Yesterday, Disney Plus debuted the first three episodes of Andor, which I was a little confused about until I watched them and realized they were essentially a 90 minute movie, with the first two ending in strange places and the climax. took third place.
Much has been made of the fact that Andor has shed many of the problematic things that plagued the Disney-era Star Wars. It’s rougher, Cassian Andor performs a guard in the opening minutes, it feels more grounded, with practical sets and effects and at least slightly less CGI than other series. And so far it doesn’t seem to be dealing with Easter eggs and crossovers in the Skywalker saga, other than the obvious connections to Rogue One.
I like this approach. I love this cast, I love these sets, I love the look and feel of Andor. And yet after watching these episodes, I still can’t shake the feeling that we just know where this is all going, and we know how we’re going to get there.
The story, of course, revolves around Cassian Andor, a side character in Rogue One who eventually plays a major role in stealing the plans for the first Death Star and getting them into the alliance. This costs him his life and the lives of essentially everyone else in that movie. So we know very well how his particular story ends.
But beyond that, I’m not quite sure what we expect to learn from 12 episodes of season 1 here, nor a second season that seems to be in the works already. The story is about the “birth of the Rebellion”, which will eventually become the Rebel Alliance, but it already seems quite simple. The people are oppressed by Imperials, they eventually have had enough, and key figures like Andor, Mon Mothma and Saw Gerrera join forces to start a kind of guerrilla war against them.
You could say that Star Wars often does this, investigate things we’ve entered before, but Andor seems to be an example of this more guilty of this than most. The prequel trilogy led to an inevitable place, but the prequel trilogy was also… not good, and I’d say that was a major reason. The Obi-Wan series was also guilty of this. The Mandalorian, I’d say, makes more sense because we… do not know where things are going with those characters, given the timeline right after the first trilogy and many years before the new Disney trilogy that came late.
In theory, Rogue One shouldn’t have worked through this either, although I have to admit that even if it was a story we thought we knew, I didn’t see the movie go as bleak as it went, with the death of essentially everyone involved. But now Cassian Andor exists as a spin-off of a movie that… already predetermined and now he specifically has announced his fate along with many other characters so that some tension is taken out of things. I think we should worry a lot about… Bix?
While I appreciate this approach to telling Star Wars stories compared to what we’ve been getting lately, I just don’t know why they this one character in this one period of time tell this one story this way. Maybe it’s good enough to overcome the obvious storylines that unfold, similar to what Rogue One did, but after these first episodes I’m not so sure.
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