The Cool Way Star Wars Rebels Connected To Indiana Jones

Disney XD is the place to be for Star Wars fans who need more action in between movies. Star Wars Rebels has been chronicling the the final years before the events of A New Hope for the past three seasons, and episodes have featured all kinds of Easter eggs for all seven of the Star Wars movies to date. The latest episode featured a different kind of Easter egg, however, and it had everything to do with Indiana Jones. We finally got a look inside Grand Admiral Thrawn's office, and he had a certain mystical object on display:

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That's right; Grand Admiral Thrawn seems to be the proud owner of the Holy Grail of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade fame. Evidently when Indy lost the Grail at the end of Last Crusade, it fell through a crack in time and space and popped out a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. I can only assume that Elsa is elsewhere on Thrawn's ship doing something evil and Imperial. It's a good thing Henry stopped Indiana from falling after the Grail in the movie, or Han Solo would have a doppelganger somewhere in his corner of the galaxy.

In all seriousness, the inclusion of the Holy Grail in Thrawn's treasure trove of artifacts is a fun nod to Lucasfilm's other legendary franchise. The Indiana Jones Holy Grail was actually only one of several Easter eggs hidden away in Thrawn's collection, which also included the helmet of the clone commander Gree (who was memorably beheaded by Yoda in Revenge of the Sith) and artwork from original film trilogy illustrator Ralph McQuarrie. For eagle-eyed viewers, Thrawn's office was chock full of references to past Lucasfilm projects.

Of course, the episode wasn't all fun references and callbacks. Thrawn spent the half hour narrowing down the list of possible traitors, and he finally figured out that Agent Kallus is the rebel spy known as Fulcrum. Rather than out Kallus as a traitor and execute him for treason, Thrawn has chosen to conceal Kallus' connection to the rebels, presumably to feed him false information and get Phoenix Squadron right where he wants them. Something tells me that Kallus may need a Holy Grail sooner rather than later if he's going to survive the season.

You can catch new episodes of Star Wars Rebels on Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. ET on Disney XD. There's a lot of action still in store in the rest of Season 3, including what looks like an epic duel between two fan favorites of Star Wars history. Take a look at our midseason TV premiere schedule to see what else is available on the small screen in the not-too-distant future.

Laura Hurley
Senior Content Producer

Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel, but will sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation.