A subtle connection between Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: A New Hope will hit you with all of them feels. Are you prepared to handle it?
Luke Skywalker went straight up legend in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, using the Force in projecting himself clear across the galaxy. As Kylo Ren foreshadowed, the effort did kill him, but what a way to go out — saving his friends. The galaxy. His sister. His status as a legend.
Evidently, there’s more to that heroic act than meets the eye, with Star Wars: The Last Jedi paying tribute to the original film, Star Wars: A New Hope, subtly. Freelance writer JM Mcnab noticed this potential Easter egg, bringing the Star Wars films around full-circle in the process.
The heroes journey of Luke Skywalker begins with the Jedi in training receiving a projection from Princess Leia:
"“Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.”"
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While the heroes journey of Luke Skywalker ends with the Jedi Master sending a projection to help Leia, returing the favor. While this discovery has yet to be confirmed by Rian Johnson, it’s a still a nice touch.
Rian Johnson isn’t letting the past die entirely, like many claims, but instead, he’s honoring it. You just have to know where to look to find this Easter eggs. He even admits as much during his video commentary of The Last Jedi on Blu-ray.
Other prime examples include Han Solo’s dice honoring the fallen hero, as well as Resistance bombs with other Han Solo Easter eggs engraved on them. Also, Leia using the Force, embracing her inner Superwoman was a brilliant way of honoring the character Leia — allowing her to go out like a real boss.
Lastly, with the third member of the original trilogy, in Luke Skywalker, Rian Johnson apparently allows his sendoff to tie together the first Star Wars film to the most recent beautifully. Bravo, bravo.
It may have taken Luke Skywalker a little while to come back around, but he couldn’t resist the requests of help from his sister. Plus, he never stopped being a hero, even in his darkest hour. Overcoming personal loss is next to impossible, but anything is possible with the Force — including projecting oneself across the galaxy like it’s no big deal!
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now available on Blu-“Rey” today!