Happy Easter! Since we all know one of the best things to do on Easter is find Easter eggs, here are a few you can find in William Shakespeare’s Revenge of the Sith:
- At the end of Act I, scene 1, Obi-Wan has a soliloquy in which he says, “Had we but galaxy enough, and time.” This is a reference to “Had we but world enough, and time” from the famous poem “To His Coy Mistress” by 17th century poet Andrew Marvell.
- In Act II, scene 4, I have an internal reference of sorts. Palpatine, seducing Anakin to the dark side, says “Pray, search thy feelings, Anakin. Thou knowest it is true.” This is a direct quote of William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back, when Anakin (then Vader) will say to Luke, after telling Luke he is his father: “Pray, search thy feelings, Luke. Thou knowest it is true.”
- In Act IV, scene 1, I have a dialogue between two Jedi, in which one Jedi has found Order 66 missing from the clone codes—they seem to jump straight from Order 65 to Order 67. The other Jedi calms him down, insisting it’s just a clerical error. The whole scene is an acrostic: if you read the first letter of each line going down through the scene, I’ve listed out the names of the wonderful people at Quirk Books who were so helpful with the books. My little way of honoring a great team!
- In Act IV, scene 4, once the clone troopers have fired at Obi-Wan Kenobi, they essentially assume that he is dead and don’t go looking for his body. This struck me as typical poor henchman thinking, so I have one of the troopers say, “Let us assume it all hath gone to plan.” This is a reference to a line from Austin Powers, in which Dr. Evil’s tells his son Scott that he assumes his plan to kill Austin will work.
- In Act IV, scene 5, Anakin (now Vader) says in a soliloquy: “The pow’r of love’s a passing curious thing, / It maketh one man weep, another sing.” If the theme song to Back to the Future is suddenly in your head, that’s not accidental.
- In Act IV, scene 6, R2-D2 says: “My fear doth keep me here, in frozen state, / Although the wind howls like a storm inside. / O, let it go—fear not, but be at ease: / The heat ne’er bother’d R2 anyway.” At this point, you should be humming “Let It Go” from the movie Frozen.
- I am a big Gilbert and Sullivan nerd, and Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge is not the first time I’ve put a G&S reference into my books. In Act V, scene 2, Anakin/Vader says, “I am the monarch of the sea,” a line (and song title) from Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore.
- In Act V, scene 3, the medic droid who declares Padmé dying from lack of hope has a long soliloquy, and there’s a reason. The entire line is an acrostic. Read it, and you’ll find a reference to another famous doctor (from an entirely different Star ____ series).
There are a handful of other Easter eggs in William Shakespeare’s Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge, too, but I can’t give them all away at once, now can I? Happy Easter, and happy hunting!