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Easter Eggs You Missed In Andor Season 1

Spoilers for "Andor" Season 1 ahead.

In the broad landscape of Disney's "Star Wars" streaming shows, "Andor" is something of an anomaly. It's part of the growing "Mandalorian" franchise, which includes spinoffs like "The Book of Boba Fett," but it also isn't terribly connected to the original films in the way that "Obi-Wan Kenobi" is. The only major returning character is the titular hero himself — Cassian Andor, played by Diego Luna. As such, the series has a unique opportunity to add to franchise lore, and it does just that by introducing new aspects of the Empire, new planets and systems, and a whole host of brand new characters.

Of course, this is still "Star Wars," so it's impossible to fully avoid referencing the past. While the series isn't nearly as loaded with references and Easter eggs as some of its recent sister shows, "Andor" Season 1 still has plenty of fun hidden details for eagle-eyed viewers to watch out for. With scenes set during the Clone Wars and the Imperial era, the series covers a large period of history in the "Star Wars" universe. And, as you might expect, that leads to a number of wink-and-nod moments. Here are some Easter eggs and small details that you may have missed in "Andor" Season 1.

Since I was six years old

In the very first episode of "Andor," viewers start seeing flashbacks to Cassian's childhood on Kenari, his home planet. The clips show him donning combat gear and weapons to investigate a crashed ship with the other inhabitants of his village, a mission that ultimately proves life-changing — and not necessarily in the best way. It's interesting to see such a young version of Cassian running around with a spear in hand, but if you've seen "Rogue One," you may have been expecting it.

In the movie, Cassian tells Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) about his long history as a freedom fighter. "I've been in this fight since I was six years old," he says, emphasizing just how much of his life has been spent either on the run or in direct conflict with the establishment. While the ship he's shown investigating isn't Imperial (the Empire didn't exist at the time), "Andor" does make good on Cassian's claim of being a part of the good fight from a very young age.

Rebel ships

Though the "Star Wars" franchise has featured a ton of different starships over the decades, some have been iconic enough to stand out anywhere — even in a random shipyard on, say, Ferrix. Near the end of "Andor" Season 1's opening episode, Cassian is shown rummaging around in an old junker that he borrowed from one of the yard's employees. He plays it cool, but he's really scrubbing incriminating info from the ship's records.

During a couple of pulled-out shots, viewers may recognize a few of the other ships occupying the yard. One is unmistakably a Y-Wing starfighter, a bomber variant commonly used by the Rebel Alliance and first seen on film during the run on the original Death Star. The faded yellow cockpit of the ship can be seen clearly, complete with the iconic rotating turret. Y-Wings were first used by the Republic during the Clone Wars, so it makes sense to see a stray one junking it up on a planet like Ferrix.

The scene also shows what looks like a variant of the T-47 airspeeder from "The Empire Strikes Back." Originally manufactured as stunt fighters, T-47s were modified for various purposes by rebels throughout the Galactic Civil War. They became known as snowspeeders among the rebels. The ship seen opposite the Y-Wing in the "Andor" shipyard definitely isn't a snowspeeder (it's much longer in the back than a normal T-47), but the cockpit and wing design are quite evocative.

Classic Star Wars tech

One of the most distinct aspects of the "Star Wars" universe is its retro sci-fi tech aesthetic. When the first film was released in 1977, it made sense for the computer screens to use vector graphics and the binoculars to be full of static. As the franchise has continued and real-world technology has evolved, "Star Wars" has played with different variants on its original in-universe technology, like how the prequels employed more holographic screens instead of vectors.

"Andor" makes it clear from the get-go that its inspiration comes fully from the original, old-school tech of the first "Star Wars" films. From the numerous computer screens filled with hard lines to the digital readouts on Luthen Rael's (Stellan Skarsgård) binoculars, the show fully embraces the retro-futuristic look and feel of Ralph McQuarrie's original concept art. It's similar in many ways to the aesthetic of "The Mandalorian," but with an early Imperial era twist. If you keep your eyes peeled throughout "Andor" Season 1, you'll catch a lot of little gadgets and gizmos that have appeared in previous "Star Wars" stories.

