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All 32 Star Wars Easter Eggs In The Acolyte Episodes 1 & 2

Warning! This post contains SPOILERS for The Acolyte episodes 1 & 2


Summary

  • The Acolyte features various Star Wars Easter eggs and references like Kubaz aliens, Nar Shadaa, and the Jedi Temple on Coruscant.
  • Mae, Osha’s twin sister, serves a dark master and wants to prove herself by killing Jedi, looking to be a dark Sith trial.
  • The show introduces new characters like Kelnacca, a Wookiee Jedi, and explores themes of the Force and dark mysteries in the High Republic Era.


The Acolyte has finally premiered on Disney+, featuring a wide collection of Eater eggs and references to the greater Star Wars canon and timeline. Set 100 years before the events of The Phantom Menace during the High Republic Era, The Acolyte reveals a dark mystery involving the deaths of Jedi at the hands of a mysterious figure, one who seemingly carries a past with the Jedi Order itself. To that end, this new High Republic show introduces several new characters while also featuring key elements of the galaxy far, far away.

As seen in The Acolytes’s two-episode premiere, a former Padawan of Jedi Master Sol (Lee Jung-ja) named Osha (Amandla Stenberg) is wanted for the murder of a Jedi Master. However, it’s eventually revealed that the actual murderer is Mae, Osha’s twin sister who was believed to have died when they were children. Instead, Mae serves a dark, mysterious master while seeking to prove her worth. To that end, here are 32 of the biggest Easter eggs and references from The Acolyte’s premiere episodes.


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32 Kubaz

Same Species As New Hope’s Imperial Spy

Kubaz Spy in The Acolyte

At the very beginning of the episode, Mae interacts with a familiar alien that looks like a Kubaz who points her in the direction of a Jedi. Featuring a hood and goggles while covering a long snout, it was a Kubaz named Garindan who helped the Imperials locate R2 and C-3PO in A New Hope. However, they still missed the droids thanks to Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi’s chartering passage aboard Han Solo and Chewbacca’s Millennium Falcon.


31 Parallels To Mos Eisley’s Cantina

Where’s Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes?

Mae finds Jedi Master Indara (Carrie Anne-Moss) in a cantina. Naturally, this cantina is full of various alien species drinking and relaxing not unlike the Mos Eisley Cantina first seen in A New Hope. The only thing missing is the all-Bith musical band, though that would have severely undercut Mae’s murder of Indara.

30 Nar Shadaa

The Smuggler’s Moon

Skyline of the densely urban Star Wars planet Nar Shadaa, where buildings are illuminated by bright neon signs.


Operating as a meknek in the Outer Rim, Osha is asked by a fellow meknek named Fillik why she didn’t join the piloting crew on a fun trip to Nar Shadaa. Nar Shaddaa is a classic Star Wars location, also known as the Smuggler’s Moon. Known for its entertainment, the moon is also a hotbed for criminal activity and is largely run by various underworld factions, most notably the Hutts.

29 Nemoidians

The Trade Federation

Nemoidians In The Acolyte

The ship Osha is serving on is run by Nemoidians who work for the Trade Federation. As seen in The Phantom Menace, the Trade Federation’s Viceroy Nute Gunray was a primary villain, having established the blockade around the planet Naboo and was in league with Darth Sidious. As seen in The Acolyte, the Trade Federation looks to be just as greedy 100 years prior.


28 Jedi Mind Probe

Associated with Kylo Ren

Upon the arrival of Jedi Knight Yord Fandar and his Padawan Tasi Lowa who searching for Osha, Yord implies that he could simply mind probe the Nemodians if they keep lying to him. This is a power that has become far more associated with the dark side thanks to Kylo Ren in the sequel trilogy. That being said, the cowardly Nemodians end up telling Yord the truth (no mind probe necessary).

27 Osha’s Space Suit

Mirrors Ahsoka Tano’s

Space Suits in The Acolyte


Despite the Republic’s laws dictating that outer-ship repairs made by organics are illegal, Osha is well-suited to the task. As such, Osha wears a space suit to make repairs to the ship’s shield generator. To that end, the suits are not unlike the space suit worn by Ahsoka Tano in her recent live-action series.

26 CorpSec

Located In The Outer Rim

Star Wars Cassian Andor Corporate Zone

Osha confirms to Yord that she largely works within the Corporate Sector of the Outer Rim. This is a region of space that’s largely self-governed by the Corporate Sector Authority rather than the Republic. As such, the Corporate Zone largely supported the Separatist Alliance during the Clone Wars, and became a haven for Separatist holdouts and eventually Rebels with the rise of the Empire.


25 Jedi Vector

A Classic High Republic Ship Comes To Live-Action

Jedi Vector In The Acolyte

Having debuted for the first time in live-action with The Acolyte, Yord and Lowa arrive on a Jedi Vector. Vectors are impressive Jedi starfighters during the High Republic Era, having been featured in books, comics, and even the animated children’s show Young Jedi Adventures. Their weapons system required a Jedi’s lightsaber as a key, ensuring that the ships could only be used by the Jedi themselves.

