Appearing on one of the Senate platforms in The Phantom Menace are three beings of the same species as E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, from the film of the same name. Joining the chants of “vote now” for a decision on Chancellor Valorum’s rule, the appearance of these aliens is seen as a friendly gesture from George Lucas to the director of E.T., Steven Spielberg. The two successful filmmakers are great friends and have worked together several times, most notably on the Indiana Jones films.
The creatures present at the Senate were Senator Grebleips (Spielberg spelt backwards) and his two aides from the planet of Brodo Asogi, which is mentioned briefly in James Luceno’s Cloak of Deception. The appearance of E.T.’s species seems to be looked upon as canon, and so a couple of interesting points are raised.
E.T. appeared on earth in Spielberg’s blockbuster, and so even though Star Wars took place a “long time ago”, it could be seen as possible for the species to travel between both galaxies. Or most likely, both galaxies just have the same species.
There is also the scene in Spielberg’s film where E.T. spots a child dressed up as Yoda and begins to follow the child, saying “home” (a portion of Yoda’s Theme from The Empire Strikes Back is played at this point in the film). The appearance of E.T.’s species in the Star Wars galaxy could add a whole new meaning to this scene.
Other Lucas/Spielberg exchanges in film include hieroglyphics of R2-D2 and C-3PO on a wall in Raiders of the Lost Ark, an establishment being named ‘Club Obi-Wan’ in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and an advertisement for the film ‘Tar Wars’ in The Flintstones, which Spielberg produced.
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