TL;DR – While building on the suspense, you need to be prepared for a slow burn
Disclosure – I paid for the Disney+ service that viewed this series.
Andor Review –
While the era of binging of new content might be over, there have been lessons learned and one of them we see here. You want to have a weekly discussion about your show while still having that event day experience. Andor follows the lead of shows like The Boys and lands both those aspects, which is why we can look at Episode 2 today.
So to set the scene, Andor (Diego Luna) is in a bit of strife as a trip to Morlana One turned bad as two local Corpos tried to rough him up and ended up dead. Knowing that time is limited, and sooner or later, the Corpos will come looking for him on Ferrix. He must work quickly to get off-planet and out of the corporation’s reach, but after all, his planning. He might be undone from the most unlikely of places. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
Going into this episode, you probably need to know that if you thought the last episode was a slow burn, then this episode moves at a snail’s pace. Your mileage might vary, but for me, it was not a significant issue, but we have moved on from setting up the world to just living in it for a moment, which comes with bonuses and problems. I liked that we took multiple trips back to the Time Grappler (Neil Bell), who clearly loves his job and the routine that comes with it. Also, the actor who plays the Time Grappler is called Neil Bell, and you can’t make up that synergy.
We spend a lot of this episode going through the motions as Andor tries to get himself out of the coming storm that he knows is baring down upon him. A lot of this is just reinforcing what happened last week and strengthening the elements you suspected, for example, who was going to be the one to turn him in. We get a bit more of the background from his time on Kenari, and the introduction of Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgård). But probably the most amusing thing was the wide-eyed officer trying to rouse the troops and failing so bad that the sergeant had to step in.
In the end, do we recommend Andor: Episode 2? I am not sure this episode worked as well as Episode 1. However, I think it speaks to the filmmakers that even in a slower episode, it is still captivating.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Andor
Directed by – Toby Haynes
Written by – Tony Gilroy
Created by – Tony Gilroy
Based On – Star Wars by George Lucas
Production/Distribution Companies – LucasFilm & Disney+
Starring – Diego Luna, Stellan Skarsgård, Kyle Soller, Adria Arjona, Fiona Shaw, Joplin Sibtain, James McArdle & Alex Ferns with Antonio Viña, Neil Bell, Abhin Galeya, Muhannad Bhaier, Kieran O’Brien, Raymond Anum, Dave Chapman, Zubin Varla, Kiran Shah & Ron Cook