Of all the various Star Wars projects announced over the years, Andor arguably generated the least excitement. While Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was a hit with fans, the nature of it being a prequel meant that audiences weren't entirely enthused by that movie itself getting a sequel, especially since we knew all the characters died in that film's finale. In fact, it's largely due to these humble and unassuming origins that allowed the series to be a genuinely thrilling and unexpected adventure.
Showrunner Tony Gilroy has often expressed that he never had much reverence for the galaxy far, far away and that, while the series would include Easter eggs, his lack of awareness of the franchise at large meant we shouldn't expect the "fan service" that other Star Wars projects offered. Instead, we were given an experience more akin to his work on Michael Clayton or the Jason Bourne films, with its Star Wars elements becoming the least compelling components of the experience.
The entire ordeal ignited with the worst day in Cassian Andor's life, as he found himself in a no-win situation where he had to decide between his own future or those of security officers. His quick thinking forced his hand and immersed himself in the Rebellion deeper than he ever intended, showcasing to audiences how heroes aren't always borne of moral conviction and are reluctant and the result of self-focused choices. Throughout the season, Diego Luna offered audiences a pained performance as a character who, with every small decision that offered him short-term safety, only dug himself deeper into opposing the Galactic Empire.
On the other side of the spectrum, Kyle Soller's Syril Karn and Denise Gough's Dedra Meero explored the same scenarios that Cassian found himself in, yet from positions of power. These characters weren't abjectly evil, with their daily tasks coming from places of protecting their colleagues and showcasing their own talents, as each small decision entrenched them further into fascistic organizations. While a majority of Star Wars stories paint in broad strokes, with the heroism of the protagonists being a reflection of the antagonists' treachery, Andor entirely lived in the grey; Andor wasn't morally superior to those around him, he merely had a more powerful will to survive at any cost.
Or I'm part of a network of spies with tech that can bypass Imperial signal jammers.You must have a very generous friend (or something)…
I can see why you might say that, but it didn't bother me. He almost feels like he's there just to provide a reason for the other characters to be in their scenes. That sounds like death for an MC, but because the other characters are all so good, it isn't.Andor himself is a wholly unlikeable character.
I agree that the Bunny probably will.I think you’ll prob like Mando most
(Something) I watched Mando today while childminding at my daughters, and while the granddaughter had her midday nap.You must have a very generous friend (or something)…
I will try it at some point, but I have no real interest in the SW universe as such. Plus there's all of Futurama and Simpsons S2-8 to get through. (Thanks, generous friend, whoever you are...)I agree that the Bunny probably will.
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