You Don't Have to Watch Star Wars to Appreciate 'Andor'

You Don't Have to Watch Star Wars to Appreciate 'Andor'
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Since the latest installment in the saga hit our screens, many people have been asking 'Do you need to watch Star Wars before Andor?'

More specifically, some are asking, 'Do you have to watch Rogue One to understand Andor? '

And the answer to both of those questions is NO!

While the show focuses on Cassian's transformation into the hero of Rogue One, showrunner and producer Tony Gilroy says it was specifically designed to appeal to two audiences – fans of the franchise who want to delve deeper into the galaxy far, far away, and those who have never watched Star Wars but love a good story.

Indeed, there is an argument that says you'll get more out of Andor if you haven't seen Rogue One. And while this may seem an odd claim, there is a certain logic to it. Anyone who has seen Rogue One will already know the man that Cassian will become. They'll most likely spot a few clues along the way as to what formed him into that character. And this is not a bad thing. After all, making those connections is part of the joy of watching prequels.

But newcomers to Star Wars will be watching the evolution of a character not knowing his destiny. It's not a better or worse way to watch Andor, but it does take a different slant.

Imagine not knowing what happens in Rogue One; not understanding how the Star Wars story unfolds over the films that pick up the timeline where the film ends; watching this hero emerge from nothing and wondering what his future holds. Kind of appealing, hey?

Andor is part of the Star Wars canon. It provides another perspective on the story for fans who have watched every film and seen every spin-off. But it is also a stand-alone show.

For some, it will provide a gateway to the Star Wars universe and set them on a voyage of discovery that will take them to far-flung places such as Tatooine, Endor, Coruscant, and Bespin.

Others will simply enjoy a story that is just as relevant now as it has been throughout history and was to the Rebel Alliance. One of good fighting against the odds to take on evil.

Diego Luna describes the series as proof that "anyone can do anything" and "be a tool of change". He goes on to say that it was this sense of hope amid despair that inspired him to want to take on the role and bring Cassian to life.

And who cares if people watch Andor before they've seen any other Star Wars movies or shows? Because the show itself is a hit. And if it piques their interest, it's not like they'll have to wait months to find out what happens next.