This post contains spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story
Another year, another Star Wars movie, another basket of Easter eggs. Solo: A Star Wars Story is packed with references to other Star Wars films – many that will be very obvious to fans, and some of them are a little more obscure. Although no one has ever accused the film of distinguishing entire storylines from the original trilogy, a charge made by some critics against The Force Awakening – Solo brings fascinating parallels to the original trilogy also. But it's worth repeating this: If you have not seen Solo yet and want to stay unspoiled, now is the time to bookmark the page (you know, if you want), go and to buy a ticket. For the rest of you, here are some Easter eggs, references and parallels you might have missed.
A Known Meeting
As Vanity Fair is K. Austin Collins noted in his review, Solo 's main job is to to answer as many questions as possible about how Han Solo became Han Solo. Sometimes the movie tries a bit too hard in this capacity. (You know how Han Solo got his surname? He traveled solo !) But at other times he shows parallels that inspire us to revise things we already knew about Star Wars Universe. There may not be a better example than the moment Han and Chewie meet – which is also an indication of the return of the Jedi.
It begins when Han is thrown into a pit by two Imperial officers as a punishment for the deserters – just like Luke Skywalker into the Rancor Pit under Jabba the Hutts Throne in George Lucas Third Star Wars movie is thrown. (Several shots in Solo also seem very similar to the footage from this movie.) The monster in the pit, officials Han report, have not eaten for a couple of days, so it becomes particularly cruel be . Fortunately for Han, it's not a rancor waiting for him, but a very squishy Wookiee.
The escape of Han and Chewie, however, gives us an additional reason to think about this Rancor – where he might come from, what The Story was, how long Jabba might have kept him locked up and isolated. It's just one of many times Solo transposes the beings of this world into another light; Throughout the film, for example, Lando's defiant droid L3-37 points to the dreadful droids of civil rights abuses daily exposed to droids in the Star Wars universe.
On a lighter note: Han and Chewie & # 39; s introduction is not the only moment that draws inspiration from previous films. At another point in Solo, the two counterfeits were caught and handcuffed while attempting to steal unrefined coax from Cauldron. In A New Hope Han, Chewie and Luke try a variant of the same gambit: The two people dress as storm troopers and enter the detention center with a chained Chewie as they set out to rescue Leia.
The Gold Cube
Hans Gold Cube first appeared in A New Hope – though they were clearly visible in just one scene. They re-emerged in The Last Jedi last year and became a much more prominent part of Han, Luke and Leia's story. And in Solo viewers find out that the cubes were originally a lucky charm, that between Han and his love interest Qi'ra ( Emilia Clarke ) at different times was passed back and forth during the film. Qi & # 39; ra might not have come back with Han at the end of the movie, but it seems he could hold onto the dice at least in the long run. This is primarily interesting because until now, Star Wars records that those gold cubes were the ones Han used when he won the Millennium Hawk of Lando Calrissian in a game by Corellian Spike – a dice game version the popular high-stakes card game Sabacc.
"Fair and Square"
How did Han really win the Millennium Falcon? Thanks to Solo, it is finally clear why Lando is still a little angry years later, when they met again in Cloud City in Empire Strikes Back. The entire game feels like a direct reference to Han's persistence in the film that he won Lando's ship "fair and square".
As we see in Solo, Han won the Lando Falcon in a game of traditional Sabacc. In the new movie, the two face each other across the map table. The first time Han plays a winning hand, but Lando still remains victorious – and Han realizes that Lando has cheated by putting an important card in his sleeve. The second time, Han makes sure his opponent can not cheat him again. And so Lando loses the ship – though it apparently never prevented him from calling the Falcon his ship, perhaps because, as we learn in Solo the Falcon left everything left over from Lando Includes Lover Droid Pals (and potential lover?) L3.
Lando's Backstory in Solo comes with another ironic coda: a moment when Lando looks down at Kettle and mumbles: "Mine colonies are the worst." Cloud City, Lando's ultimate domain, is also a mining colony ,
Empire strikes again
Remember, as Han Luke and Obi-Wan Kenobi triumphantly touted that the Falcon was running the boiler in less than 12 parsecs "- a quote that Star Wars Fans have been confused for years, since the Parsek is a unit of distance, of course? Solo has an explanation for that.And during his mission to steal unrefined coaxial, Han has to run the Kettle Run, a popular smuggling route, compress so that the material it carries is warm to the point of combustion before it can be refined in a second location, Han flies through the Maw Cluster, a series of black holes that suits most pilots
In addition to a frequently cited line from A New Hope, […] the scene also gives another known moment of The Empire strikes back again. When Lando Han asks in disbelief if he plans to fly in he sounds very much like Leia, who once hurriedly asked Han, "You're not going into an asteroid field " in both Cases, the answer was "yes". At one point, Han also says "I feel really good about it" – a direct reference to "I have a bad feeling about it", a phrase that appeared in several iterations in each Star Wars movie.
Jabba the Hutt plays a big role
As closes solo our hero learns of a "big-shot gangster" Who composes a team for another job? His home base? The planet Tatooine. If that sounds familiar to you, it's because this gangster is most likely Jabba the Hutt, who shared a home planet with Luke Skywalker. Jabba's presence is quite inevitable in this film; The Hutt cartel is also referred to as one of the most menacing groups waiting for Han and Qi'ra if they ever leave their home planet Corellia.
Han spent the first two Star Wars films Jabba, which he apparently owed a large sum of money after dropping some very valuable cargo. At the end of Empire Jabba managed to catch him and freeze him in carbonite. Luckily, Han's friends saved him. In a subsequent solo movie, could we find out what exactly the job was that got Han into such great trouble? I would not rule it out with the ever-expanding universe. Speaking of this rescue mission: You may have noticed that the mask bears Woody Harrelson's figure Beckett when Han and his crew came to know the coaxium in Solo . This is because it is the same mask Lando wore when he, Leia and the rest of Han's friends banded together to rescue him in the return of the Jedi. Oh, and one last thing: Hans's failed attempt to use a wrong "thermal detonator" in came straight from the book Return of the Jedi ; Leia tried the same move to intimidate Jabba. It did not work, but perhaps if she had thrown the fake gadget, as Han threw the stone in Solo, she would have been luckier.
Making the Team
It takes several attempts in the film to win Han Beckett's trust – with a lot of insults on the way. However, one of these excavations is a recall. Rio, Beckett's original pilot, initially dismisses Han as a "flyboy" – an insult that Leia usually used when Han tried to rescue her. And one of the other mercenaries Beckett considers, Bossk, is a weapon Darth Vader would later hire to find the Millennium Falcon in The Empire Strikes Back.
But perhaps the most charming recall Beckett comes when the more seasoned outlaw teaches Chewbacca how to play a chess-like game called Dejarik, in which holographic figures fight. Although the Wookiee loses, he does not shake Beckett's arms out of the caves – which Han Luke told in A New Hope "Wookiees Are Known". Maybe over time, Chewie
And finally, perhaps the funniest of all the Easter eggs of the film comes to an end when a neglected and exhausted Lando tells Han, "I hate you." Han's answers? Well, you know.