Luke Skywalker's Training Ball

Luke Skywalker’s Training Ball

Finn finds Luke Skywalker’s old Marksman-H combat remote still stashed somewhere on the Millennium Falcon. You may recall that Obi-Wan Kenobi used the ball to train Luke in the ways of the lightsaber.

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Nigel Godrich’s Cameo

And finally, English producer and unofficial sixth Radiohead member Nigel Godrich has a cameo in the film. Guess what kind of character he plays? Yup, a stormtrooper. Goodrich is credited as stormtrooper FN-9330 in the credits, however we don’t know which stormtrooper he plays.

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Kelvin Revine

After helping BB-8 escape from Teedo, Rey warns the droid to “stay off Kelvin Ridge.” This is actually the area of Jakku that gets invaded by the First Order — you know, the first scene featuring Max Von Sydow. There has been no water in Kelvin Revine for quite some time. This is JJ Abrams’ favorite and most personal easter egg, a reference to Abrams’ grandfather Harry Kelvin. You may have heard Abrams tell the story about how his grandfather gave him the now infamous, never-to-be-opened magic box. He also gave him his first film camera.

References to Harry Kelvin have been planted in most of Abrams films:

  • Star Trek: Kirk is born aboard the U.S.S. Kelvin. The starship’s registry number (NCC-0514) nods to Kelvin’s birthday.
  • Super 8: Kelvin is the name is on the convenience store/gas station.
  • Star Trek Into Darkness: The archive blown up in London is the called “Kelvin Memorial Archive”, in the story it is named for George Kirk’s ship destroyed by Nero.
  • Lost: Clancy Brown played a DHARMA Initiative member named Kelvin Joe Inman.
  • Fringe: Walter and William Bell worked on programs at a firm called Kelvin Genetics
  • Mission: Impossible III: Ethan Hunt receives a postcard addressed to “H. Kelvin.”

 

Ewan McGregor in The Force Awakens

 Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda

Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi in the prequel trilogy), Alec Guiness (Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original trilogy) and Frank Oz (the voice of Yoda) can be heard in the film. If you listen closely during Rey’s (Daisy Ridley) force vision in the basement of Maz Kanata’s castle, you can hear a few snippets of echoing dialogue from Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda.

Yoda’s line is one from The Empire Strikes Back that was re-recorded by Frank Oz while Obi-Wan Kenobi’s was something new entirely. The line in question comes at the very end of this Force flashback, and it says, “Rey, you’ve taken your first steps.” Ewan McGregor recorded the line for the film, and they were able to repurpose Alec Guinness saying ‘Afraid,’ and turn it into “Rey.” So when you hear Obi-Wan talk to Rey it is both Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor doing the voice.” You can read the story about how this happened, here.

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Slusho?

JJ Abrams has often included a frozen drink called Slusho in many of his tv shows and movies, including Cloverfield, Alias and the Star Trek films. When asked if the cult Japanese frozen slushy would appear in The Force Awakens, Abrams refused to answer — which makes us believe its probably in there somewhere in the background, most possibly in the sequence in Maz’s Castle.

The Batmobile

During production, director JJ Abrams and Batman V Superman filmmaker Zack Snyder had a fun back and fourth can-you-top-that feud. At one point Abrams’ production company posted the above video called “HUNKA JUNK” revealing that they painted the Batmobile and used it as part of the junk on the practically built Millennium Falcon used in the film. While it might be hard to see it in the movie, it was actually on there. The painted Tumblr now sits on a shelf near the reception area at Abrams’ production company Bad Robot.

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Poe Dameron’s Namesake Makes A Cameo

When JJ Abrams explained the meaning behind some of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens character names, he revealed that Poe Dameron, the X-Wing pilot played by Oscar Isaac, is named partially after his assistant Morgan Dameron. Morgan can also be seen in the film as she has a cameo as a Resistance officer named Commodore Meta. How meta indeed.

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Rey Has A Thing For X-Wing Pilots

After Rey scratches another mark on the wall of her AT-AT home, you can see a Rebel X-Wing pilot doll in the corner of the shot. The Visual Dictionary notes that she crafted this doll from debris she found in the junk fields — the orange fabric came from a New Republic cargo container.

She also has a salvaged Rebel X-wing pilot flight helmet, which apparently once belonged to Captain Dosmit Raeh of the Trierfon Yellow Aces. In the film’s prequel book Before the Awakening, we see Rey spending her free time learning how to pilot ships from a flight simulator.

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Judah Friedlander Cameo

30 Rock star Judah Friedlander makes a very random cameo as a humanoid character in Maz Kanata’s Castle. You see him briefly when Maz yells out Han’s name in the bar and everyone stops to look. If you look closely you’ll see a shot of Friedlander seated at a table as “Bar Patron” turn his head.

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Cloud City Corridor

During Rey’s Force vision, she finds herself transported to the the corridor where Luke and Darth Vader dueled in Cloud City in The Empire Strikes Back. If you listen carefully, you can hear Luke yelling, “Noooo!” after Vader reveals that he’s his father. The film was originally going to have her walk down the hallway to see that event from the broken window across the way, but it was cut from the final film.

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