Easter Eggs You Missed In The Rise Of Skywalker


With so much happening in The Rise of Skywalker,
there were definitely a few cool hidden details you missed. Fans would need their own wayfinders to track
it all down, not to mention decoding all the characters with more meaning than you may
realize. Here’s what you may have overlooked. Emperor Palpatine looks pretty rough post-resurrection
in The Rise of Skywalker, and understandably so, but his majestic throne is a different
story. Palp’s craggy chair, “The Throne of the Sith,”
is the coolest bad guy seat outside of Game of Thrones, and there’s a good reason for
that. The legendary Ralph McQuarrie, the man largely
responsible for the look of the original Star Wars trilogy, designed it in the ’80s for
Return of the Jedi. Lucasfilm creative art manager Phil Szostak
revealed this unused throne room art on Twitter back when the final Rise of Skywalker trailer
dropped, posting McQuarrie’s old sketches next to Palpatine’s new throne. McQuarrie passed away in 2012, and his obituary
in the Guardian notes that “fewer of his ideas made the cut” in Return of the Jedi. So it’s cool to see McQuarrie’s work put to
excellent use in Skywalker. Diehard fans know that Darth Vader’s helmet,
designed by Ralph McQuarrie, was inspired by samurai armor, and director J.J. Abrams
made it clear to Entertainment Weekly in 2015 that Vader’s grandson Kylo Ren’s helmet is
“meant to be a nod to [Vader’s],” in case that wasn’t obvious enough. Ren’s helmet, smashed to bits by its owner
in The Last Jedi, is back in The Rise of Skywalker, but only after some repairs that also evoke
a centuries-old Japanese tradition. In Skywalker, an unnamed ape-like creature
restores Ren’s helmet using a technique similar to kintsukuroi, or “golden repair.” Kintsukuroi is all about embracing flaws as
aesthetic features, and typically involves repairing broken pottery using visible gold
seams. In The Rise of Skywalker, Ren’s helmet is
reforged using a red material of some kind, but the idea is the same. Rather than make the helmet repair seamless,
the red becomes part of the new design. Abrams confirmed that kintsukuroi was the
inspiration for Ren’s Rise of Skywalker helmet in an interview with Empire, saying, “Having [Kylo Ren] be masked, but also fractured,
is a very intentional thing. Like that classic Japanese process of taking
ceramics and repairing them […] As fractured as Ren is, the mask becomes a visual representation
of that. There’s something about this that tells his
history. His mask doesn’t ultimately hide him and his
behavior is revealed.” When Rey uses her Force powers to heal the
underground sand snake on Pasaana, thus ensuring a safe exit for Episode IX’s heroes, it was
surely a surprise to casual fans of the Skywalker saga. We’ve seen the power of the Force do some
pretty insane stuff, but it’s mostly used for telekinesis and “mind tricks” at least
in the eight films leading up to The Rise of Skywalker. “Does she do that to us?” In the Expanded Universe, Force healing is
definitely a thing, but Episode IX is the first big-screen depiction of the Force being
used in such a manner. The small screen, however, is a different
matter. Baby Yoda attempts to heal Mando in Chapter
2 of the Disney Plus series The Mandalorian, but is inadvertently stopped just short of
doing so. In Chapter 7, however, released on the streaming
service the day before Skywalker hit theaters, everyone’s favorite 50-year-old baby heals
Bounty Hunters’ Guild head Greef Karga after he’s scratched up and poisoned by pterodactyl
-like creatures on the lava-spewing planet Nevarro. Like the sand snake in Skywalker, Karga is
so grateful that he decides to let our heroes escape with their lives. Fans of The Mandalorian likely perked up when
they saw Rey (and later Kylo Ren) pulling off the same miraculous trick a neat reward
for those who caught the episode the day before. After Ben Solo gets chucked into a seemingly
bottomless pit by Emperor Palpatine just like Anakin did to Palpatine in Episode VI a devastated
Rey, who still has the Emperor and his deadly Force lightning to contend with, meditates
and hears several voices. There’s no way those voices are just random,
of course, and some, like Yoda, Anakin, Mace Windu, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Qui-Gonn Jinn,
