Andor first impressions: Star Wars inches towards one of the best of recent grownup TV

Diego Luna returns to the role of Cassian Andor in the newest <em>Star Wars</em> series on Disney+.

Enlarge / Diego Luna returns to the position of Cassian Andor within the latest Star Wars collection on Disney+. (credit score: Lucasfilm)

At its worst, Star Wars: Andor is a sanded-off, PG-13 model of a few of the finest TV dramas of the previous decade. It is easy to see traces of The Wire, Misplaced, and Breaking Unhealthy on this story of Star Wars-adjacent scum and villainy. Nonetheless, as you would possibly suspect, such nuanced TV inspirations can solely go to date in a franchise that frequently options chirping droids and motion determine tie-ins.

At its finest, although, Andor performs out like no different Star Wars movie or TV entry up to now, and it bodes nicely for the collection’ post-Skywalker future. Andor flexes its adult-ish aspirations to higher resemble the gritty content material that has made collection sidebars like comics, novels, and video video games beloved. Whereas its momentum takes a little bit too lengthy to kick in, sufficient high quality coalesces by the top of the collection’ first 100 minutes to make it a worthy suggestion for followers of compelling sci-fi tv, not to mention Star Wars loyalists.

At Disney+, an preliminary launch of three episodes says quite a bit

Trouble seems to find Cassian Andor a lot in his series.

Bother appears to seek out Cassian Andor quite a bit in his collection. (credit score: Lucasfilm)

This collection “follows” the occasions of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story the one manner Lucasfilm actually might: by constructing a prequel out of its likable anti-hero Cassian Andor. (Spoiler alert: If this collection had been a direct timeline sequel to that movie, it will, uh, embrace far fewer characters.) Since his identify’s within the title, Andor options because the star, and the occasions rewind to each his greatest grownup and childhood adventures.

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