Before you watch the Star Wars program, you need to know a few things

Before you watch the Star Wars program, you need to know a few things ...

Boba Fett''s Obi-Wans and Books are available for purchase. Andor is the year''s Star Wars season that I''m the most excited about. Why? Because this Star Wars series focuses mostly on the regular people of the galaxy far, away.

Sure, you''ve got a soon-to-be-rebel pilot in Cassian Andor, a politician in Mon Mothma, and an extremist in Saw Gerrera. However, this kind of show is still rare for Star Wars. No bounty hunters and no Jedi? Something''s must be up.

The whole purpose of Tony Gilroy''s Andor is to demonstrate that a rebellion does not always start with the faintest of people. Instead, the people are pushed to change their lives.

All that said, Andor does not exist in a self-contained vacuum. It will take place during a pivotal moment in Star Wars history. So, here are five things you must know about Andor, from its characters to its location in time and more.

When will Andor be released in the Star Wars timeline?

While Andor is often seen as a prequel, giving us a sense of Cassian Andor and other rebels before the Rebel Alliance was officially formalized, it''s smack-dab in the middle of the Star Wars timeline.

Star Wars: Andor is a two-season show that will revisit the five years preceding Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which came just before Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. These five years are 5 to 0 BBY (avant the Battle of Yavin).

Andor takes place four years after the events of Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi, the previous Disney Plus Star Wars series. I highlight this because the story of a growing rebellion is also related to Obi-Wan Kenobi, who introduced us to The Path, a group of individuals who are in charge of assisting Jedi and Force-sensitive individuals in the raids of Order 66.

Who are Andor''''s main characters?

Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) is a character on the cast list, who we met in Rogue One, where he served as the captain of Alliance Intelligence.

Mon Mothma (Genevieve OReilly), a politician in the Galactic Senate, has been on the top of the list. During the Clone Wars, she worked with Bail Organa and Padme Amidala to try and to establish a peace between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems.

Saw Gerrera (Forrest Whitaker) has appeared in both Rogue One and many animated Star Wars films. Saw is a Onderonian resistance fighter who was never seen before after his sister Steela died.

Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgaard) is a new character and part of the growing rebellion, if not a full-blown Rebel leader. He''s been seen in the new trailers and clips as someone pushing Andor to enter the Empire.

Other character details from a leaked production brief have been discovered (opens in a new tab). Maarva (Adria Arjona) is Cassian Andor''s adopted mother. Bix Caleen (Kyle Soller) is a hard-working mechanic who has been in a situation we''d file as "it''s complicated" with Cassian for years. Syril Karn (Kyle Soller) is a villain whom the actor described as the latest in "

Ebon Moss-Bachrach plays an unknown character as seen in an Andor trailer.

Do I have to have seen the Star Wars movies?

All of the Star Wars movies are available on Disney Plus, and you may want to stream some of them before you watch them. These are the bookending films: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Rogue One, and Episode IV: A New Hope.

Episode III: Revenge of the Sith shows you how things improved as a result of the Rise of the Galactic Empire.

Cassian Andor''s last mission is given by Rogue One.

Episode IV: A New Hope demonstrates how the Rebel forces used Andor''s hard work to fight the Empire.

There are also a few of Saw Gerrera''s early roles in The Clone Wars: A War on Two Fronts (S05E02), Front Runners (S05E03), The Soft War (S05E04) and Tipping Points (S05E05). He also appears in The Bad Batch''s first episode.

Some of the characters from animated Star Wars movies may emerge, but there are too many episodes to narrow down.

What seasons and episodes will there be in Andor?

Andor will be composed of at least two seasons, each with 12 episodes a piece.

Andor was slated to premiere in a five-season series at one point, but cinematographer Adriano Goldman (opens in a new tab) claims it will now conclude after three seasons. Tony Gilroy (opens in a new tab) claims the initial plans were not "physically impossible" because of the scale of the series.

When is Andor''''s finale?

Say you don''t have to follow the water-cooler chatter. You don''t want to pay for three months of Disney Plus?

The next nine episodes of Andor will begin one at a time on Wednesdays, ending on November 23.