TL;DR – Perfectly balances tension and story while flying ahead at light speed.
Disclosure – I paid for the Disney+ service that viewed this series.
Andor Review –
When they said there was going to be a prequel series based on the Rogue One film, I wondered where they would take a story where we already know 100% how it will end. However, the opening trilogy of episodes [Kassa, That Would Be Me & Reckoning] worked together like three acts of a film, and it captivated me. Now I can’t wait to see how they expand on this world.
So to set the scene, there are debacles, and there is what happened on Ferrix, with multiple dead Corpos, chaos on the streets, and a mess so bad it makes its way all the way back to Coruscant and the Imperial Security Bureau, where Major Partagaz (Anton Lesser) was less than pleased. Meanwhile, Andor (Diego Luna) escaped the trap set for him thanks to Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgård) and has been given a new opportunity. Get dropped off somewhere and run for all this life, or do something to strike at the heart of the Empire. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
In the opening trilogy, Andor showed that it could tell a story on a smaller local level [bar flashbacks, it was all set in the one solar system-ish]. I was interested to see if that story intensity could translate to a bigger narrative. What we get this week is more of a vibe than anything else, which I liked. We saw the pettiness and arrogance in the realm of the Imperial Security Bureau. The slow machinations of how the Rebellion is starting to be formed. Also, how The Empire is slowly usurping more power. All of this led to this beautiful scene where all the Corpos get reamed out by Lieutenant Supervisor Blevin (Ben Bailey Smith) for their incompetence at every level.
This week’s most significant shift is that we have left Ferrix behind and made our way to Aldhani. First, the locations scouts in this series need to be commended because, wow. The crux of this is a plan to steal the Imperial payment for the sector. What I liked about this whole story was [besides the set-up for a heist] what a good idea the raid was. As we have seen in the real world recently, targeting logistic weaknesses is at the heart of demobilising a larger foe. But more than that, going after the money goes to the heart of what the Imperial stands for. I am not yet sure what Luthen’s role is in the show, but there was this captivating moment when he put on a new costume that was telling.
In the end, do we recommend Aldhani? Yes, yes, we do. So far, every new layer of the show has revealed and intrigued me more, and I am fascinated to see where they go from here.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Andor
Directed by – Susanna White Toby Haynes
Written by – Dan Gilroy
Created by – Tony Gilroy
Based On – Star Wars by George Lucas
Production/Distribution Companies – LucasFilm & Disney+
Starring – Diego Luna, Stellan Skarsgård, Genevieve O’Reilly, Denise Gough, Kyle Soller, Faye Marsay, Varada Sethu, Elizabeth Dulau, Kathryn Hunter, Alastair Mackenzie, Anton Lesser, Rupert Vansittart, Alex Ferns, Alex Lawther, Sule Rimi, Ebon Moss-Bachrach & Gershwyn Eustache Jnr with Ben Bailey Smith, Robert Emms, Michael Jenn, Lucy Russell, Jacob James Beswick & Lee Ross