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Andor Mid-Season Review: Why Everyone Should Be Watching

Andor, the latest Disney+ Star Wars show, has hit its mid-season. Here’s why everyone should be watching Andor. Spoiler: It’s amazing.

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Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) in Lucasfilm’s ANDOR, exclusively on Disney+. ©2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

Andor has officially released its sixth episode which means we are halfway through season one. Unfortunately this series is flying way under the radar, as many Star Wars “fans” claim to have given up on the franchise. Well they are the ones missing out because the series is amazing.

Star Wars has had its ups and downs, but Andor takes the best from every previous live-action Star Wars and puts it into one show. Here’s why everyone should be watching Andor on Disney+.

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Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) in Lucasfilm’s ANDOR, exclusively on Disney+. ©2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

A Captivating Story

We are six episodes deep and the team behind Andor has already done some great things with individual stories thus far. Particularly with the heist arc, which started in episode four. Creating a brand new group of characters and making viewers care about them, really care about them. But we know what years of Star Wars history this series is covering, and we also know many of them are not features in Rogue One, so that offers up some unsettling feelings. 

The tension runs high in this group of rebels, as well. The audience is looking from the outside in, so we know quite a bit of things that other characters do not. However, we aren’t always let in on the secrets.

In Andor episode 6 we literally find out that one of the members was a stormtrooper, while another had a really bad history with them. These small and slowly revealed story points create a slow tension build. It allows for the audience to be drawn in without rushing, and that is why it works so well.

The first three episodes went a bit rushed and unclear, so if you bailed there do yourself and favor and dive back in, because it has vastly improved (and we aren’t saying the first three episodes are bad, either, but the next three are a great improvement” from the first. We were just getting used to this world, these characters, and a dynamic we were yet to see in the Star Wars universe.

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(L-R): Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgard) and Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) in Lucasfilm’s ANDOR, exclusively on Disney+. ©2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

Epic Cinematography

Plain and simple, this is the best-looking thing to come out of Star Wars. Yes, the sequels have better CG and VFX but nothing beats practical locations and episode 6 proves that once again. We get a variety of landscapes from a town in the first few episodes, to the mountainside in the next three. Cinematographer Adriano Goldman knew exactly what he was doing when making the entire cast and crew walk up mountains to get five shots, because it is all beautiful to look at it.

The scene near the end of Andor episode 6, which features blasts beaming through the sky, is stellar. The mix of practical and visual effects is perfectly balanced here, similar to what they did in The Batman (2022) with virtual production, but mixing it with a fully practical car chase that happened on a plane runway. Andor knows when to use practical and never shies away from it.

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(L-R): Vel Sartha (Faye Marsay) and Cinta Kaz (Varada Sethu) in Lucasfilm’s ANDOR, exclusively on Disney+. ©2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

Relatable Characters

Other than the cinematography, the characters are easily the best part. Diego Luna as Cassian Andor has, through these first six episodes, been established as one of the best performances in all of Star Wars. His character is pretty basic on the surface level, but just as Diego Luna did in Rouge One, he gives this basic character so much depth and makes us as the audience care so much about him.

All of the other characters, while they have depth, are also carried by the performances, which to us is just as big a feat. The dynamics between characters through the first six episodes is unmatched from anything in Star Wars we’ve had for a very long time.

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Lieutenant Gorn (Sule Rimi) in Lucasfilm’s ANDOR, exclusively on Disney+. ©2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

All The Hype

Let’s face it, Andor doesn’t have crazy cameos, hype action 24/7, and a fast paced per episode story — but that is because it doesn’t need to rely on that to be good. It is still somehow the best piece of Star Wars content since The Last Jedi. There are moments in this show where they could insert jokes and cameos, and jokes aren’t necessarily a bad thing, but the tone Andor has set is so strict and they make sure to never go outside of the boundaries. This is why it excels.

Some things are intentionally funny but not over the top, letting us quickly move on to the next important piece of dialogue or a character moment. This might be why Andor isn’t getting much talk on social media which is quite unfortunate. This show is so perfectly crafted but many instantly label it as “boring” because there aren’t ships shooting lasers every thirty seconds. When there are fights, like in Andor episode 6, they are earned and actually important to the story.

Andor thus far has so been handled by so much car that is has created the most thought provoking, deep, and interesting stories, characters, and environments. It one of the best pieces of Star Wars content — ever. 

NEXT: Andor Episode 6 Recap and Review

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About Andor

The “Andor” series will explore a new perspective from the Star Wars galaxy, focusing on Cassian Andor’s journey to discover the difference he can make. The series brings forward the tale of the burgeoning rebellion against the Empire and how people and planets became involved.

It’s an era filled with danger, deception and intrigue where Cassian will embark on the path that is destined to turn him into a rebel hero.

Andor is now streaming on Disney+.