The Separatist sigil

In Cassian's flashbacks to the ship crash on his home world of Kenari, we see how he came to be raised by Maarva Andor (Fiona Shaw) and taken far away into the galaxy. It all centers around the shipwreck itself, which Cassian investigates with a crew from his village. Things go sour when some of the passengers turn out to be both alive and hostile, leading to a violent confrontation. Who are these interlopers, and where were they headed? It's not entirely clear, but the familiar logo on their uniforms gives some indication.

On the sleeves of their spacesuits, you can clearly make out the segmented blue and white hexagon that was the symbol of the Separatist Alliance during the Clone Wars. There are no battle droids to be seen aboard the ship — the signature soldier of the Confederacy — but diehard fans will know that plenty of non-robotic beings gave their lives to the Separatist cause as well. This also might explain why the wounded crewman immediately gets violent after waking up. The ship may have been coming directly from a warzone, though of course, that's no justification for his actions.

A hidden Rebel Alliance logo?

The Separatist sigil isn't the only familiar "Star Wars" logo to make a sneaky appearance in the early episodes of "Andor" Season 1. Early on in Episode 2, a shopkeeper makes a bold (and ultimately fatal) choice — calling the cops on Cassian because he's jealous of his relationship with his partner, the mechanic Bix Caleen (Adria Arjona). To keep things anonymous, he goes to what appears to be a public transmission station of some kind. The marquee over the establishment has a red crescent logo that looks strikingly like the symbol of the Rebel Alliance.

There's almost certainly no actual connection, but the sign could be meant as a subtle allusion to the fate that soon comes for Cassian Andor. The call placed from the transmission center is the indirect cause of him following Luthen into the rebel cause, and the similarities between the two logos seem too obvious for this to be a pure coincidence.

Clone Wars surplus

When the corporate security agents come to Ferrix to hunt Cassian in "Andor" Episode 2, they come prepared. Not only do they gear up with some major firepower, but they drop down to the planet's surface in ships that are strikingly reminiscent of the Republic gunships used in the Clone Wars. The iconic design was first seen in "Attack of the Clones," and it has remained a staple of "Star Wars" ever since. While there are certainly differences between the old gunships and the landing craft seen in "Andor," their striking similarities are interesting to say the least.

In the wake of the Clone Wars, the Empire phases out a lot of the gear used by the clone army. Old starfighters become TIE Fighters, AT-TEs become AT-ATs, and the old clone gunships are nowhere to be found. It would make sense for a private military company like the one seen in "Andor" to purchase some of this surplus tech for its own purposes, perhaps even making some modifications along the way. That could explain the ship design in Episode 2 — or maybe the same manufacturer simply built some new models after the war.

The Empire's terrible security

During their first meeting in "Andor" Episode 3, Luthen Rael asks how Cassian managed to steal the "untraceable" Imperial tech he's bartering off. "You just walk in like you belong," he says. "To steal from the Empire, what do you need? A uniform, some dirty hands, and an Imperial toolkit." This line could be taken as a nod to the many, many times rebels have successfully infiltrated Imperial strongholds using basic disguises throughout the franchise — a long and storied trope worthy of the reference.

Whether it's Han and Luke disguising themselves as Stormtroopers on the Death Star or Obi-Wan Kenobi being snuck into the Imperial Inquisitor's citadel by a double-agent, many characters have walked right past the Empire's defenses with little more than courage and a cool hat. Cassian himself uses this exact tactic at the end of "Rogue One," when he and Jyn Erso break into the Imperial base on Scarif to steal the Death Star plans. As such, his line about "borrowing" uniforms can also be taken as a grim foreshadowing of his own eventual demise.

Cassian Andor's narrow escapes

At the end of "Andor" Episode 3, we're treated to a beautifully shot sequence that parallels Cassian's departure from Kenari as a young boy with his escape from Ferrix with Luthen Rael. It's a powerful and haunting moment, showing the character's talent for making it out by the skin of his teeth. The scene is tragic — not only because it emphasizes how Cassian must repeatedly leave things behind, but because it foreshadows the one time he finally doesn't make it out.

