Mr. Laser Beam wrote:
^ I doubt that STID has anything to do with this, because 1) it's a prime-timeline novel, and 2) due to Bad Robot dictates, Abramsverse novels are not allowed. So this can't have much of anything to do with STID.
I think he maybe meant that because it had been a plot point in STID, it was being used as something that is recognizable to people who had seen the film... current popularity and all that jazz. But I may be wrong.