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.
I’ve been watching Andor for six weeks now and while the series has been one of the best-written and most enjoyable Star Wars projects I’ve seen in a long time it is bothering me for one reason and one reason only: its utter lack of aliens.
I have watched eight episodes and have counted only four aliens in the entire series so far! How can that even be possible in Star Wars?!
Since 1977 Star Wars has been a franchise of inspiring heroes, fierce heroines, lovable droids, and iconic aliens. There’s been Chewbacca, Yoda, Jar Jar Binks, Ahsoka Tano, Asajj Ventress, Zeb, Plo Koon, Kit Fisto, and so many other incredible alien characters throughout this franchise.
And then there’s this show and the lack of aliens is just strange. In fact, it’s jarring. Who thought it was a good idea to have a show set in this universe and yet it’s partly devoid of what makes this franchise so lovable?
I want to love this series, and I do, but the lack of love for alien characters in this franchise is starting to really bother me on a personal level. I hope the second season doesn’t repeat this same mistake.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.
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.