, Star Wars occupies a special place in our hearts and minds. If you've grown up with the original movies, there are probably more than a few scenes that still stir something almost primal in your memories, scenes that still leap out at you and say, “This is the Star Wars we know and love!”
So it should come at no surprise that Episode VII: The Force Awakens comes replete with Easter eggs just to appeal to longtime fans. There are no references like self-references, and in this case, The Force Awakens does not disappoint. Join us as we explore some of the biggest, funniest, and most memorable Easter eggs from The Force Awakens.
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1. Luke's Training Droid and the Dejarik Table
When Finn and Rey make it on board the Millennium Falcon, Finn starts to rummaging through a stash of supplies on the ship's living quarters in search of medical supplies to take care of Chewbacca's wounds. Attentive fans might recognize some of the things Finn throws out, like the training droid that Luke Skywalker uses to practice with in A New Hope. Finn also bumps into the Dejarik holo-chess board that featured prominently in the original film, which lights up with holographic playing pieces that resemble dangerous predatory species from throughout the galaxy.
To Star Wars nerds, his particular prop is significant, as it leads to Han Solo verbally stating the name of Chewbacca's species for the first time in Star Wars canon, “Let the Wookie win.”
2. Cameos From Yoda and Obi-Wan
When Rey experiences a powerful vision from the Force during the middle of the movie, she is overwhelmed by a cacophony of voices. Keen-eared moviegoers will recognize several very familiar voices in the milieu, and that's because director J.J. Abrams went through a lot of trouble splicing together famous lines from critical moments in Star Wars history.
What's even more awesome, however, is that Abrams brought in Ewan McGregor and Frank Oz, who played Obi-Wan in the prequels and provided the voice of Yoda throughout the series, respectively, to record new voice work just for that segment of the film. Of particularly special mention is that the voice of the late Alec Guinness, who played Obi-Wan in the original trilogy, also makes a cameo through some clever audio editing.
3. James Bond, 007 in “From Starkiller Base with Love”
That's right. The face of the most action-heroic James Bond ever to grace the silver screen was behind the mask of one of the New Order's feared nameless mooks. By sheer happenstance, The Force Awakens was filming in the same production studio as 2015's blockbuster Bond flick Spectre.
Sometime during production, Daniel Craig happened to stumble onto the location where The Force Awakens was being filmed, and wound up playing a Stormtrooper. And not just any Stormtrooper – the Stormtrooper that Rey brainwashes using the Jedi mind trick. Daniel Craig was uncredited for the cameo, and actually vehemently denies playing the role during an interview on Spectre's press tour, but insider information suggests otherwise. Very clever, Mr. Bond.
4. Did You Hear That?
We're still holding out for someone to say “delusions of grandeur”, but the character dialog in the Force Awakens is jam-packed with subtle, humorous and downright nostalgia-inducing homages to the most memorable lines spoken in the original movies. When Finn decides to act on his change of heart and spring Poe out of the New Order's prison cell, he takes off his helmet and says, “This is a rescue!”...a line which echoes the one spoken by Luke Skywalker when he first meets Princess Leia.
Interestingly, Finn's scene is almost a frame-by-frame recreation of the original: in A New Hope, Luke Skywalker is also disguised as a Stormtrooper and takes off his helmet before uttering this iconic line. Numerous other direct homages have been deliberately made in The Force Awakens, such as the oft-repeated “I've got a bad feeling about this.”
5. A Parsec Is A Unit of... What?
A surefire way to rankle the reptilian parts of the brain found in the nerdiest Star Wars fans is the mention of the parsec. In a line from the original movie, Han Solo infamously uses the parsec as a unit of time when boasting about the Millennium's top speeds, when the parsec is actually a unit of distance. Since then, many others who have written for the franchise, including George Lucas himself, have tried covering up the error with increasingly mind-bending non-science, when they probably should've just fessed up to it being a gaffe on the part of the scriptwriters (we're lookin' at you, GL).
This sad-but-true back-and-forth between franchise writers and their most diehard fans have gone on for decades of message board postings and convention meet-and-greets, and it's finally come to head in The Force Awakens, when Rey and Han argue about how many parsecs it actually took the Falcon to complete the Kessel Run. And the resolution that The Force Awakens brings to franchise-old conflict? Han doesn't actually know what a parsec is, and neither does Rey. Brilliant.
6. Carrie Fisher's Daughter Rockin' the Classic Hair Buns
We don't blame you for missing this one, but it's pretty amazing. Turns out Billie Lourd, Carrie Fisher's real-life daughter, plays an officer of the Resistance during a short scene in the New Republic base.
