Sunday, 13 December 2015

James' Take: Top 5 Star Wars Easter Eggs

So there are plenty of easter eggs throughout the Star Wars series, be it in the original films or the prequels, the list is plentiful. Taking it upon myself to narrow it down to a quick list, this is my Top 5 Star Wars Easter Eggs.

1. Jango Fett/Stormtrooper Head Bang

One of the most famous mistakes in the first Star Wars film; A New Hope is the Stormtrooper that bangs his head on a door when entering the docking bay command center after Luke and co. infiltrate the Death Star. This was picked up on by George Lucas, who actually added a sound effect for it in the special editions and made a reference to it in the prequels. This happens when in Star Wars II: Attack Of The Clones, Jango Fett (the base model for the Clones and Stormtroopers) is trying to make an escape into Slave 1 at which point his clumsy genetics kick in and he hits his head upon entry.

2. Anakin's Foreshadowing

Say what you like about the prequel trilogy, they were filled with easter eggs and foreshadowing. Whether this one was intentional or not, fans picked up on this and spread it out. In Star Wars II, Anakin and Padme visit Tatooine after he gets troubling premonitions of his mother, Shmi. there he meets his stepbrother Owen Lars, who informs Anakin of his mothers capture which leads to her passing. At this point, Anakin looks into the sunset when Padme comes out. It is at this point when Anakin's shadow looks like his future self, Darth Vader.

3. A club out of this world

Not necessarily in the Star Wars franchise but still an easter egg, in the film 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom', Harrison Ford (who plays both Han Solo and Indiana Jones) when Indy visits a Shanghai club to listen to an Asian take on 'Anything Goes' and get poisoned, you can see the name 'Club Obi Wan' on the outside, obviously a nod to George Lucas' other film 'Star Wars'.

4. Detention Block 1138

This is a bit of an obscure one, but in 'Star Wars IV: A New Hope', some Imperials talk to Han and ask which detention block he wants, he replies 'Detention Block 1138'. This is a reference to George Lucas' first film, THX 1138.

5. Not such a hunk of junk

Once again in 'Star Wars IV', on the approach to the Death Star in the Falcon, you can see a pair of gold hanging dice on the ceiling. This was never explained, but is also referenced to in the comics a couple of times and mentioned in the expanded universe. Maybe not such a big meaning or just a joke, but is a nice little addition to show that their world is not so different from ours.

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