In “The Rescue,” one major appearance takes The Mandalorian season 2 finale home. Din and his friends have found out where Moff Gideon has taken Grogu, and before too long they throw an attack on his flagship. Once there, the finale gives all the blasting, darksaber fights, and surprise guest appearances you could want, playing coy only with Grogu himself.
“The Rescue,” directed by Peyton Reed and written by showrunner Jon Favreau, has a few major Star Wars connections and not as many little Easter eggs. Let’s just say you might have to binge Return of the Jedi again.
Here are all the Star Wars easter eggs and connections we found in this episode:
The Mandalorian: Luke Skywalker
– Mark Hamill comes back as his iconic Original Trilogy character, although it’s a little of a ship of Theseus situation, with Hamill giving the voice and his likeness for the CGI face effects. It’s actually British actor Max Lloyd-Jones wearing the robes in the scene.
– The green lightsaber he uses is the one he developed in a deleted scene from Return of the Jedi. This is the same lightsaber he uses throughout the inter-trilogy era. Rey will give back Luke’s first lightsaber, which was also Anakin Skywalker’s armor, to him in The Force Awakens.
– Despite his high position as a leading member of the Rebel Alliance, Luke never took a flagship of his own, choosing to fly the battered old X-wing, which he flew as callsign Red Five in the first Death Star battle in A New Hope. We see him zoom into the Imperial cruiser on his trusty starfighter just before he fully diminishes the dark troopers.
– Alongside Luke is his faithful astromech droid friend R2-D2, who kept the Jedi Knight company on most of his adventures throughout the Original Trilogy and after Return of the Jedi. Luke separated from R2 when he decided to exile himself on Ahch-To right prior to the Sequel Trilogy.
– Luke coming out through the smoke in the bridge scene makes us recall his father before him: Darth Vader had a similar ominous intro in the classic massacre scene in Rogue One.
– The bar where Din finds Bo-Katan Kryze is probably on a new planet. Was anyone able to recognize those smoke stacks or the desert scenario?
– Bo-Katan recalls her backstory: she’s the deposed leader of Mandalore, and requires the Darksaber to get the planet back. She’s leaving some hints though, including the role of she played in toppling her sister, Duchess Satine, from power and her former affiliation with the violent Mandalorian extremist group Death Watch.
– Bo-Katan’s ship, with its tall wings folded above the living quarters for landing, is a Kom’rk-class fighter also seen in The Clone Wars.
– The Darksaber lore Moff Gideon and Bo-Katan discussion about in this episode doesn’t quite match what we’ve seen in canon before. Gideon believes in order to be the rightful ruler, a Mandalorian has to win the Darksaber in combat, but Bo-Katan took it from Sabine Wren without fighting her in Star Wars Rebels.
– Koska Reeves is one more time at Bo-Katan’s side in this episode. Mercedes Varnado plays her, aka wrestler Sasha Banks.
– We’ve already talked about the dark troopers on other guides, but as this is the first time we actually see them in action, putting up quite the fight against Mando’s team (but less so against Luke’s lightsaber, we’re bringing them up again.
– It is notable that the Imperial comms officer( Katy O-Brian) was the centre of much prediction ahead of the finale. One famous fan theory said that this comms officer was actually Sabine Wren in disguise. That would’ve been what you call a twist! It didn’t happen, though.
– Another major Return of the Jedi setting appears in the post-credits scene: Jabba’s Palace. It’s especially sensible because it’s the first place fans saw Luke wear his all-black costume.
– Twi’lek dancers are a normal thing in Star Wars, and the last woman we saw tied to Jabba’s throne, didn’t survive her first appearance. Fennec Shand makes this a much kinder scene as compared to the one in which the previous dancer was fed to the rancor; she helps her escape and lets the dancer run.
– All kinds of alien races and creatures are present in the Jabba’s Palace scene; almost all of which have acted previously on The Mandalorian. But one connection is the rancor decoration in Jabba’s main hall. The rancor is, none other than, the beast Luke had to fight in the depths of the palace.
The Twi’lek on the throne is Jabba the Hutt’s former majordomo Bib Fortuna; who has evidently taken over his former master’s duties five years after his death.
Matthew Wood plays Bib Fortuna, an established Lucasfilm sound designer and editor and Star Wars under special effects characters. He’s popular for voicing General Grievous in Revenge of the Sith and The Clone Wars; and also acted Bib Fortuna in The Phantom Menace in an uncredited role.
– Bib’s dialogue includes a shoutout to one of the more recent Star Wars memes. He says what sounds like “maclunkey,” which is actually “ma klounkee,” a threat in Huttese. The word’s presence in the most recent edition of A New Hope‘s famous and heavily-edited confrontation between Han and Greedo puzzled fans and stands as one of Lucas’ final edits to the Original Trilogy before turning the Star Wars rights over to Disney.