Most ‘Star Wars’ Fans Missed This Clever Easter Egg In JJ Abrams’ New Movie

by Jeremy Spirogis
JJ Abrams on the red carpet

Star Wars consists of so many Easter eggs in its films that one wonders how JJ Abrams hasn’t changed into a bunny by this level. He’s getting so “deep cut” with them that even individuals who think about themselves sharp-eyed followers are lacking them.

One of the newest ones uncovered in The Rise of Skywalker entails a second the place Lando’s outdated blaster pops up. This would possibly sound complicated, however that’s as a result of that is the sort of Easter Egg that you just received’t actually spot if all you understand is the flicks.

JJ Abrams on the red carpet
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There’s extra to Star Wars than simply the movies

Since Star Wars began out as a film, it naturally follows that many individuals are solely actually into the flicks. That mentioned, there’s a complete world past the flicks, together with novels and animated sequence, like The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.

While it’s not completely essential to know these tales to comply with the flicks, these works outdoors the flicks are making their presence recognized increasingly more within the films.

The most outstanding instance of that is Solo: A Star Wars Story. Many followers had been shocked to see an look by Darth Maul. If viewers solely knew the flicks, the final they noticed of him was falling down a shaft, having been sliced in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi close to the top of The Phantom Menace.  Generally talking, in the event you’re sliced in half, you’re just about down for the depend. 

It wasn’t a query of the timeline. Darth Maul did die earlier than the occasions of Solo, however he lived on in The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. Turns out after his nasty fall, he was sewn again along with a robotic decrease half, a destiny not not like that of Anakin Skywalker, who misplaced his legs after he did not heed Obi-Wan’s warnings in regards to the excessive floor. An identical trajectory explains how Han Solo’s blaster pops up within the latest films. 

What about Lando’s  blaster? 

Spoilers comply with, so catch up later in the event you haven’t seen the brand new film. 

According to Screen Rant, the Star Wars novel Aftermath by Chuck Wendig established that Lando Calrissian had given the longer term Kylo Ren, Ben Solo, a blaster for his birthday. Wisely heeding the warning that youngsters shouldn’t play with blasters, Lando decides to depart Ben a word for the younger man to seek out it when he’s prepared. 

This is similar blaster that Lando utilized in his youthful days, as we noticed him in Solo.  And there’s much more to the story. It seems the blaster is made with metallic mined from one of many moons of Naboo.

Just as the unique trilogy was mentioned to be in regards to the redemption of Anakin Skywalker, the sequel trilogy is in regards to the redemption of Ben Solo. So it’s a sort of poetic justice that when Kylo/Ben makes use of the blaster as a result of it’s from the homeland of his late maternal grandmother, Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman). 

‘Rise of Skywalker’ goes by arguably too quick

This is only one of a ton of Easter eggs within the film. While it’s all too straightforward to overlook the one about Lando’s blaster, it may be simpler than meant to overlook different references as a result of the film goes by so shortly. 

Abrams, who directed each The Force Awakens and The Rise of Skywalker, is thought for his brisk motion sequences. However, some have contended that the enhancing of The Rise of Skywalker appears harried, even for him.

One of Abrams’ common editors, Maryann Brandon, just lately admitted the manufacturing on the film was rushed as a result of that they had a shorter manufacturing schedule, however they nonetheless needed to meet a December launch date. 

This has led to tales {that a} three-hour model, generally known as “the JJ cut” rests in an enhancing bay someplace. It’s hardly extraordinary for Star Wars movies to be edited after launch. George Lucas has virtually made a sport out of followers recognizing modifications within the Special Editions of the movies.

The sequel trilogy films haven’t been given Special Editions — but. If and after they do, they may undoubtedly lay extra eggs. 

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