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The Star Wars: A New Hope Easter Egg You Might Have Missed In The Book Of Boba Fett Chapter 5

The world of "Star Wars" is so vast and complex that creators love dropping in Easter eggs for the keen-eyed superfan to squeal over. In Chapter 5 alone of "The Book of Boba Fett," viewers got to see an adorable BD-1 droid from the 2019 "Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order" video game, as well as a callback to Beggar's Canyon, the site of the amazing pod racing scene from "Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace." But that's not all — especially for those fans who hold a special place for the original movies (Episodes IV, V, and VI) in their hearts.

It's a pretty easy Easter egg to miss if you aren't a detail-oriented person. But it involves something that was featured front and center in a very tense, life-threatening scene from long ago. When Luke, Leia, Han Solo, and Chewbacca were trying to reunite with their droid friends and escape Darth Vader's clutches in the original "Star Wars," this particular piece of equipment gave them just enough time to escape certain death. And it was featured again in Chapter 5 of "The Book of Boba Fett."

An identical component of Mando's ship is what slowed down the trash compactor in Episode IV: A New Hope

In "The Book of Boba Fett," Din Djarin/Mando (Pedro Pascal) refers to it as "a cryogenic density combustion booster," but the real die-hard "Star Wars” fans on Twitter quickly recognized it as the long pole which Han and Leia use to slow down the trash compactor in "Episode IV." In that same scene, Chewbacca can be seen flailing in the background while Luke desperately tries to reach out to R2D2 and C-3PO. The pole doesn't exactly save the day — it eventually bends under the intense pressure — but it likely gave our heroes the few vital extra seconds they needed to get out of there alive.

Not only is its appearance in Chapter 5 a fun callback, but it finally gives the piece of equipment a name as well as some significance in the official canon. When Mando successfully installs the cryogenic density combustion booster and says "it fits" with a sigh of relief, it almost feels like a wink and a nod to fans who have been loyal to the franchise for years.