J.J. and his co-writers (including Lawrence Kasdan) figured out how to show the many diehard fans of Star Wars some true love in The Force Awakens. I’m sure a complete list will take many viewings to make, but here is a list of 10 of the fan-servicing easter eggs I noticed while watching the film this weekend. Spoilers ahead.
Unkar Plutt’s junk shop has a power droid like the Jawas had on their Sandcrawler on Tatooine.
Finn’s experience as a sanitation trooper comes in handy when Han suggests they dump Phasma down a garbage shute into a trash compactor. You know, like Han and co. visited in A New Hope.
In the attack on the Starkiller Base, they called Red 4 and then Red 6, indicating they had retired Luke’s call Red 5 like a team jersey after a star player retires.
Finn tosses aside the remote Luke used for lightsaber practice while trying to find the right tool on the Millenium Falcon.
He also starts up the holographic game dejarik accidentally.
Speaking of Starkiller Base, in the original plans for Star Wars, Luke’s last name was Starkiller.
Finn bemoans the absence of blasters on Jakku, much like Han would prefer a good blaster.
When Poe is being tortured for info, the platform they have him on has red lights running under his legs giving a visual nod to Han’s pants.
In the same scene, one of the wall panels looks distinctly like an abstract version of Darth Vader’s mask and chest apparatus.
At Maz Kanata’s cantina, there’s a droid based on the original Ralph McQuarrie design for C3PO.