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‘Andor’: The Dark, Gritty Side of ‘Star Wars’

“Andor” recently had a three-episode premiere on Disney+, and wow! It is a refreshing change from the lower budget side of the “Star Wars” franchise we’ve seen recently.

Right off the bat you can see the change in quality from other shows, like “Obi-Wan Kenobi”. While it had a decent story, its budget made it feel like a plastic-y fan film. “Andor” seems like a movie turned into a show. Its production quality is amazing! Everything from the set design, to the costumes, to the cinematography is really beautiful.

Right off the bat, the first episode starts off with the darkest “Star Wars” has ever gone. It takes what direction they were going with the movie the show spins-off of, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” into the fifth dimension. It’s not even for the sake of being edgy, it directly builds off of what Cassian Andor’s character in “Rogue One” says, the things he’s done in the name of the rebellion. It makes sense, it’s fun, it’s interesting, and we are here for it.

The cast is so great, too. Diego Luna as Andor of course shines, but so does Adria Arjona as Bix and Stellan Skarsgård as Luthen Rael. Bee the droid should get a special mention as well, since his own puppeteer Dave Chapman voices him and does an excellent job.

Other than the start of the first episode, the series does start off a little slow. It doesn’t really hit the fan until episode three, if you’re looking for fun Star Wars blaster battles, but until then it gives intriguing HBO drama series. Another thing people may get confused on, since the editing can be a little unclear at times, is that the young boy named Cassa is Cassian’s flashbacks. Though a bit ambiguous, the parallels between what’s happening in the present moment and the past are superb.

“Andor” airs every Wednesday on Disney+ with season one ending on November 23rd in its 12th episode. Season two is already in production.

 

By Inti Navia, Senior, ChiArts

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Written by TrueStar Staff

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