Star Wars: Please Stop With the Easter Eggs
Will Easter eggs kill the Star Wars Universe? That’s the question asked in this article.
I’ll admit that’s a very terse way of summing up that article, but it is the gist of it. Do constant nods to the original Star Wars movies make the movies less, well, lesser movies?
I believe the answer is yes.
Think of the Star Wars movies as a bobble head. One single nod, and the bobble head is fine. But if it keeps bouncing up and down, it will eventually break.
Rogue One was a great example of this. The cameo of the two aliens from the the Mos Eisly cantina (Ponda Baba and Evazan) was unnecessary, as were R2-D2 and C3P0. Even Princess Leia didn’t have to be in there, as it raises so many questions about the timeline.
As a huge fan of Star Wars, I get it. The director wants to include something from the original, either as a form of nostalgia, or even legitimization. But what it does is show a lack of confidence in the new material.
One of the great things about New Hope is it wasn’t scared to set up a universe that it wouldn’t explain. Saying Obi-Wan was a general in the clone wars, without explaining what that was, gave Star Wars its flavor. It wasn’t a mystery, all the characters just knew what the clone wars were, so it didn’t have to be explained.
When Luke says, he shot “Womp Rats”, he doesn’t have to turn around and explain to the person next to him, “well a Womp rat is…” because everyone knows what a Womp rat is.
This is what the new Star Wars movies are lacking. The confidence to add new lore unattached to the old one. It’s confusing leaving questions unanswered, to creating a universe where that question wouldn’t be asked at all.
Take The Force Awakens. Maz Kanata has Luke’s lightsaber, but refuses to answer why. That is a question that needs to be answered. Explaining who Lor San Tekka is (That guy from the beginning of The Force Awakens) does not need to be answered because in universe everyone already knows.
Unfortunately, there are many more examples of J.J Abrams using the first technique rather than the second.
Star Wars is a strong Universe and has immense lore. It does not need to lean on its predecessors, and if it continues to do so, if the movies make you go “Oh look remember this guy! You loved this guy!”, then audiences will turn away because it’s patronizing.
Disney is doing a great job revitalizing Star Wars. Much better than I had dared to hope. But I believe they are confused on what fans want. We don’t need, or want to see a cameo from Ponda Baba, we know he exists already. We want to see new things, amaze us with new stories, maybe even from different parts of the galaxy, that have had nothing to do with our present knowledge. Don’t suffocate us with Easter eggs, show us something new.
What are your thoughts on the Easter eggs of Star Wars? Let me know in the comments.