What is “Andor”, the new Star Wars series available on Disney+, derived from the spin-off movie “Rogue One” worth?
WHAT IS IT ABOUT ?
In this dangerous age, Cassian Andor walks a path that will make him the hero of the Rebellion.
Andor created by Tony Gilroy with Diego Luna, Stellan Skarsgård and Genevieve O’Reilly. Available on Disney+.
WHO IS IT WITH?
In the Star Wars timeline, Andor is the prequel to the film Rogue one, itself considered a prequel to George Lucas’ original trilogy. Already present in the credits of Gareth Edwards’ feature film, Diego Luna returns to the role of Cassian Andor, this lawless mercenary destined to become one of the pillars of the future rebellion.
By his side we find a cast of newcomers to the Star Wars galaxy: especially Stellan Skarsgård, in the role of Luthen Rael (Andor’s mentor), Kyle Soller in the skin of Syril Karn, an ambitious officer in the Imperial Army, or even Fiona Shaw, who plays Maarva, the spiritual mother of the hero.
But faces familiar to fans of the Star Wars universe are also making a comeback. Especially the rebel senator Mon Mothma, played by Genevieve O’Reilly, or the emblematic Saw Gerrera, interpreted by Forest Whitaker.
THE BEST STAR WARS SERIES?
Let’s say it right away: Andor is undoubtedly the best series produced to date. Like Rogue One, considered by many fans to be Disney’s most successful Star Wars film, this new production stands out from other franchises. direct previously released (The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi) for its darker and more mature sound.
The series opens in the slums of a random neighborhood on a distant planet. After a clash with several customers at a brothel, Cassian Andor does not hesitate to grab his weapon to kill the two acolytes in cold blood; Unlucky for him, the latter were none other than Imperials determined to have a good time during a leave.
Never before have we seen such a Star Wars version, either in the cinema or on TV. A real tour de force, because it must be admitted, Andor was not – on paper at least – the series that we expected most of all the Star Wars projects developed by the Disney+ platform.
It’s clear that series creator Tony Gilroy (who previously oversaw Rogue One’s numerous reshoots) was given complete freedom, including being given the opportunity to write a story about new characters, without being imposed on the presence of more emblematic heroes for the sole pleasure of satisfy the fans.
In many ways, then, Andor doesn’t feel like your average Star Wars series. The series brings complexity to the plot and nuances the notions of good and evil, and the series chooses not to follow a single hero, but on the contrary several characters, thus exploring both the premises of the rebellion than that of the Imperial army.
After four episodes, Andor therefore appears to us as everything we could hope for, and perhaps even more. In addition to its absolutely captivating plot, the series is also more visually accomplished than previous Star Wars television productions, especially due to the choice to shoot it in natural settings (and not exclusively in studios, with LED screens to recreate exterior decorations).
We have to admit it: we had lost hope that Star Wars would once again become a saga that was not limited to stories of Jedi and lightsaber battles. It is therefore an understatement to say that Andor will give new hope to those who thought they could no longer be surprised by the saga since it was bought by Disney. There is no doubt that the most unconditional Star Wars fans will therefore not give up their pleasure in front of this series, which one would almost dare to describe as a small TV gem.