Andor: if you liked Rogue One, you will love this series

We were expecting it for the end of August. Disney finally decided to postpone it for a few days… But finally here it is! Series Andornew fiction from the Star Wars universe after The Mandalorian, Obi-Wan Kenobi or The Boba Fett Book, arrives this Wednesday, September 21 on Disney+. And, icing on the cake, the first three episodes will be posted on launch day. Télé-Loisirs had the chance to preview the first four episodes of this prequel series to the film Rogue One: a Star Wars Story released in our cinemas in December 2016. So what is this umpteenth fiction from the most lucrative intergalactic saga of all time worth? Here is our opinion… all guaranteed without spoilers of course.

When does the series take place Andor ?

What was Cassian Andor’s (Diego Luna) life like before he met Jyn Erso (played by Felicity Jones in the film) with whom he went to steal the plans for the Death Star? The series goes back five years, to a time when the Empire had control over the galaxy; a time filled with dangers, where the young Cassian will embark on the path of rebellion and seek to reconnect with his past… Consisting of two seasons (season 2 will begin filming soon), the series Andor will cover, with its first twelve episodes, a full year in the life of its heroes. But by the way, do you have to have seen the film RogueOne before embarking on the viewing of this unpublished fiction? A priori not since it takes place before the events of the feature film by Gareth Edwards. But just to be already familiar with the different protagonists, it might be good to take a look.

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Andor is a series anchored on the human, which will appeal more to adults than to the youngest!

Tony Gilroy, the showrunner of the series Andor,declared it himself, his creation is not “probably not a series for 9-year-olds”. Because yes, that is above all what is striking in this fiction: its more adult, darker, more human tone. If you liked RogueOne nothing to worry about. Andor is made of the same wood. Here, there are no children to protect, no cute little robots, no Tatooine-style desert landscapes (thanks, we’ve seen this planet way too much in previous Disney+ live-action Star Wars creations) … The narrative of the series focuses above all on the human and on how oppressed individuals decide to fight against the oppressor, which here is none other than the Empire. Where previous Star Wars productions always put the duality of good versus evil, Andor reminds us that human nature is never either all white or all black. In each of us there are “grey areas”. And it is these nuances that bring realism to the story. Note also that unlike the previous ones, Andor was not shot with The Volume technology, this gigantic ultra-HD screen on which images are projected which allow the actors to interfere more easily in the action and their environment. Tony Gilroy indeed preferred to shoot “old-fashioned”, in nature and in the middle of sets built for the occasion. A little old school side that is fun.

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Series Andor is carried by a totally charismatic cast!

Also, Andor takes the time to set up its plot and introduce its various protagonists. There are well-known faces such as that of the hero (formidable Diego Luna), but also those of Senator Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) or Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker). Many new characters also gravitate around them: the mechanic Bix Caleen (Adria Arjona), the far too serious Inspector Syril Karn (Kyle Soller), the mysterious and elderly Maarva (Fiona Shaw) or even the intriguing Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgard). The cast of this fiction is solid and highly charismatic. Andor is enough to reconcile the spectators, disappointed with the fictions The Boba Fett Bookand Obi-Wan Kenobiwith the intergalactic saga

After seeing the first four episodes, only one question torments us: when is the sequel? But yes, we too will have to, like you, wait until next October 5, when the Disney+ streaming platform will add episode 5 of said fiction to its catalog.

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