NOTE: This article contains SPOILERS for Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi
The launch of Star Wars: The Last Jedi means a new chapter in the main saga – and a brand new batch of Easter eggs and franchise connections. Hollywood’s love for all things Star Wars was proven with both The Force Awakens and Rogue One, as the cast and crew took every chance to delight fans– themselves included– with extended universe nods, cameos, shared universe connections and original trilogy references.
Director Rian Johnson took the same opportunity with the return of Luke Skywalker, so the Jedi isn’t the only special treat for fans of the original films. We’ve collected the best Last Jedi Easter eggs, secret backstories, references, and tiny details that most fans might miss and are breaking them all down here.
So with one final SPOILER warning, let’s get started. Here are the 30 Things You Completely Missed In Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
30. Luke’s Hand is Still Damaged
It doesn’t take long for the first Easter eggs and connections to George Lucas’s original trilogy to drop once Luke enters the picture. Picking up just seconds after The Force Awakens ends, fans should keep their eyes peeled when Rey hands Luke Anakin Skywalker’s blue lightsaber.
Exactly how the saber was recovered after being abandoned on Cloud City may never be answered. However, as Luke reaches out to take it, a tiny nod to the most devoted fans appears on the back of his hand. The back of his artificial hand, to be more precise.
The fact that Luke doesn’t bother with artificial skin for the hand speaks to his disinterest in keeping up appearances, but the scorched, torn metal on the back of the hand confirms that this is our beloved Luke.
29. Luke’s X-Wing Makes an Improvised Door
Fans don’t need to be told which ship Luke actually piloted on his quest to find the sight of the very first Jedi temple. The pilot and his X-wing have proven inseparable, even after he sunk it in a Dagobah swamp in Empire Strikes Back.
It’s more than a little poetic that as Luke decided to live out his days on a small Ahch-To island, his ship did the same. His X-wing rests at the bottom of a small inlet along the island’s shore. This time, there’s no heroic ‘raising from the depths’ courtesy of Yoda’s Force powers (although the small green Jedi does return for a scene).
However, the ship does live on– at least part of it does. The original Jedi to inhabit the small island were probably an open-door-crowd, but Luke certainly isn’t. He needs a door to keep Rey (and the world) out, and has fashioned it out of one of the X-wings S-foils.
28. “Laser Sword”
Luke is right to question just what Rey and the resistance expects him to do in the face of the New Order’s military might. He’s the last true Jedi, but that would only go so far. He couldn’t simply “walk out with a laser sword” and vanquish the enemy even if he wanted to– and that choice of words is sure to send bells ringing in fans’ ears.
To casual fans, Luke referring to lightsabers– the most famous weapons in all of the galaxy– by a simpler, more generic term is strange. However, to historians of the Star Wars story, it’s a callback to the very beginning.
On one hand, it makes sense that Luke wouldn’t put much reverence in the “proper” name for the weapon. He only learned of their existence as a teenager, after all. But the reference here is to George Lucas’s original scripts and story treatments for Star Wars, where “lazerswords” were commonplace.
27. Forget Blue Milk, Say Hello To Green
In the wide world of Star Wars lore, nothing sums up the fun, foolishness, and arbitrary otherworld-ness than “blue milk.” The straightforward name was given to the liquid poured out at the Lars household in the first Star Wars, and has entered legend ever since.
Director Gareth Edwards even made sure to include a container of the stuff on the counter of Jyn Erso’s childhood home in Rogue One– and director Rian Johnson didn’t miss the chance with Last Jedi. However, he took the fan-favorite beverage one step further.
Casual fans may not have connected the dots of the blue milk being that produced by Banthas, since it’s never explicitly stated in the films. As a sign of how much Luke Skywalker’s final days are both similar to, and different from his Tatooine childhood, he now harvests milk from the thala-sirens of Ahch-To.
26. Keep An Eye Out for Cameos
Even when the series was just beginning, the collection of young actors assembled for the film meant Star Wars had plenty of celebrity cameos to brag about. However, after the films became some of the most successful of all time, the request line started ringing off the hook.
The modern films have also seen some impressive cameo performances, whether it’s Daniel Craig’s stormtrooper in The Force Awakens or Lin-Manuel Miranda’s vocals in the soundtrack. The Last Jedi is keeping the tradition going.
