Before Star Wars: The Last Jedi was even released in theaters, director Rian Johnson tipped audiences off about an adorable Easter egg in the film: he designed an alien to look like Carrie Fisher's dog, Gary. It is a touching tribute to Fisher, who passed away in December 2016, but it is also a hint that Johnson has a sense of humor when it comes to The Last Jedi Easter eggs.
While alien-Gary is one of the cutest references in The Last Jedi, he is certainly not the only homage in the film. There are plenty of Star Wars universe Easter eggs in The Last Jedi – and a few other pop-culture phenoms get shout-outs, too.
Warning: this list contains spoilers about Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Luke Sees The Two Suns Of Tatooine
In the film's final standoff, Luke faces Kylo Ren - and some well-armed AT-M6 walkers - alone on the mining planet of Crait. At the end of the scene, we find out Luke has actually been projecting himself from Ahch-To, his island retreat. The strain of projecting himself so far and for so long has worn him down. Weary and ready to let the Force take him to whatever Jedi afterlife awaits, he looks out across the sea surrounding his island and, for a moment, the setting sun becomes the double suns of his home planet, Tatooine.
The Tatooine theme from A New Hope plays and the suns are the last things Luke sees before disappearing.
Leia's Hologram From A New Hope Makes An Appearance
While trying to convince Luke that the Resistance needs him, R2-D2 shows Luke the hologram that kickstarted the whole Star Wars franchise: Leia begging Obi-Wan Kenobi to bring R2-D2 to Alderaan.
Rey's Floating Rocks Are Another Nod To The Empire Strikes Back
At the very end of The Last Jedi, Rey saves the Resistance by using the Force to move some boulders from a blocked cave exit. This is a callback to Luke's training with Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back; Yoda made Luke levitate some boulders while standing on one hand.
There Are Two Different Mentions Of "Rebel Scum"
In Return of the Jedi, an Imperial officer calls Han Solo "rebel scum."
"Scum?" Solo spits back.
It's one of the more recognizable scenes in any Star Wars movie and it gets two shout-outs in The Last Jedi. First, General Hux calls Poe "rebel scum" as Poe leads a bombing run on a First Order Dreadnought. Later, Captain Phasma calls Finn "scum" just as he's about to finish her off for good.
"Rebel scum," Finn replies, smirking.