Despite some noticeable pacing issues, Andor feels like a determined effort to say it war of stars Stories without leaning entirely against pandering, armed nostalgia, and that should count for something.
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I say this as someone who has loved The Mandalorian, Boba Fett’s bookand Obi Wan Kenobibut I don’t think it’s controversial to say the small screen is Disney+ war of stars The offers have been calibrated in a very specific way to appease a very specific type of fan. After all the controversy – wildly over the top, for what it’s worth – that’s swirled around the sequel trilogy, but especially The Last Jediit was clearly trying to play it safe and related to war of starsthat means certain things – nostalgia, cute creatures and droids that are easy to market, so-called redemption arcs for long-time fan favorites, and cameos from various official corners war of stars guns, the die-hard fans who z. The clone warsthe satisfaction of being able to point to the screen and say, “Hey, look, that’s him!”
Because of that, we had some great moments that were also, in a way, deeply superficial and cynical. So we got Baby Yoda, a semi-convincingly decrepit Luke Skywalker hacking battle droids to pieces, and live-action versions of Ahsoka and Cad Bane. It’s like war of stars has not only remained in the cultural consciousness despite the lack of feature films, but how it has managed to send the internet into a tailspin more than once.
And it’s the opposite of the storytelling principles that seem to guide us Andor.
I suppose that shouldn’t come as a surprise in a way since the show is a prequel to Villain One, which was a prequel to the original trilogy but is also arguably the most visually, sonically, and thematically distinct film in the franchise; a seedy sci-fi spy thriller war of stars Colour. Andor is more so than any of Disney+’s recent offerings, but even then, it’s also something very different.
Guided by this anti-hype and anti-nostalgia style, the first episode introduces us to Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) as a fighting scavenger five years before he became the rebel hero, and the next two – this review is based on the first three, all released by Disney on September 21 – find him on the run from both Morgana One’s corporate authority and the Empire at large, embodied here by Syril (Kyle Soller), a whiny Imperial security guard who shows up .
As I write this, I realize that none of this sounds particularly interesting. And the show is in no hurry to accomplish anything that would sound interesting written down, which oddly turns out to be much to its advantage. Morgana One, Andor’s home on the mining planet Ferrix, his efforts to evade his debts and sell stolen Imperial technology through a middleman who turns out to be Stellan Skarsgard (the character’s name is Luthen), all conspire to create a surprising to create an informed portrait of a man with a disdain for authority trying to make a hard living in the grip of tyranny.
Whether this legitimately reshapes the character is another matter, as we already knew all this about him, and flashbacks to his childhood on a written-off planet suggest it’ll all matter later, but only on the surface for now. His relationships with people like his sidekick Bix (Adria Arjona) are only thinly sketched. Luna is great, and the character’s predicament is fascinatingly uncharacteristic of this franchise, but there’s nothing here yet that strongly suggests this has to be a series about Cassian Andor, as opposed to anyone else.
But! The sense of place and tone is quite noticeable and, more importantly, feels almost calculatedly anti-war of stars in its steadfast refusal to absorb anything remotely sweet or light-hearted. Even the droids are ugly. And that must mean something in our culture of armed nostalgia and relentless adherence to utterly benign and uncontroversial storytelling. Andor may not feel like your typical war of stars show, and maybe that’s for the best.
You can stream Andor Season 1 exclusively on Disney+.
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