Star Wars: Andor – season 1, Episodes 1-4 – review

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Andor is a project on a completely different level than Obi-Wan Kenobi, The Mandalorian if Boba Fett’s book. The first four episodes make a really strong impression. It’s a series that surpasses all others in terms of visuals, scripts, directing, and acting. It’s more like a high-end HBO drama than a family drama Star Wars. It has a chance to convince viewers who were disappointed with the above-mentioned titles. In the review, I will cover a lot of the things that influenced this fact.

This star Wars seriously and for adults. More mature in terms and emotionally than the productions that have been created so far as part of Star Wars. These are the conclusions that remain in the mind after the screening of four episodes. This is a story in which the creators focus heavily on the story, the characters and their development. Thanks to this, we have well-written and refined scenarios – detached from the patterns typical in the universe. We don’t have easter eggs, fanservice or humor. The reality is gloomy and dark here. Living in the face of the ruthlessness of the Empire is a struggle for survival. We focus on ordinary inhabitants of the galaxy, which works amazingly. We observe Andorra and others who struggle with difficult everyday life. You have to go to work, combine to collect loans for food, and corruption in this place is the order of the day. It shows life under the foot of the Empire, which it crushes with its oppressiveness. We already know why the Rebellion will slowly be born in the galaxy. Big applause for that, because it cuts Star Wars from simplicity and fairy tales in favor of the darker, complex reality of the imperial dictatorship.

We also have completely different main characters. The creators are not afraid to take risks. They show that people who fight for justice are capable of mercilessly killing someone who is defenseless. Do you remember the scene in Rogues 1when Andor killed the informant? This starting point is present here and it affects how the characters are shaped. These are imperfect people, full of flaws and problems, who want to change something and face difficult decisions. Luthenie (played by Stellan’s Skarsgard) promises to be a seasoned player and manipulator. Even Diego Luna as Andor, he shows us a hero other than in the movie – more human. We know more about his past, so we perceive him on a different emotional level. For this Mon Mothma performed Genevieve O’Reilly, which debuts in the fourth episode, emphasizes that the production will be multi-layered. We also have it next to it Fiona Shaw with some strong scenes and Adria Arionawhich has a minor role and is difficult to judge at the time. Each character is different here, has character, emotions and personality.

This series goes a step further when it comes to portraying reality and characters. It presents us not only with those who are on the “good” side – like Andor, Luthen or Mon Mothma. It turns out that the perspective of the heroes on the Empire side will also be crucial, as they get a lot of screen time. They are deprived of the cartoon frames outlined in the movies from the universe and present themselves as flesh and blood. This is something beautiful! In the first episodes, we observe the actions of a young, imperial servant, Syril Karna, who wants to get him guilty of a certain crime at all costs, which ultimately leads to a clash with Andorra. Tony Gilroy he writes it out so that these imperial minions aren’t the bad guys. We perfectly understand their motivations, behaviors and decisions. You can even cheer them on. It is most interesting in episode 4 when the Imperial Security Bureau (such as the imperial Gestapo) enters the game, which again outlines a new perspective. Those The “good” ones are not entirely crystalline, and the apparently “bad” ones are not completely wicked.

The first three episodes were directed by Toby Hayneswhich is responsible for a brilliant episode (pt. Fall of Reichenbach) With Sherlock. His work does not disappoint. There are no fights, continuous shootings or adventures here. The pace is slow, fully focused on meticulous story-building and character development on both sides of the barricade. Important is the well-written script by Tony Gilroy (and Dan Gilroy in the 4th episode), which presents a quality that crushes previous series from the universe. We have good and logical threads as well as meaningful and interesting dialogues. The finale of the third episode is a masterpiece that evokes a lot of emotions and gives meaning to many scenes. The series engages on a level unknown in Star Wars. Additionally Nicholas Britellknown for Succession, he created music that thickened the atmosphere. Maybe I will not listen to it after the screening, but on the screen it fulfills its function fantastically. In the fourth episode, she stood behind the camera Susanna Whitewhich kept the high level of directing.

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Star Wars: Andor looks like a cinema movie. The cinematography was handled by Adriano Goldman, who won two Emmys for The Crown. So we have great shots that highlight the emotional nuances of the actors’ acting and the beauty of the landscapes (oh, those green mountains from the 4th episode!). Fortunately, stagecraft technology (aka Volume) was not used. So we see real sets and great locations. Even when it’s dark, you can see everything perfectly. The scenes are simply boosted by computer effects, not generated by them. Apart from a small town on the scrap planet in which Andor lives, we will not see desert locations, which makes it diverse. We have jungles here, mountains like nothing Lord of the Rings and a great metropolis in the galaxy’s capital on Coruscant. The latter is even intriguing in terms of scenography and fiction, because apart from the prequels, we have not yet seen the capital of the galaxy in the times of the Empire. The creator suggests that he will invite us to the dark corners of this world, where it is not very safe. Therefore, from the visual point of view, this series looks great! He emphasizes that his predecessors misused the volume technology. Of course, I don’t want to criticize the show The Mandalorianbecause in this respect it had a satisfactory level.photo: Disney +

We get flashbacks from Cassian Andor’s childhood that I don’t quite like. And although in the finale they are exciting, the road to this point is not very clear and strong enough to allow you to properly influence the perception of the characters. He is to let us know that his conflict with the Empire goes back a long time.

The first episodes of the series Star Wars: Andor fulfill the makers’ promises. We got a serious and mature spy series. This is what the Star Wars universe needed. I know that the slow pace fully focused on the development of the story and characters can put some viewers off. However, if you like drama from HBO, then this Andor goes in that direction and is very promising!


The article is in Polish

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