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.