Last we saw the Millennium Falcon, Lando Calrissian was piloting the old girl out of the second Death Star while being chased by a massive wave of flaming death. Unfortunately, space was tight inside the space station and Lando did the best he could, but unfortunately the ship’s iconic sensor dish was knocked off, never to be seen again in the bowels of the Death Star II. When The Force Awakens was announced, everyone knew the Falcon was returning… but how it would look was up to debate.
And now we know.
Yes, but for a while there we were in the dark. Many fans were eager to see how that would be handled in The Force Awakens. Would the ship have the same dish? Would it be different and if so, what would it look like? Well, we got our first look thanks to some leaked set photos last year.
The new square dish looked good, and fit well with the ship’s movements in the trailer.
But something is familiar about the dish. No one had managed to figure it out until now:
For those of you who haven’t popped your A New Hope blu-ray in for a while, the ship on the bottom of the comparison is the Corellian Corvette Tantive IV, otherwise known as a Blockade Runner. It was the very first ship we ever saw in Star Wars as it was chased by Darth Vader’s Star Destroyer over Tatooine.
It doesn’t look like an exact match in the trailer…
The trailer shots are a little unclear, and it’s possible the set models were incomplete. It’s possible they just removed the grating on the dish for aesthetic reasons, but it’s still very much the same dish.