The history of the Star Wars universe dates back to â€œa long time agoâ€ in 1977, when the first installment of the live-action saga introduced audiences to the tumultuous events of that â€œgalaxy far, far away.â€ Since that time, the smallest nuances of the sprawling space opera have found their way into the pop culture lexicon, into daily vocabularyâ€¦and into the ongoing adventures of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS! In a special encore presentation of â€˜Children of the Forceâ€™ airing at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT Friday, October 23 on Cartoon Network, eagle-eyed fans can seek out some of the easter eggs, inside jokes, hidden gems and heritage homages planted by the mischievous crew of STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS.
See how many you can catch!
- After Cad Bane escapes from the Resolute, Anakin angrily holds his arms behind his back and storms off. This is a foreshadow/echo of Darth Vaderâ€™s similar action at the end of The Empire Strikes Back after the Millennium Falcon escapes from his clutches.
- When Admiral Yularen says “No! Lock them all down, hurry!” it is a reference to C-3PO’s line in A New Hope, as he frantically admonishes R2-D2 to shut down the trash compactors aboard the Death Star.
- The holographic mobile hovering over the Gungan toddler’s crib includes a colo clawfish, an opee sea killer and a sando aqua monster, the three massive underwater beasts that attack Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon’s submarine in The Phantom Menace.
- The Jedi shuttle’s design shares features with several classic ships â€“ its cockpit is quite similar to the Millennium Falcon, and it changes orientation in flight just like Boba Fett’s Slave I and the Rebel B-wing fighter. Its shape, though, is based on a background cruiser barely seen in Attack of the Clones.
- In a gambit later used by Han Solo and Luke Skywalker aboard the first dreaded Death Star, Cad Bane disguises himself in trooper armor to escape notice and slip past security.
- Anakin Skywalker and Chancellor Palpatine share a private meeting in this episode, as they also do in Episode II and Episode III. The fact that Obi-Wan Kenobi and Mace Windu would prefer to keep the Chancellor out of Jedi affairs is a thread that continues powerfully in Episode III.
- When Mace Windu slides under a slamming blast door and snatches his lightsaber at the last possible moment, it is an action reminiscent of Indiana Jonesâ€™ iconic hat-grab from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
- Mustafar is, of course, featured prominently in Revenge of the Sith, but Darth Sidiousâ€™ secret installation in â€˜Children of the Forceâ€™ is a different location than the mining facility from the live-action saga â€“ although the architecture does share similar shapes and lines.
- Cad Bane attacks Ahsoka Tano with a wrist-launched lariat similar to the devices used by Jango Fett in Attack of the Clones and Boba Fett in Return of the Jedi.
- Jan-Gwa City closely resembles the bubble city of Otoh Gunga seen in The Phantom Menace, except that it is only partially submerged in a lake.
via Lucas Film