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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