Season 1 of Andor Review Star Wars turns slowly and serious

Season 1 of Andor Review Star Wars turns slowly and serious ...

This review of Andor season 1 is without spoiler.

I say this as someone who has enjoyed The Mandalorian, The Last Jedi, and Obi-Wan Kenobi, but I don't think it's controversial to suggest that Disney+'s small-screen Star Wars offerings have been calibrated in a specific manner to appease a specific type of fan. Those things include, among other things, nostalgia, cute droids and long-time fan favorites, and cameos from various corners of the official Star Wars canon that give die-hard fans who

It's because of this that we got several great moments that were, in a way, simultaneously cynical and superfluous. It's how we got Baby Yoda, a semi-convincingly de-aged Luke Skywalker hacking combat droids to pieces, and live-action versions of Ahsoka and Cad Bane, all of which have sent the internet into a tailspin more than once.

And it's the opposite of the storytelling principles that seem to guide Andor.

In a way, this shouldn't come as a surprise, since it's a prequel to Rogue One, which was a prequel to the Original Trilogy, but is also the most visually, tonally, and thematically distinct film in the franchise; a seedy sci-fi espionage thriller in Star Wars paint. Andor is more like that than any of Disney+'s recent offerings, but it's also something a little different.

The first episode, guided by this anti-hype, anti-nostalgia aesthetic, introduces us to Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) as a struggling scavenger five years before he became a rebel hero, and the next two, all released by Disney on September 21 – find him on the run from Morgana One and the Empire at large, personified here by Syril (Kyle Soller), a snive Imperial security official on the come-up.

Morgana One, Andor's home on the mining planet of Ferrix, and his attempts to sell purloined Imperial tech through a middleman who turns out to be Stellan Skarsgard (the character's name is Luthen) all conspire to paint a surprisingly honest portrait of a man who is trying to forego freedom under the guise of tyranny.

Since we already knew all this about him, flashbacks to his childhood on a written-off planet suggest the whole thing will become significant later, but remain purely superficial for the time being. Luna's great, and the character's predicament is intriguingly unconventional for this franchise, but there's nothing here that strongly suggests this should be a series about Cassian Andor rather than anyone else.

Andor may not seem like your typical Star Wars show, although it may be for the better.

Season 1 of Andor may be viewed exclusively on Disney+.

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