10 References You Missed In Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Admiral Ackbar and Nien Nunb
Admiral Ackbar and Nien Nunb are both prominent characters in the first three Star Wars movies and they both make a cameo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens when an attack on the Star Killer base is planned. These cameos do a nice job of tying the stories together.
During the scene where Rey has her force vision, there is a line from Obi-Wan Kenobi where he says “Rey, these are your first steps.” It turns out this line was created using both men who played the old Jedi. Since Alec Guinness had passed on by the time the movie was made, they took a line from one of his other movies where he says “Ray” and then Ewan MacGregor recorded the rest of the line. By doing this, the movie was able to combine every generation in one.