After nine movies and 42 years, the Skywalker saga officially concluded with the sprawling Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Given that the film intended to both wrap up a nine-episode epic and pay homage to its own mythology, it makes sense that Easter eggs in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker abound. For those able to avoid distraction from the nonstop explosions and bouts of Force lighting, it almost feels as though there are hidden things in The Rise of Skywalker at every turn.
In some sense, Star Wars has always been about poetic repetition and, ultimately, restoring balance and equilibrium. Director J.J. Abrams reinforces those themes with references big and small. Star Wars: Episode IX Easter eggs include everything from Chewie finally receiving a medal to the more obvious - but still exciting - return of major characters and locations from previous films. So let's strap in and look at some of the better Easter eggs you probably didn't notice on your first go-around.
Be warned: Spoilers lie ahead.
Chewie Finally Gets His MedalPhoto: A New Hope / 20th Century Fox
One of the most criticized parts of A New Hope isn't Alderaan being wiped out or Obi-Wan giving himself up with barely a fight - it's Chewbacca not getting proper recognition for his efforts in taking out the Death Star. While it was just an oversight on George Lucas's part, it's still a funny mistake that gets mentioned all the time.
Thankfully, this decades-old slight gets corrected in The Rise of Skywalker with Leia's final gift to Chewie. It may not be a big ceremony like his friends got all those years ago, but it's loaded with the memories he has of Han, Luke, and Leia.Did you miss this?
A Jedi's Lightsaber Deserves RespectPhoto: The Last Jedi / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
It's no secret that many Star Wars fans didn't enjoy The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker seems to hint that director J.J. Abrams might also be critical of the previous episode. The Last Jedi opens with Luke accepting his old lightsaber from Rey... and promptly chucking it off a cliff.
When Rey attempts to throw that same lightsaber into the burning remains of Kylo's TIE fighter, Luke appears as a Force ghost, catches the lightsaber, and tells Rey that a Jedi's lightsaber deserves more respect.Did you miss this?
The Voices Of A Thousand GenerationsPhoto: Revenge of the Sith / 20th Century Fox
At the beginning of the movie, a meditating Rey asks, "Be with me." It's not entirely clear who she means, and it doesn't become any clearer, since she doesn't receive an answer.
This pays off later in the film as she's battling Palpatine when she receives support from "a thousand generations [that] live in [her] now." As she stands up to confront the supercharged emperor, she hears the voices of some of the most prominent Jedi from throughout the saga, including Mace Windu, Yoda, Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Qui-Gon Jinn, Ahsoka Tano, and Kanan Jarrus.Did you miss this?
'I Am C-3P0, Human-Cyborg Relations'Photo: A New Hope / 20th Century Fox
Throughout the prequel and original trilogies, C-3P0 introduces himself by saying, "I am C-3P0, human-cyborg relations." This sort of tails off in the sequel trilogy, as most people know who he is, but in The Rise of Skywalker - after his memory is wiped - he doesn't know who anybody is.
As such, he returns to his customary greeting.Did you miss this?