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"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" was a massively successful film that introduced another generation of actors and technology into the Star Wars universe. It is a film full of references and callbacks to the previous movies and the Disney-owned franchise looks like it has a bright future. Here's a list of 30 things from "The Force Awakens" that you probably missed the first time around.



1/30. Near the end of the movie Han Solo calls Kylo Ren "Ben." This probably mean that he is named after Obi-Wan Kenobi, and his name is "Ben Solo," as in "Been Solo, but now I'm not.


2/30. When Ray hears Obi-Wan say, 'Rey, these are your first steps' in her vision, it is a combination of Ewan McGregor's and Alec Guinness's voices. This means that she is encouraged by both the young and the old Obi-Wan during that scene.




3/30. The stormtrooper guarding Reys cell who succumbed to her Jedi mind trick was actually played by Daniel Craig.

4/30. Reys outfit is probably influenced by early drawings from Star Wars concept artist Ralph McQuarrie for Luke Skywalker. The drawings existed at the time when Lucas and McQuarrie were toying with the idea of making Luke a woman.

5/30. McQuarrie had another influence on "The Force Awakens;" the snowtroopers in "The Force Awakens" wear outfits similar to McQuarries concept art for Hoth. They're almost direct copies even down to the insignia.

6/30. Podracers can be seen in the background of several of the scenes that take place on Jakku.

7/30. Finns Stormtrooper ID number is FN-2187, which is the same number as the cell block where Leia is imprisoned in "A New Hope."

8/30. Many familiar banners can be seen hanging outside Maz Kanatas outpost. These include several of the podracers' flags from "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace" and the mythosaur skull from Boba Fetts uniform.

9/30. There is strong evidence to suggest that Snoke is actually Darth Plagueis. Darth Plagueis is the Sith Lord referred to by Palpatine in "Revenge of the Sith," who learned to conquer death and then was killed by his pupil, Palpatine himself. Among the evidence compiled by some theorists, Snoke is missing his lower jaw, which is similar to an injury Darth Plagueis received while training Palpatine. There are also striking similarities between Snokes theme music and the music that plays when Palpatine tells the story of Darth Pagueis in Episode III.


10/30. The woman with the same hairstyle as Princess Leia in the Resistance headquarters is actually Carrie Fishers (who originally portrayed Leia) daughter, Billie Lourd.



11/30. The Millennium Falcon chess game that Finn accidentally triggers pays homage to an earlier film by picking up right where the chess game between R2D2 and Chewie left off in "A New Hope." The piece that gets body slammed in the original game gets revenge by hitting its assailant with a mace this time around.

12/30. Radioheads producer, Nigel Godrich, makes a cameo as stormtrooper FN-9330, and composer Michael Giacchino, who has composed music for many of J.J. Abarams projects, plays the stormtrooper FN-3181.




13/30. Han Solo delivers the iconic line Ive got a bad feeling about this in "The Force Awakens." However, this line has appeared in every single Star Wars film to date.

14/30. According to the "Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary," the helmet Rey wears belonged to an X-wing pilot named Captain Dosmit Rh, who flew for the Tierfon Yellow Aces.

15/30. Bill Hader ("Saturday Night Live," "Trainwreck") and Ben Schwartz ("Parks and Recreation," "House of Lies") teamed up to create BB-8's voice. And while it hasn't been officially confirmed, many people think the droid may have been named for the two actors: Bill + Ben = BB.

16/30. The 'Starkiller' base got its name from Luke Starkiller, which was George Lucas's original name for Luke Skywalker in early drafts of Star Wars.

17/30. The wooden chest that Maz Kanata keeps Lukes lightsaber in looks very similar to the chest that Obi Wan Kenobi retrieves the same lightsaber from in "A New Hope" before he hands it over to Luke.


18/30. In "A New Hope," Luke hones his lightsaber skills by practicing against a Marksman-H combat remote. If you look closely once the gang all gets to the Millennium Falcon in "The Force Awakens," you can see Finn pick up the same remote and toss it while he's stretching out after bandaging Chewbacca.

19/30. Landos co-pilot, Nien Nunb, makes an appearance in "The Force Awakens" as a Resistance fighter. Appearing right alongside the puppeteer who originally controlled the character, Mike Quinn.

20/30. The pink R2 unit called R2-KT makes an appearance in "The Force Awakens." The droid was originally built by members of the R2 Builders Club for Katie Johnson, the daughter of Albin Johnson, who founded The 501st Legion internet discussion group. The droid was originally created to keep Katie company after she was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in 2004. Katie died in 2005.

21/30. The first meeting between Chewbacca and BB-8 mirrors his interaction with the mouse droid in "A New Hope."

22/30. At one point, Rey warns BB-8 to stay off Kelvin Ridge. Kelvin was the name of J.J. Abrams grandfather, and he tries to sneak a Kelvin reference into most of his work. In "Star Trek," James T. Kirk is born aboard the U.S.S. Kelvin; on "Lost," theres a character named Kelvin Inman who works for the Dharma Initiative; in "Mission Impossible III," Ethan Hunt receives a postcard for an H. Kelvin; and in "Super 8," there is a convenience store called 'Kelvin.'

23/30. The Abednedo X-wing pilot is named 'Ello Asty' after the 1998 Beastie Boys' album, 'Hello Nasty.' On the package of his officially licensed toy, the Aurebesh text on his helmet reads born to ill, which is another Beastie Boys reference as well as a reference to the Stanley Kubrick film "Full Metal Jacket." (1987)

24/30. When the Rebels get together to figure out how to take down Starkiller Base, it's a scene that parallels the original trilogy. Both "A New Hope" and "Return of the Jedi" have a scene where the Rebels figure out how to blow up the Death Star. Starkiller Base is basically an even bigger Death Star capable of blowing up multiple planets instead of just one. The scene in the new movie where the rebels plan to blow up Starkiller Base is so packed with callbacks and references it's almost impossible to catch them all. Not only are Leia and Admiral Ackbar together again, but the weakness pointed out in Starkiller Base turns out to be a thermal exhaust port, the same fatal flaw in the Death Star's design. And, just like "Return of the Jedi," the Rebel pilots are relying on Han Solo to take down the space station's shield generator so they can attack.

25/30. The Millennium Falcon has a rectangular antenna in "The Force Awakens." Thats an acknowledgement of the fact that it lost its original antenna in the Battle of Endor.

26/30. During his intense battle with Rey, Kylo Ren receives a face scar which matches the one belonging to his idol, Anakin Skywalker.

27/30. It seems to appear that Rey has had other run-ins with the New Republic. It's shown that she crafted a small Alliance pilot doll in her quarters on Jakku.




28/30. The archway in Reys village on Jakku was actually originally designed by Ralph McQuarrie to be part of Jabbas Palace on Tatooine. Another impact he had on the film.

29/30. BB-8s design also looks like it was inspired by McQuarries concept art for R2-D2.

30/30. Rey continues the previous tradition of disparaging the Millennium Falcon by calling it garbage." In the original trilogy, Luke calls the Millennium Falcon a piece of junk and Leia refers to it as a bucket of bolts.


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