Most people who watch "Andor" will already know Cassian's ultimate fate — that he dies at the end of "Rogue One" after giving the Rebellion the tools it needs to defeat the Empire. It's particularly affecting, then, to see that earlier in his life, Cassian was known for narrow getaways. So many different times in his life, he almost dies — or almost gets caught — only to narrowly escape. Clearly, his wits take him quite far in his struggle against totalitarianism, but even Cassian Andor's luck must eventually run out.

The many faces of the rebellion

After leaving Ferrix with Luthen Rael, Cassian Andor is given a choice — get dropped off on the closest planet and start running or come with Luthen and fight against the Empire. At first, Cassian is resistant to the idea of joining the Resistance. When asked by Luthen who he thinks he is, Cassian lists off several different Rebel sects and says that they're all the same to him — groups that he wants no part of. Of course, those different Rebel sects should sound familiar to long-time fans.

Cassian mentions the Alliance first, shorthand for the Alliance to Restore the Republic, which becomes the dominant Rebel force during the events of the original trilogy. He also names "guerrillas" and the "Partisan Front" — both names associated with the Rebel leader Saw Gerrera, who's once again played by Forest Whitaker in "Andor." It makes sense that Cassian would think of these groups as separate organizations, as it took some time for the rebellion to become truly unified. Additionally, Saw is always held at arm's length by the Alliance due to his willingness to go to violent extremes, leading some to label him a terrorist.

Lastly, but most interestingly, Cassian names "Sep" in his list of Rebel groups. Presumably, this is a reference to the Separatists — the Republic's enemy during the Clone Wars. Some Separatist holdouts did indeed align with the Rebellion during the Imperial era, as shown in "Star Wars Rebels."

Mimban

During his conversation with Luthen in "Andor" Episode 4, Cassian describes his time as a conscripted soldier in the Imperial military. He says that when he was 16 — just after being released from prison — he was sent to fight on a planet called Mimban. Luthen calls out several lies in his story, but acknowledges that Cassian did spend some time on the mud-soaked planet before running away.

If you've seen "Solo: A Star Wars Story," you'll likely remember Mimban. It's the same drab world that the young Han is shown fighting on early in the film. In the greater "Star Wars" canon, Mimban has long been valued for its rich natural resources. As a result, it's been fought over many times by different factions, including during the Clone Wars. While Cassian may not have spent as long on the muddy planet as he initially claims, it's safe to assume that his tenure there was still horrific. If Han Solo's own experiences on Mimban are any indication, there's very little joy to be found when serving the Empire there.

The Imperial Security Bureau

Much of "Andor" Episode 4 is spent at the Imperial Security Bureau on Coruscant, a military intelligence agency dedicated to preventing uprisings and turmoil. While the aesthetics of the ISB are a bit different than anything previously seen in a live-action "Star Wars" project, this is far from the first time that the organization has appeared in canon.

The Imperial Security Bureau plays a major role in the animated series "Star Wars Rebels," presenting one of the major antagonistic forces that works against Ezra Bridger and his allies. The ISB also pops up in many of the Disney era's more extraneous stories, like the "Thrawn" and "Darth Vader" comic books.

In "The Mandalorian," it's even revealed that ISB remains operational through the Imperial remnants scattered across the galaxy. For instance, the military installation on Morak infiltrated by Din Djarin and Migs Mayfeld in Season 2 is primarily operated by former members of the ISB. This just goes to show how powerful the agency was and how many aspects of Imperial rule it was wired into during its heyday.

Rebels in the Ryloth sector

The first "Andor" scene set at the Imperial Security Bureau shows a meeting among senior staff discussing rebel status across the galaxy. At the start of the scene, one officer is heard describing circumstances in the Ryloth sector, warning that extra funds may be needed in the near future to properly combat ant-Imperial activity. Diehard "Star Wars" fans will surely know Ryloth, as well as its penchant for rebellion.

Ryloth has a long and dark history of oppression, stretching back to before the days of the Clone Wars. Once the Empire rose to power, the system was subjugated even further, but its citizens' familiarity with tyrannical regimes made it difficult to control entirely. "Star Wars Rebels" details the actions of the Free Ryloth Movement, a resistance effort led by the charismatic Cham Syndulla and supported at different times by larger sects of the Alliance to Restore the Republic. Given the time period in which "Andor" is set, it makes sense that Ryloth would be a particularly fickle region for its Imperial rulers to deal with. Mentioning the planet's predilection for rebellion is a nice touch and a great way to show the nature of the ISB right out of the gate.