The credits name her character as “Lieutenant Connix,” and the visual dictionary even gives her an expanded background and full name Kaydel Ko Connix.
In her film appearance, she's standing next to a blue droid named PZ-4CO, and also happens to be sporting a variation of Princess Leia's rockin' headphone hair buns.
7. Force for Change Winner
Star Wars: Force for Change is a Star-Wars themed charity program headed by Lucasfilm and the Walt Disney Company. The charity collects donations that go to helping a myriad of global issues, such as initiatives for education campaigns for kids and funding for children's hospitals around the world.
Most recently, the colossal charity teamed up with UNICEF to raise approximately $4.2 million by selling sweepstakes for Force Awakens. The winner of these sweepstakes, a man named DC Barnes, got a chance to appear in the Force Awakens as a walk-on extra. You can catch a glimpse of him as a bar patron in Maz's Castle. The Force is strong in that one!
8. Did Anyone See That Ewok?
Warwick Davis, the man who played lead Ewok Wicket in Return of the Jedi, cameos as a patron in Maz's castle named Wollivan. According to the Force Awakens Visual Dictionary, Wollivan is an interstellar trailblazer who trades or gambles away valuable intel and scavenged trinkets to smugglers and other shady types.
Wollivan is also a continuation of a favorite trend in Star Wars of naming Warwick's characters with names that begin with 'W.'
9. Would You Call Them... Rey-Bands?
During Rey's first appearance on-screen, longtime Star Wars fans might get that subtle tingly chill of nostalgia running down their spine upon seeing her goggled and cloth-wrapped face, but might not have been able to pin down why. Turns out that it's her goggles, which bear an uncanny resemblance to the helmet of an Imperial-era Stormtrooper.
It's very plausible that Rey could've scavenged an old busted-up Stormtrooper helmet from the sands of Jakku, and then salvaged the goggles from them.
10. Star Trek Reboot Alumni Cameos As Garbage Man
Simon Pegg might be most famous for his reprisal of the legendary role of Charles Montgomery 'Scotty' Scott in the 201X reboots of Star Trek, but that doesn't stop him from being a huge Star Wars fan at heart. Simon Pegg joins a long list of A-list bigwigs to make cameo appearances in The Force Awakens. But unlike most other celebrity cameos in Episode VII, Pegg got to do more than drop witty one-liners or make a walk-on appearance.
No, the man who played a young Chief Engineer Scotty on Star Trek got to sweat it out in a massive alien costume during his role as Unkar Plutt, the corpulent junk dealer who attempts to get BB-8 from Rey. He also happens to be the owner of the Millennium Falcon, the “piece of junk” that also happens to be the galaxy's fastest ship. Unkar Plutt also holds the dubious honor of having alerted the First Order to Rey's whereabouts, when our plucky heroine adamantly states that BB-8 is not for sale.
11. What's In A Name?
J.J. Abrams is well-known for his fondness of peppering his films with countless references and homages to people he knows in real-life. It's one of the director's unabashedly nerdy traits that has endeared him to even the most cynical Star Wars fans. Arguably the most touching name-related homage in The Force Awakens, it involves the name of hotshot X-Wing pilot Poe Dameron, played by the awesome Oscar Isaac.
If you happen to be wondering where the name came from, you'd be intrigued to find out that the name is a composite from two different sources. 'Poe' comes from J.J. Abram's daughter, who had a beloved stuffed polar bear she'd nicknamed 'Po' for short. If that alone doesn't give you the warm fuzzies, wait till you hear about the namesake of Poe's last name: 'Dameron' is actually the surname of Morgan Dameron, J.J. Abrams's walking dynamo of a personal assistant. Dameron even got to co-star in the movie: she's the Resistance officer who gasps in shock when the Starkiller Base powers up and destroys the Republic star system.
All too often we hear about directors and industry pros being absolute monsters to their staff; it's refreshing to see that Abrams seems to be bucking the trend.
And if all that weren't enough, the Visual Dictionary gives us a name for Dameron's character: Commodore Meta. Well played, Abrams. Well played.
We hope you've enjoyed this tour down our collective memory space-lanes. We're pretty sure that The Force Awakens contains so many more Easter eggs that we've only managed to skim the surface, as many are cleverly hidden and may not even be evident upon repeated viewings.
Nonetheless, we're still looking forward to many more in Episode VIII!