Andor first impressions: Star Wars moves to the best of modern adult television

Andor first impressions: Star Wars moves to the best of modern adult television

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Magnify / Diego Luna returns to the role of Cassian Andor in the latest installment Star Wars series on Disney+.

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at worst Star Wars: Andor is a polished PG-13 version of some of the best TV dramas of the last decade. It’s easy to see the tracks Wire, Lostand Breaking Bad in this story Star Wars-neighboring scum and villains. However, as you might suspect, such subtle TV inspirations can only go so far in a franchise that regularly features chirping droids and connecting action figures.

At best, though Andorra plays like no other Star Wars movie or TV entry to date, and that bodes well for the future of the series post-Skywalker. Andorra adapts its adult ambitions to more closely resemble the gritty content that has popularized the sidebars of series such as comics, novels, and video games. While its momentum takes a little too long to get going, by the end of the series’ first 100 minutes enough quality has coalesced to make it a worthwhile recommendation for fans of compelling sci-fi television, let alone Star Wars faithful.

The first release of three episodes will tell a lot on Disney+

Cassian Andor often seems to find trouble in his series.
Magnify / Cassian Andor often seems to find trouble in his series.

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This series “follows” the events Rogue One: A Star Wars Story the only way Lucasfilm really could: build a prequel out of its likeable anti-hero Cassian Andor. (Spoiler alert: If this series were a direct sequel to that movie in the timeline, it would feature far fewer characters.) With his name in the title, Andor steps up as the star, and events flash back to his greatest grown-ups and adventures from childhood.

Disney+ typically releases new TV episodes once a week, and while a few exceptions have started with a bonus episode (notably Marvel’s WandaVision), Andor is the first to take a “ride” during launch week. Wednesday’s three-episode debut feels like a major confession from Lucasfilm: “Hey fans, please watch all three episodes before you jump to judgment.”

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Magnify / You won’t see a lot of droid antics on it Andorrabut the new droid B2EMO has some key moments.

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I am grateful that I did. Andorra it needs so much time to get its bearings, mainly because its opening episodes are shaping up to feature a whole new cast of characters surrounding the familiar face of lead Diego Luna. The trailers hinted that we would eventually see the characters from them Rogue One, Star Wars: Rebelsand other records, but first we have to watch Andor accept his fate.

At least one part of the series has so far Lost in a way

Bix (Adria Arjona) has a long and strained relationship with Andor, which he has to contend with in this new series.
Magnify / Bix (Adria Arjona) has a long and strained relationship with Andor, which he has to contend with in this new series.

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If you prefer Star Wars adventures feature shady alley deals, dubious-sounding favors with no questions asked, and cold-blooded killings, Andorra she wastes no time in carrying his dark heart. Andor begins the first episode on a fact-finding mission, and while he’s clearly been searching for some time, this TV series begins with his search taking a turn for the worse. Within minutes, Andor returns to Ferrix, 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 have to tighten up their alibi just in case.

And his plan would have gotten away with it too, had it not been for a meddling middle manager at an Imperial base of operations. Deputy Inspector Karn (Kyle Soller) is the show’s first notable new character as he seethes with impotent rage as he struggles to get his way in the otherwise bureaucratically reticent Empire. Karn alternates between obnoxious smugness and chest puffing BS as needed, and his resulting dislike is magnetic to watch as he endures Andor’s escape plan. His place in the story is probably as close as the Star Wars universe will come to resembling the disrupted law enforcement ecosystem of some of modern television’s biggest hits.

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