The first “prestige” show in Star Wars history has arrived

Andor It might be the first-ever Star Wars prestige show.

Yes, we realize that The MandalorianAnd the boba fett bookAnd the Obi-Wan Kenobi Exist – not to mention clone wars And the the rebels – but Andor He does something different. She borrows her ideas from the golden age of television, and in the process, could usher in a new era of Star Wars as we know it.

“Think Game of thrones or The sopranoNot Weird things. “

Follow the series rogue one Breakout star Cassian Andor (Diego Luna). But he’s a far cry from the confident rebel spy we watched sacrifice his life for the cause in 2015. Here, Cassian is a different man on a much simpler mission. He’s trying to track down his sister, and he’s not about to let his morals get in the way.

Cassian lives in the Hungarian equivalent of a Factory City, a mining planet controlled by a corporation backed by the Empire. But when Andor “accidentally” kills two men in the off-duty company, the Empire begins to get entangled just as our hero finds himself caught up in the beginnings of the rebellion.

through the eyes AndorOverwhelming representatives, we see the full scope of the political environment at hand. Star Wars alumni Genevieve O’Reilly returns as senator-turned-rebel spy Mon Mothma, who must play alongside the Empire’s business while secretly helping a guerrilla movement to take it all down. O’Reilly brings her character back to life with the kind of quiet discontent we haven’t seen on TV since then Americans. No wonder then that Andor It is moderated by sexy spy maestro Tony Gilroy, known for his work on Porn TrilogyAnd the Michael ClaytonAnd the double standard.

The biggest difference between Andor And the rest of Star Wars is not the mysterious main character, but the structure itself. Star Wars TV has taken many forms – a western episodic space in The Mandaloriana short series of six episodes in Obi-Wan Kenobi And the boba fett book Or a series of arcs in animated shows.

Andor It has already been confirmed for 24 episodes spread over two seasons. Due to the longer running time, the story has more breathing room. The first three episodes, arriving together on September 21, take their time to establish not only Cassian’s character but his background and the fragile political situation he lives in – along with a much broader array of heroes, villains, and everything in between.

Genevieve O’Reilly as Mon Mothma in Andor. Lucas Film

AndorFormatting is not without growing pains. The first three episodes are incredibly slow-paced, remember the kind of shows you tell your friend to watch with the caveat that “they really pick up after season two.” However, there’s an almost nostalgic feel to the slow setting, reminding viewers of an era before the sheer volume of streaming content, meaning the shows had to grab your attention within the first few minutes. Think Game of thrones or The sopranoNot Weird things.

visually, Andor It is already leagues before its last predecessor. Tony Gilroy recorded that the series did not use the latest “voice” technology that soured after apparent excessive use in previous shows. in Andorthere is a large number of wide shots and time spent in the landscapes of the universe.

Even with its initially small story, there is an age-old attitude to planetary hopping that isn’t just limited to the main character. We jump from heroes to villains to new characters to high-ranking officials the hero hasn’t met yet, all without getting lost. he is Andor The first Star Wars show on Disney+ that understands the concept of a B plot? It may be so.

Andor takes the “planet hopping” approach to new heights with stunning visuals.Lucas Film

After nearly three years of high-octane drama capturing major Star Wars lore like the Jedi or the Mandalorians, there wasn’t a single saber or Beskar helmet in the first four episodes of Andor. The Imperial drama is small in size, focusing primarily on the middle managers who are the first to capture the beginnings of the rebellion. Meanwhile, Cassian and his followers became rebellious not because of the Medi-Clorians or some prophecy but because they saw something wrong and, most importantly, saw a way to fix it.

Andor He drops all conventions of what fans want to see—sword battles, powerhouses, and veils—and returns to what made Star Wars great in the first place: David and Goliath’s story of a rebellious army rising against an unstoppable empire.

could Andor Becoming the new normal for Star Wars? It depends on the reception, but with The Mandalorian Season 3 is still half a year away, and it’s a great palate cleanser. Take a look at the alternate universe where Star Wars has got a big-budget HBO drama that airs on Sunday nights, where the plot isn’t rushed, stories can start small, and the characters are more than just your typical heroes. in AndorThey are human beings with vices, flaws and selfishness.

It’s time that Star Wars is all about people, not just heroes and villains with superpowers.

Andor Premieres September 21 on Disney+.

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