Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi

Ewan McGregor’s return to "Star Wars" in the "Obi-Wan Kenobi" series has brought a number of new additions to the world and lore of the franchise, but it also pulls heavily from what’s been established in the past. Set a decade after "Revenge of the Sith," the show follows Obi-Wan on a quest to save a young Princess Leia — and himself — from the brutal agents of the Empire. Along the way, old friends and foes alike return to the fold to reveal new corners of the "Star Wars" galaxy.

The era between the original and prequel trilogies has been explored a good bit in stories like "Star Wars: The Bad Batch," "Solo: A Star Wars Story," and "Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order," but much still remains a mystery. Thanks to its position on the "Star Wars" timeline, "Obi-Wan Kenobi" gets to pull equally from all six of George Lucas’ films. The Disney+ series shows a universe in transition — one that still resembles the Clone Wars era in many ways but is clearly headed toward the full-blown Imperial oppression seen in "A New Hope."

Given its midway setting, it makes sense that "Obi-Wan Kenobi" features a ton of references — both big and small — to all corners of the "Star Wars" mythos. From blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moments to subtle homages, here are some Easter eggs you might have missed in "Obi-Wan Kenobi."

Be warned, there will be major spoilers ahead.

Order 66

Jedi younglings training

"Obi-Wan Kenobi" starts out in a flashback set during "Revenge of the Sith" — specifically, the brutal assault on the Jedi Temple led by Anakin Skywalker himself. The scene shows a class of Jedi younglings training with a master in the ways of the Force. When the sounds of battle begin to intrude on the lesson, the master escorts her students through the halls of the temple, taking down several attacking clone troopers along the way. Tragically, she doesn’t make it far before dying to a well-placed blaster bolt, leaving the younglings to fend for themselves.

In addition to showing a new angle on the events of Order 66, the flashback scene includes a couple of details that most fans of the "Star Wars" prequels should recognize. The helmets that the younglings are wearing, for instance, are the same ones worn by Yoda’s students in "Attack of the Clones." The layout of the Jedi Temple, as shown in the escape sequence, also perfectly mirrors its portrayal in the prequel trilogy. Finally, the Order 66 scene sets the stage for the gross imbalance of power rampant during the Imperial era. Some of the younglings may have survived, but they would either become fugitives or Imperial Inquisitors.

A vessel fit for a Sith

Imperial Inquisitors exiting their ship

After "Obi-Wan Kenobi" jumps to its main timeline on Tatooine, viewers are quickly introduced to the Imperial Inquisitors — Force-sensitive Jedi hunters trained in the ways of the dark side. The Third Sister (Moses Ingram), Fifth Brother (Sung Kang), and the Grand Inquisitor himself (Rupert Friend) all touch down on the desert planet in search of a rogue Jedi who, surprisingly, isn’t Obi-Wan. The three dark side agents are shown disembarking from a stark ship that might look familiar to those who’ve seen "The Phantom Menace."

While certainly not the exact same design, the Inquisitors’ ship resembles Darth Maul’s Scimitar, which also made its "Star Wars" debut flying over the sands of Tatooine. Though the ship shown in "Obi-Wan Kenobi" is a bit boxier — a staple of Imperial design — its similarity to the Republic era Sith vessel is a nice touch. Visually, it sets the Inquisitors in a category of their own. They’re agents of the Empire, yes, but they’re also powerful dark side Force-wielders in their own right. The Darth Maul allusion is also particularly relevant to the story of Obi-Wan, as he’s always been connected to Darth Sidious’ original apprentice.

Scenic Tatooine

The Dune Sea of Tatooine

Disney+ has returned to Tatooine again and again in its various "Star Wars" shows, and while Obi-Wan quickly makes his way off the desert planet in his own series, he spends the whole first episode wandering the Dune Sea. At this point, Jawas and Banthas are a little too commonplace to count as Easter eggs, but there are still some fun little details waiting to be found.

The saloon that the Inquisitors infiltrate is a nice homage to the Mos Eisley cantina, complete with bright green drinks served in tall, opaque glasses. Obi-Wan’s Jawa friend Teeka references the Jundland Wastes, which any good "Star Wars" fan knows are not to be traveled lightly. Additionally, there’s a good sampling of the local Tatooine wildlife.

