“Andor”, a new Star Wars series that explores the dark side of its characters

completion RogueOne (2016), rebel captain Cassian Andor is back, this time on the small screen. Disney+ is adding a new series drawn from the universe Star Wars in his catalog afterwards The Mandolarian, The Book of Boba Fett and more recently the mini-series Obi-Wan Kenobi. Actor Diego Luna took over the role of Cassian in this adventure that took place five years ago RogueOne and before the episode IV A New Hope.

The arrival of Cassian Andor, an anti-hero who would become a famous captain of the Resistance five years later in

At this time, the Rebellion was still in its infancy and Cassian was closer to a thief than a hero. He tried like other inhabitants to survive against the rise of the Galactic Empire. The series examines the early foundations of the Rebel Alliance and the uprising of oppressed populations across the galaxy. A Resistance that prepares the shadows to the highest political authority thanks to Senator Mon Mothma (again played by Genevieve O’Reilly) and the character of Luthen Rael, an art collector played by Stellan Skarsgård and actor leader of the Rebellion.

The bet is bold for Tony Gilroy, the director of RogueOne : create a series of twelve episodes centered on a character who is not one of the most symbolic heroes of the saga Star Wars. Still, still Andorra cannot rely on the aura of a legendary character like The Mandalorian to hold the leading role, the viewer is easily drawn into the story of this anti-hero. Cassian Andor is far from being the captain the rebels have seen RogueOne : we discover that he is a thief, sometimes a liar, abandoning his values ​​to survive. A character with human weaknesses, who does not believe in Resistance at first and prefers to save his skin. Mainly the lure of profit drives him, but a combination of circumstances will push him to join the rebel forces.

Among the people Cassian enjoys in the industrial town of Ferrix is ​​Bix (Adria Arjona), a childhood friend and ex-girlfriend of the thief. She is a strong woman, who does not hesitate to fight for those close to her, even if it means rising against the Empire’s brigades. But also Maarva Andor (Fiona Shaw), Cassian’s adoptive mother through whom we will learn the origin of the hero. The latter was already a professional infiltrator from an early age, able to infiltrate enemy ships despite the dangers.

Bix Caleen, a resident of Ferrix and Cassian's childhood friend, is a brave woman with a strong character.  (©2022 Lucasfilm Ltd.)

Andorra managed to transcribe without difficulty the tension of this dark time in the universe Star Wars. We feel the anger of the people who started to organize themselves against the tyrant with the means available. Hidden networks are strengthened, such as the working city of Ferrix as the capital of the galactic Empire Coruscant. Political alliances are explored more than in other license opuses thanks to the maneuvers of politician Mon Mothma. Amazing fact, the first episodes Andorra also expanded the backstory of characters on the Empire side, such as Police Inspector Syril Karn and Imperial Security member Dedra Meero. We discover their motives and their faith in the Empire, convinced to spread good by imposing order. So, every character ofAndorra presented as neither good nor bad, but imperfect in the form of human nature.

Usually, Andorra manages to offer beautiful scenery, with attention to detail to make every planet that appears on the screen realistic. Diversity is the key, we travel from a planet covered with lush vegetation to desert lands, passing through the luxurious settings of the galaxy’s capital. Behind this meticulous work, we find production designer Luke Hull, who won the award for his work on the mini-series. Chernobyl. The only downside is that the fourth episode of the series we watched lost a bit of the rhythm of the first. A latency we hope is necessary to better prepare the events that will take place in the remaining stages. The second season is set on the platform with big ears.

“Andor”, from September 21 on Disney +

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