Last week we got the three-episode premiere of the newest Star Wars Disney+ series, Andor and it was fantastic. Tony Gilroy is one of the best writers that has ever gotten their hands on this franchise and he is back at it again, weaving a new, complex, brilliant storyline featuring a bunch of new instantly fascinating characters. This new story is, as expected from the title, centered around Cassian Andor, the Rebel Intelligence Officer who helped retrieve the Death Star plans.
In four episodes the series has already given so much more depth to his character with Gilroy painting an even deeper portrait of this morally complex man. And while the series is brilliant in so many different ways it does have a glaring flaw that I felt I had to share: its episodic structure.
Why did we get a three-episode premiere? Think about the first two episodes. Despite the great, slow-burn writing and array of characters the two episodes had to introduce each episode concluded in a way that felt a bit jarring. The episodes, at times, feel like they are cut off in mid-scene with no concrete segway into the next episode.
The three-episode premiere worked because the first two episodes established the story, delivering a proper payoff in the third episode that felt earned and powerful. We’re clearly at the beginning of a new three-episode arc which, when completed, will be just exceptional but I’m not a fan of the way these episodes keep concluding.
Episode Four concluded with Cassian sitting at a campfire with homework having just been assigned to him. It was jarring when the screen turned black and the credits began to roll. Instead of making me excited for next week’s episode, I had to sit back and come to grips with the fact that the episode was finished. In fact, it was slightly upsetting.
Thankfully, the editing process of these episodes is the only flaw of the series as of right now. The rest of the show is absolutely fantastic, it’s such a visually stunning series it could very well be a movie, and the writing has been spot on. I can’t wait to see how the rest of this story unfolds in the coming weeks.
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