Jon Favreau and his team have done an amazing job engaging Star Wars fans of all generations by inserting a mind-blowing number of Easter eggs, fan nods and callbacks into each and every episode of The Mandalorian. As a service to Star Wars fans everywhere, we're attempting to identify and catalog all the references in each episode. If you think we've missed something, let us know in the comments or on social media. We'll be happy to add it to the list after verification and credit you for the submission.
If you're into podcasts, then take a listen to our audio review of Chapter 7. A few of Eric's in-laws joined us for this episode. And despite some heavy edits in post production, it's still quite apparent that in-laws are fantastic at derailing our well-laid review plans.
And don't forget to check out our Easter Eggs list for all the other episodes of The Mandalorian:
[*** This list contains episode 7 spoilers ***]
Chapter 7 - "The Reckoning"
[04:08] The Zabrak Species
When Cara Dune reemerges in this episode, we find her engaged in hand-to-hand combat with a Zabrak, for sport. Many Star Wars fans will quickly recognize this species because of Darth Maul in the prequel trilogy. However, there are others of note in the Galaxy. Agen Kolar was a member of the Jedi High Council, as seen in Attack of the Clones. And a Zabrak named Savage Opress - voiced by Clancy Brown, who guest starred in the previous episode - makes an appearance in The Clone Wars animated series. Zabraks originated from the largely inhospitable Mid Rim planet of Iridonia, although there are numerous subspecies on other planets spread throughout the galaxy.
[06:46] Thermal Detonators
As Mando brings Cara to his weapons locker to pick out a weapon for the impending mission, we see three thermal detonators on a shelf towards the bottom. Clearly, Cara Dune has seen these before, as she picks one up and renders a brief smile. Thermal detonators made their first appearance in A New Hope, but have subsequently appeared in most of the properties in the Star Wars franchise. We've seen Mando use explosives quite a few times in this series but never this particular type. Perhaps, this is a bit of foreshadowing for what's coming up in the final episode of the season.
[10:13] "... in accordance with the Charter of the New Republic"
When Kuiil is telling the story of how he recovered the IG-11 droid, he mentions the Charter of the New Republic. This document - first mentioned in the canon novel, Bloodlines - outlined the principles of the New Republic's government, as agreed upon by the Galactic Senate.
[14:02] Force Choke
This particular force ability was made famous by Darth Vader, in A New Hope, but he certainly wouldn't be the last force user to use this ability. That said, we've certainly never witnessed a child using it. There's a lot of jokes to be made here, especially given the target of his force choke, but we're going to leave that to your imagination (or you can listen to the podcast review for some no holds barred commentary).
[18:36] "little bogwing"
Greef Karga refers to the Yodalorian as a little bogwing, when they first meet up with Mando on Nevarro. Bogwings appear on Dagobah in Empire Strikes Back; however, the canon sourcebook Star Wars: The Visual Encyclopedia claims this species is originally from Naboo.
[23:31] Force Heal
After Karga is attacked by some dragon-like creatures on Nevarro, the Yodalorian finally gets to lay down some of that special healing. He's tried this once before, when Mando was injured by the Mudhorn on Arvala-7, but he was stopped before he could finish the task. As far as we are aware, this marks the very first successful use of this force ability in the new canon.
[25:52] "It's a trap!" [Credit: Shawn Willette]