There seems to be a freshness to the show that doesn’t require fan service to help it along the way.
Written by Elliot Lines / September 20, 2022
Following the success of Rogue One, Disney and Lucas Film went ahead with telling the story of one of its main characters Cassian Andor. His story will be told across 2 seasons (so far), spanning 12 episodes per season, which should give it plenty of time to give the back drop to the character before the events on Scarif.
The first 4 episodes of Andor focus on the character himself and his journey to join the Resistance. The Empire is in full control here, spread across the galaxy with little or no fight back against them. Cassian at this point is a thief, well known in his community, but when he gets into a spot of bother on a trip to locate his lost sister, the Empire catches up with him and the people around him.
Even though the majority of these episodes focus’ on Cassian and his background you get a sense of where this is heading. There is a political feel (much like what the prequels wanted to be), this massive force is taking its control and laying down the foundations of the tyranny of what is to come. It has a different kind of “Star Warsy” feel to proceedings, but one that is welcome in the aftermath of the sequel series of films. With the likes of The Mandalorian, it feels fresh, unlike Book of Boba Fett which seemed to want to service fans at every turn, Andor doesn’t feel the need to do that.
So where is this series going you might ask, well, as previously mentioned the first 3 episodes conjure up a background story for the character in the world that he lives in, using flashbacks and conversations amongst characters, and the show can afford to spend this amount of time on that due to the amount of episodes that will come. Once we get into episode 4 that’s where this character gets taken out of this small world, into the further reaches of the galaxy. The direction is clear, and you can see where the season will head, at least for the next few episodes.
Whether Andor was really needed will remain to be seen, but so far (4 episodes in), there seems to be a freshness to the show that doesn’t require fan service to help it along the way. It’s a dark time in the galaxy and that shows in the bleak nature of this show so far. Cassian’s journey into the resistance is inevitable, but it seems as though there could be a good enough story to tell that gets him there.