Rogue One has some of the best #EasterEggs in any Star Wars film. Since the film takes place directly before the start of A New Hope, it should be to no one’s surprise that the majority of the Easter Eggs come from there.
That being said, there are quite a few other Easter Eggs that have been by spotted by fans including this one from Revenge of the Sith. However, there’s another reference that pays homage to a couple of Star Wars films including both Revenge of the Sith AND Return of the Jedi. What was that Easter Egg you may ask? If was a blink and you’ll miss it moment, but it wasn’t too difficult to spot upon first viewing. If you're as much a #StarWars nerd as I am, you would have caught it toward the beginning of the film.
The Scout Trooper Helmet
The scene that I’m referring to here is the first time we lay our eyes on the moon of Jedha. We see a bunch of alien creatures and other people dressed up in armor ready to take their capture (cargo pilot Bodhi Rock) to their extremist leader Saw Gerrera. One of Guerrera’s extremists was wearing what appeared to be a former Scout Troopers helmet. The helmet looks to have been painted black since there haven’t been any Scout Troopers wearing black helmets in previous films.
Here is that pic (sorry for the blurry image):
It’s hard to say where this person found the helmet since none of the Stormtroopers in the movie were Scout Troopers. The only types of Stormtroopers we had were of course the main ones from the original trilogy, TIE pilots, and ones we had yet to see such as the Shore Troopers and Krennic’s Death Trooper army.
While we don’t get to see Scout Troopers in action, it’s nice to see that Gareth Edwards wanted to show that Stormtroopers aren’t the only people who utilize their own equipment. In fact, last time I checked the Ewoks used those helmets as great musical instruments!
Why Wear The Scout Trooper Helmet?
The real question is why wear your enemies helmet? Could it be that this person killed this trooper in battle and wanted to remember this fight by wearing it? Could the helmet be used to blend in with the enemy should they need to pursue a stealth mission? Or, could it simply be that the helmet was found and thought it would match his outfit?
All of these scenarios are feasible but no one can deny that it was a good placement for this Easter Egg. It’s small, but it means so much more for die hard fans of the franchise. The Clone Scout Troopers played a prominent role in the Battle of Kashyyyk in Revenge of the Sith while the Scout Troopers are mostly popular for the Battle on Endor in Return of the Jedi.
Did you catch this Easter Egg? What was your favorite Rogue One Easter Egg? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!