Fans can get more specific details on where and when to find a full list of Star Wars: The Last Jedi cameos once the film can be viewed, reviewed, or spoiled by the cameo-makers themselves. However, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, and who knows who else from Rian Johnson’s filmography filling the ranks, it’s yet another spoil of riches.
25. Jedi Order Insignia
One of the very first shots of The Last Jedi put the focus squarely on the books in Luke Skywalker’s collection. As explained in the movie, they’re some of the oldest texts he’s managed to collect from, by, or concerning the Jedi Order.
The image emblazoned on at least one of them is a familiar one. It’s similar in shape to the Rebel Alliance insignia, and that’s no coincidence. This is the insignia of the oldest Jedi Order in the Star Wars history, seeming to depict a lightsaber shining in between two feathered wings.
As notable and elegant as the logo might be, there’s surprisingly little known about its original meaning. As rich as the Star Wars canon may be, the wings are a common trope of the Old Republic, and the lightsaber is… well, synonymous with “Jedi.” S
o it actually does matter that this image– centuries or millennia old– depicts the symbol in two different colors. Does the yellow saber distinguish that particular kyber crystal, like the ones used by Jedi Temple Guards? Do the blue wings represent something just as important?
24. Finn’s Jacket Needed Repairs
Much was made about the crossguards of Kylo Ren’s lightsaber, eventually explained as additional channels to help vent excess energy. A practical solution to the untamed, jagged output of the cracked kyber crystal inside.
In his final battle with Finn and Rey in The Force Awakens, they proved to burn flesh surprisingly well. Kylo Ren twisting the crossguard into Finn’s shoulder was just one of several injuries he was left to recover from at the end of the movie, but his jacket was a much easier fix.
As fans will remember, it was actually Poe Dameron’s jacket Finn claimed after crashing on Jakku. Poe let Finn keep it as his own, but the article of clothing is already becoming a strong link between the two brothers in arms.
23. Holdo’s Cuff Star Charts
The most significant new character The Last Jedi adds to the Star Wars mythology is Amilyn Holdo, played by actress Laura Dern. Her introduction actually came earlier, in Claudia Grey’s novel Leia, Princess of Alderaan.
It was there where teenage Leia met Amilyn in a youth version of the Galactic Senate, forging an early relationship that would clearly pay off for the Resistance. It helps explain why Leia entrusted the Resistance Fleet to such an unexpected Vice Admiral, but Holdo’s homeworld is also of growing importance.
Amilyn Holdo projects the composed, refined culture of the planet Gatalenta, while her choice of hair color shows that she’s got an attitude all her own. And the fact that Luke journeyed to Gatalenta on his quest for the first Jedi Temple speaks to their respect for the old ways.
Amilyn carries that with her in the form of two bracelets: not random designs, but the constellations visible from her homeworld. In a galaxy where the skies never look the same, it has to come in handy.
22. Rose’s Ring
One of the most pleasant surprises in The Last Jedi is the addition of yet another rank-and-file hero of the Resistance. The introduction of Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) is made along with her sister, Paige.
Even if Paige seems like more of a hands-on member of the Resistance as a gunner, their belief in the cause runs just as deep. Rose may be a maintenance worker, but her prevention of deserters is just the start. The real proof is in the ring on her finger.
Silver in color and featuring the original Rebel Alliance insignia in its recessed face, the ring has been passed down over the decades until landing in Rose’s possession.
According to the Visual Dictionary, the ring was worn in the halls of the Imperial Senate during the days of the Galactic Civil War… with the inner engraving shown only in secret as proof of Rebel loyalty.
21. Alderaan Survives… in Tree Form
You wouldn’t know just how extravagant the casino resort of Canto Bight really is from orbit, since the money flowing in helps frame it as an artificial coastal retreat. To make the setting seem even more prosperous and idyllic, the landscaping is just as impressive as the service.
Exotic trees dot the walkways and promenades of Canto Bight, but the average viewer may not realize just how exceptional the finely-trimmed trees really are (seriously, what is it with this movie and trees?).
The trees themselves aren’t more or less beautiful than any other: it’s that they’re a species native to Alderaan– Leia’s homeworld which was completely destroyed in the first Star Wars-– that makes them an astronomical luxury.
20. Crait isn’t Just Any Planet
Most of the Resistance heroes are kept in the dark about the finish line Leia and Holdo are leading them toward– but not the fans. Not those who have read Claudia Gray’s novel Leia, Princess of Alderaan, anyway.
