Stranger Things: 14 Best Star Wars References and Easter Eggs (So Far)

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Speaking about the show’s fifth and final season, the Duffer brothers have talked about a possible time jump. Strange things. Unless it’s very drastic, this jump will likely keep the show locked in the 1980s, which it capitalizes on hugely through its aesthetic and musical choices, as well as references and easter eggs to properties that were booming at the time. , like now War of the galaxies.

with War of the galaxies being such a big thing and the Strange things characters and creators who love the franchise, it’s no surprise that the show is full of Easter eggs and references to the galaxy far, far away.


Stranger Things 4 = The Empire Strikes Back

Stranger Things Season 4 Finale Cliffhanger Hawkins

The similarities between Strange things 4 i The Empire Strikes Back it’s there for all to see.

The Duffer brothers have even spoken about the iconic sequel’s influence on the season (via Collider). From the central villain seemingly winning to a hero ending up incapacitated (Max in a coma and Han in carbonite) to the remaining heroes watching in the distance, knowing there’s a fight ahead in the final shot, the two are intrinsically linked.

Toys on toys

Mike with his toy Millennium Falcon in Stranger Things

Because the original trilogy was a commercial phenomenon like no other, the 1980s were full of blockbusters. War of the galaxies toys, and it’s no surprise that the kids on the show have quite a few.

Mike proudly shows off his Yoda action figure to Eleven in the first season, while the gang also asks him to levitate their Millennium Falcon toy. Another great scene involving a War of the galaxies The toy arrives when Dustin returns from camp and his friends control their robot/droid toys, with one of them being none other than R2-D2, star wars’ the most famous and perhaps the best droid.

Yuri’s Broken Hyperdrive

Stranger Things Yuri Peanut Butter

Yuri proved an important component to Russia’s story in season 4 with his betrayal, his Katinka, and his plane. However, the latter had some familiar sound effects.

It’s hard to notice the sounds, but when Yuri is working on his plane and makes it work, that sound effect, as the show’s lead sound effects editor pointed out, is in the spirit of the failure of Han’s hyperdrive a The Empire Strikes Back back (a subtle but excellent audio reference).

Secret Russian base with Imperial alarms

The War of the galaxies The franchise is full of brilliant sound effects and another one that is referenced Strange things it’s the Death Star alarm.

In Season 3, the Russian secret base has an eerily similar alarm, slightly different in tone, but much the same effect as the one used by the Imperials; another not-so-obvious but excellent easter egg for die-hard fans.

“More like a Yoda.”

Eleven uses her powers to flip the van over

The similarities between Eleven and Force users War of the galaxies they’ve been pointed out a lot, specifically through Eleven’s special powers and specific scenes involving her.

Even Mike describes her to Will to one War of the galaxies reference at the end of season 1 as “More like a Yoda” than a wizard. From picking up the X-Wing from Season 2’s swamp moment to reaching out to use its powers, there are definitely connections.

Lucas fell to the dark side

Lucas Sinclair salutes in basketball uniform

When Mike and Dustin have to ask Eddie to postpone the D&D game because of Lucas’ basketball game, Eddie asks, “Are you saying Sinclair has been taken over by the dark side?”

This is of course a reference to the side of the Force used by the Sith and evil characters who use the Force, and ironically, on paper, outsiders are more likely to associate it with Eddie and the Hellfire Club rather than Hawkins basketball. team

“Never tell me the odds.”

The Hellfire Club in Stranger Things

If there is a Han Solo counterpart Strange things, it’s Steve Harrington. But it’s actually Steve’s best friend Dustin who quotes the iconic bootlegger in Season 4 of the show.

While playing Eddie’s brutal D&D campaign with Hellfire, Dustin says this iconic line after the other players tell him the odds are against him. It’s a fitting cue to Han saying the line to C-3PO right before Dustin’s epic asteroid field sequence, which produces further references to War of the galaxies than anyone else.

The Lando Calrissian debacle

He, Dustin, Mike, and Lucas hide on a bus in Stranger Things

Many fans believe the first season of Strange things has yet to be overcome, and one of its many, many amazing scenes comes when Dustin, Mike, Lucas and El hide in a bus and start communicating with Joyce and Hopper.

In a state of paranoia, the children wonder if the adults are being held hostage and forced to say things similar to what Lando Calrissian is forced to do in The Empire Strikes Back The film is not only considered the best produced by War of the galaxies but it is the one that most refers to Strange things.

Artoo deserves more credit

Dustin follows his robot toys in Stranger Things

incoming droids War of the galaxies They are often disrespected, with the best droids frequently saving the day, most notably R2-D2, who Mike says is as useless against Darth Vader as Lucas’ wrist rocket is against the Demogorgon.

This is not only unfair to Lucas’ wrist rocket, which proved valuable, but to George Lucas’s R2-D2, who, while having no chance of causing anything but emotional damage to Darth Vader, is far from being the weakest or the most helpless. character from the original trilogy. Throughout everything War of the galaxiesArtoo has proven his allegiance and worth as one of the franchise’s underappreciated heroes.

That classic Star Wars line

Stranger Things Season 4 Murray Bad Feeling

A couple of beloved Star Wars quotes appear throughout the saga, and perhaps the best of all is “I’ve got a bad feeling about this,” which is found in every instance. War of the galaxies movie as well as Strange things 4.

While returning to the Russian prison in Volume 2, Murray notes, “I don’t know Jim, I have a bad feeling about it.” There’s a chance this was accidental, Murray would really have a bad feeling about a plan like this, but given the plethora of other War of the galaxies references, this seems unlikely.


Will watches Ewoks in Stranger Things

The hype for War of the galaxies Arguably, it died out in the late 80s as it receded slightly from the forefront of pop culture conversation. However, it was still there, even having programming through children’s animated shows like Ewoks.

In Season 4 of the series, this show can be seen quickly on Byers’ TV while Jonathan and Will sit watching it. This is a show that ’80s babies know, but without Disney+, its existence might have been largely forgotten.

Steve doing his best

Steve and Robin apply for jobs at the Stranger Things video store

Steve and Robin are undoubtedly one of the best duos Strange things, and their friendship produces some great moments, most notably his interview with Keith at the video store in which Steve shows his clearly strong love for War of the galaxies.

Asked about his favorite movies, Steve announces that one of them is War of the galaxies, specifically “The one with the teddy bears, duh. *tempted Ewok sounds*” Ewoks have been compared to teddy bears many times, and it’s no surprise that Steve doesn’t know their real titles. If Dustin had been there, he probably would have roasted Steve in a state of pure disappointment.

The corridor scene

Stranger Things 4 trailer

Some references to Strange things there is no talk but mirrors of what is happening in the Galaxy far, far away, such as when Sullivan and his troops enter “Project Nina”.

In its blocking, the camera shots on each side and on the faces of individual soldiers, and the overall atmosphere, the scene is similar to Vader and his soldiers boarding the Tantive IV (where a set of troops eliminate the other due to the entrance of the big bad after the entrance). of death). Both are fantastic scenes.

Iconic friendship, iconic greeting

Steve and Dustin reunite with a Star Wars salute in Stranger Things

Steve and Dustin’s friendship blossomed in Season 2 and was further cemented as an all-time TV friendship in Season 3, bringing constant smiles to audiences from their very first moments.

Upon his return from camp, Dustin runs into Robin and asks for Steve, and the two embrace in a totally stupid but supremely wholesome handshake where they fight with fake lightsabers, sound effects and all. It’s one of their best scenes together and one of the best War of the galaxies references to the show.

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