Maybe you’ve heard people speaking about Andor in more and more superlative phrases. There’s blanket reward about how it’s among the many greatest Star Wars tales on the market, the way it’s a strikingly indignant present, an excellent grounded present that’s mild on fan service and large on politics and so forth, and so forth. This could be a lot to soak up, particularly if in case you have been burned by Disney Plus’ latest run of Star Wars TV exhibits and aren’t so sizzling on the way forward for this galaxy far-off. That is honest! There are some individuals (good day, I wrote a bunch of those articles) which have gone zero-to-sixty on the prequel to a prequel, demanding that everybody take it significantly. However Andor’s received extra occurring than simply heady politics and rebellious self-sacrifice.
Permit me then to first reaffirm all that writing (I labored very arduous on it) and say that Andor actually will shock you with how a lot critical consideration it’s price. Secondly, I might additionally like to spotlight one thing that is likely to be misplaced in all this Huge Discuss: Andor is nice in any respect the enjoyable Star Wars shit too.
Take into account this week’s episode “Daughter of Ferrix,” which takes a while within the aftermath of final week’s dramatic jail break to indicate Cassian Andor captured in a snot internet of the aliens Dewi and Freedi Pamular. The Pamulars, like all good Star Wars aliens, are stuffed with grumpy sass and a fantastic breath of literal contemporary air after the claustrophobic sterility of the Narkina 5 labor jail. They’ve enjoyable net traps, a jovial camaraderie, and so they’re as pissed on the Empire as we’re. It’s a blast.
This isn’t an anomaly both — there are a great deal of goofy and thrilling moments all through Andor, from the Keef Girgo alias Cassian adopts in his time in House Florida (the place the DJs kick ass), to candy area battles, hilariously pushy mothers, and B2EMO, the lovely Andor household droid and the primary one in Star Wars to behave as if he’s older than the bottom beneath his treads.
Even the present’s method to Easter eggs — one thing that has been diluted to be merely “references” in plenty of different franchise works — is refreshing. You need to pay shut consideration to search out a few of its deep cuts, and pausing to look over the wares in Luthen’s antiquities store is a good bonus for individuals who stay for that form of factor.
What makes Andor refreshing is the informal means that it exhibits each Good Star Wars and Enjoyable Star Wars may be the identical factor. In being a present about decidedly regular individuals caught within the epic wrestle of Star Wars, it lets these regular individuals undergo all kinds of experiences — committing simply as arduous to the wrenching politics of revolution because it does to the element on these snot nets.