Top 10 Callbacks And Easter Eggs In The Book of Boba Fett Season 1
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Top 10 Callbacks And Easter Eggs In The Book of Boba Fett Season 1

VOICE OVER: Rebecca Brayton
Like many "Stars Wars" entries, "The Book of Boba Fett" features a ton of great Easter Eggs and Callbacks. For this list, we'll be looking at small details and subtle references in Disney's “Mandalorian” spin-off series! We'll be discussing key plot points, so this is your spoiler alert. Our countdown includes Tosche Station, Yoda Callbacks, a reference to "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" (1966), and more!
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Like many "Stars Wars" entries, "The Book of Boba Fett" features a ton of great Easter Eggs and Callbacks. For this list, we’ll be looking at small details and subtle references in Disney’s “Mandalorian” spin-off series! We’ll be discussing key plot points, so this is your spoiler alert. Our countdown includes Tosche Station, Yoda Callbacks, a reference to "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" (1966), and more! Which of these details did you love? What else did you catch? Tell us in the comments!

#10: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

"Chapter 6: From the Desert Comes a Stranger"

“The Book of Boba Fett” features several nods to legendary moments in movie history. The flashback to the Great Purge of Mandalore has obvious “Terminator” vibes. In the same episode, the Rodian girl watching Din Djarin in his N-1 starfighter recalls 1978’s “Superman”. But it was Cad Bane’s appearance that had us jumping out of our seats. A recurring antagonist in “The Clone Wars”, Bane was inspired by Lee Van Cleef's character "Angel Eyes" in Sergio Leone’s classic spaghetti Western “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”. Fittingly, his stand-off with Cobb Vanth and his deputy Scott echoes the iconic showdown in Leone’s film.

#9: Robert Rodriguez’s Cameos

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The cameos were strong with this series! Some, like Thundercat as Modifier, were hard to miss, while others were more lowkey. Max Lloyd-Jones, who doubled as Luke Skywalker in “The Mandalorian”, appeared as a New Republic pilot. Executive producer and director Robert Rodriguez also gave himself a few cameos. He voices the Trandoshan Dokk Strassi, as well as Mos Espa’s Ithorian mayor Mok Shaiz. Incidentally, episode 3, which Rodriguez directed, reunited him with Danny Trejo, who had roles in Rodriguez’s films “Desperado” and “Spy Kids”, among others.

#8: Camtono

"Chapter 6: From the Desert Comes a Stranger"

The galaxy far, far away sometimes has unexpected uses for objects from our own Milky Way. Take an ordinary ice-cream maker - or, in Star Wars, a “camtono”. This security container can be seen in a few episodes of both “The Mandalorian” and “The Book of Boba Fett”. But its most obvious appearance in the latter comes in the episode “From the Desert Comes a Stranger”, when the Pykes use it to hold credits and later explosives. The object’s origins go back to “The Empire Strikes Back”, where a character called Willrow Hood can be seen evacuating Cloud City clutching his precious ice-cream maker … er security container. Maybe it’s a security container for very important ice-cream.

#7: Bigger Beasts

"Chapter 3: The Streets of Mos Espa"

Several “Star Wars” characters debuted in animation before transitioning to live-action - like Ahsoka and Cad Bane. Boba Fett is actually among them. He first appeared in 1978’s “Star Wars Holiday Special”, before the release of “The Empire Strikes Back” in 1980. This is possibly alluded to in “The Book of Boba Fett’s” third episode. When he receives a rancor, he expresses his wish to ride it, boasting that he’s ridden even larger mounts. While the Holiday Special isn’t canon, this could refer to the animal that Boba Fett was riding there, a horned saurian called Paar's ichthyodont.

