All the Call Backs Found in the Rise of Skywalker (And a Few Easter Eggs)

The newest Star Wars movies have done a fine job of making callbacks to the films that came before them in the franchise. By going back and forth, the franchise has become a more comprehensive story where elements and themes of the different movies entwine, offering a really engaging viewing experience – or maybe just fun fan service.

Either way, just like The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi did some pretty awesome shout-outs to the past movies, The Rise of Skywalker has made some amazing references to what has come before. It does a fine job of rounding out the sequel trilogy and ending the saga.

J.J. Abrams and fellow scriptwriter Chris Terrio (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League, etc) have slipped in a few Easter eggs as well.

Here they all are:

  • Luke raises his X-Wing from the water on Achto Island. As he does, Yoda's theme plays which is a direct call back to when Luke witnesses Yoda raise the same X-Wing from the water of the Degobah swamp in The Empire Strikes Back.
  • When Ben has a vision of Han Solo, Han says “I know” which is clearly a call back to the famous line.
  • Rey studies the sacred Jedi texts she stole from Luke in order to try to get inspiration about what to do about Palpatine.
  • When Rey trains in the forest, she uses a training orb, the same as Luke did in A New Hope. The same one was found again by Finn during The Force Awakens when he was looking for first aid items for Chewbacca.
  • B-Wing space fighters are seen for the first time since Return of the Jedi.
  • The Emperor's “spider” throne was inspired by a design that concept artist Ralph McQuarrie made for the Return of the Jedi.
  • During the scene in which C-3PO has his circuits rewired by Babu Frick, look in the background – you'll see a retired Battle Droid which was first featured in The Phantom Menace. Roger, Roger!
  • Lando Calrissian's return marks a gap of 36 years since he was last seen in Return of the Jedi.
  • The friendly Ewok, Wicket, also returns, played again by Warwick Davis, who was a child when he first played the role. Since Return of the Jedi, Davis has become a fan favorite and made cameo appearances in every Star Wars film produced since his debut.
  • The Rise of Skywalker is the ninth and final Star Wars movie score composed by John Williams.
  • Emperor Palpatine's return, despite his supposed death at the hands of Anakin Skywalker in Return of the Jedi, means the character has appeared six times in Star Wars movies.
  • Anthony Daniels has done even better than McDiarmid's six – Daniels is the only actual actor to appear in all nine saga movies.
  • The initial working title of this film was “Black Diamond” before it became “TrIXe” – spot the roman numeral for nine in that name. Star Wars has a long history of cool working titles.
  • Horses were used during filming – the first time this happened in Star Wars. The animals got the CGI treatment to make them look like alien horses.
  • John Boyega, who plays Finn, managed to leave his script under his bed – he moved apartments and neglected it. Eventually, it found its way onto eBay – at which point Disney stepped in and bought the script before it was sold on the site.
  • Wedge Antillies returns!
  • When Luke says to Rey Confronting fear is the destiny of a Jedi. Your destiny, he is rephrasing one of Yoda's quotes to him in The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Ben Solo exhibits mannerisms like Han Solo. Once Ben Solo recovered from the hold Palpatine had over him, on Exogol, he shoots a red guard without looking at him, just like Han did in The Force Awakens at Maz Kanata's Castle – and he does the same pose that Han did in front of the bunker in Return of the Jedi. It's a great call back but also really shows that Kylo Ren is now well and truly Ben Solo. Kylo also tells one of his First Order men to stop talking with a raised hand which is how Han would tell C-3PO to zip it.
  • At the old Skywalker moisture farm, Rey slides down the sand. This is a direct call back to when she does the same on Jakku in The Force Awakens. It signifies that the events of The Rise of Skywalker have not broken her spirit – she's still playful.
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Check out The Rise of Skywalker quotes and what Kylo Ren said. There's a star destroyer load of The Rise of Skywalker trivia as well.

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