"Andor" is, both in design and location, immediately different from its "Star Wars" television counterpart. While "The Mandalorian
"Boba Fett," and "Obi-Wan Kenobi" wove their big shows into the larger fabric of the Lucasfilm universe, "Andor" doesn't run into those exciting moments.
Instead, it does something even more surprising: it tells the stories of people who have nothing to do with Solos, Skywalkers, or Palpatines, but whose lives matter nonetheless.
Of course, at least part of the reason the show can take its time this way is that haunted hustler Cassian Andor (Diego Luna, also executive producer) isn't a brand new character at all.
As the rare hero of 2016's 'Rogue One', which featured a pilot's mission to steal the Death Star painting that propels 'A New Hope', Cassian's 'Star Wars' legacy used to write.
We already know that Cassian's life will eventually follow someone like the rebel leader Mon Mothma (Geneviève O'Reilly, back for a deep role in "Andor").
We already know his fate - terrible and hopefully unforgettable in the last minute of "Rogue One" - and that he is right on the mark indeed.
So be sure: At first glance, it's hard to understand that "Andor" - created by "Rogue One" writer Tony Gilroy - is a prequel to a prequel.