#6: Never Upset a Wookiee

"Chapter 4: The Gathering Storm"

Back in “A New Hope”, Han warned C-3PO and R2-D2 that wookies can rip someone’s arm off. At the time, it seemed like it might have been bluster. But in a deleted scene from “The Force Awakens”, Chewie actually did just that - disarming Unkar Plutt! “The Book of Boba Fett” sees Black Krrsantan following suit in another callback to Han’s warning. The gladiator-turned-bounty-hunter, who originated in Marvel Comics’ “Darth Vader” series, flies into a rage and tears off a Trandoshan’s arm. Trandoshans have a long history of hunting Wookiees, hence Black Krrsantan’s anger. The species can regenerate limbs by the way - so it’s not that bad.

#5: Familiar Droids

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R2-D2 delighted fans when he showed up in the penultimate episode. But the series also packed in a slew of other, lesser known droids. 8D8 worked as Jabba’s droid torturer in “Return of the Jedi” before being reactivated and serving Boba Fett. The RX-Series pilot droid in the casino looks like R-3X, who debuted on the simulator ride Star Tours at Disney Parks before transitioning to TV with “Star Wars Rebels”. There are many other droid types shown in the series, but our favorite is Peli Motto’s BD unit. BDs were introduced in the game “​​Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order”, where BD-1 serves as Cal Kestis’ adorable sidekick. We can’t assume this is BD-1 specifically, but it is just as cute!

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#3: Tosche Station

"Chapter 2: The Tribes of Tatooine"

Luke was famously about to head into Tosche station before events sent him down a very different path. He did actually make it to the repair shop in a deleted scene from “A New Hope”, telling his friends Biggs Darklighter, Laze “Fixer” Loneozner and Camie Marstrap about signs of a space battle. In “The Book of Boba Fett”, Boba tracks a Nikto gang to the station and rescues a couple there. Confirmed by the credits, this couple is none other than Laze and his girlfriend Camie! Wonder if they know what a big deal Luke became?

#2: Yoda Callbacks

"Chapter 6: From the Desert Comes a Stranger"

Both “The Mandalorian” and “The Book of Boba Fett” have given us fascinating looks at what Luke was up to between “The Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens”. Luke has enrolled Grogu as the first student in his new Jedi school, teaching him as Yoda once taught Luke. Some of the callbacks are obvious, as when Luke quotes his old master. Others are a bit more subtle, such as when Luke levitates frogs to amaze his student, just as Yoda once lifted Luke’s X-Wing. He also carries Baby Yoda in a backpack, recalling the way Yoda hitched a ride in “The Empire Strikes Back”.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

Ralph McQuarrie’s Painting of Jabba’s Palace, "Chapter 3: The Streets of Mos Espa"

A Speeder Crashes Through a Reproduction, Although Luke Has Been Removed

A Familiar Crest, "Chapter 6: From the Desert Comes a Stranger"

The Crest on the Wall in Grogu’s Flashback Marks Barriss Offee’s Quarters

Max Rebo, Various

The Musician Who Entertained Jabba in “Return of the Jedi” Now Performs in Sanctuary

The Worrt, "Chapter 2: The Tribes of Tatooine"

This Scene Recalls “Return of the Jedi”, As Well As Qui-Gon Jinn’s Maxim “There’s Always a Bigger Fish”

The B'omarr Order, "Chapter 3: The Streets of Mos Espa"

These Spider Droids Carry the Brains of Monks, Whose Monastery Became Jabba’s Palace

#1: Beggar's Canyon Details

"Chapter 5: Return of the Mandalorian"

Fans are calling for Bryce Dallas Howard to direct a “Star Wars” film after her excellent episodes for “The Mandalorian” and “The Book of Boba Fett”. Her episode for the latter is packed with references and callbacks. In a nod to “A New Hope”, Din asks the Jawas for a “cryogenic density combustion booster”, which is what Han uses to slow down the garbage compactor. There’s also a reference to “The Phantom Menace” when Din Djarin describes his new Naboo N1 Starfighter as “wizard”. But most impressive of all is the detailed reproduction of Anakin’s pod racing route. In Beggar’s Canyon, the gate that Anakin smashed through is still broken! You can see the debris on the ground. That is incredible attention to detail!
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