16 Easter Eggs In 'Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise Of Skywalker' You Definitely Missed
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.
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John Williams Serves Some DrinksPhoto: Nationalparks / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0
John Williams is one of the main reasons you love Star Wars so much. He composed the score for every movie in the Skywalker saga. And after all this time, it's only fitting that the man get a true cameo in front of the camera.
He gets his moment in the spotlight as the one-eyed bartender Oma Tres in the bar Zorri Bliss takes the heroes into to find Babu Frik.
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The Millennium Falcon Gets Its Old Radar Dish BackPhoto: A New Hope / 20th Century Fox
Lando accidentally knocked off the Millenium Falcon's radar dish during his run into the second Death Star. He had bigger things to worry about. By the time The Force Awakens happens, the radar has been replaced, but with a different rectangular dish.
Well, that dish also gets knocked off during the Battle of Crait in The Last Jedi, so wouldn't you know it, The Rise of Skywalker gives the Falcon yet another radar dish that looks exactly like the original. Full circle!
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Passanna Has A Celebration Every 42 YearsPhoto: Rise of Skywalker / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
When Rey and the boys head to Passanna to follow up on a lead that could take them to the Sith planet, they find themselves amid a massive celebration. It's mentioned that this particular celebration only happens every 42 years.
Well, wouldn't you know it? A New Hope first hit theaters in 1977 - exactly 42 years before the release of The Rise of Skywalker.
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The Emperor's Throne Matches Drawings From The Original Trilogy Concept Art
1981 Emperor’s throne room thumbnail sketches by Ralph McQuarrie for #ReturnoftheJedi. #StarWars #TheRiseOfSkywalker pic.twitter.com/I6insw60vJ— Phil Szostak (@PhilSzostak) October 22, 2019
While it may feel like Palpatine's return came out of nowhere, there's at least one element of his resurgence that hearkens back to the original stories.
As if this were always the plan, the emperor's throne is actually built to look exactly like some of the concept art from the Return of the Jedi production days.
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Carrie Fisher's Daughter Dresses Like HerPhoto: The Last Jedi / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Actress Billie Lourd - Carrie Fisher's daughter - has played Lieutenant Kaydel Ko Connix in all three episodes of the modern trilogy.
The character's styling echoes Leia's looks in the original trilogy, and it's cool to see Lourd honor her mother by donning a similar outfit and hairstyle to Princess Leia's look in Return of the Jedi.
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Several Of The Ships From The Battle Of Exegol Have Appeared BeforePhoto: The Force Awakens / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Poe and the Resistance are saved during the Battle of Exegol when hundreds of ships from across the galaxy jump in to provide last-second reinforcements.
But they're not just any ships. They include several from Star Wars lore, including The Ghost, The Crucible, Shadow Caster, The Eravana, The Outrider, The Colossus, and presumably plenty more.