Obi-Wan earns a living by working on a butcher line, harvesting meat from the massive corpse of what appears to be a Krayt Dragon (or some similarly massive beast). His cruel overseer might conjure memories of Rey’s portion-paying boss in "The Force Awakens." It’s then revealed that Obi-Wan’s main mode of transport is an Eopie — a long-snouted, camel-like creature first introduced in "The Phantom Menace." Eopies have historically been best known for their flatulence, but Obi-Wan fortunately seems to have acquired one with more decorum.

Old Ben

Obi-Wan digging up lightsabers

"Obi-Wan Kenobi" Episode 1 paints a pretty grim picture of the eponymous Jedi’s life in exile. After a hard day at work, he returns to his hideout in the desert, which is little more than a furnished cave. Still, even amid the barrenness, Obi-Wan has retained some reminders of his old life, which include some interesting references to the "Star Wars" movies.

At the entrance to his home, there’s a periscope scanner — presumably a security protocol to alert him to intruders. Fans may recognize the device’s design, as an identical periscope is used repeatedly by R2-D2 throughout the "Star Wars" films. Hopefully, Obi-Wan’s is simply a repurposed gadget and not the appendage of some poor astromech droid buried in the sand. Later in Episode 1, Obi-Wan takes out an old hologram communicator to receive a transmission from Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits). It’s another device that should be familiar to those who’ve seen the movies, as Obi-Wan is seen using it in the prequel trilogy.

Perhaps most striking of all, however, is the cloud of defeat that follows Obi-Wan. Under his Ben persona, the Jedi truly looks like he’s given up. He’s buried his and Anakin’s lightsabers in the desert (a possible allusion to the end of "The Rise of Skywalker"), he’s terrorized by nightmares, and he is hesitant to use the Force in basically any scenario. Given how calm and controlled Obi-Wan is in "A New Hope," it’s interesting to see him in such a dark place.

The Inquisitorius

Grand Inquisitor talking to Reva

If you’ve absorbed much "Star Wars" media in the Disney era, then you’re probably familiar with the Imperial Inquisitors. Moses Ingram’s Reva, who takes the villainous lead in the Disney+ series, is a new addition, but some of the Emperor’s agents have appeared in the past. Sung Kang’s Fifth Brother, for instance, has featured in several previous projects, including the "Darth Vader" comics and "Star Wars Rebels." He eventually meets his end at the hands of Darth Maul — a curious twist of fate given their shared history of hunting for Obi-Wan.

The Grand Inquisitor — another prominent villain from the "Star Wars" comics and "Star Wars Rebels" — also makes his presence felt in the "Obi-Wan" show. However, he’s a bit different this time around. In "Star Wars Rebels," the Grand Inquisitor is voiced by Jason Isaacs, and some fans were upset when he was recast with Rupert Friend for the live-action version. After being stabbed by Reva in a surprising betrayal, though, the Grand Inquisitor’s fate seems up in the air. It’s possible that he’ll survive the attack, but it’s also possible that Friend’s character is a different version of the villain, and the Isaacs’ rendition in Rebels might be some sort of clone — it is "Star Wars," after all.

Regardless, both the Fifth Brother and the Grand Inquisitor wield the same spinning lightsabers first shown in "Star Wars Rebels," and they look a bit more intimidating in live-action.

It’s just a toy

Obi-Wan holding Luke's toy

One of the more touching moments in "Obi-Wan Kenobi" Episode 1 comes during Ben’s interaction with Teeka the Jawa. He spends a good portion of his hard-earned money to buy a toy for the young Luke Skywalker, and not just any toy either.

Specifically, Obi-Wan purchases a model of a T-16 Skyhopper — a small airspeeder first mentioned in the original "Star Wars." Luke references the craft during the briefing for the first Death Star attack, claiming that "I bullseye womp rats in my T-16 back home." He’s also shown playing with a toy version of the speeder during an early conversation with C-3PO. It seems that Obi-Wan was the giver of that gift all along, which is a fun little twist on a tiny piece of preexisting lore. Though Luke’s Uncle Owen (Joel Edgerton) insists that Obi-Wan takes the toy back, it seems that he acquiesces in the end.

