So There Were Matrix Easter Eggs In Star Wars Episode 2…
In a stroke of detective-level brilliance Reddit user The Robertissimo has found references to The Matrix in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.
Do you remember Mouse from The Matrix? He was the diminutive but genius programmer on Morpheus’ ship The Nebuchadnezzar.
Keep in mind that Mouse designed the Woman in the Red Dress who appears in Neo’s training program. After Neo’s training, Mouse later offers Neo some alone time with her during a virtual-reality private software session which prompts another crew member to call him a “digital pimp.”
Well here is the same actor, Matt Doran, as Elan Sel’Sabagno, also known as Elan Sleazebaggano, offering Obi-Wan Kenobi some Death Sticks.
Also, check out the red and blue drinks which refer to the famous pills Morpheus offers to Neo.
Okay, remember the aforementioned Woman in the Red Dress?
That is actress Fiona Johnson. Here she is in Attack of the Clones just a few seconds after the Death Stick scene as Hayde Gofai tempting Anakin Skywalker, or at least trying to, in a similar way that the Woman in the Red Dress tempts Neo.
I believe these Easter eggs also exist on a level which goes deeper than just referring to The Matrix. In The Matrix, Neo is referred to as ‘The One’ while Anakin Skywalker is referred to as ‘The Chosen One.” The red and blue drinks refer to the red and blue pills but are also referring to the choice Anakin must make between the light and dark side the way Neo had to choose between “going back to sleep” and “waking up.”
Finally, I believe these are also tongue-in-cheek references to The Matrix. It was released the same year as The Phantom Menace and beat the Star Wars film during the next year’s Academy Awards in three categories: Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing and Best Visual Effects.
I also vaguely remember George Lucas referring to The Matrix during an interview many, many years ago. When asked about all of the criticism The Phantom Menace was getting he replied along the lines of “…people wanted The Matrix. ” Since The Phantom Menace made a ton of money I think he was suggesting that audiences preferred the edginess The Matrix offered to the child-like storybook quality The Phantom Menace brought to the table.
So, what do you think of these Easter eggs? Let us know on our Facebook page. Also, a big tip of the hat to The Robertissimo for discovering this and sharing it on Reddit.