Warning: Contains minor SPOILERS for Andor Episodes 1 and 2. Episode 1 of Andor begins by announcing that it takes place in the year BBY 5, which is important both to the series’ story and to the Star Wars galaxy as a whole. Andor doesn’t stray too far from the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story timeline; this movie took place in the year 0 BBY (before the Battle of Yavin) as it led directly to the events of Star Wars: A New Hope. So Andor goes back in time just five years, allowing him to build Cassian Andor’s (Diego Luna) story from his fledgling role in the still-forming Rebel Alliance to the character seen in Rogue One.
This period in the Star Wars timeline has proven to be fertile ground for the franchise since Disney purchased Lucasfilm. It is between the prequel and the original trilogies that several high-profile stories take place, including (apart from Rogue One): Star Wars: The Bad Batch (19 BBY); Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (14 BBY); Obi-Wan Kenobi (9 BBY); and Star Wars Rebels (5-0 BBY), as well as several comics, such as Darth Vader, also appearing. It’s not hard to see why it’s so appealing to storytellers and Disney executives alike: it’s close enough to the original films to capture the same spirit and nostalgia, but with plenty of room for stories as it sees the rise of both the Galactic Empire and the Galactic Empire. Rebel Alliance.
Andor captures both of these elements perfectly, descending to a rarely seen level of the Empire and examining its middle leadership while gradually showing the different areas of rebellion that come together. This alone makes Andor’s timeline of 5 BBY (or 5 BBY as Star Wars has generally formatted it before) crucial, as it is both a critical turning point where the various Rebel cells begin to coalesce and a milestone where the Imperial ranks are so bloated. and convinced that it explains how they could be defeated by smaller forces. As stated in section 2 of Andor, “the pockets [of rebels] ferments,” in the galaxy. While the Alliance to Restore the Republic wouldn’t officially see the light of day until 2 BBY, with Mon Mothma’s resignation from the Senate and the official declaration (something Andor will likely include one way or another, given the confirmation of the character’s involvement in the series) , in 5 BBY there were several factions that were not only well known but slowly but surely began to come together and a network was formed that year, the one that Andor will probably show.
Star Wars’ 5 Biggest Events BBY
Along with the various rebel cells beginning to network, BBY 5 is important in the Star Wars timeline for several other reasons. That’s when part of Star Wars Rebels Season 1 takes place, meaning it was this year that Ezra Bridger joined the Ghost Crew, or Spectres, himself a scene-major in the form of the Rebel Alliance’s final attempt to defeat the Empire since Ezra continues. plays a key role in the Rebellion along with the other Rebels characters. This even includes the rebel ghost ship and characters like Chopper appearing in Rogue One, meaning at least some members fought in the Battle of Scarif, and properly connects the various rebel groups. Star Wars Rebels Season 1 Episode 3 also included Ghost Crew C-3PO and R2-D2 reuniting on a mission; which ends with Artoo passing on information about the Specters to Bail Organa, who helped start the Rebel Alliance, again showing how it came together in 5 BBY.
As for Rogue One, it was also in 5 BBY that Jyn Erso was dropped by Saw Gerrera. While not a huge event in itself, it is an important piece of the Rebel puzzle. If Jyn had stayed with Saw, she probably wouldn’t have ended up leading the fight in Rogue One itself, given Saw’s extreme position at the time (if she’d even survived that long). So from 5 BBY it is also possible to draw a guiding line in their stories that would ultimately lead to the theft of the Death Star plans and a major victory against the Empire. Andor’s timeline connects many of these dots, allowing the story of the Rebel Alliance to be told more fully.
Andor releases new episodes on Wednesdays on Disney+.