Andor’s biggest connections to Star Wars Legends Canon

Andor’s biggest connections to Star Wars Legends Canon

Although 2022 was a packed year for Star Wars franchise on Disney+, Andor stood head and shoulders above the other projects. While The Book of Boba Fett offered tom fan service and Obi-Wan Kenobi stretched out a narrative that would have made a better film, Tony Gilroy’s Rogue One prequel became a surprisingly gritty spy series that used the galaxy far, far away to address current issues of imperialism, xenophobia, the prison industrial complex and the rise of fascism. Even though Diego Lunathe talents were not properly used in Rogue One, Andor gave him the chance to become one of the greatest Star Wars heroes of all time.


Andor should serve as a precedent, and not an anomaly i Star Wars franchise. While the other series have focused on crossovers, cameos and references to past material, Andor is a fantastic stand-alone installment that welcomes both Star Wars buffs and newcomers to the franchise. It is a Star Wars shows for adults, proving that Disney+ is not just a platform for family-friendly entertainment. While Season 2 might be Andor‘s last, it hopefully won’t be the last time Gilroy gets to play in this universe.

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Andor notably did not contain the kind of heavy references to older material that the other shows did, which may be due to Gilroy’s alleged lack of knowledge of the universe. However, the show did sneak in some clever references to some of the best Star Wars stories now considered “legends” and non-canon in the official Star Wars continuity.


Mimban (Splinters Of The Mind’s Eye)

Cassian reveals to Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgård) that his reluctance to “get involved” is a result of his experiences on the planet Mimban, where the Imperials pitted several rebel factions against each other. The mimban was the primary place for Splinter of the Mind’s Eyethe very first Star Wars spin-off book published in 1978; novel featured the franchise’s first appearance of cyber crystals, which also play an important role in Andor.

The Rakatan Invaders (KOTOR)

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Rael is able to bargain for Cassian’s help by giving him a kyber necklace which he notes was leftover from the “Rakatan invasion.” This is an interesting reference to the Rakatan alien species, an ancient race of oppressive amphibious creatures that conquered the galaxy in Knights of the Old Republic mythology. The Rakatans created biological superweapons with their “Infinite Empire” 30,000 years before the events of the Skywalker saga.

Belsavis (Old Republic)

While some Legends content has been set aside for good, the MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic still has an active base of users and continues to add new story packs. The planet Belsavis, as in The Old Republic serves as a prison world for captured Sith Lords, is referred to as a potential Rebel hideout in an Imperial Security Agency meeting.

“By The Hand”

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Ever since the “Legends” content was deemed “non-canon,” fans have been clamoring for another appearance by Mara Jade, the Imperial Hand turned Jedi who wins Luke Skywalker’s heart. One of Arvel Skeens (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) tattoos say “By The Hand” in them Star Wars language Aurebesh, in what could be a potential reference to the Emperor’s Hand program of spies, working directly for Emperor Palpatine.

Party (dark forces)

Cassian may be from Kenari, but to hide his identity he claims to be from the planet Fest. This planet is an imperial world that first appeared in the 1995 video game Dark forceswhich spawned a subsequent series of popular sequels and spinoffs.

7-47 Speeder Bikes (Republic Commando)

During the epic Battle of Aldhani, Cassian and Rael escape their captors by escaping on an older model 7-47 speeder bike. These vehicles look a bit older than the ones they appear in Return of the Jedi, so they are probably left over from the Army of the Republic. We see them used by clone troopers in Republic Command video game series.

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Starkiller’s Helmet (The Force Unleashed)

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Sam Witwer is currently one of the most widely used Star Wars voiceover performers, but he made his first appearance in the franchise in 2008 with the video game The force unleashed. Witwer portrayed Galen Marek, the son of a Jedi who is raised as Darth Vader’s apprentice, only to turn against his master and become a rebel hero. His signature “Sith helmet” is one of the many items in Rael’s shop; Luthen’s shop also includes a host of other Easter eggs, including a few treasures from Indiana Jones franchise.

Leida Mothma (Dark Forces)

One of the most interesting characters in the Andor is Leida (Bronte Carmichael), the daughter of Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) who may be placed in an arranged marriage in season 2. While AndorLeida is inclined to join the Empire, she serves as her mother’s ally in the New Republic in Dark forces (interestingly, at the time it was spelled “Lieda”).

Fondor (Han Solo At Star’s End)

Dedra Meero (Denise Gough) is concerned with rooting out rebel rebellions on even backwater planets that the Empire has forgotten, and she refers directly to Fondor. This industrial world is the setting for an early smuggling adventure in the 1979 spin-off novel Han Solo At Stars’ End.

Tunqstoid Steel (Fate of the Jedi)

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Cassian and his fellow prisoners have a hard time getting out of the prison due to the metal walls and floors, which are encoded in Tunqstoid Steel. Tunqstoid elements first appeared in volume nine Fate of the Jedi novel series, which chronicles the adventures of Luke Skywalker and his son Ben, as they search for mysterious artifacts related to the history of the Force. Tunqstoid is one of the rare metals that can withstand the force of the Force.

Stuffed Toys (The Holiday Special)

Maarva Andor (Fiona Shaw) isn’t someone anyone wants to mess with, but she makes a surprisingly loving mother to a younger Cassian when she cares for him. In Cassian’s childhood room, a stuffed Bantha toy is seen by his bed. It is virtually identical to a similar toy that Chewbacca’s son Lumpy plays with in 1978 The Star Wars Holiday Special.

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