everybody talks about Star Wars Andor. It is very simple; We have only seen three episodes of the series on Disney + and the fans have had a very pleasant surprise. Perhaps not at the level of The Mandalorian, but above Obi Wan Kenobi or The Book of Boba Fett.
It is easy to explain why. It’s Star Wars, of course. There’s no shortage of droids, laser weapons, and spaceships, but dig deeper into something that Rogue One already did and that we liked a lot: the war from the point of view of the troops. Without lightsabers, without the power of the Force, and without the ship that made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs.
Star Wars: Andor trailer
Andor is the closest story, the most visceral and also the most different within the Star Wars universe. And also the series is made with love and attention to detail. The set construction and practical effects (rather than the abuse of digital ones) leave a great impression.
The use of the camera on the shoulder, the tones used or the sound (with the soundtrack almost unnoticed) are tremendously effective. The idea is lower the viewer “to ground level” in a galaxy far, far away. And it works great.
There is no humor in Star Wars Andor Rebellion
Star Wars no es Marvel. I admit that in superhero movies the sense of humor works quite well (among my favorites are Guardians of the Galaxy or Thor Ragnarok), but this cannot be extended to the galactic saga.
George Lucas already put some humor pills in the first two trilogies; a very physical humor, which has left us some of the most embarrassing moments of the saga. If Jar Jar Binks did a poor “reinterpretation” of the comedy of the pioneers, like Buster Keaton or Chaplin, Chewbacca screaming like Tarzan in Return of the Jedi…
I’m not even going to go into other issues that have upset fans, like the blur Luke Skywalker’s behavior in The Last Jediwhen he throws down the lightsaber as if it weren’t “a noble weapon for more civilized times”.
The thing is, this universe was built on highly dramatic moments like Darth Vader strangling rebel officers, Owen and Beru Lars burning next to their Tatooine farm, or planets exploding “with millions of voices screaming in terror”. Comedy moments are hard to fit in, and if not done right, they spoil the scene.
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In Obi Wan Kenobi we have had several examples (the pursuit of Leia in the forest or the sneaking away under a raincoat) and The Boba Fett Book saw the galaxy’s most ruthless bounty hunter pranking the Sand People and recruiting a teenage “biker” gang.
In Star Wars Andor there is no sense of humorthere is despair. And we are not only talking about the character played by Diego Luna, but also about the supporting characters who live in a gray world, oppressed by the empire.
The cameos don’t steal Andor’s prominence.
Cameos in the Star Wars series (and movies) are a double-edged sword. The new trilogy – The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker – have practically built on the return of classic heroes. His presence steals all the limelight from the new generation of rebels.
The same has happened with Disney+ series. Luke Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano gave The Mandalorian a much larger entity. But in subsequent productions, cameos have become “the big thing.”
Mando stole entire chapters from Boba Fett, and they were probably the best in the series. And Anakin Skywalker (or Darth Vader) also became the best of Obi Wan Kenobi. But this does not happen in Andor.
It is a new story, of a character that we do not know so well, and that it doesn’t make sense if he intermingles with the Jedi.
In Rogue One there are a number of appearances by well-known characters that made perfect sense: the young Leia Organa, Mon Mothma and a few seconds of the best Darth Vader. But it was clear that it was not “her” story of him.
The same goes for Andor. Well-known characters may appear in the next chapters, it would be a waste not to take advantage of Saw Gerrera (confirmed) or Governor Tarkinbut only to give more force to the context.
Cassian Andor in a story we never saw in Star Wars
Star Wars is the story of the “underdog”, of the triumph of the rebel spirit over the power of the Empire (although they have the “ultimate power of the universe”), a fantastic metaphor of World War II with touches of western and cinema from Kurosawa.
We have been told over and over again. Perhaps again it will be what we see in Andor. But in the 21st century we need characters who bleed, who suffer and who are scared. Y Cassian Andor it is. I’m not going to go into spoilers, but the character’s first motivation is to escape.
He may be a native of the planet Kenari, but his reactions are entirely human. And as a human, he’s not perfect. Here there are no discussions about whether “Han fired first”we see Cassian being “expeditious” in dealing with his rivals.
The same can be said of the characters that surround him (it is the first time that a sequence of sex in star wars). We already wanted to leave Tatooine and the groups of Jawas arguing in a corner of the screen.
So far I can tell, without going into spoilers. As I said at the beginning of the blog, I have not seen more than the first three chapters (which work as an introduction to an espionage plot). And I just hope that the next few episodes hold the line.
With Jon Favreau in charge of the next Ahsoka series and Dave Filoni immersed in The Mandalorian season 3, Tony Gilroy (showrunner de Star Wars Andor) becomes a third name to trust for future productions in this universe.