That’s where the planet Crait was first introduced as a tiny, remote mining planet covered in salt flats. When Leia learned that the tiny, abandoned world was getting a surprising amount of supplies shipped to its surface, curiosity got the better of her.
She didn’t find a nefarious secret when she finally traveled to the planet, but a hopeful one: that a Rebel Alliance was being coordinated from it… led by her father, Bail Organa.
The planet Crait was where Leia took her first step into the Rebel Alliance as a teenager, so it’s more than fitting that she should return to it in hopes of uniting a new one.
If you’re wondering who the Rebels were who abandoned the location, make sure to read the upcoming Storms of Crait comic series from Marvel. It details how Luke and Leia headed there after the Battle of Yavin in hopes of founding a new headquarters.
19. The Uneti Force Tree Finally Revealed
For fans who have followed the extended universe of Star Wars comics and animated TV shows, the presence of a massive, ancient-looking tree on the island of Ahch-To– home of the original Jedi temple– meant the world.
Because believe it or not, the Jedi’s affection for trees is famous. Well, affection for one tree in particular: the one that grew in the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. Before the Emperor rose to destroy them, of course.
Whether that tree was a descendant of the original on Ahch-To, or vice versa isn’t exactly clear (the tree is important to the Jedi legacy, regardless). And this is just one part of a larger Jedi-tree-mythology at work.
In Rogue One, the blind Guardian of the Whills Chirrut Îmwe wielded a staff made of uneti-wood. So the note in the Last Jedi: Visual Dictionary claiming Luke found his way to Ahch-To by following uneti saplings suggests a new type of Force-influenced flora.
18. Poe’s Necklace Explained
The films haven’t revealed much about the necklace worn by Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), but promotional photos and the movies themselves prove it’s been there all along. Thankfully, the Visual Dictionary reveals the real story behind the chain… and the metal washer it holds close to Poe’s heart.
It was once the wedding ring worn by Poe’s mother, Shara Bey, who adventured with both Leia Organa and Luke Skywalker as an ace Rebel pilot. Given how important a role Poe’s parents both played in the Star Wars canon, a symbol of their union is the least the movies can include.
Those missions are chronicled in the Star Wars: Shattered Empire comic book series – and Poe’s father is just as impressive. Even if you don’t know Kes Dameron, you know his unit of Rebel Special Forces known as the ‘Pathfinders.’ They’re the unit Han Solo led in capturing the Shield Generator on Endor’s moon in Return of the Jedi.
17. Poe’s Connection to The Force Tree
While we’re dealing with Poe Dameron, it’s worth explaining why the story of Shara Bey and Luke Skywalker’s mission may also be his story, too. As shown in the Shattered Empire comic prequel to the current movie trilogy, Luke recruited Shara for a unique mission.
Not aerial combat, but covert infiltration. Masquerading as Imperial officers, the pair conned their way into a vault secured by Emperor Palpatine himself. The prize was eventually revealed to be living sections of the tree that once stood in the Jedi Temple on Coruscant – the heart of the Order in the galaxy.
Why Palpatine wanted to keep it partly alive is anyone’s guess, but the fact that he did– and that Luke wanted it back– imbued the tree with even more tangible importance. However, when the heroes found not one, but two living samples, he gave Shara one to take for herself.
The tree was eventually planted at her home on Yavin 4, and Poe Dameron would spend his life beneath its branches (and among them). Which lends serious credence to those who suspect this ace pilot– better than ever in The Last Jedi-– may have some Force sensitivity on his side.
16. Snoke’s Guards
At first glance the guards stationed in Snoke’s throne room conjure images of the Imperial Guards who once stood at Emperor Palpatine’s side. While that’s certainly the connection Snoke is trying to make, the design of the guards is doing much, much more for the larger Star Wars canon.
Since the very beginning, the history, code of honor, and beliefs of the Jedi Order have been influenced by real world, Eastern philosophy and culture. In the extended universe of Star Wars, those Eastern (mainly Chinese/Japanese) traditions shaped an entire planet: Atrisia, home of the Kitel Phard Dynasty.
It was Emperor Uueg Tching whose ancient teachings of deceiving, defeating, and subduing an empire were followed by Sheev Palpatine, internalizing the Sun Tzu-esque “Sayings” as a tool for Imperial Intelligence.
