8 Easter Eggs to Look Out for
While Watching “Solo”
By Tim Henares
With so much bad press leading up to its release, expectations for Solo: A Star Wars Story were fairly low. That’s quite unfortunate, because the movie turned out to be much better than most positive-but-not-raving reviews have said about the film so far.
But if they’re referring to this Solo, then by all means, criticize away.
Solo is a snappy heist film with lots of heart, and a great way of re-imagining Han Solo’s humble beginnings to become a legendary smuggler that would end up being an indispensable ally to the Rebel Alliance come Episode IV. It’s a film that, unlike every other Star Wars outing since being acquired by Disney, is filled with a lot of mirth and optimism. But beyond that, it’s also a film that really, really loves its source material. Here are 8 easter eggs we got from that film, and yes, HERE BE SPOILERS!!!
8. How Han got his name.
Han, played by an Alden who isn’t Richards, is just a scumrat with no catchy family name. But in signing up for the Empire who’s apparently all about the red tape, Han, all by his lonesome, becomes christened as Han Solo.
7. Was it really a fair game of Sabacc?
So we know in Episode V that Han won the Millennium Falcon “fair and square” off of Lando in a poker-like game of Sabacc.
What we didn’t know was that for that game to be fair, Han had to keep Lando from cheating.
This is America Sabacc, apparently.
6. Indiana Jones’s Trinkets
Hidden in Dryden Vos’s (Paul Bettany) office are multiple artifacts from the Indiana Jones series, including the Golden Fertility Idol from Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Sankara Stones from Temple of Doom, and the Holy Grail from Last Crusade. They really like connecting these two franchises, and we’re just awaiting the moment when they finally make these movies cross over.
It’s especially amusing to see Paul Bettany hardly change anything about his portrayal of Vision for his villainous turn here.
5. Wait. Was That…?(MAJOR SPOILER)
Yup. While you can no longer call him “Darth,” Maul indeed somehow survived his apparent bisection in Episode I, the former Sith Lord is apparently the true big bad behind the Crimson Dawn. Obviously, hardcore Star Wars fans know he was resurrected and featured heavily in the animated series “The Clone Wars,” but those who only follow the movies would be genuinely surprised to see Maul alive and well.