24 January 2013 5:14 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

News that J.J. Abrams will be helming Star Wars: VII (per The Wrap) gave Twitter some serious capacity issues late Thursday, but why was everyone so surprised?

As any tried-and-true fan of Abrams’ TV work can attest, this moment has been 15 years in the making.

The proof is in the following gallery, which chronicles the myriad Star Wars-related Easter eggs that have turned up in such J.J. staples as Felicity, Alias, Fringe and Lost.

Flip through the slideshow to view the evidence we uncovered, and then hit the comments with any references we missed!

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