Did you see Solo: A Star Wars Story over the Memorial Day weekend? I sure did. I only saw it one time, and I’m dying to go back to my local theater for another viewing. Although I’ve only seen Solo once, I was surprised to see what can fly under a lot of people’s radar. In my review, I discussed that one of Solo’s greatest strengths is the charm of the adventure; the thrill of the chase. You’d be surprised what’s hiding under your nose but, my senses are well attuned to the Force, and I saw some neat Easter eggs in the movie. Here’s a few things you may have missed in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Editor’s Note: Mild to major spoilers ahead for Solo: A Star Wars Story. You have been warned!
- Star Destroyer Over Corellia
An Imperial-class Star Destroyer can be seen being constructed high above Corellia’s surface. Corellia is a member of the core planets in the inner rim of the galaxy, and was very important in the Empire’s continuing shipbuilding efforts. Additionally, the Millennium Falcon is classified as a Corellian YT-1300 light freighter.
In the opening sequence of the film, Han and Qi’ra discuss where they can amass coaxium to pay their debts to Lady Proxima. Although it’s extremely subtle, Qi’ra suggests that Scarif may be a good source. Scarif, a beach paradise planet, appeared in the first Star Wars anthology film, Rogue One, which housed a facility containing the Empire’s plans for countless weapons of mass destruction.
- Han’s Thermal Detonator
One of the first instances of tongue-in-cheek humor in Solo is when Han holds a rock; faking a thermal detonator, to escape from the clutches of Lady Proxima alongside Qi’ra. This parallels a scene in Return of the Jedi when Leia, disguised as Boushh, tries to strike a bargain with Jabba the Hutt over Chewbacca’s bounty. Speaking of which…
- Beckett’s Kessel Disguise
When the crew of the Millennium Falcon arrive on Kessel to steal unrefined coaxium, Qi’ra fakes being in a position of power and brings Han and Chewie along as “slaves.” Meanwhile, as Beckett steps off the loading dock of the Falcon he can be seen wearing the exact same armor that Lando wore in Return of the Jedi to infiltrate Jabba the Hutt’s palace to help Leia rescue Han.
- The Hutt Cartel
Just before Beckett ends up double-crossing Han to Dryden Vos, he tells Han that he’s considering heading out to Tatooine to get some work there. That work would be smuggling for Jabba the Hutt. Jabba oversaw the biggest criminal syndicate in the Outer Rim from his palace on the desert planet. By Solo’s end, Han and Chewie decide to head to Tatooine for their next smuggling opportunity.
- Han’s Dice
Han’s dice played a pivotal role in The Last Jedi. Although Han had been killed by his son, Ben Solo, now Kylo Ren, the presence of Han’s dice almost made it feel like Han was still with both the audience as well as Leia and their son. I initially believed the dice might have played a role in Han winning the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian, but it carries the feeling of a lucky charm instead. Nevertheless, it was a nice nod to what we saw in theaters only a few months before Solo arrived.
- Imperial March and Propaganda
Did you know that John Williams’ Imperial March is the true canon theme of the Galactic Empire? It’s true. When Han and Qi’ra manage to lose themselves in the crowd of an Imperial checkpoint, the march is audible during the scuffle, promoting Imperial propaganda. Mentions of “join the Empire”, and “for the glory of the Emperor” sound off. This isn’t the first time the march was made canon, however. In the Star Wars Rebels Season One episode entitled, “Empire Day”, the Imperial March is heard during a parade sequence.
- Bossk and Aurra Sing
Val, a member of Beckett’s motley crew, instantly disapproves of Beckett’s choice to bring an inexperienced Han onto the team for a heist. In lending her opinion on someone better for the job, she tells Beckett that Bossk, the Trandoshan bounty hunter, would be much more qualified. Bossk first appeared in the Empire Strikes Back, but it wasn’t until the Clone Wars that the character grew more prominent being a member of Aurra Sing’s gang. Very surprisingly, it’s revealed that Lando had a bounty on his head that Sing wanted to collect, that is until Beckett allegedly killed her. That’s what Beckett claims happened. Aurra Sing and Bossk have also been known to work with a young Boba Fett. It shouldn’t be surprising that such notorious bounty hunters would have their names dropped in Solo, a movie that feels very much like a space western.
- The Mandalorian Armor
When Han, Beckett, and Qi’ra meet with Dryden Vos, leader of Crimson Dawn, the main villain has no problem showcasing some of the artifacts he’s collected right in his sitting room. Among his treasures is a set of Mandalorian armor. In the Clone Wars, when Maul seized leadership of Death Watch from Pre Vizsla (by way of ritual combat), the Mandalorians dyed their armor from blue to red, as a sign of respect for their newly appointed leader. Curious that the Mandalorian armor in Vos’ possession is noticeably red as well. But more on that later.