Synopsis: Prequel series to Star Wars’ ‘Rogue One’. In an era filled with danger, deception and intrigue, Cassian Andor will embark on the path that is destined to turn him into a Rebel hero.
These opening three episodes tell the story of how Cassian became involved with the rebellion. The story begins with Cassian visiting a Brothel on some corporate planet. He’s looking for his sister, who he hasn’t seen since childhood and thinks she may have worked there. While he is speaking with one of the women that work there he gets hassled by a couple of off-duty security guards. As he leaves. The two guards follow him as they are spoiling for a fight. In the altercation, Cassian kills the guards and takes off with their belongings and heads home to Ferrix.
Unfortunately, Cassian’s actions have not gone unnoticed. Syril Karn is looking to make a name for himself in the corporate security company, and goes against his superior officer’s orders and begins a manhunt for Andor. To that end, he gathers together a team and begins the hunt.
Meanwhile on Ferrix, which is very much an industrial planet where ships are being built. Cassian is looking to lay low and sell off some imperial technology that he stole from the two security personnel that he killed on the Brothel planet. To that end. He has his friend Bix set up a meeting with her contact, which happens to be a Rebel leader called Luthen Rael. As Rael and Cassian first meet. Syril Karn and his team are closing in.
Diego Luna effortlessly falls back into the role of Cassian, but at an earlier time in his career as a rebel fighter. His establishing scene pretty much sets the show up brilliantly and the flashback scenes to his childhood really give you a sense of who Cassian is and why he has issues with The Empire. I liked the scenes where he was engaging with the various members of his social network on Ferix. The scene with Bix (Adria Arjona) where he is pushing her to make contact with Luthen Rael was really strong.
Stellan Skarsgård is solid as Luthen Rael whose first scene with Cassian is brilliantly done. I really liked the mistrust between the two men as they slowly circled each other to test each other’s resolve. I loved that these two characters that are most likely going to lead this series do not start out as buddies. I’m really looking forward to seeing how this relationship evolves over the series. As it’s pretty obvious that Rael is likely to be Cassian Andor’s handler.
Kyle Soller is great as Syril Karn and is perhaps one of the more believable villains you are likely to see in Star Wars. I loved how this character’s story is set up. I also loved his general lack of confidence as he addresses his team before they go after Cassian Andor. There’s a rather quiet Captain Ahab quality to Syril Karn in that he seems rather obsessed with catching Andor.
These opening three episodes do a great job of setting up the world that Cassian Andor inhabits. And provides a great insight into a universe that is under the rule of the galactic empire. Yet the empire is somewhat absent from these opening three episodes. Instead, the people hunting Cassian are a corporate security group that is working on behalf of the Empire, which is an interesting twist as it shows that the Empire is outsourcing work to the private sector.
I also found the flashback scenes to what Cassian’s life was like when he was a child living on a backwoods planet that the Empire was mining. These scenes, which are mostly subtitled establish Cassian’s relationship with his sister, but also establish his reasons for not being a fan of the Empire.
Overall Star Wars: Andor is easily the best live-action Star Wars series we have had since The Mandalorian. As it really seems to be a show that has something to say about some of the murkier and more grey areas that we have within the Star Wars universe.
- CGI & Stunts10
- Incidental Music9.3