Each week, Dom from @movienerdreviews will be recapping the latest Star Wars series, Andor, now streaming on Disney+.
So now we have the calm before the storm. It’s quite interesting actually, how since this is the first major Disney+ show that’s lasting longer than 9 episodes, how spread out and seemingly mute the action and the tension is. And yet, because of the continued attention to detail, character work and building out the world and the plot, it hasn’t gotten to that level of boring yet. It’s such a fine line there between setup and boring. On the one hand, set up is necessary for any story to work out. You need to care about the characters and have some base line understanding of the world and what’s going to be happening in the plot so you can become invested and care in whatever perilous actions the characters will inevitably find themselves in. It’s something that modern writers have seemingly forgotten about, as almost every movie and TV show of the last 5-10 years has launched right into the action without including those rich, necessary character details.
Here, we have an episode where Cassian and his new group of rebels that he’s teamed up with are training for their upcoming heist, we get a brief glimpse of the Imperial Garrison and their double agent on the inside, and we also get more information on Mon Mothma’s political dealings on Coruscant. Oh, and Stellan Skarsgard is waiting by a hologram whenever he’s not pretending to be a flamboyant art dealer. It truly baffles me how, after two shows that were arguably boring, plotless and seemingly unmotivated by character, Disney+ was capable of putting something out that treats its audience and characters with some level of maturity. You can feel the desperation oozing off these characters one by one, and the best part is that because every single person watching has some understanding of what’s happening in the Star Wars universe at this point in time, you don’t need to know the plot of the greater world to know what’s motivating these characters, because you already know it. It’s the best part about Star Wars and why the previous failures of Lucasfilm have been so particularly aggravating, because we as audience members all know that they have years of great material to pull from, and that we as audience members are all familiar with the looming, overhanging threats.
We just want to see characters and how they’re affected by said events, because that’s where the interesting stories lie. It always infuriates me when people say that franchises are creatively bankrupt, because to that I say “no, the franchise isn’t, the people working on it are.” Stories can never be dull, it’s simply the people telling them aren’t the right ones, but not in this case. Certainly not in this case.