The newest trailer of The Force Awakens was released four days ago, after watching it dozens of times I made a list of the parallels we find with the Prequels and the Original Trilogy (and also with The Clone Wars!). As we know there are parallels in the Prequels and the Original Trilogy (also including The Clone Wars), they rhyme as Lucas explained it they’re like poetry (Mike Klimo showed the connections between the movies with his Ring Theory.) To prepare you for this post, I recommend to watch the trailer again below:
The first parallel scene I’ve noticed is this one :
With this scene from The Clone Wars ‘Shades of Reason’ in which we see the Death Watch addressing the Mandalorians who support them, the same way General Hux addresses the troops of the First Order:
Mike Klimo from The Ring Theory noticed a similarity with A New Hope when C-3PO and R2-D2 escape with an escape pod while here in the trailer it’s Finn (with probably Poe Dameron) escaping with a First Order TIE fighter and we can see here again the cruiser above them:
This parallel scene is with Revenge of the Sith! In the trailer we see Kylo Ren observing something from the bridge of his cruiser:
And in ROTS, we see Darth Vader (and the Emperor) observing the Death Star being built:
If Kylo is a Skywalker, that’d be a nice Grandfather-Grandson connection!
The Clone Wars first introduced in canon universe the possibility to torture someone with the Force, Mace Windu, Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi in ‘Children of the Force’ use the Force to get answers from Cad Bane:
We can see Kylo Ren is doing the same thing with Poe Dameron in the trailer, and Poe seems to suffer a lot, the same way Bane suffered:
“It’s true all of it. The darkside, the Jedi, they’re real.” – Han Solo, so this phrase is very interesting and opens to many possible theories as we don’t have the exact context. In the trailer, Rey says there are stories about what happened so from there we can assume that the Jedi does not only refers to Luke but it refers to everything that happened the Jedi in general and their story the clone wars, their fall …, they exist, same as the darkside, it’s the meaning that makes more sense.
The Clone Wars is strong in The Force Awakens, indeed this droid on Takodana is the same droid with arms instead of cannons and a different color with some modifications as the LR-57 combat droid seen in TCW:
Star Wars Underworld made a list of all the easter eggs flags from Maz’s castle and a lot are from the Prequels, you can see it here. Just one detail, the skull flag of Boba Fett is NOT the Mandalorian symbol, it is only Boba’s symbol, the Death Watch has a different symbol & Satine’s Mandalore too.
A very interesting scene in the trailer is when Rey seems to be very angry/upset and uses her blaster against stormtroopers??
We have a parallel with A New Hope when Luke sees Obi-Wan’s death and fires on the stormtroopers and is upset:
In The Force Awakens, I guess Rey is in a similar situation and thinks Han, Chewbacca and Finn are dead while this time they’re just captured … this moment I’m talking about could be the one that I talked about earlier.
My favorite parallel is without any doubt this one:
In the trailer we see Han holding Leia shot in a very similar way as in ROTS when Anakin holds Padmé except he is on the left and she is on the right. In ROTS, it’s a moment of emotion and important and it seems in The Force Awakens it is too:
I found a last parallel in the trailer, this shot:
We don’t know yet the context, if it is a starfighter crashing on the bridge but it seems it could mirror this scene in ROTJ where Arvel Crynyd crashes his A-Wing on the Executor bridge and the scene in TCW where a Vulture Droid crashes on the bridge of the Resolute: