'The Force Awakens': 5 Scenes That Remind Us of the Original Trilogy

If you’re like us, you’ve watched the new teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens nearly 1,138 times by now. So you’ve probably noticed that the forthcoming J.J. Abrams-directed movie has more than a few none-too-subtle callbacks and homages to the original trilogy (and, thankfully, not a single nod to the Jar Jar-jinxed films that followed). Here are a few of our favorite Force-ified flashbacks: 

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1. Super ’Troopers

When Finn (John Boyega) removes his Stormtrooper helmet, it’s hard not to think of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) doffing his space-cap while rescuing Princess Leia from the Death Star in 1977′s A New Hope. And just check out how miffed Finn looks in that shot! He’s definitely a little short for a Stormtrooper.


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2. ’Ship-show

We can’t help but feel a little TIE-curious after checking out Force Awakens’ new pilots (and those subtly snazzy interiors) in our favorite Imperial flying machine, which are sleeker and shinier than the boxier editions seen in A New Hope — though why does the new pilot only need one air hose?


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3. Sith-show

When an unidentified Force Awakens character (c’mon— we know it’s Luke) picks up the burned, broken remains of Darth Vader’s mask, it’s a surprisingly poignant reminder of Luke’s attempt to finally see his father in Return of the Jedi. It was also a reminder of those old Madballs commercials from the ‘80s. 


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4. The Falcon Crests

Seeing Han Solo’s ship twirl and turn through a downed Star Destroyer in Force Awakens — and doing so while narrowly avoiding bright-green laser-blasts — brought to mind the attack on the second Death Star from Return of the Jedi. Cue excited Nien Nunb reaction shot!


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5. Rebel Yells

In Force Awakens, Oscar Isaac plays superstar star-pilot Poe Dameron (that’s not to be confused with Dameron Poe, the director of emo Hoth-set dramas from the ‘80s). In the new teaser, Dameron lets out a whoop similar to the one emitted by Han Solo (Harrison Ford) during A New Hope’s attack on the Death Star. As for what Dameron’s yelling? Well, maybe we’re a little biased, bit it sounds to our ears like “Yahoo!”

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