24 White & Gold Robes

Traditional For High Republic Jedi


Yord and his Padawan also arrive wearing more formal Jedi robes. Dressed in white and gold, these were the original colors of the Jedi Order during the High Republic Era. However, they eventually fell out of use by the time of the prequel era with the Jedi wearing much more muted browns and tans as they do on missions.

23 Zygerrian Jedi

First Seen In The Clone Wars

Zygerrian Jedi In The Acolyte

Tasi Lowa is also a member of the Zygerrian species, her introduction being the first time the alien race has been featured in live-action. Zygerrians were first introduced in The Clone Wars. Having built their empire on the slave trade, the Jedi Order shut down their operations years before the prequels, perhaps even as far back as the High Republic Era. However, the Clone Wars saw the Zyggerians openly reviving the slave trade with their alliance with Count Dooku and the Separatists.


22 The Jedi Temple Is Higher On Coruscant

A Sign Of The High Republic Era

Jedi Temple Coruscant Acolyte

The exterior of the Jedi Temple on Coruscant is shown in The Acolyte. However, it does look somewhat different 100 years before The Phantom Menace. More of its lower levels can be seen, and the temple looks higher than the rest of the city-planet. The idea is likely that the ecumenopolis has not yet grown and expanded to be exactly how it looks in the prequels.

21 The Force Is An Ocean

Elzar Mann

Star Wars, Avar Kriss and Elzar Mann High Republic


Master Sol instructs a group of younglings to close their eyes and tell him what they see using the Force. One youngling says that they see an ocean. This is not unlike Jedi Master Elzar Mann who lived earlier in the High Republic Era and also saw the Force as an ocean. The deeper a Jedi dives, the greater the Force opens itself up to them.

20 “I See Fire”

Order 66?

Youngling Sees Fire In The Acolyte

Seeing the Force as a consuming fire, one has to wonder if this other youngling saw a vision of the future. While Sol does a good job reframing what she’s seen in the context of his lesson, he does seem somewhat unsettled. Perhaps this youngling saw the Jedi Order’s own future undoing and fall following Revenge of the Sith’s Order 66? Maybe she saw what’s to come in The Acolyte itself.


19 Osha’s Last Name

Aniseya

Mother Aniseya In The Acolyte Trailer

Osha’s last name is confirmed to be Aniseya. This is critical as this is also the name of Jodie Turner-Smith’s character Mother Aniseya who’s yet to make an appearance in The Acolyte. Regardless, this helps confirm that Osha and Mae are likely Aniseya’s daughters.

18 Vernestra Rwoh

First Seen In High Republic Novels and Comics


In the preexisting High Republic books and graphic novels, Vernestra Rwoh was introduced as a Mirialan Jedi prodigy, one of the youngest to have ever achieved the rank of Jedi Knight at the age of 15 and wields a unique lightwhip. Now, Vernestra is an adult Jedi Master with her live-action debut in The Acolyte, possessing great authority and might even be the Jedi’s elected “Master of the Order”. Rwoh is played by Rebecca Henderson.

17 Probe Droids

Used by The Jedi Order

Probe Droid in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Vernestra confirms that the Jedi have been using probe droids to try and seek out Osha, their top suspect in the recent murder of Jedi Master Indara (rather than Mae who’s believed to be dead). Not only does this confirm that probe droids are in use during the High Republic Era, but they are also used by the Jedi (not unlike how the Empire used probes to find the Rebellion’s base on Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back).


16 Jecki LonA Rare Half-Theelin

After Osha left the Jedi Order, Master Sol gained a new Padawan. Known as Jecki Lon (Dafne Keen), Jecki is a rare human/Theelin hybrid, her species being a callback to the half-Theelin Rystáll Sant who worked as a dancer at Jabba’s palace as seen in Return of the Jedi. Lon joins both Sol and Yord on their mission to find Osha.

15 A New Jedi Cruiser With Early Hyperdrive Tech

What About Longbeams?

Jedi Crusier in The Acolyte


Preexisting High Republic stories have primarily introduced three new Jedi/Republic ships to the Star Wars canon: Vectors, the Jedi Order’s flagship known as The Ataraxia, and Republic cruisers known as Longbeams. However, The Acolyte debuts a brand-new shuttle used by the Jedi known as a Polan-717. Featuring a detachable hyperdrive unit, it looks as though this may be the predecessor to the Jeid’s hyperspace rings seen in the prequels.

14 Yord Fandar’s Yellow Lightsaber

A More Rare Saber Color

Yord’s lightsaber is revealed to have a yellow blade. This is a rarer lightsaber color, most often seen in use by guards at the Jedi Temple. However, a yellow-bladed lightsaber was briefly used by Luke Skywalker after The Empire Strikes Back, and Asajj Ventress wielded one during the Dark Times. Most notably, Rey Skywalker wielded a yellow-bladed lightsaber at the end of Rise of Skywalker, one she’ll likely still have in her upcoming New Jedi Order movie.


13 Dybbuk

Basically A Facehugger

Dybbuck in The Acolyte

Used to subdue violent prisoners, a parasitic dybbuk is featured attached to one of Osha’s fellow inmates. It’s also confirmed that it can cause hallucinations. However, it’s not hard to see the resemblance to one of the Alien franchise’s facehuggers as well.

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