‘Andor’ is what Star Wars wants to be

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Simply put: Star Wars has been rough lately. Audiences received the last film in the franchise, 2019 Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker, careful. Its TV universe has filled some gaps, but despite breakthroughs like Mandaloriansuccess rate since being hit or missed. Books by Boba Fett does not generate much attention; Bad lot looks fine. Even stellar series like Obi-Wan Kenobi has faced other problems, such as racist fans annoyed with the series’ cast. At a time when it can dominate, Star Wars these days feels like it’s just running down the street, a lost droid in the desert.

Or, it happened until Andor.

For a show with great direct-to-video energy — the origin story of a supporting character in a one-time movie about a plot to steal some blueprints — the latest Star Wars story will succeed Disney + easily the franchise’s biggest takeaway this year, if not for many years to come.

Fueled by a painfully nuanced performance by Diego Luna (Cassian Andor), this is television prestige unsurpassed. Conspiracy in the palace, except for the incest of Dragon’s House. Aerospace, but it doesn’t hang hats pew-pew-pew. Andor is the perfect Star Wars show, one that ultimately tackles the franchise’s messages about fascism without getting bogged down in them.

Much has been said about the actual nature of Andor. There are no Sith or Jedi; even Emperor Palpatine is only mentioned in passing. The entire plot develops from the daily insecurities of mid-tier Empire gears. (Syril Karn’s aggressive blue milk breakfast with his mother is particularly striking.) For the first time in what feels like forever, a Star Wars business has attracted investment from audience into their characters, instead of borrowing from their nostalgic bank for familiar names and faces.

Thank you Tony Gilroy. Star Wars fans know his name because he’s the one sent out for repair Rogue One, the film where Cassian first appeared. Cinephiles know him as the writer and director of Michael Clayton, one of the most underrated movies ever. He lives for these things. He lies under the skin of his characters and is the creator Andor he paints personality types that would risk anything to stop the rise of an evil empire. No light/dark side Talking Force. Viewers aren’t meant to believe every on-screen uprising; The bad guys of the empire aren’t soulless to the point of being flawed.

Gilroy’s gift may be that he’s not a Star Wars fanboy. Creators like Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni make great shows because they know the dogma. But Gilroy, who has said in interviews that his learning curve for the franchise is steep, seems free to develop new types of Star Wars stories by not Perseverance for the rule.


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