are pretty obvious, but in the chaos of the big final battle it was probably hard to make
all of them out. Here’s a quick rundown of the more obscure
“Voices of Jedi Past” featured in this sequence: Adi Gallia first appeared in The Phantom Menace,
but most fans know her best from the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars series. Similarly, Luminara Unduli and Aayla Secura
first appeared in Attack of the Clones, but are both best known from Clone Wars. Ahsoka Tano is also from Clone Wars, but The
Rise of Skywalker is the character’s live-action debut, technically, even if we only hear her
voice. Same goes for Kanan Jarrus from Star Wars
Rebels. Yep: that means Freddie Prinze Jr. or his
voice, at least is in The Rise of Skywalker “You’re serious?” “As a heart attack.” The Rise of Skywalker ends with the heroes
of the new trilogy celebrating in much the same way the original trilogy’s heroes did
in Return of the Jedi, prefaced with much intergalactic fanfare. But this time around, one overlooked Wookie
finally gets the gold. In arguably the most blatant example of fan
service in the film, Chewbacca, who famously did not get the same recognition as the humans
during the Royal Award Ceremony in A New Hope, gets a medal from Maz Kanata in The Rise of
Skywalker and it’s not just any medal. It’s heavily implied that this award, which
Leia clutches as she passes away, is the one Han received in A New Hope. In that first Star Wars installment, you’ll
remember, Chewie stands quietly in the background while Princess Leia hangs medals on Han and
Luke. His untranslated cry is the last sound you
hear in the film, and for Chewie fans, it might as well have been subtitled, “What about
me?” Fan service or not, there’s no denying that
the big lug deserved it, considering all that he’s been through. In The Rise of Skywalker, the snowy planet
of Kijimi plays a key role in the adventure as the home planet of Zorii Bliss, who ultimately
helps get C-3PO to Babu Frik, the cute alien dude who hacks his programming in order to
translate the Sith dagger. So what’s with the name “Kijimi”? Well, thanks to one observant Redditor, we
know that it’s the name of a synthesizer manufactured by Black Corporation, a Japanese company who
counts Skywalker director J.J. Abrams as a huge fan. So it makes sense that legendary composer
John Williams, fresh off his ninth and probably final Star Wars composing gig, appears in
a brief cameo on the synth-inspired planet. It’s a quick, blink-and-you-miss it moment,
but he’s there, wearing a futuristic monocle and shaking his head at our heroes as they
enter the droidsmith’s shop. Bonus fun fact: His character’s name is “Oma
Tres,” an anagram of “Maestro” . X-wing pilot Wedge Antilles was one of the
heroes of The Battle of Yavin in A New Hope, narrowly surviving the daring attack on the
Death Star 1.0. He appeared again in The Empire Strikes Back
and Return of the Jedi, but The Rise of Skywalker marks his first appearance in the new trilogy. Actor Denis Lawson reprises the role in a
brief cameo in the final battle praising Lando’s aim, to boot! but it sounds like he needed
some convincing. In 2015, Lawson told The Courier that he was
offered a role in The Force Awakens, but, believe it or not, he flat-out turned it down. When asked about the potential gig at a screening
for The Machine, Lawson told a reporter he had no interest in the role whatsoever. The Scottish actor said: “I’m not going to do that. [Disney] asked me but it just would have bored
me.” We can’t say for sure at this time what convinced
Lawson to don Wedge’s uniform once again for Skywalker, but our guess is that Disney was
perhaps a bit more generous with the galactic credits, if you catch our drift. As befitting the ninth film in an epic saga,
The Rise of Skywalker is positively packed with nods to past installments, some a bit
less significant than others, but still cool. Among the many mini-Easter eggs and callbacks
hidden within: Rey’s yellow lightsaber at the end. Clone Wars and Rebels feature ones of that
hue, and there’s an old official toy saber that’s yellow, but it’s the first of its kind
in the Skywalker saga. Also, Ben and Han’s implied “I love you/I
know” exchange is a callback to the famous Han and Leia scene in The Empire Strikes Back,
of course. There’s so much more: C-3PO’s line about the
