This is a wonky Easter egg only the wonkiest Star Wars fanatics catch. The line is heard in the climactic battle in “The Rise of Skywalker.” An older-looking gunner exclaims, “Nice flying, Lando!” It’s a quick bit that most miss. As it turns out, the character, Wedge Antilles, hails from the original trilogy, which explains his age.
The role was played by Denis Lawson, and the actor returned to the Saga in “The Rise of Skywalker.” It was the Antilles who fought alongside Skywalker in the Death Star mission, but we did not know because he had been dubbed over by a different actor.
“Rogue One” Director Gareth Edwards Shows up in “The Last Jedi”
The director plays a Resistance soldier in a scene that appears near the end of the movie. It would be an astute Star Wars fan who could catch Gareth Edwards’ cameo in “The Last Jedi.”
He appears briefly as a fighter against an attack by the First Order on Crait. To pick him out, look for the only Resistance fighter without a helmet.
The Origin of Rey and Kylo Ren’s Mind Link
Through the prequels, the mental connection between these two characters proves to be very powerful. The Force allows them to wield their mind linkage in surprising ways. But the very first time they show their ability goes back to “The Last Jedi.”
It was then that their bond suggested its potentiality. It happens when Kylo Ren feels the rain falling on Rey, who is standing under the Millennium Falcon on Ahch-To, across the galaxy from her.
The Spice Trade Links Two of Our Favorite Star Wars Characters
Han Solo notoriously joined the good guys in the first trilogy after leaving his smuggling days behind. It was not a reputable occupation, actually illegal, but his acumen as a spice runner was renowned.
At one point, he boasts of his speed and efficiency as a smuggler to Skywalker. Much later, it comes out in “The Rise of Skywalker” that Poe Dameron is a former spice runner too.
The Return of Palpatine’s Line
In “Revenge of the Sith,” Palpatine tells Anakin Skywalker, “The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural.” He is referring to a powerful Sith on the dark side who could stave off death on anyone except himself.
Palpatine essentially dangles the coveted dark power in front of Anakin who is very attentive and eventually chooses to be an apprentice to the dark side. The line comes back to haunt us when Palpatine repeats those words exactly to Kylo Ren, Anakin’s grandson, in “The Rise of Skywalker.”