There’s a lot going on in Star Wars: Episode VIII, a long movie with an expansive plot that takes more than one viewing to fully digest. Here are eight of the “bigger” little things you may have missed in The Last Jedi:
A bad feeling
“I have a bad feeling about this” is famously in every Star Wars movie — but you may have missed it in The Last Jedi — unless you speak droid. Resistance astromech BB-8 utters the dreadful expression as Poe Dameron takes on the First Order Siege Dreadnaught Fulminatrix with his lone X-wing starfighter, prompting the ace pilot to reply with the not-so-reassuring: “Happy beeps, buddy. Happy beeps!” (Resistance General Leia Organa chimes in via comlink: “I’m with the droid on this.”
Rey’s first rain?
In a respite from tangling with tight-lipped Jedi recluse Luke Skywalker, Jakku native Rey stops to smell the petrichor (you’re a nerd, look it up) and enjoy what is most likely her first experience with peaceful precipitation while taking refuge from the full brunt of the weather under the Millennium Falcon. While it’s hard to miss the fact that she’s in the rain, it’s not explained or reinforced here that the scavenger from a desert world is probably enjoying the experience for the first time. (In Episode VII — The Force Awakens, she was in more obvious awe of her first visit to a world with widespread green growth as the Falcon touched down on Takodana.)
Later in the movie, it would again be raining on the Ahch-To island as Rey confronts Luke with his old lightsaber to learn the truth about Ben Solo’s descent to the dark side and strikes out on her own in a naive attempt to bring him back to the light. (If you’ve seen Episode II — Attack of the Clones, you’ll remember another battle in the rain involving a single lightsaber, as Obi-Wan Kenobi battled Jango Fett on a Tipoca City launchpad on the oceanic world Kamino.)
Salty Easter egg
When the Resistance survivors entrench themselves on Crait, one licks the white substance covering the ground and spits it out, identifying it as salt. The other soldier who gives him the “no shit, Sherlock” stink-eye is none other than Gareth Edwards, director of 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in a cameo role. (And a meme was born …)
Kylo Ren did not inherit his father’s love for the family “bucket of bolts,” the Millennium Falcon, as underscored when he orders his gunners to “blow that piece of junk out of the sky!” when it appears on Crait to draw the TIE fighters away from the base defenders. Luke Skywalker himself reacted with “what a piece of junk!” when he first saw the ship on Tatooine; Princess Leia said “You came in that thing? You’re even braver than I thought!” And Rey herself called it “garbage” before admitting “the garbage’ll do” when left with no other choice for escaping the First Order on Jakku in The Force Awakens. They all learned to appreciate the Falcon’s charms, to some extent — but not the former Ben Solo, who sees it as a thorn in his side. (In deleted scenes from The Force Awakens, Ren boards the Falcon and silently reminisces while its crew is running around Starkiller Base.)
Return of the lightsaber
When Luke’s apparition faces Kylo Ren on Crait, instead of his custom-made green-bladed lightsaber from Episode VI — Return of the Jedi, he’s using his father’s blue blade — which we just saw destroyed in the struggle between Rey and Kylo aboard Supreme Leader Snoke’s flagship Supremacy, so eagle-eyed viewers have their first clue that Luke isn’t actually on Crait at all. Another clue: While Kylo Ren’s fancy footwork in the salt-covered Crait terrain exposes the planet’s blood-red soil, Luke’s steps don’t make a mark.
The Millennium Falon’s golden cockpit dice, not seen since the original Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope, return here when Luke takes his own trip down memory lane aboard the Falcon. He keeps them, and presents them to Leia when appearing to her on Crait. She leaves them behind when evacuating the base, and her son finds them and picks them up — only to watch them fade away as Luke Skywalker, his life force burned up by projecting himself across the galaxy — dies and becomes one with the Force.
The sacred Jedi texts, seemingly destroyed by the spirit of Yoda when Luke’s resolve wavers, are actually safe and sound aboard the Millennium Falcon, as you can see when Finn grabs a blanket for the wounded Rose Tico from a storage compartment. If you were looking closely after Rey, R2-D2 and Chewbacca left Luke on Ahch-To aboard the Falcon, you could actually see Rey close the drawer — presumably after just having stashed the books there.
You could be forgiven for missing it (I did the first time around), but the brave Canto Bight stable boy Temiri Blagg uses the Force to pull his broom to him while he dreams of a better life in the film’s final scene. It’s subtle, but it’s definitely there. (Even before I knew about it, I appreciated the scene for its hint of a future for the Resistance, now apparently re-rebranded as the Rebellion — but knowing it also underscores Luke’s final words about not being the last Jedi makes it even better.) I hated that I missed it the first time around, as it was one of the biggest little things you may have missed in The Last Jedi that everyone was talking about as the cinema lights came back on!
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