Sending supplies to Scarif

Another matter briefly mentioned during the first Imperial Security Bureau scene in "Andor" is the increase in supply shipments to Scarif. Of course, that's where research, development, and construction on the Death Star is taking place. Ending the ISB scene with this subtly dark line sets the tone for the Empire's activity at this point in the "Star Wars" timeline, but it's also strikingly relevant to Cassian's personal story.

Scarif is the place where Cassian Andor dies. It's the end of his long fight against oppression in the galaxy. The Battle of Scarif will likely hang over his head for the entirety of the show, as anyone watching will be intimately familiar with what befalls him there. Because of that dramatic irony, "Andor" functions in part as a tragic saga. But of course, Cassian has a long way to go before he gets to Scarif personally, and he makes some big plays against the Empire along the way.

Cassian's new name

When Cassian gets dropped off by Luthen to join other rebels in "Andor" Episode 4, he's told to pick a new name. It's a smart move given all the commotion he causes on Ferrix, and it's surely not his first or last occasion working under an alias. After a brief moment of consideration, Cassian says that his new name will be Clem. If you weren't paying close attention to the earlier episodes, the significance of this choice might fly right by you.

A good deal of time is spent on Cassian's adoptive mother Maarva (Fiona Shaw) in the early episodes of "Andor," but he also had an adoptive father who's shown with Maarva in flashbacks. That character, played by Gary Beadle, is named Clem. In another conversation between Luthen and Cassian, it's also revealed that Clem was executed by Imperial agents when Cassian was still young. With all that in mind, his choice of alias is particularly significant. Not only is he paying tribute to his late father, but he's doing so while fighting against the regime that killed him.

The kyber necklace

Before leaving Cassian to return to Coruscant, Luthen gives him a gift — a "down payment." The item is a blue kyber crystal necklace, which has multiple layers of significance. On the most basic level, the necklace represents an attunement to the Force, which has always been shown to be a rallying call for the Rebel Alliance. Also of note is that Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) has a similar kyber necklace in "Rogue One." Given that she and Cassian share their final days together, it's poignant that he also gets one. And of course, kyber is a huge plot device in the greater story of "Rogue One," as it's the power source behind the Death Star's superlaser. This makes Luthen's gift somewhat grim, as it foreshadows the way Cassian will ultimately meet his end.

Beyond all that, though, Luthen's gift holds extra significance for those well versed in the more extraneous corners of the old "Star Wars" canon. Luthen calls the necklace a "Kuati signet," referencing the planet of Kuat, which was hugely important in the formation of the Republic in the now defunct "Star Wars Legends" timeline. To make things even more interesting, Luthen says that the signet "celebrates the uprising against the Rakatan invaders." That's a deep, deep cut into the franchise's far-flung past. During the era before the Jedi and the Sith, much of the galaxy was conquered by the villainous Rakatans in the "Legends" lore. Now, it seems that's canon once again.

Luthen's shop of secrets

When he's not roaming the galaxy recruiting freedom fighters, Luthen Rael runs a gallery of historical items on Coruscant. He uses the business as a front for communicating with other rebel figures such as Mon Mothma. However, the shop's merchandise is also quite legit, and eagle-eyed "Star Wars" fans may notice a couple items of interest on the various display racks.

The most obvious object of note is what appears to be a Mandalorian breastplate. The piece is in good condition and of unknown age, but it bears the distinct etchings and designs that fans will know from the likes of Jango Fett and Din Djarin. Behind that piece, there's a full set of less familiar armor complete with a distinctive helmet. At first, it looks reminiscent of the outfits worn by the Knights of Ren, but a closer look suggests a more obscure Easter egg. The helmet in particular seems almost identical to the one worn by Starkiller in the no-longer-canon "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed" video games. That helmet is part of a set known as Sith stalker armor, which pulls from ancient Sith designs.

Unfortunately, we don't get a good enough look at Luthen's armor to tell exactly what it is. Given that the Knights of Ren exist in some form long before the events of "Andor," and that they adhered to the principles of the dark side, the armor could be a reference to them and the Sith.