Solo: A Star Wars Story is thrilling fans after opening weekend in theaters. After seeing a second showing I caught a lot of easter eggs that I would share with you as a giant Star Wars fan!
WARNING! This post contains spoilers if you have not seen the movie turn back and read my no-spoiler review. You've been warned.
Black Spire Outpost – Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge gets an amazing Easter Egg in Solo: A Star Wars Story when L3 is walking down to the Millennium Falcon and tells Lando that he couldn't navigate to the Black Spire Outpost without her. It was just announced that Black Spire Outpost is the village on Batuu. The Black Spire is Galaxy's Edge! This was my favorite easter egg!
The largest settlement on the planet Batuu, Black Spire Outpost is an infamous stop for traders, adventurers, and smugglers traveling around the Outer Rim and Wild Space. Off the beaten path, this outpost has become a haven for the galaxy’s most colorful — and notorious — characters. Widely known for the petrified remains of its once towering ancient trees, the spires now stand guard across the river valleys and plains and have long captured the imagination of travelers to this planet. To the first settlers, these petrified spires became more than just landmarks; they became the heart of the outpost itself.
Calrissian Chronicles -The Sharu originated in the 1983 Legends novel Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu. Lando mentions the Sharu while recording his Calrissian Chronicles while waiting for the Kessel smuggle.
HAN SHOT FIRST! – Only classic fans will understand this reference, but it stems from an argument that stems back to the original (none remastered) versions of Star Wars: A New Hope. It is said that Han shots Greedo first in the Cantina scene but it was changed when George Lucas went back and remastered the originals with added effects that the scene now shows Greedo shooting first. I think this was Ron Howard's way of giving fans closure that Han shoots first because he is a survivor!
I hate you – I know – One of the most iconic lines from the original Star Wars trilogy is between Han Solo and Princess Leia. Before Han is trapped in carbonite Lei says, ” I love you,” and Han responds, “I know.” In Solo: A Star Wars Story, Lando, and Han are looking at the Millennium Falcon after the Kessel Run and Lando says, “I hate you,” and Han responds, “I know!” Equally one of my favorite easter eggs.
Millennium Falcon Notch – The differences between Lando's Falcon and Han's Falcon are far more noticeable when you realize why they became so different. The communications dish and the escape pod were jettisoned during the Kessel Run. The dish was replaced with another model but it looks like the escape pod was never replaced, giving the Millennium Falcon that notch we know and love.
MilL3nnium Falcon – L3-37 is uploaded into the ship after her untimely demise. Star Wars tweeted this gem from C-3PO that the Falcon has a peculiar dialect.
Fair and Square Lando/Han Hug – In Empire Strikes Back, Han talks about winning the Millennium Falcon “fair and square” from Lando. We get to see the winning Sabacc game in the final scenes of Solo. This also shows the epic tension hug between Han and Lando. They have history, but clearly, it is rocky. I loved seeing this hug played out for the first time with Lando being on the defense this time.
An Ewok Becomes a Cloud-Rider – When Enfys Nest's crew unmasks on Savareen, we see that Warwick Davis plays Weazel. Warwick also played Wicket the Ewok in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Some fans may not know that he has also been in The Phantom Menace as a Wald the little green friend of Anakin's, a pod racer spectator (Weazel, the weapons dealer). He appeared in The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and The Last Jedi as well! The man LOVES Star Wars but this time he wasn't a droid or masked alien, he was a Cloud-Rider with lines! It melted my heart.
Qi'Ra – While I had a feeling Qi'Ra was the doublecrossing type, her story is clearly not over. Disney and Star Wars have already started creating Forces of Destiny cartoons with Qi'Ra which leads me to believe that she redeems herself at some point in the Star Wars Saga. Perhaps in an Obi-Wan Kenobi story! There are also heavy rumors that she may be Rey's mother. It would explain Han's draw to her and the cosmic balance between Ben Solo and Rey. Take that theory a step further and Rey may be Han's daughter that he didn't know about. I'm still team Obi-Wan Kenobi for Rey's parentage though. If the Obi-Wan movie comes together I forsee Qi'Ra and Maul being a big part of that storyline.
BIG Gangsters and Bounty Hunters – At the end of the movie Han tells Chewie about a big gangster on Tatooine. He is referring to his future work with Jabba the Hutt. There are also references to Aurra Sing and Bossk who are both bounty hunters we see in the Star Wars universe.
Darth Maul – If you only follow the movies you were shocked to see Darth Maul as the head of Crimson Dawn. After all, he was chopped in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi during The Phantom Menace. Maul actually played a role in the animated series The Clone Wars and Rebels. He is a fan favorite though so the audience reaction to this was pretty great.
Rogue One – Solo mentions Scarif as a location for coaxium, and this is where the Empire takes up residence for their massive databank of operations as well. It was blown up by the Death Star in Rogue One, unfortunately.
I've got a really good feeling about this – EVERY Star Wars film has the quote “I got a bad feeling about this.” It was only fitting that Han Solo would be the same. Except for this time he has a good feeling about it!
Flyboy! – Beckett's crewmate Rio refers to Han as Flyboy in the film which is a callback to how Leia calls him flyboy when she is insulting him.
Good Luck Dice – We've always seen the gold dice hanging in the Millennium Falcon, but in Solo, we see that the dice are Han's good luck charm from the early days even before the ship entered his life.
Cameos – Everyone wants to be in Star Wars! Much like Warwick Davis who plays multiple roles in the universe, Anthony Daniels has always played C-3PO, and he has been in every movie, except Solo. So he played Tak, the character that tells the Skinny Wookie Sagwa to come this way during the breakout. Ron Howard's brother Clint Howard is the droid fighter arguing with L3.
Teräs Käsi – Qi'Ra mentions that she was trained in Teräs Käsi when she takes out the mine director. Teräs Käsi teaches non-Force-sensitives how to close their minds to Jedi and Sith, thus protecting themselves from mental attacks.
The Pike Sisters – Val mentioned to Tobias that they should have requited better team members like the Pike Sisters. They are notable Teräs Käsi fighters and were mentioned in Shadows of the Empire. Associated with Black Sun, another crime syndicate.
Holochess – Seeing Beckett play Holochess with Chewie is great. He tries to teach Chewie about playing the game but if you listen closely, he is also warning Han about Beckett. FORESHADOWING!
PUNCH IT! – It's one of my favorite lines that Han and Lando both say in the original trilogy. We get to see it again in Solo.
Han the deserter – Han and Finn have more in common than we thought. Not only do they both leave their positions in the war, they got their names in the same fashion. Finn from his Stormtrooper identification and Han when he registered for the Imperial Navy.