There's a pretty cool factoid about Star Wars about Han Solo being the only non-Jedi to use a lightsaber in the entire original trilogy. It happened on the planet Hoth when he used Luke’s saber to slice open the guts of Luke’s recently dead tauntaun. It's a pretty cool fact and definitely something every Star Wars fan needs to know.
If you've seen Star Wars a million times before, you may have picked this up, but it's very missable and it got us wondering what other completely obvious things have fans missed, even though they've been staring us all in the face since the movies first hit the silver screen?
- We’ve covered the Han thing, so how about something from Return of the Jedi now? The word Ewok is never mentioned in Return of the Jedi at all.
- Luke Skywalker is irrelevant to the last half of the movie. If you think about it, in terms of destroying the Empire, Luke didn’t need to be on the Death Star as Lando Calrissian had that covered, The Emperor and Vader operating as two Sith Lords working in tandem to rule the galaxy would have been destroyed when Lando blew up the Death Star. Right?*
- Grand Moff Tarkin has a very small cameo in Revenge of the Sith. He steps out from the side to silently confer with the Emperor and Vader under the shadow of an image of the Death Star being built.
- In A New Hope, Leia was kept captive on the Death Star in cell number 2187. This was a deliberate choice as 2187 is the year that the Lucas-directed movie THX 1138 was set.
- Several E.T.-like creatures can be seen in The Phantom Menace. It was a kind of payback to George Lucas' good friend Steven Spielberg who put Yoda in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, as well as some other Star Wars references.
- In Return of the Jedi, listen very carefully as Darth Vader picks up the Emperor and throws him down the Death Star shaft. This is the only time the Jedi theme music plays over a shot of Vader, reflecting his return to the light side of the Force.
- R2-D2’s height is 96cm tall.
- Vader was actually the only Star Wars movie character to lose an arm three times. He also lost both of his legs. Obi-Wan Kenobi got three of his limbs in Revenge of the Sith.
- The bantha milk drank by Luke, Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru in A New Hope is blue. The milk also made an appearance in the Erso's kitchen in Rogue One.
- Chewbacca never speaks a word of English.
- Luke's ship is considered too damaged to fly in The Last Jedi (so Luke needs to Force project himself to Crait) and yet, in The Rise of Skywalker, all he needs to do is raise it from the sea floor and suddenly it is capable of flying Rey to Exogol. Go figure.
- Darth Vader only has nine minutes of screen time in A New Hope.
To be fair, some of these points were not hugely obvious (don’t force choke us), but they were pretty cool nonetheless. Were there any we missed or were they too subtle?
*The counter to this claim is, of course, that Luke cut off Vader's hand and realized he'd tapped into the dark side of the Force and was about to become what his father was. His refusal to join the dark side enrages the Emperor so he decides to kill Luke. Fearing his son was about to die, Vader then fulfilled the prophecy of him being the chosen one by killing the Emperor, thus restoring balance to the Force.
If Luke had not fought Vader in this manner, it is reasonable to argue that Vader and, more likely, the Emperor would not have been distracted and would have focused their efforts on the Rebel assault on the Death Star, wiping the attackers out using the armada of Star Destroyers that were waiting on the periphery of the battle.
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