Aki-Aki celebration only happening “every 42 years” is a sly reference to the fact that
when The Rise of Skywalker was released, A New Hope was 42 years old. Lando’s blaster is the same model as the one
he used in Solo, which is a neat detail. The “Holdo Maneuver”? A reference to Vice Admiral Holdo’s daring
trick in The Last Jedi. We could go on and on, but some of the best
references in The Rise of Skywalker actually came in the form of cool character cameos. “I guess we’ll have to eat this boring oatmeal.” “It’s a trap!” “Admiral Ackbar!” Admiral Ackbar is more than just a meme; He
was a staunch ally of the Republic during the Clone Wars, one of the Rebel Alliance’s
most valued leaders during the Galactic Civil War, and one of the co-founders of the Resistance. He was also a brilliant tactician, a former
prisoner of war, and a family man. The last bit came to light in Marvel Comics’
Star Wars: Allegiance, which bridges part of the gap between The Last Jedi and The Rise
of Skywalker. The Resistance forces are decimated after
the Battle of Crait, and Admiral Ackbar is among the casualties of war. Leia needs new ships, so she heads to Admiral
Ackbar’s home planet, Mon Cala, to recruit some new allies, where she’s greeted by his
son, Aftab. Aftab helps Leia foil the plot of a Quarren
terrorist, assists in her fight against the First Order, and forges a new treaty to get
the Resistance the help it needs. By Episode 9, he’s joined the Resistance in
full, offering advice during some of the briefing scenes at Resistance HQ. Allegiant General Pryde, played by Academy
Award nominee Richard E. Grant, makes quite an impression. Not only is he a sour, foreboding officer
in the same vein as Peter Cushing’s beloved Grand Moff Tarkin, but by the end of the film
he’s Kylo Ren’s right-hand man, having replaced General Hux during his rise to power. The movie doesn’t share much about Pryde’s
past, but we learn late in the film that he also served the Empire under Emperor Palpatine. According to official Star Wars lore, he also
helped train, and apparently kidnap, the First Order’s legions of Stormtroopers. He’s been around for a long time, and he’s
down with the Sith. “No going to the Dark side.” “Okay!” If you were watching TV or movies in the 2000s,
you’ll recognize actor Dominic Monaghan right away. The English actor played the hobbit Merry
in The Lord of the Rings, and had a leading role on Lost, which was co-created by J.J.
Abrams. While Abrams was writing The Rise of Skywalker,
Abrams and Monaghan bet on a World Cup soccer game. The prize? A role in Episode 9. Obviously, Monaghan won the wager, and Beaumont
Kin was born. Abrams might’ve created Beaumont for his friend,
but he didn’t give the character very much to do on screen. Thankfully, a couple of comics have fleshed
out Kin’s personality. In Star Wars Adventures #27 through #29, Kin
teams up with Chewbacca to liberate the Wookiee’s homeworld from the First Order. We learn that Kin fancies himself a historian,
although he’s not quite as smart as he thinks he is. In fact, overcompensating seems to be Kin’s
whole deal. He pretends to know Chewie, a war hero, better
than he does, and despite his brave façade he’s scared of ghosts. Still, when push comes to shove, Beaumont
rises to the occasion. That’s not just any Ewok watching happily
as a First Order Star Destroyer blows up above the forest moon of Endor. That’s Wicket W. Warrick, the first Ewok that
Leia met in Return of the Jedi. “I’m not gonna hurt you.” It’s even the same actor in the suit: Willow
and Leprechaun star Warwick Davis suited up again for The Rise of Skywalker, returning
to the role that he originated when he was just 11 years old. Wicket was arguably Return of the Jedi’s biggest
breakout star, and he went on to become one of the most widely featured Star Wars characters
throughout the ’80s. Davis played the role two more times in two
made-for-TV movies, as well as a long list of additional Star Wars characters over the
years. What you may not have noticed, however, is
that Wicket now has a son: Pommet, who’s played by Warwick Davis’ own teenage son, Harrison. Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Looper videos about The Rise
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77 thoughts on “Easter Eggs You Missed In The Rise Of Skywalker

