Andor season 1 is good. On Disney+.
I liked seeing the bureaucratic side of the empire, the white-suited executives supported by their grey-suited staff, all of the major and minor intrigues behind the scenes of running an evil empire.
I like how they contrast the Empire’s obsession with perfection, with clean, white or black, shiny spaces, even in their factory-prison, contrasted with the gritty reality of the planets they dominate.
I also liked the design of the brutalist understory of Coruscant, and the brick-built town on Ferrix.
And in case you’re wondering, yes they built an entire set of real buildings for Ferrix, none of this green screen virtual place nonsense.
Andor season 2 is expected to return in two years, in 2024.
Is Andor good enough that it deserved all its press? Different enough maybe to provide some column fodder. As usual I’m not sure the coastal audiences and their media columnists match what the mass audiences are watching.
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Best of the year? I don’t know. It’s a different angle on Star Wars, we’ve never really seen the believable behind-the-scenes of either rebel motivations or Empire bureaucracy, so that’s an interesting angle.
It’s not without its flaws, for example as intentionally cringey as the minor bureaucrat’s mother is intended to be, it veers quite far into a particular socio-religious stereotype mother that is maybe a trope best left in the past.
Plus which, without wanting to spoiler, the end of the escape from the prison made no sense and featured some Jar-Jarian me no talk so good aliens that would have been much better if they had spoken perfect English.
Overall good. I’m not a Star Warsian so it’s not really my thing in general. I thought Rogue One was highly misguided, with its combined ideas of being protected by religious faith and then sacrificing all for your fanatical cause.
The Mandalorian I quite like. The Book of Boba Fett was, sadly, a dud. The Mandalorian season 3 is slated for February 2023.
After that we’ll see what Andor season 2 brings in 2024.