10 Most Paused Star Wars Moments

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Star Wars fans reached for the pause button.

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Few properties have quite as passionate and knowledgeable a fan base as the Star Wars franchise.

Whether it's the standard affairs of the movies, the realms of TV, the plentiful comic book titles, the expanded universe canon of novels, the video games, whatever, Star Wars has some of the most die-hard, all-consuming fans imaginable. If knowledge is power, a good portion of Star Wars lovers have enough power to match the most dominant of Jedi or fearsome of Sith.

With an audience that looks to devour every inch of detail in front of them, then, it comes as no surprise that the cinematic Star Wars series has more than its fair shares of scenes that have been paused and thoroughly analysed. For numerous reasons, this is a saga that has moments that just need to be stopped and explored in more detail.

Taking a look across the standard nine-movie Skywalker Saga and beyond, here are the ten most paused moments in the history of Star Wars. And for those wondering, yes there is far more to this than simply Carrie Fisher in a gold bikini.

10. Wait, Was That E.T.?!?! - The Phantom Menace

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While so many choose to forever lambast The Phantom Menace, one of the more positive elements of that 1999 return to a galaxy far, far away is the sheer number of new alien creatures and races that the first leg of George Lucas' prequel trilogy served up.

Not a new alien race, per se, but the film is also notable for a blink-and-you'll-miss-it scanning shot that features what looks like E.T. and his family. As such, that one shot led to plentiful pauses from viewers looking to check if they'd seen what they really thought they'd seen.

Lucas, of course, has long been best buds with Steven Spielberg - the director of 1982's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial - and this nice little Easter egg was done as a nod to Spielberg featuring Star Wars toys in that '82 picture.

In Star Wars lore, this alien species is classified as Asogian, with three of its race being a part of the Galactic Senate in Episode I. Despite numerous Galactic Senate scenes in both Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, the Asogians have yet to make a further appearance in the Star Wars series.

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