Wow, it’s been quite an adventure of sci-fi and fantasy television for the last couple of months. Andor is the last of the late-summer premiering series to enjoy and sadly, it’s coming to an end.
This series has been absolutely fantastic from start to finish, its slow-burn method of storytelling transforming into something that will be regarded as a highlight of the franchise for many years to come.
I think the thing I like the most about Andor is that it feels like a Star Wars novel brought to life. The way this story has developed and the amount of characters we’ve gotten a chance to follow and become invested in is something we’ve never had in this franchise. There are so many storylines happening at once, each with its own level of depth, that I’m always in awe at how the writers have managed to juggle these stories with such cleverness.
The last two episodes have been somewhat of a slow burn as it built to the halfway mark of this season. But this episode was worth every bit of development created in the last couple of episodes because it was that phenomenal.
From the first second to the last, the episode is riddled with a quiet intensity that builds and builds until, by the final seconds, I was sitting back with goosebumps and eyes wide with awe. This was an utterly exceptional fifty minutes of storytelling that never felt rushed or nonsensical.
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.
This is not The Mandalorian. It doesn’t begin with an episode filled with action scenes. This show is about building storylines, introducing a bunch of characters, and letting these stories coalesce into something that will become a great television series.
Cassian Andor, in the first three episodes, is a man with a lot of problems. He kind of reminded me of Han Solo when we first met him in that regard. He’s Wanted by the Empire, he’s got a bunch of outstanding debts, and like almost every character in Star Wars in one way or another, he’s got a haunted past.
When Disney announced it was making its own streaming service I wasn’t exactly sure how awesome that was going to be. Then it was announced that Star Wars was going to have its first live-action Star Wars series on the streaming service and my mind was utterly blown. But the exciting announcements haven’t stopped there. Recently rumors surrounding live-action series for some of the MCU’s most prominent characters (Loki, Falcon, The Winter Soldier, and Scarlet Witch) have been mentioned as well.
Disney CEO Bob Iger just announced today that there will indeed be more live-action series and they will involve Rogue One‘s Cassian Andor and Loki. How exciting is that?!
Cassian was my favorite character in Rogue One because of his compelling storyline and now that backstory that I’ve been so interested to learn is going to be told in live-action series form. Awesome!
And Loki has also become one of my favorite characters in the MCU and so even though he perished at the literal hand of Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War his story will live on through this live-action series.
And the best news is that both Diego Luna and Tom Hiddleston will reprise their roles for these series. I honestly couldn’t be more excited about this streaming service. Two Star Wars live-action series, at least one Marvel live-action show, the final season of The Clone Wars, and who knows what else will be planned. Thank you, Disney. You have made my day.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day.
I just recently watched Rogue One after not having seen it for quite some time and it. Was. AMAZING!!!! My focus has been on The Last Jedi for the past few weeks and for a little while I thought The Last Jedi was the best Star Wars movie ever made but the more I watch it the more flaws I’ve seen and it’s slightly began to deteriorate in quality. Rogue One has not gotten less enjoyable over the years, in fact, it’s only gotten better and it’s hands down the best Star Wars movie, in my opinion. The whole movie, from beginning to end, is absolutely incredible and I’m just so glad it exists in the Star Wars universe. But as I watched it the last time I realized something that I hadn’t really noticed before and that is the fascinating stories of Cassian and Bodhi throughout the film.
Jyn is the face of Rogue One. She is what the whole movie is wrapped around and she’s the central character to the story but, when you really look at the film, she’s not the hero of the movie. She’s one of the heroes who helped begin a destructive chain in defeating the Empire but the rebels didn’t succeed in getting the Death Star plans because of her exactly. It was the heroic acts of Cassian Andor and Bodhi Rook who made that possible. And so, in this post, I’m going to relay to you why they are the true heroes of Rogue One.