As with any film set in the Star Wars universe, it’s impossible to avoid the lore and iconography of the prequels—and why would you even want to avoid it? Solo: A Star Wars Story is no exception, and we rounded up the five biggest nods to an era of Star Wars we love.
**Spoiler Warning: Obviously, there are spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story below**
COLO CLAW FISH
Late in the film, Dryden Vos offers Han and crew a dish made from a Colo Claw Fish. It looks like it might be the eggs of the monstrous fish. A Colo Claw Fish made its appearance in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace when Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Jar Jar Binks were traveling through the core of Naboo in a Bongo. Before the massive fanged and clawed fish could do more damage to the Jedi and their conveyance, it was eaten by a Sando Aqua Monster.
During Lando’s introduction, he mentions that he was square with Crimson Dawn after completing a job on Felucia. Felucia is the brightly colored tropical planet first seen in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. During Order 66, it was where Aayla Secura’s clone troops turned on her, gunning her down mercilessly. It also featured prominently in a number of episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and was actually the planet Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano was on before getting abducted by Trandoshan hunters for an adventure that would have her cross paths with Chewbacca the Wookiee.
Lando is instantly impressed with Tobias Beckett when they first meet, thanking him for the murder of Aurra Sing, a notorious bounty hunter that Lando was deeply indebted to. For those who don’t recognize the name, Aurra Sing was a character first introduced in a brief cameo during the podrace of The Phantom Menace. Her character wasn’t fleshed out further until The Clone Wars cartoon show, but there she proved a ruthless bounty hunter, working with the likes of Bossk, Cad Bane, and others. She was even an evil sort of surrogate mother for Boba Fett.
Like every Star Wars film these days, Solo: A Star Wars Story features an appearance from Warwick Davis. He’s been in most Star Wars films beginning with Return of the Jedi, where he played the Ewok Wicket W. Warwick. After that, all of the characters he’s played have names that begin with the letter “W,” and he even played three characters in The Phantom Menace.
In Solo, he plays a character named Weazel, a lieutenant of Enfys Nest’s. But this is not the first time Davis has played this particular character. Weazel was first seen in Watto’s box at the podrace in The Phantom Menace, losing his money by betting against Anakin Skywalker. In the Legends timeline, Weazel was an arms dealer, but now we know that by the dark times he was working to cement a Rebellion against the Empire.
Perhaps the single biggest connection Solo had to the prequels was the appearance of everyone’s favorite cut-rate Sith lord, Maul. His appearance makes so much sense, too, given our slot on the timeline. We see him here as a former Sith, once again at the head of his personal Shadow Collective, right between the events of the Ahsoka novel, where we saw him fighting in the Siege of Mandalore, and Star Wars Rebels, where he’s been stranded on the uninhabited planet of Malachor. It was the boldest move the film made and tied the two halves of the classic saga together in an intensely satisfying way. Frankly, his appearance is half of why I want a sequel to Solo.