The Dark Times
6. The Bad Batch (series)
The Bad Batch directly follows the events of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, expanding on the aftermath of Order 66 and providing a unique perspective on the early days of the Galactic Empire through the eyes of Clone Force 99 - a group of genetically distinct clone troopers. This series bridges the gap between the prequel and original trilogies, offering crucial insights into the transition period within the Star Wars universe.
7. Obi-Wan Kenobi (series)
Set between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, Obi-Wan Kenobi explains and showcases key elements of Anakin Skywalker's transformation into Darth Vader and the evolution of Obi-Wan's character, deepening the understanding of their complex relationship and the overarching narrative of the Star Wars saga. This series enriches the backstory of iconic characters and sets the stage for the events that unfold in the Original Trilogy.
8. Star Wars: Rebels (series)
The animated series Star Wars: Rebels also gives us more context on what happens between the Prequel and Original trilogies, digging into the formation of the Rebel Alliance and providing crucial context to the Galactic Empire's rise and opposition. It also gives us a deeper understanding of the overarching Star Wars saga, connecting pivotal characters and events that shape the galaxy before the events of A New Hope.
9. Solo: A Star Wars Story
This standalone film is not quite as essential but entertaining as it deep dives into the backstory of the iconic Han Solo, exploring his early adventures and the events that shaped him into the beloved rogue we meet in the Original Trilogy. Watching it as part of the broader saga provides a deeper context to his character and enriches his relationships and actions in later films.
10. Andor (series)
Andor, as the 10th in the sequence of 21 different shows/series, is essential for understanding the intricate dynamics of the Rebellion against the Empire. Its placement provides deeper context to the Star Wars universe, especially regarding the origins and motivations of the Rebel Alliance, enriching the viewer's understanding of events and characters encountered in the following series and films.
11. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Rogue One is the missing piece between the Prequel Trilogy and the Original Trilogy, providing critical backstory to the events leading up to A New Hope. It offers a gritty, ground-level perspective of the Rebel Alliance's struggle, setting the stage for the iconic events that unfold in Episode IV.