Much of that mythology went out the window when Lucasfilm announced that the Star Wars Extended Universe was no longer canon. So fans will be pleased to see the Eastern armor styles and weaponry of Snoke’s Praetorian Guards– and the confirmation that they, too, are based on a now-canonical Atrisian history.
15. Raddus, The Resistance’s Last (and First) Hope
There’s nobody better to lead the Resistance as its Supreme Commander than Leia Organa, whether it’s to victory or retreat. In The Last Jedi the fleet spends most of its time outrunning the First Order aboard Leia’s flagship, called the Raddus.
The ship is a relic of the days before the New Republic and Imperial forces began to disarm, making it a rare weapon in the Resistance’s arsenal. While it may be captained by the famous Admiral Ackbar, it is named for another Mon Calamari military leader recently added to Star Wars canon.
Casual fans may not remember Raddus, the commanding officer of the Battle of Scarif in Rogue One, but he may be the reason the film’s heroes succeeded at all.
It was Raddus who immediately headed for Scarif when reports of the rogue Rebels arrived, forcing the rest of the Rebel forces to follow behind him. He may have typified the hard-headed determination of the darker-colored, cold climate Mon Calamari, but canon says it was Ackbar who requested the vessel be named in his honor.
14. Snoke’s Ring
If projecting himself as a gigantic hologram didn’t prove Snoke is all about appearances, then The Last Jedi does. In fact, the Supreme Leader’s throne room alone is a master class on intimidation, opulence, and theatricality.
In the end, little is actually known about the man who became Snoke, but his belief in the unknown, the exotic, and all things Dark Side may have been genuine. His purple-clad attendants from the Unknown Regions are a prime example, but the ring on his finger is one more tailored to Star Wars die-hards.
The gold ring on his finger is engraved around the band with images of the Four Sages of Dwartii, controversial figures of philosophy that date back to the early Republic.
The four– Sistros, Faya, Yanjon, and Braata– were more popular among Sith than Jedi, favoring thought over morality, and encouraging exploration of the Dark Side of the Force (Palpatine had them cast in gold for his Coruscant office).
As for the rock in the same ring? The black stone is obsidian, apparently retrieved from the volcanic caverns beneath Darth Vader’s Mustafar castle. The location was finally revealed in Rogue One, and Snoke is clearly as much of a fan as any other.
13. A Connection to Revan
As the new movies make clear, Luke Skywalker spent a long time making his way through the history of the Jedi before landing on Ahch-To. Along the way, picking up mementos of both Jedi and his own adventures into adulthood.
Several can be seen scattered in his living space on the remote island, but one should stand out. It’s a necklace made to house a small, red crystal. A kyber crystal is the most obvious explanation, and for many, the red crystal that once rested in his father’s lightsaber seems the most poetic.
However, the truth is far more interesting for fans of the now non-canonical Star Wars “Legends.” According to the film’s Visual Dictionary, the crystal is a “trophy” holding a “Sith lightsaber crystal,” but it’s classified in text as a “Jedi Crusader Pendant.“
There’s only one group known as Jedi Crusaders in the history of Star Wars-– who were also known as the Revanchist. Named for their leader, the Jedi Knight Revan… who would one day be known as Darth Revan.
12. Another Beastie Boys Shout Out
By now most Star Wars fans will be familiar with the Abednedo, the race of aliens added to the universe lore beginning with The Force Awakens. What you might NOT know is that, so far, each one is a reference to a hit song from the Beastie Boys.
It all started when the creature department suggested naming the Resistance pilot Abednedo Ello Asty, a reference to the Beastie Boys song “Hello Nasty” (knowing J.J. Abrams was a fan of the group). And that was all it took for Pablo Hidalgo and the Star Wars story group to make it a rule.
Every Abednedo was given a similar inside joke name: Ilco Munico (“Ill Communication”), Roodown (“Root Down”), and Brasmon Kee (“Brass Monkey”). Another member of the species appears in The Last Jedi, but is actually a DOUBLE Easter Egg.
The new Abednedo is hard to miss on the streets of Canto Bight, informing two police officers about Finn and Rose’s arrival. His name is Slowen-Lo, for the song “Slow and Low” – and he’s voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
11. “I Have a Bad Feeling About This”
When the line was first uttered, nobody could ever know that it would become a trademark of the Star Wars universe – and an easy homage for any other production.
Nobody could blame Luke Skywalker for having “a very bad feeling about this” as the Millennium Falcon was pulled into the Death Star. But it made movie history, all the same. It would soon go without saying that a Star Wars movie… well, couldn’t go without saying the line at a fitting moment of dread or apprehension.