  1. so many of these WERE COMMON KNOWLEDGE and info given in interviews BEFORE the movie premiered – keep up at least with the correct information….you're so far behind it's pathetic!

  2. Wrong about the Chewie medal scene. He got one at the end of A New Hope but it's not shown. This medal was probably Hans and Maz gave it to him as something to remember him by.

  3. No technicly ray was first cause the rise of skywalker was released the 18th in a couple of countries which was 12 hours before the mandalorian aired so ray was first with force healing sorry baby yoda

  4. The underground moment I was thinking Chester Coperpot. Then when Rey got to the deathstar wreckage that was Mikey using the compass on the beach.

  5. First time Force Heal was seen to be used obviously, but has been seen used before but just not so blatantly. Kenobi uses it on Luke when he finds him after the attack by the Tusken Raiders in A New Hope

  6. When Poe turn on his flash light like it was a lightsaber that’s an Easter egg for every person in the world who did same growing up

  7. Warwick Davis is one of my heroes. He's WILLOW!! I mean, come on, Mad Madigan "the greatest swordsman that ever lived", "I took the baby, dumb daikini, while you were taking a pee pee." If you havent watched Willow, do it. NOW. RIGHT NOW. GO.

  8. Looper needs to relearn the concept of *EASTER EGGS*. Design facts, historical creation data, and little used Jedi terms ARE NOT Easter Eggs. 2 thumbs down.

  9. Luke and Leia might of had a kid which could have been that little boy who could use the force in the ending scene of the Last Jedi.

    Rey might start a new Jedi Temple and reach out to all the kids who has the force.

    Also Palpatine might also have son or grandson that we don’t know about. That will become the next Sith.

  10. He’s a question that I’m still waiting to confirm. What was Finn about to tell Ray but never got around to doing so!? From what was shown, there are two possible things. Either he was going to express that he had feeing for her which at this point wouldn’t make much sense to me ..Or that he’s force sensitive and seeks guidance. I’m leaning more towards the second guess since they’ve made it obvious from the previous installments to now that there’s always been something different about him. There’s plenty of theories out that explain it as well.

  11. Watched it today with my kid. I knew it was going to be bad from the opening scene where kylo ren goes butt first into a guy to use the sabre. The choreography is no where near as good as the first 3 chapters. It's slow dull and looks like they are chopping wood. I'm not a hater by the way. Travelling 6k miles next summer to galaxy's edge with my kid.

  12. During the credits, I noticed the name "Karl Urban" as part of the "Additional Voices" from the movie. (Not the Jedi ones)

    I wonder whether is it the same person as the Karl Urban from Star Trek, LOTR, Dredd, because it is not stated in his Wikipedia nor IMDB sites…

  13. Well, there were a bunch of ship cameos including The Ghost from Rebels and Mando's ship from The Mandalorian. Not only that, but a huge part of the plot was a shoutout to the old novel trilogy Heir to the Empire; notably the ghost fleet and the Emperor's cloning facility.

  14. LIke the movie if you want. I just didn't happen to. As a SW fan who has an in depth understanding of the lore. The movie just doesn't work as a SW movie it completely eviscerates what george established in the first 6 movies. I wish disney would of just made the EU canon and focused on characters outside of the skywalkers like the old republic instead of trying to create their own lore in an already established universe.

  15. Anyone else notice that when Rey healed Ben at the ruins of the Death Star that the scar across his face disappeared!? I thought that was a fantastic detail

  16. i really liked this movie. i don’t understand the hate at all, i feel like it’s so hard to satisfy our fan base and we can’t just enjoy a movie?? definitely the strongest from the whole trilogy and a good way to close out the sequels

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