It is a special moment when Rey and BB-8 stroll off into a scenic view of Tatooine’s binary suns in “The Rise of Skywalker” (2019). It’s arguably more sentimental for the nostalgic viewer who is old enough to remember Luke Skywalker striking a very similar path in the 1977 “Star Wars.”
But seriously, anyone who watched Lucas’ first intergalactic sci-fi blockbuster would be touched. Especially when you learn Rey and BB-8 are walking toward a sunrise, signifying a new hope for Skywalker’s name as she had just revealed she is Rey Skywalker.
Gary Cameoed in “The Last Jedi”
Gary was Carrie Fisher’s adored pet. He makes an appearance in “The Last Jedi” at the Canto Bight being held by an alien. Gary the dog, got super famous after his owner died. Gary even has his own Twitter account.
Dropping in a trailer for the film, the so-ugly-it’s-cute doggo tweeted, “Just watched the new trailer of The Last Jedi and my mom looks more beautiful than ever.”
Jurassic Park Dinosaur Egg Sighted in “The Last Jedi”
One of the most memorable scenes from Steven Spielberg’s T-Rex adventure is the part when the water in two glasses begins to vibrate, signaling the massive lizard’s terrifying entrance. In “The Last Jedi,” a stampede of fathers racing into Canto Bight cause a glass of water to vibrate similarly.
Another factoid that seals this “Last Jedi” egg sighting is actress Laura Dern who plays Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo. She stars in both films.
The Aki-Aki Festival of the Ancestors Takes Place Every 42 Years
It was C-3P0 who tells Poe that the celebration occurs once every 42 years. The grand festival on the planet Pasaana is introduced in the 2019 “The Rise of Skywalker” movie. You’re probably thinking, ‘so, what?’ but the reference to 42 years is significant.
They stuck that in there as an Easter egg giving a nod to the fact that it had been 42 years between the making of “The Rise of Skywalker” and “Star Wars: A New Hope.”
The Lucas-Family Was All in
Amanda Lucas played a character whose name is an anagram of her own. She was Adnama in “Attack of the Clones,” a minor character who can be seen hanging out at the Outlander Club. She is also in “The Phantom Menace” where she voiced a couple of lines as a battleship pilot named Tey How.
In the battle of Naboo, she can be heard saying, “We’re losing power. There seems to be a problem with the main reactor.” How went up in smoke with the rest of the crew after Anakin Skywalker’s direct hit took out the Vuutun Palaa battleship.