When Rogue One: A Star Wars Story began to approach over the last several months, many fans watching the current animated series Star Wars Rebels began to wonder... would the two directly overlap? After all, both took place ahead of the initial Star Wars film, and both dealt with the young Rebel Alliance.
When a TV spot appeared to show The Ghost, the main ship from Rebels, that only got fans going even more. Now, it seemed, there had to be something more for fans of both properties to see. While it remains to be seen whether Rebels will have any Rogue One connections directly on the series, here's what we spotted as shout-outs to the show in the movie.
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General Syndulla, Please Report
If you listen closely at the Rebel Base at Yavin, you can hear an audio cue over the intercom that nods nicely to current animated series Star Wars Rebels.
"General Syndulla, please report," you'll hear. There are two Syndullas that could be referring to. It could be mentioning Hera Syndulla, the pilot of the Ghost and member of Phoenix Squadron, getting a promotion here. Or it could be that Hera doesn't survive, and her father Cham Syndulla joins up in earnest with the Rebellion. Sorry, this doesn't make for confirmation that Hera survives the events of the Rebels series, as much as we'd like to take it that way.
In a blink-and-you'll-miss-him moment also on Yavin at the Rebel Base, Chopper, the lovable grumpy droid from Star Wars Rebels appears. Seriously, it's a very quick cameo, so don't blink at all when you're watching the movie. NO BLINKING.
The third and final Star Wars Rebels reference we caught was the Ghost, their vehicle in the show, right there in the big space battle over Scarif. You can see the Ghost in the initial shot of the Rebel fleet, and multiple times flying around in battle, another indication that hopefully Hera is alive and flying it well.