Shockingly, many Last Jedi audiences noticed that nobody actually speaks the line in the film – and took to Twitter to voice their disappointment. But Rian Johnson was quick to confirm that the line IS spoken… which means it’s probably not spoken in English.
The suspects are limitless, but our money is on BB-8. The ball droid lets out some worried chirping as he and Poe begin their attack run on the First Order dreadnought. Poe’s response – “Happy beeps here buddy, c’mon” – certainly fits.
10. Leia Teases The Hyperspeed Attack
The decision to transform the last Resistance ship into a lightspeed battering ram took every viewer by surprise (since few probably even realized such an attack was possible). But it was actually telegraphed much earlier in the movie, during Leia’s return from space through the power of The Force.
Once the shock of the explosion on the Raddus’s bridge wears off, Leia’s seemingly instinctive connection to The Force rouses her back to her senses. Outstretching a hand, she projects herself through the vacuum of space and through the wreckage of the ship’s vented bridge. To make it to the nearest airlock Leia coasts in and through what remains the bridge… including a toppled holographic display of the pursuing ships.
Focused only on the airlock, Leia propels herself straight through the hologram of the Supremacy – in the exact same spot and trajectory that Holdo will travel nearly ninety minutes later.
9. Leia’s Favorite Blaster Returns
Once Leia wakes up from her post-spacewalk coma, she finds things with the Resistance somehow less stable than when she was blown up along with the rest of their leadership. Poe Dameron has led a mutiny against the next admiral in the chain of command, and taken over the bridge by force (and yes, Admiral Holdo’s silence is one of Last Jedi‘s dumbest plot holes).
Ever the leader, Leia wastes no time in marching to the bridge, blasting through the door, and hitting Poe with a stun blast before he knows what hit him. The added detail here is that Leia is dressed in a flowing white gown – a nice callback to her introduction to the world back in the first Star Wars. Again, dressed head to toe in crisp white, and on the other end of a stun blast.
8. This Time, Snoke Loses an Arm
It’s the strangest detail in an otherwise mainly family-friendly franchise: if you’re making a Star Wars movie, you simply MUST show a character losing an arm or hand. In the first Star Wars, a Mos Eisley bar patron loses his right arm to Ben Kenobi’s lightsaber. In The Empire Strikes Back, both Luke and a Wampa lose their right hands.
In Return of the Jedi, Luke take’s Vader’s robotic right hand. No arms lost in Phamtom Menace, strangely, but takes Anakin’s right arm in Attack of the Clones and throws a dismemberment festival in Revenge of the Sith.
Fans might assume that The Last Jedi also does away with the tradition, after J.J. Abrams kept all hands and arms intact in The Force Awakens. But when the film returns to Snoke’s throne room upon General Hux’s arrival, the true damage of Kylo’s Force-strike can be seen.
7. Carrie Fisher’s Dog Makes a Cameo
The loss of Carrie Fisher after fans had gotten just one new appearance from Princess Leia was a heavy blow. The fiery actress’s loss would have been felt by Star Wars fans as much as any other, regardless of her role in the new series. But there was no denying that Leia’s return at the head of the Resistance was the future fans craved for both star and character.
With Han Solo claiming the spotlight in The Force Awakens, and Luke Skywalker finishing his own story, it was eventually confirmed that Episode IX would have been Leia’s time to shine. But director Rian Johnson made sure to include some tributes to the actress, regardless.
Sitting through the end credits will let fans see that the film is dedicated to “Our Princess, Carrie Fisher.” And another loving nod can be spotted in the movie itself… well, a loving nod to Fisher’s beloved dog, Gary Fisher.
It didn’t take long for fans to spot the Canto Bight alien made in Gary Fisher’s image, visible on the left of the above image.
6. The Canto Bight Casino Homage
The Canto Bight casino and crowd are given a harsh introduction by Rose, so the wealth and opulence of the real thing comes as a shock. To drive home the discrepancy, and emphasize that Canto Bight is where the rich go to play and forget the troubles of war, the scene is established in one long, sweeping shot.
The shot stands out as reminiscent of old Hollywood, with a boom-mounted camera working its way over gaming tables, through couples serving champagne, until arriving at the actual subject of the shot. It’s a choice that stands out… and an easy homage to spot for fans of silent movies.
