Friday, September 2, 2016

ALL Star Wars: The Clone Wars EASTER EGGS - Season 1

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The following are interesting Easter Eggs that have been spotted in Season One of the Star Wars: The Clone Wars Television Series

First up, in the premiere episode Ambush, the targeting display screen for the Republic frigate appears to have a tried and true Corellian design; it's the same orange-against-red grid seen aboard the Millennium Falcon in A New Hope. Also a green version of this display can be seen in the Separatist command center in the episode Innocents of Ryloth.

The second escape pod in Rising Malevolence is designated Pod 1977, a reference to the release year of the original Star Wars.

Another frequent Star Wars Easter Egg number, 327, appears twice in Season One. One of the troopers in Rookies was designated CT-327, and the Treadwell droid in Cloak of Darkness also went by this number. This is in reference to the Millennium Falcon being docked in hangar bay 327 aboard the Death Star and landing on platform 327 in Cloud City. Additionally, in Episode I, the Naboo starship is identified as a Nubian J-type 327.

The episodes Shadow of Malevolence and Destroy Malevolence featured references to designs in the films. The chairs at the briefing are basic office chairs with coasters, just like the chairs aboard the original Death Star. And the design of the rail-jet car draws inspiration from the Trade Federation MTT tanks from Episode I.

Downfall and Duel of the Droids introduced the astromech droid R3-S6. Nicknamed Goldie, the color scheme of the droid is an homage to series supervising director Dave Filoni's love for the Pittsburg Steelers NFL team. The Steelers weren't the only NFL team referenced in The Clone Wars however, it appears that the character Robonino in Hostage Crisis may be a New England Patriots fan. His backpack says "Patsfan" in Aurebesh.

There were numerous designs in Season One inspired by works of original Star Wars conceptual artist Ralph McQuarrie. Among them was the Kwazel Maw in Bombad Jedi, which referenced an early Degobah swamp slug concept, and the planet Maridun in the episodes Jedi Crash and Defenders of Peace which was based on illustrations originally produced for Return of the Jedi. An earlier draft of the Jedi story depicted this grassland planet named Sicemon. The structures seen in the grasslands are Killik mounds, large abandoned termite-like hives from a supposedly vanished race. These structures became the basis of the seedpod designs seen used by the Lurmen in these episodes.

McQuarrie wasn't the only Star Wars artist whose work made it into the series. The city of Cliffhold in Mystery of a Thousand Moons is based on old Doug Chiang designs from The Phantom Menace. It is filled with aurebesh graffiti, including incidents of Jaybo Hood's name scrawled on the walls or simple illustrations depicting droids and clones. One building is even marked with a large aurebesh marquee that reads Kristal Skull.

There are also two more references to the Indiana Jones franchise in Season One. The top of Senator Kharrus' staff in The Gungan General resembles the headpiece to the Staff of Ra from Raiders of the Lost Ark. And the Ark itself can be seen in the possession of Wat Tambor in Liberty on Ryloth, however it appears slightly modified to have Twi'lek cherubim atop the box.

Here are a few other cool Easter Eggs referencing popular culture. The sound and rotation of the Weequay pirate ship in Dooku Captured is very evocative of old style 1950s ideas of UFOs, like those seen in Earth Versus the Flying Saucers. In Cloak of Darkness the catwalks and clusters of cylinders that dominate the engine room are an architectural nod to the gravity control room found aboard the Super Dimensional Fortress (SDF-1) from the Robotech series. And the spinning scope device on Captain Mar Tuuk's data goggles in Storm Over Ryloth was partly inspired by the mechanical monocle worn by a Ko-Dan fleet officer in The Last Starfighter.

Bringing it back to Star Wars the hallways in Blue Shadow Virus featured a similar tube-like design to those on Cloud City.

And finally one of my favorite easter eggs from Season One of Star Wars: The Clone Wars was the appearance of the astromech R2-KT.

Nicknamed the "Droid With the Heart of Gold," R2-KT was orginally created by the R2 Builders Club in 2005 as a tribute to Katie Johnson, the seven-year-old daughter of 501st founder Albin Johnson. Katie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2004, and began to receive support from around the Star Wars community. As Katie's declining health struck her bedridden, the girl wished she had a droid to watch over her, like R2-D2 watched over Padmé in Attack of the Clones. When Jerry Greene of the R2 Builders heard about the Johnsons' story, he and his fellow builders organized a campaign to collect parts and assemble an R2 unit for Katie. In a few months, they constructed a custom, fully functional droid which they painted pink and named "R2-KT." According to Albin, Katie kept the droid by her bedside through her final days.

R2-KT has since been used to visit children's hospitals and spread awareness of pediatric illness by attending Star Wars events. The droid has also been the focus of various fundraisers; in 2007, Hasbro produced an R2-KT action figure, raising $100,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and in 2015, Mattel sold a Celebration Anaheim–exclusive R2-KT Hot Wheels collectible, donating the proceeds to Star Wars: Force for Change. In total, R2-KT has raised over 1 million dollars for charity. And including her in the Clone Wars series was a fantasic nod.

Well that concludes this collection of Easter Eggs from the first season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments below! Please give this video a thumbs up, and subscribe to my channel so you don't miss any future videos I release. Until next time, May the Force be with you!

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