Fans know well what audiences around the world are discovering: you simply cannot take in all the detail of a Star Wars
movie in one sitting. So intricate and meticulous is each shot that every image tells a rich story. In some cases, that story is kind of funny -- a cleverly placed nod to audience members who know where to look. For eagle eyed viewers, they're called Easter Eggs. Sometimes they're inside jokes. Other times, they're just interesting details that are very easy to overlook.
Here's a list of some of those little must-see moments that you may have missed. Consult this list the next time you go see Episode III and count how many you can spot.
Spoiler Warning: If you haven't seen Episode III yet, you may not want to read ahead.
During the space battle, when a blue laser beam lances out of the belly bay of a massive Republic Star Destroyer
and splits a Banking Clan frigate
in two, it unleashes a blossoming explosion with streaming debris. The camera pans along with one sizable chunk as it slams back into the Republic vessel. That is indeed a kitchen sink.
An audio easter egg -- and hallowed tradition of Star Wars
-- is the piercing scream affectionately called "the Wilhelm." It's a decades-old audio recording of a very distinctive scream that has become a "pet sound effect" to many sound editors, though Ben Burtt
deserves special mention for surreptitiously spreading it through the movies he's worked on. It can be heard shouted by a clone trooper
thrown by an exploding weapons emplacement during the opening space battle.
Subtly providing some nice connective tissue to the original trilogy are the designs of the starfighter targeting computers. The display screens in Anakin
fighters very closely resemble those on Darth Vader's TIE fighter
, while the little icons lining the screens of the clone fighters look a lot like those found on the X-wing
There's so much happening high above Coruscant
that it's hard to single out one spectacle not to miss. There's a very intriguing tangle that has a triangular Republic destroyer caught within the arms of a massive ring-shaped Trade Federation battleship
. It's hard to tell what's happening here: perhaps the Federation
ship has somehow captured the Republic vessel in its clutches. According to the Animatics Department that plotted out the space battle, the Republic ship is docked with a captive donut ship, and teams of clone troopers are tearing through the corridors.
It's tiny, but visible enough to send a warm fuzzy through the hearts of original trilogy fans. In the establishing shot of the expansive Senate docking bays, there's a tiny Millennium Falcon
easing into frame. And it's not just a non-descript Corellian freighter; it's on good authority -- namely George Lucas
-- that this is the infamous hunk-of-junk before it came into the ownership of either Lando Calrissian
or Han Solo. Also peculiar about that shot: there are no less than three gleaming Naboo
s parked on the lot. Does Padmé
Though it's been reported that the Senatorial plotlines of Episode III were all cut out of the film to keep the focus on Anakin's story, almost all of those supporting Senators are still in the film. The starwars.com databank recently added such Senators as Chi Eekway
, Terr Taneel
, Nee Alavar
, Mon Mothma
, Giddean Danu
, Fang Zar
, Meena Tills
, and Fema Baab
to its encyclopedic entries, and they are all on that platform. Watch for them.
Some press outlets have reported that Jar Jar
doesn't utter a single word in this film, but he does. Listen closely as the Senators file in behind Palpatine
and enter the building. The bungling Gungan
accidentally invades Senator Orn Free Taa
's personal space, provoking an exchange of "Watch it." "Excuse me."
Expanded universe fans may have had their ears perk up when Obi-Wan gives the single-sentence summary of the Jedi briefing Anakin just missed. He mentions that Master Vos has moved his troops to Boz Pity. That is indeed a reference to Quinlan Vos, who was almost slated to appear in Episode III. Lucas included the comic book Jedi in the script, though his sequence was never filmed.