The latest Star Wars TV offering, Andor, reached its sixth episode this week on Disney+, and that’s the halfway point of the series. It seems like a good time to take a moment and review what we’ve seen so far because, boy oh boy, it’s been a rollercoaster of a ride.
Firstly, I totally understand why three episodes were released at once in the first week… because the first two were dull, dull, dull. If it wasn’t Star Wars and the lovely Diego Luna, I don’t think I’d have carried on watching. I’m not sure if they just took too long in the world-building, or if the characters just weren’t that interesting, but it wasn’t until Cassian had left the planet and started on his current adventure that things picked up. And let me tell you, it’s a significant fail to make the fantastic Fiona Shaw a weak link in a show.
There are some weird plot choices in this series. On the one hand, I appreciate making these real characters and getting into the details of their life. It’s fun to see how people just go home and get on with their business in the fantastical galaxies we find ourselves in. But on the other hand, why did we spend a good two or three scenes watching Syril eat space cereal while his mother berates him?
The rebellion mission in episode six made for the best episode so far. The tension was ramped up, which is so impressive when you know your main character is going to be fine and go on to other adventures. But his fellow rebellious friends made much more of an impression than the earlier characters and so the twists and turns were enthralling. Who was going to make it out? Not very many of them, as it turns out!
And where are we now? There’s talk of a second series that will lead into the Rogue One events, so there’s plenty of time for Andor to get into more mischief. Again the weird plotting of this series means it falls somewhere between the one-adventure-per-episode style and the season-arc stories, and all we can do is hope that it all comes back together again to join the dots in this second half.
It’s not been my favourite Star Wars series but it’s growing on me more and more as each week goes by, so let’s see what’s next!