“Andor”, a “Star Wars” series like no other

Prequel of a prequel! In 2016, Disney revealed Rogue One – A Star Wars Story, the story of the Rebels led by Captain Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) who stole the Death Star plans and passed them on to the Rebel Alliance. A film that found its place perfectly between Episode III (Revenge of the Sith) and IV (A new hope) of the Intergalactic Saga. Andorwhose first three out of twelve episodes will be available this Wednesday on Disney+, begins five years earlier Rogue One – A Star Wars Story. The series chronicles how Cassian Andor, still impeccably played by Diego Luna, became the heroic captain seen in the film and explores the budding rebellion against the Empire’s growing grip on the galaxy. A Star Wars series with a very different atmosphere from The Mandolar, The Boba Fett Book and more recently the miniseries Obi-Wan Kenobi. Our review guarantees 100% confidentiality of the first four episodes.

Andor is completely unlike anything done before in this franchise, including Rogue one. “What I would say is that Andor is the most grounded Star Wars you can have. She focuses on people. There are no Jedi around and it’s a very dark period in the galaxy,” Diego Luna explains in the columns of Screen Rant. There are very few Jedi left in the galaxy, many have been killed as a result of Order 66. Also some humor, Andor is a dark spy thriller whose retro-futuristic atmosphere evokes the science fiction masterpieces of the early 1980s such as blade runner Where Brazil. Behind this painstaking production work is production designer Luke Hull, award-winning for his work on the miniseries Chernobyl.

A slow burning drama

Besides the tone, the rhythm is different. Andor is a slow burning drama (slow combustion) focused on a multi-layered story that mixes crime, espionage and political thriller. Andor focuses on exploring characters, all morally ambiguous, as the troubled period they go through when the Empire is only in its infancy. “This Star Wars series is about ordinary people like you and me, and I think that connection will be special,” continues Diego Luna.

The first episodes take place on the planets Ferrix and Morlana-One, guarded by the Imperial Security Division known as Preox-Morlan.

A series centered on an anti-hero

The series centers around an anti-hero. Cassian Andor is still far from Rogue One’s heroic captain. We discover him as a rogue and a thief who commits various thefts, mainly motivated by the lure of profit. He, like the other inhabitants, tries to survive against the rise of the Galactic Empire.

Cassian Andor then still lives with his adoptive mother, Maarva Andor (Fiona Shaw). Flashbacks reveal Cassian Andor’s past, his origins and how he was taken in by her.

A case that Cassian Andor steals from the Imperial naval base in Steergard attracts the attention of Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgård), a major player in the nascent rebellion, but also the Empire’s brigades.

Honoring the minions of the Empire

At Ferrix, Cassian Andor can thus count on the solidarity of the workers, who do not take kindly to the arrival of the Empire’s henchmen, but especially on Bix (Adria Arjona), his childhood friend and former little girl. . “A time when people need to come together, formulate a response and work in communities as the empire grows and there is total control. People have been marginalized and there is no freedom,” says Diego Luna.

The series focuses on showing the motives of the Empire’s lowest-ranking leaders, such as Police Inspector Syril Karn and Imperial Security member Dedra Meero, who are persuaded to spread good by imposing order while a rebel alliance is slowly forming.

The beginning of the rebellion

The action also takes place in Coruscant, former home of the Jedi Temple and the capital of the galaxy, where the Resistance is preparing within the highest political authorities thanks to Senator Mon Mothma (again embodied by Genevieve O’Reilly). Announced at the casting, another well-known character, Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker), does not appear in the first episodes of Andor.

A successful bet for Tony Gilroy, the director of Rogue One at the helm of Andor, who manages to transcribe the tension of the dark hours of the universe Star wars. Season 2 is already confirmed. Season 2 will be divided into four three-episode blocks, with each block moving the timeline one year until the plot meets the Rogue one, the showrunner said. Looking at the first four episodes, Andor perfectly fulfills its mission: to explore the dark side of the saga while waiting for the appearance of one New hope.

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