One thing everyone agrees on so far Andor is the Disney+ series far from expectations. Whether it is satisfied or not? as a wise old Jedi once said, depends on “a certain point of view”. The prequel series reveals how Diego Luna‘S Rogue One character, Cassian Andor, becomes a fearsome rebel spy. However Mandalorian, Boba Fett’s Books, and Obi-Wan Kenobi emphasizing familiar galaxy shapes, textures and tones, Andor push in the opposite direction. It is a Star Wars the story doesn’t feel special Star Wars-y.
But that’s the purpose.
Showrunner Tony Gilroy, an important creative force in Bourne theatrical franchise and a Oscar nominations for both writing and directing the 2007 drama Michael Claytonintentionally created Andor for those who do not live forever Star Wars obsess. Andor set a few years before Luke Skywalker boarded an X-wing fighter and blew up the first Death Star, but the series doesn’t claim you know that or anything else about what happens before or later. In fact, the less informed viewers are, the more surprised they are likely to be.
“In the galaxy, there are billions upon billions of creatures,” said Gilroy Vanity Fair. “There are electricians and carpet cleaners. All these people are there. They all don’t know about the Force, they don’t know about the Jedi, they don’t know about the royal family. And the revolution is affecting them in the same way. My approach is, What about them? What’s going on in the kitchen? I guess I always look around the corner, ‘This is what other What are people doing? ‘”
This is really a brain exercise Star Wars viewers have been playing for many years. Remember Kevin Smith‘S Secretarywhen the protagonists transcend time by musing about all the innocent construction workers (“Plumber, aluminum skimmer, roofer…”) was definitely killed when the second Death Star was wiped out in Return of the Jedi? Gilroy and Andor based on that concept, but not for laughs.
Characters in Andor scrap mechanics like Adria ArjonaBix Caleen’s, one of Andor’s best friends, or Imperial police officers like Kyle SollerSyril Karn’s, who is trying to solve a murder on the street. In the higher ranks of power, Galactic Senator Mon Mo Henrich (Genevieve O’Reilly) has yet to host massive space battles, but rather she’s trying to hide funding and resources for secret freedom fighters. In spite of Star Wars traditionally inhabited by the fantasy genre, imbued with the magic and mystery of folk tales and myths, Andor like a brutal sci-fi version of Wire, explores the flow of power through the different strata of a society under duress. That society happens in space.
“I like small construction. I like to start with the small things in the big environment, and then just follow them molecularly,” said Gilroy, first participant. Star Wars the universe is rewriting and rebooting for Rogue One. “You set up these characters, and you believe in them, and you really start with them and what they need and what they fear.” He says Andor describe how resistance came about. “The pressures on people and events are happening like in France during the Second World War. What do you do? Who do you betray? what do you say? How do you act? What should we do? Should we not pay attention? Should we join the rebellion? I mean, that’s fascinating. So that’s my approach.”
Most reactions for the new program has been active, but some victim Star Wars followers complained that — at least in the first few episodes —Andor do not revel in references or connections to previous stories like other entries. It fills in some important gaps about Luna’s character from Rogue One—Just like recently Obi-Wan Kenobi the series did with Ewan McGregorJedi exile — but Andor does not introduce into its world many instantly recognizable characters from other films. Rogue One pillars like O’Reilly’s Mo Asthma and Whitaker ForestSaw Gerrera’s Saw Gerrera doesn’t appear until later chapters, and even Andor’s blunt droid companion in the movie, Alan Tudykof K-2SO, not scheduled until season two. Easter egg hunters won’t fill their baskets easily.
Luna, executive producer Andor aside from being a star, it’s nice that this series feels so different from the others. “I think we succeeded in that, for sure, which makes me very proud because we have does that mean to be different,” he said. Luna said Andor designed to amplify the harder tone of Rogue One, which one is the first? Star Wars The film does not focus on the Skywalker family. “It’s a standalone product, a first,” he said. “It’s a little darker, it’s more like a war story. It is its own. And when we were asked to do this series, it was the same mission.”
For viewers who have gone all out with fan service, thanks, and setup for other shows and movies, this can be a relief, and for non-fans, it could be a much-needed entry point to a galaxy very, very far away. Star Wars comparable in size to global entertainment franchises, and part of Lucasfilm’s ongoing strategy to keep it that way is to make it more engaging. The more self-referential it becomes, the more self-contained it becomes. TV shows on Disney + allow Star Wars storyteller to experiment with plot and highlight new characters.
“The hardest thing about movies right now is trying to appeal to them all,” said Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy told Vanity Fair for our June cover story”The uprising will be televised. “The best thing about television is that we can go into a little more niche and we can find stories that we know can appeal to younger audiences. We can find stories like Andor. We knew it would appeal to a slightly older audience, knowing that Obi-Wan is the sweet spot of home audiences, like Mandalorian.“
Although classic Star Wars very simple story in the story of good and evil, Andor explores deeper ethical questions about how life would actually play out under such circumstances. Star Wars depicts the Innocent Hero, The Rich Princess, The Skeptic Skeptic, The Wise Man, but Andor Try to be more idiosyncratic than classic. Its main antagonist, Karn, is defying his superiors to solve a double murder; Its other senior Royal Security Officer, Dedra Meero (Denise Gough), is watching for signs of what she fears will turn into a deadly uprising. In any other TV show, these could be the good guys. But here, their misguided diligence is in the service of brutality and oppression.
Luna argues that Gilroy has made viewers question their own impulses and loyalty. “He never wrote about right and wrong or black and white. He lives in gray areas and he is always oriented towards contradictions and complexities,” said the actor. “These characters make mistakes, and they react to them, and they try to be better, but sometimes they fail – and sometimes they don’t! This series is about people on both sides, their struggles and their daily lives. I think it’s an ambitious idea, but that’s what we had in mind.”
Work already underway on the second season of Andor, and although the storylines will begin to converge and the show’s characters may become more aware of the galaxy around them, Gilroy still has no plans to delve into the worlds of the Jedi and the Force. “It’s not something we’re going to completely ignore, but it’s been done a lot. It seems like the story of the Force has been pretty well chewed and consumed at this point,” he said. “Looks like it’s not new territory.”
Someday there will be lights in Andor? Never say never. “Who made the lamp-sword?” Gilmore said. “I’m interested in people who are, for example, the lamp repairman.”