With the release of ‘Rogue One’ on Blu-Ray and DVD (which if you are anything like me, is difficult to celebrate with the current feud with Disney and Amazon making impossible to pre-order these things in the usual way) it was only a matter of time before many of the ‘Rogue One’ special features made their way online, and luckily for us, two of featurettes recently surfaced which discuss the various Easter Eggs sprinkled into the film.
While a lot of the information discussed in the two videos below may be things that hardcore fans have already spotted and revealed on the internet, it is still nice to see Lucasfilm itself confirm these things as Easter Eggs (and confirm they are accurate, such as the “General Syndulla” being mentioned truly being Hera from ‘Star Wars Rebels’). The first video points out more of the obvious Easter Eggs such as the probe droid from ‘The Empire Strikes Back,’ the aforementioned reference to General Syndulla on Yavin 4, and the Dejarik game being played, while the second video points out a few more obscure references such as the droid unit being the same one that brought BB-8 to life in ‘The Force Awakens, K-2So being originally designed to look more like a black-painted protocol droid, the wheeled tank which was originally seen in ‘Revenge of the Sith,’ and the cameo by the Tie Reaper seen briefly in ‘Rogue One.’
And all of this was just in the first of the stand-alone ‘Star Wars’ films, which is exciting to think about for the future. One of the best aspects of the old Expanded Universe was the references to previous stories/ characters/ worlds that only a fan who knew the universe would recognize and to see them able to pull that off so well up on the big screen is amazing. To know they will continue to do it going forward is even more exciting.
What are your thoughts on all of the ‘Rogue One’ Easter eggs? Did you spot them your first time through? Did you find them at all distracting? Share your thoughts on the matter in the comments below!