The shot is a tribute to a similar one from the movie Wings, in which a camera was also mounted on a boom and flown across cafe tables to the protagonist imbibing champagne. What makes it impressive is that Wings was released in 1927.
5. The Prime Jedi
You wouldn’t know that the island Luke inhabits on Ahch-To was anything special at first glance. But once Luke starts explaining the location to Rey, the truth begins to reveal itself. And it begins with the ancient tree holding the first Jedi teachings.
It’s only when Luke agrees to start training Rey in three Jedi lessons that he escorts her to what is obviously a revered spot on the island. A large rock faces towards the setting sun on an exposed cliff, with a man-made chamber carved into the rock behind it.
The space is marked by a small mosaic pool in the center of the room, filled with water dripping from overhead. And while the pool is usually shown in the background, fans should take a close look at the image – depicting “The Prime Jedi.”
Honestly, this ancient mosaic alone would have shown Luke the truth of The Force. A kneeling figure, divided into light and dark. Where there is dark within, there is light without – and vice versa. All good things in balance, as he eventually came to understand.
4. D.J. is a Name And a Philosophy
The introduction of Benicio Del Toro’s character was a mystery during production, and in the end, is just as unclear. As a bit of bad (good?) luck, Finn and Rose simply end up sharing a cell with the grifter in the brief window he’s actually locked up (he escapes almost immediately).
The character’s name is unimportant in the story – he’s more effective for what he is, not who he is – but he’s credited as “D.J.” And it’s no coincidence that in the end, his advice to Finn matches up with the acronym: “Don’t join.”
If there’s any doubt that it’s a clever play on the line by the filmmakers, D.J.’s wardrobe takes care of it. When he’s first discovered, he sports a pillbox hat with a metal plate mounted on the side, engraved with Aurebesh characters.
3. Brazil’s ’27B/6′ Reference
It really would be an understatement to say that Terry Gilliam’s film Brazil is ‘strange’ – and would be just as much of one to say that it’s been influential among most modern directors. The 1985 movie is hailed as a cult classic today, depicting the kind of futuristic dystopias audiences see every blockbuster season (only played for buffoonish laughs and send-up of reliance on machines). One scene in particular highlights the slapstick of the world’s bureaucracy, when two air conditioner repairmen are frozen in place when asked to produce a “27B/6” form for the repair.
It’s now a piece of bureaucratic parperwork relevant to every Star Wars fan, with director Rian Johnson calling out that film, and scene. When Finn and Rose are finally caught at the Canto Bight casino, it’s all for a parking violation. More accurately, the police explain that they have committed “Violation 27B/6” – also pronounced “stroke six” – before jolting them with the same severity.
2. Kylo Ren Follows His Grandfather’s Advice
The most devoted Star Wars fans were among those most cruel to the casting of child actor Jake Lloyd as the young Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. But for all young Annie’s drawbacks, the film has led to a meme goldmine.
Among the most creative is based on Anakin’s first mission behind a spaceship’s controls. When pressed into battle over the planet Naboo, Anakin famously pondered: “I’ll try spinning. That’s a good trick!” And thus, a meme was born.
Anakin would end up being a natural pilot, so his gut instinct to do “good tricks” actually paid off (even if he couldn’t make them seem like wise decision at the time). It appears that director Rian Johnson is a fan of the meme, or a fan of the Skywalker flair for dramatics.Kylo Ren certainly fancies himself the “heir apparent” to Darth Vader, so it seems like he’s been studying up on his grandfather’s flying style.
1. Add ‘Slicer’ To The Star Wars Movie Dictionary
The Resistance heroes end up on their mission with D.J. handling the security and codebreaking, but he’s not who they went to find. They went in search of Master Codebreaker (a cameo by actor Justin Theroux), whose specialty is… well, you can guess.
The job at hand doesn’t seem to be “codebreaking,” but finding a way to pass through the shields of the First Order ships pursuing the Resistance. Instead of entering a code, D.J. uses a pre-programmed key to “slice” through the barrier.
That line is guaranteed to make fans of the Star Wars Extended Universe happy, since the term “slicer” has been in regular use. It’s the universe’s version of “hacking,” suggesting a far more precise and elegant way around computer programs.
The term is yet to be used in the films, however, so The Last Jedi gets the credit.
Those are all of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi Easter eggs, subtle secrets, cameos, and extended universe references that we could spot. Did you notice any others? Let us know in the comment section!
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