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Rogue thoughts, unanswered questions and Easter eggs
Where is Cassian's sister? How and when did she get off Kenari?
Clem, Cassian's adoptive father (Gary Beadle), was hanged by the Imperials, but why?
Composer Nicholas Britell (known for his work on Moonlight and Succession) gives this show an awesome synth sci-fi opening theme, especially as it bleeds into the Blade Runner aesthetics of the first scene. It changes slightly in each episode too.
This show takes place "5 BBY," which stands for "Before Battle of Yavin." This is the climactic skirmish of A New Hope, where Luke Skywalker blew up the Empire's first Death Star battle station, and a pivotal moment in the Star Wars universe. It's when everyone realized that the Rebel Alliance wasn't just foolin' around.
For prequel context, Andor happens 14 years after the Empire seized control of the galaxy in Revenge of the Sith and four years after Obi-Wan Kenobi's battle with Darth Vader in the Disney Plus series.
It's unclear when the flashbacks take place -- reference books say Cassian was 26 in Rogue One, so he'd be 21 in the present day part of the show. If he's been fighting since he was 6, that'd place the flashbacks 15 years before that -- the period when the Clone Wars were raging throughout the galaxy. Both Kassa and Cassian look older than those ages, I guess he's lived a hard life.
If so, the intense mining operation on Kenari might be linked to the Republic desperately gathering raw materials to sustain the war effort. Thanks to William Devereux, host of the Star Wars-centric Ion Cannon podcast, for helping me organize my timeline thoughts.
Cassian's jacket is extremely cool. Would it be too sci-fi to wear in real life? Maybe Columbia Sportswear or some other fashion brand will release one.
"No weapons. No comms. No credit. No nonsense." The bouncer's words are ones to live by.
Syril is the kind of a character we regularly see in Star Wars novels -- a middle manager with an inflated sense of importance and low self-esteem who steadily goes off the deep end, making life hell for the heroes. Kyle Soller performs this role magnificently.
Add Timm to the list of boring Star Wars names along with Luke and Ben. At least the extra m gives it a bit of sci-fi flair.
This show alludes strongly to sexuality in Bix and Timm's relationship, as well as the brothel in episode 1. The latter is a familiar sci-fi image, but Star Wars has traditionally been pretty sexless.
It's really cool that Bee is showing his age through a data lag and acknowledging that lying requires more processing power. Classic Star Wars droids R2-D2 and C-3PO are in service for decades, but they're clearly well cared for. Cassian and Maarva don't have the money to do so with Bee.
Cassian's papers say he's from Fest, a snowy world you visit in the non-canon 1995 video game Dark Forces. In the current continuity, it's only previously been mentioned in By Whatever Sun, a story written by EK Johnston and Ashley Eckstein in 2017 anthology From a Certain Point of View, and some reference books.
The one Corpo's slow clap after Syril's limp speech is glorious. Ouch.
You might be wondering why Cassian's fellow Rogue One hero Jyn Erso doesn't have a show. Between that movie and its prequel novels Catalyst and Rebel Rising, her life story has been pretty comprehensively told. Catalyst in particular will make you way more invested in Rogue One's Erso family and Director Krennic.
The shipyard at the start makes me think of the start of 2019 video game Jedi: Fallen Order.
The dropships used by the Corpos look like converted Republic Gunships, as first seen in Attack of the Clones.
"Rule No. 1: Never carry anything you don't control." Luckily, we don't all carry devices controlled by giant megacorporations in real life. That'd be ridiculous.
Sergeant Linus Mosk (Alex Ferns) says the word "shit" when the Corpo operation starts to go sideways. It's the first time we've heard that word in Star Wars, which normally uses its own selection of sci-fi swears (like "bantha poodoo"). This ain't your daddy's galaxy far, far away.