The Star Wars series The Mandalorian on Disney+ took the world by storm with its first season, but what were the best Easter eggs?
Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian positioned itself to introduce brand-new characters and explore uncharted corners of the Star Wars universe, but it’s also proven to be a great vehicle for Easter eggs harking back to familiar elements from other facets of the franchise. From repeated lines of dialogue to props hidden in the background of scenes, there are a ton of nods to Star Wars lore in The Mandalorian.
While the recently released second season significantly raised the show’s Easter egg game, it arrived out of the gate with plenty of fun references to a galaxy far, far away in Season 1.
When Mando brings in his Mythrol bounty in the show’s first episode, the bounty says that he was hoping to get home in time to celebrate Life Day, the holiday celebrated in the divisive Star Wars Holiday Special.
Jon Favreau is one of the few people who unironically loves The Star Wars Holiday Special, and has repeatedly asked Disney if he can remake it for the Mouse House’s streaming service.
Bill Burr made his debut in the role of Migs Mayfeld in “Chapter 6: The Prisoner.” Instantly, Mayfeld was characterized as an acid-tongued ball-breaker. He makes a few cracks about Mando’s helmet before speculating about what face he’s hiding under there.
He guesses that he could be a Gungan and asks, “Is that why yousa don’t wanna show your face?” It was refreshing to see a reference to the Gungans. The species was practically excised from Star Wars lore after the negative reaction to Jar Jar Binks.
Mos Eisley Spaceport
When the Mandalorian visits Tatooine, he lands the Razor Crest in the wretched hive of scum and villainy that is Mos Eisley Spaceport. He parks in Docking Bay 35, just a few bays down from Docking Bay 94, where fans were introduced to the Millennium Falcon.
Mando goes into Mos Eisley Cantina to meet wannabe gunslinger Toro Calican and even sits in the same booth where Han Solo shot Greedo (first, of course).
During the Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi, the Empire’s AT-ST walkers look really goofy as the Ewoks manage to destroy them pretty easily using weapons made of sticks and rocks.
Bryce Dallas Howard managed to make these goofy walkers terrifying with an appearance in “Chapter 4: Sanctuary.” In the episode’s climactic scene, Mando and Cara Dune take on an AT-ST walker with glowing red eyes.
The Pole From The Trash Compactor
The attention to detail in The Mandalorian’s set design is refreshing. In one scene set in a back alley, a familiar pole (well, familiar to fans who have pored over every tiny detail of the original trilogy) can be seen propped up against the wall.
This is the pole that Luke, Leia, and Han used to try to stop the Death Star’s trash compactor from crushing them before R2-D2 and C-3PO managed to shut it down.
In The Empire Strikes Back, when Darth Vader has his team of bounty hunters assembled and he’s telling them to track down the Millennium Falcon, he tells Boba Fett, “No disintegrations,” implying that he’d disintegrated some of his bounties in the past.
The second episode of The Mandalorian showed off the weapon he used to do it. When some Jawas strip the Razor Crest for parts, Mando chases them down and disintegrates a bunch of them.
When Mando took a trip to Tatooine in “Chapter 5: The Gunslinger,” he met Peli Motto, played by Amy Sedaris, and she had a bunch of pit droids helping her repair ships.
Pit droids were first seen in The Phantom Menace, working on podracers during the race. They made for a pretty incompetent pit crew, often getting sucked into engines and exploding.
Matt Lanter As A New Republic Officer
Mando is hired by an old friend to help his crew spring an inmate from a New Republic prison facility in “Chapter 6: The Prisoner,” but things get complicated when the squad runs afoul of a New Republic officer who sends a signal for backup.
This officer, named Davan, is played by Matt Lanter, who provided the voice of Anakin Skywalker in The Clone Wars and Rebels.
The High Ground
One of the most meme-able quotes in the prequel trilogy – and there are a lot to choose from – is uttered by Obi-Wan during his battle with Anakin on Mustafar: “It’s over, Anakin! I have the high ground!”
In The Mandalorian, when Mando and Toro Calican are chasing Fennec across the desert, Mando says, “She’s got the high ground. She’ll wait for us to make the first move.”
Throughout the second season of The Mandalorian, the Darksaber became a major plot point as Bo-Katan hoped to acquire it from Moff Gideon to help her reclaim the throne of Mandalore.
But in the first season, it showed up as an Easter egg in the finale to tease the show’s future as Gideon used the weapon to cut himself out of his downed TIE fighter.
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