Disney+’Andor’ Review: Diego Luna’s Slow Rise to Rebellion Heart.

“‘Andor’ Review: Diego Luna’s Slow Rise to Rebellion Heart.”

Andor is faced with describing the beginnings of a figure people have already loved and lost. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story introduced war-torn rebel Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) six years ago. The film’s whole new cast was slaughtered to ensure Princess Leia got the Death Star blueprints. It was a heroic, but deadly gesture that highlighted the human cost of revolt and added sad thought to the Andor saga.

Andor’s first four episodes are unlike any other Star Wars series. It approaches its protagonist from a distance, allowing its plot to unfold as the environment comes into focus. Andor leans on the unease of a slow-burning, unraveling storyline, unlike The Mandalorian.

The series opens in 5BBY, a timeline breach. The series takes place four years after Obi-Wan Kenobi, when Saw Gerrera abandons Jyn Erso and Ezra Bridger joins Hera, Kanan, and the Ghost. Tensions are rising throughout the galaxy as Imperial loyalists embrace their newfound authority and the first rebel fires are lit. Cassian Andor’s story starts much earlier, with him revealing his childhood, upbringing, and formative events.

Disney+'Andor' Review

Cassian isn’t thinking about rebellion as he walks through the Blade Runner-like Pre-Mor Corporate Zone. He may have a rap record, but no one notices him until the first 10 minutes of the program, and that one action affects not just him but everyone he knows. Cassian has only existed till now. He has Bix (Adria Arjona) and Brasso (Joplin Sibtain) as pals, Maarva (Fiona Shaw) as family, and B2EMO as a droid companion, but his activities appear aimless and unmoored. He has a purpose and someone he’s searching for, but it seems like he’s simply flinging stuff against the wall. Episode 3 is where he comes to meet Luthen (Stellan Skarsgrd), who sets him on the road to become Rogue One’s Cassian Andor.

Cassian’s upbringing is anthropologically fascinating and provides depth to the character and Star Wars world. Andor doesn’t interpret Cassian’s or his friends’ conversation after an Imperial mining catastrophe wrecked their livelihoods. Cassian’s community may have been a result of youngsters having to self-govern and care for each other. Beyond this unique social structure, Cassian’s name was altered by Basic-speaking strangers who abducted him from his tribe to save his life. The real-world similarities, notably Cassian being taught to lie about his birthplace, enrich the narrative.

Andor is an adult Star Wars series. Beyond the geopolitical unease and high stakes, it includes brothels and amorous interludes that show the individuals’ private connections. The series has been criticized for its lack of emotion, kissing, and love relationships, even when justified. Minor, but significant.

Andor’s world-building differs from previous Star Wars books. Each new character is named, sometimes before they’re seen. Throwaway lines assist contextualize connections, physical locales, and character behaviors, which fill out this new entrance point into the world. Tony Gilroy and his brother Dan Gilroy are very detailed in the first four episodes of Andor (with the latter brother penning Episode 4). The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett avoided naming people and locales.

Andor tells the narrative of the early Rebellion through the perspective of a young man. While Cassian is already an adult, the series has the atmosphere of a coming-of-age narrative. Cassian has a chip on his shoulder and is escaping from his actual potential, like Jyn Erso in Rogue One. His notions about resistance and fighting back against tyranny aren’t completely formed, and when he meets the common men and women risking their lives for the Rebellion, he’s on a collision course for transformation.

Rating: A+

On September 21, Disney+ will release the first three episodes of ‘Andor.’

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