Airing exclusively on Disney+, Andor focuses on a tragic character with a painful past. A premise that is similar to that of the recently completed – and in the opinion of many disappointing – project in the European Environment Agency. Obi-Wan Kenobi. This unintended similarity has many fans wondering if the two productions may fall into similar mistakes and inconsistencies.
After all, Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan and Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor are heroes who have to go through relatively similar situations. in a distant galaxy.
With the Empire in power, the scenario in which they operate is one of constant danger. It is also a struggle in moral and ethical situations with dark points. And both are looking for… redemption.
But while an Obi-Wan Kenobi has been criticized for rushed narrative awkwardness and forced adherence to canon, Andor seems to go to the other extreme. With multiple chapters available and a plot that currently has no connection to the Skywalkers, the plot has a purpose. Telling how a man ended up embracing an ideal with such passion to die in the name of something much bigger than himself.
Deviating from the previously published Star Wars stories is a long way to go. Especially when Andor has every intention of exploring a more grown-up, more mature version of the universe.
A story that began with a death in Rogue One
Cassian Andor, the rebel who ended up manning the tragic Rogue One mission, is a rarity in Star Wars. He is a character who has no connection with the great powers in place. He also has no connections to traditional figures.
He is actually part of a specific plot which will allow us to see, through his eyes, the development of the violent world around him. Without the symbolic weight of Obi-Wan Kenobi or Boba Fett, he is closer to the discreet Din Djarin played by Pedro Pascal. A man in search of an intimate redemption who will cross a long road of obstacles in the search for identity.
Therefore, it is more likely that Andor’s route goes through several different scenarios. From Cassian’s past – which has already been touted to feature prominently – his time in the Empire and the Rebellion to his quest for the goal. Andor is much more than a generic exploration of a larger story.
This time, for the first time, it is a journey through the psychology of the rebellion and its members. What made men and women, across a galaxy far, far away, take up arms against a tyrannical center of power?
And or a new formula for a risky experience
This point is of great importance for production. In an interview with Vanity Fair, showrunner Tony Gilroy made it clear that the central plot is Cassian’s idealistic motivation. The story will explore the character in depth, revealing what drew him to the galactic rebellion and how he evolved from a selfish nihilist to a selfless martyr.“.
It might seem that this description fits many of the most important people in human history. Star wars. After all, Han Solo has gone from self-absorbed pilot to leader of the rebellion. But really what makes Andor intriguing is that his character is, at first glance, a random hero. One who learned through experience and pain why it was imperative to resist the brute force of the Empire.
Peripheral insight is rare. Star wars. In a mythology populated by heroes of legendary stature, the journey of characters like those in The Bad Lot series and now Andor are rare. Hence their considerable importance. Beyond that, it’s about the maturity of a small story in an almost intimate setting. Indeed, Andor will build his narrative to a new level of form and pace. One of the bright spots in the upcoming series.
Andor’s three scenarios
Andor will try to cover several points at once in Star Wars. The series will therefore settle in new spaces, which we hope will make it possible to carry out a complete series. But the overarching point will be Cassian’s transformation into a hero that touched fans of the Rogue One era. An element that Diego Luna especially takes into account when it comes to digging into his character.
” I think science fiction and stories set in a galaxy far, far away are a great tool to comment on our world. About your life and my life and the way we interact” said the actor to AFP. Vanity Fair. ” We need to explore how revolutionary we can be to change things, to stop war, to make this world a livable place. Andor talks about it. I think it can inspire many people, especially what you can do for yourself. »
Furthermore, the production will also show all the tentacles of the Empire in its first year of total dominance. Something he recently detailed Obi-Wan Kenobi, but the new series reflects on its immediate dangers. About Andor Rebellion against power is not so much an ethical decision as a way of survival.
” The adoptive home [de Cassian] will be the foundation of our entire first season, and we’ll see how it becomes more radical“, Tony Gilroy told Vanity Fair.” The empire expands. They eliminate anyone who stands in their way. They take control of the corporate planets. It strengthens its supply chains. What the Empire doesn’t destroy, it devours. It’s about all the ways oppression can tear a culture apart and destroy it.“, explains the director of the series.
Empire Horror everywhere
The vision of an empire encompassing all layers of common life has always been a contextual story within EU politics. Star wars. But this time she will be central to Andor’s premise. Finally, the series will explore the rebellion not just as a force of shock or resistance, but as a set of humanistic ideals.
For Luna, Cassian is the symbol of all the characters fighting for the greater good, but also to save his life as best he can. “It’s a migrant’s journey, which for me is everything I come from,” said the Mexican. “This feeling of having to move between the dangers is very strong. Not being able to belong and how that shapes you as a person, how that defines you in many ways and what you’re ready to do,” he added.
Struggle is more important than fear
Ultimately, Andor is a look at the essential points that connect the various pockets of rebellion against the Empire into a single end. An interesting nuance in Star Wars history. Primarily one that gives the series an element of interest in its narrative depth.
” Rebellion”? “Good versus evil”? At the start of it all, none of that matters to him. [ Cassian]“, Gilroy says.” He has a lot of anger about his childhood and the empire, he just doesn’t believe in anything. But for the showrunner, the power of the argument lies in the transformation. In the end, Cassian will become the most passionate person who will give to save the galaxy.“, he explains.
” A transformation that underlies the feeling of rebellion“. A precious reflection on George Lucas’ universe and in particular on its most powerful and most human element. After all, it is the focal point of the entire saga as a whole.