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

The prequel to a prequel! In 2016, Disney unveiled 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 perfectly finds its place among the episodes III (Revenge of the Sith) and IV (A New Hope) in the intergalactic saga. Andorrawhose first three of the twelve episodes will be available this Wednesday on Disney +, starting five years before Rogue One – A Star Wars Story. The series tells how Cassian Andor, innocently played by Diego Luna, becomes the heroic captain seen in the film and explores the incipient rebellion against the Empire’s growing grip on the galaxy. A Star Wars series with a very different atmosphere from The Mandolarian, The Book of Boba Fett and the miniseries are still new Obi-Wan Kenobi. Our review guarantees 100% non-disclosure for the first four episodes.

Andorra completely unlike anything done before in this franchise, including RogueOne. “What I will say is Andor is the strongest Star Wars you can have. He focuses on people. There are no Jedi around and it’s a dark time in the galaxy,” explained Diego Luna in the columns on Screen Rant. There are very few Jedi left in the galaxy, many killed because of Order 66. A little humor, too, Andorra a dark spy thriller, whose retrofuturistic atmosphere evokes science fiction masterpieces of the early 1980s such as blade runner hope Brazil. Behind this intricate production work, production designer Luke Hull, won the award for his work on the miniseries. Chernobyl.

A slow burning drama

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

The first episodes took place on the planets Ferrix and Morlana-One, which were guarded by the Imperial security division known as Preox-Morlan.

A series centered around an antihero

The series centers around an antihero. Cassian Andor is far from the heroic captain of Rogue One. We discover that he is a scoundrel and a thief, who commits various thefts, essentially driven by the lure of profit. He tried like other inhabitants to survive against the rise of the Galactic Empire.

Cassian Andor still lives with his adopted mother, Maarva Andor (Fiona Shaw). Flashbacks reveal Cassian Andor’s past, where he came from and how he was taken.

A case stolen by Cassian Andor from the Imperial naval base in Steergard attracts the attention of Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgård), a major player in the new Rebellion, but also the Imperial brigades.

Honoring the Empire’s minions

In Ferrix, Cassian Andor thus can rely on the unity of the workers, who did not see the arrival of the henchmen of the Empire with a good eye, but especially Bix (Adria Arjona), his childhood friend and former small that girl. . “A time when people had to come together, express an answer and work in communities, while the Empire grew and had total control. People were marginalized, and there was no freedom,” said Diego Luna.

The series focuses on showing the motivations of the Empire’s lowest-level leaders, such as Police Inspector Syril Karn and Imperial Security member Dedra Meero, who are drawn to spreading good by imposing order while an alliance of rebels slowly formed.

The beginning of the Rebellion

The action also unfolds on Coruscant, former home of the Jedi temple and capital of the galaxy, where the resistance is preparing within the highest political authority thanks to the senator Mon Mothma (again embodied by Genevieve O’Reilly) . Casting announced, another familiar character, Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker), did 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 managed to write the tension of the dark hours of the universe Star Wars. Season 2 has been confirmed. Season 2 will be divided into four three-episode blocks, with each block shifting the timeline one year until the action meets the RogueOne, said the showrunner. Looking at the first four episodes, Andorra perfectly fulfills its mission: to explore the dark side of the saga while waiting for the appearance of a New Hope.

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