The Princess of Alderaan

Princess Leia climbing a tree

A lot of "Star Wars" media has dealt with Luke’s time on Tatooine, but far less time has been spent exploring his sister Leia’s upbringing on Alderaan. "Obi-Wan Kenobi" addresses that by spending a good amount of time on the planet, following a 10-year-old Leia through the ins and outs of her royal life. Young star Vivien Lyra Blair does an excellent job bringing the young Princess to life, complete with Leia’s signature snark, stubbornness, and wit.

In one scene, while climbing a tree with her little droid friend Lola, Leia starts naming the ships she sees leaving the local spaceport. She identifies an "Aquilian ranger, probably scouting for Merson pirates." The mention of Aquilian rangers is a deep-cut reference to the Aquilae System, first mentioned in an infamous cut line from the original "Star Wars." Merson pirates appear in some early "Star Wars" comics that have since been relegated to the "Legends" timeline, though they have also been referenced in canonical media.

It’s also worth noting that, in an attempt to avoid her adoptive parents’ impending political reception, Leia sends a young decoy to be dressed and ornamented in her place — the exact same tactic her mother Padmé used many times throughout her political career. Leia quickly reminds Obi-Wan of Padmé after they meet, and it’s clear why.

The war veteran

Clone trooper begging for money

Soon after arriving on the crime-ridden world of Daiyu, Obi-Wan sees a face he certainly didn’t expect — that of an old clone trooper begging for money on the side of a dirty street. Though the former Republic soldier (played in a special cameo by Temuera Morrison) is technically much younger than Obi-Wan, he looks notably older, as his body has broken down due to the Kaminoans’ accelerated aging alterations.

It’s a powerful and somewhat horrific reminder of what happened to the clones after the rise of the Empire. As shown in "Star Wars: The Bad Batch," most were quickly phased out of military service. It is clearly jarring for Obi-Wan to see the old clone, which makes sense given his complicated history with them. On the one hand, he probably saw his old friends Cody and Rex in the beggar’s face and felt quite sad. On the other hand, the events of Order 66 would surely have created a traumatic connection to the clones. Obi-Wan moves on from the encounter quickly, but it surely stays with him — especially since the clone’s blue-accented armor is remarkably similar to Rex’s.

The spice trade

Obi-Wan in a spice lab

If there’s underworld activity happening in a "Star Wars" story, there’s a good chance it has something to do with spice, the all-purpose drug signifier stolen (along with many other things) straight out of "Dune." That rule holds true in "Obi-Wan Kenobi" as well, with the spice trade rearing its head immediately on Daiyu. A young dealer tries to sell the rogue Jedi some of the stuff, naming a few different varieties, including Kessel (a primary spice planet most famous for the Kessel Run) and Felucian (a reference to the planet Felucia, where Jedi Aayla Secura met her unfortunate end during Order 66).

Later on, Obi-Wan infiltrates a spice lab and even uses a vial of the stuff to fend off a group of would-be captors. He smashes the small glass container on the ground and locks his attackers in with it, sending them all on what looks to be a pretty intense trip.

Uncivilized weapons

Obi-Wan Kenobi using a blaster

Less an Easter egg than a fun little detail, this one’s still worth mentioning given the main character in the series. In the original "Star Wars," Obi-Wan refers to Lightsabers as being from "a more civilized age" and claims that they’re "not as clumsy or random as a blaster." This line is referenced again in "Revenge of the Sith" after Obi-Wan discards a used blaster and declares it "so uncivilized." It’s interesting, then, that he uses blasters so prevalently in the first couple episodes of his own show.

As he doesn’t want to out himself as a Jedi, Obi-Wan hesitates to use either the Force or his lightsaber. He instead relies on his martial arts prowess (Teräs Käsi, anyone?) and what weapons he can find to keep the bad guys at bay. More importantly, Obi-Wan doesn’t complain once about the blasters he’s forced to use — almost as if he’s let go of his old Jedi pride. It’s a small detail, but it helps build the sense that he’s really given up all hope. If Obi-Wan Kenobi can use a blaster without a snide comment, things truly have taken a dark turn.