In the worst case, Star Wars: Andor is a polished PG-13 version of some of the best television dramas of the last decade. Tracks are easy to spot Wire, Lostand All are difficult in this story Star Wars– adjacent scum and villainy. However, as you might suspect, such nuanced TV inspiration can only go so far in a franchise that regularly features chirping droids and action figures.
However, at best Andorra plays like no other Star Wars films or television entries to date, and it bodes well for the future of the series post-Skywalker. Andorra bends its grown-up aspirations to better resemble the gritty content that made the sidebars of series such as comics, novels, and video games beloved. While it takes a little too long to build momentum, by the end of the series’ first 100 minutes enough quality has come together to make it a worthy recommendation for fans of compelling sci-fi television, let alone Star Wars loyalists.
Disney+’s three-episode initial run speaks volumes
This series “follows” the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story the only way Lucasfilm really could: by making a prequel out of the likeable anti-hero Cassian Andor. (Spoiler: If this series were a direct sequel to that movie, it would have far fewer characters.) Since his name is in the title, Andor stars as the series, and the events fast-forward to his greatest adult and childhood adventure.
Disney+ typically debuts new episodes on TV once a week, and while a few exceptions have launched with bonus episodes (notably Marvel’s WandaVision), Andor was the first to approach “drinking” during launch week. Wednesday’s three-episode debut feels like an important acknowledgment from Lucasfilm: “Hey fans, please watch all three episodes before you rush to judgment.”
I am thankful that I did. Andorra it takes so long to get the hang of it, mainly because its opening episodes jump ahead with a whole new cast of characters surrounding the familiar face of lead actor Diego Luna. The trailers show that we will eventually see characters from Outcast alone, Star Wars: Rebelsand other entries, but first we have to watch Andor accept his fate.
At least one part of the series is still there Lost his way
If you want Star Wars the adventures feature shady back alley deals, dubious-sounding no-questions-asked favors, and cold-blooded murders, Andorra wasting no time in bringing out his dark heart. Andor begins the first episode on a fact-finding mission, and while he’s clearly been on a quest for some time, this TV series begins with his quest going awry. A few minutes later, Andor returns to Feryx, his true home base, where he usually collects and sells scrap to make ends meet. It’s time to make one last deal, he tells his few accomplices, and they need to beef up their alibis just in case.
And he would have gotten away with his scheme, too, if not for the intervention of a middle manager at an Imperial operational outpost. Deputy Inspector Karn (Kyle Soler) is the series’ first prominent new character, as he is consumed by impotent rage as he tries to make a name for himself in the otherwise bureaucratically restrained Empire. Karn alternates between obnoxious smugness and chest puffing when appropriate, and his resulting obnoxiousness is endearing to watch as he unleashes Andor’s escape plan. His place in history is probably as close as the Star Wars universe will ever come to resembling the broken law enforcement ecosystem of some of today’s biggest TV hits.