Star Wars Action Adventure Series ‘Andor’ review
Andor is a thrilling, action-packed Star Wars series that is best viewed during the second half of its first season when it’s developed its real story arc. But still, a lot of good stuff happens between episodes four and seven which reveal Andor as much more than just a standard space opera with eye candy, faceless characters, and, cramped sets. Part of this is because the looming threat of war between the Alliance and Empire looms very large in this part of Season 1, which offers some new twists to the saga you won’t see in other parts of the series. Andor sees a fledgling uprising that gives the depth of its characters beyond mere archetypes and their struggle against authoritarian rule makes the show more than just another Star Wars action-adventure series. The second half of the season proves to be the stronger of the two, with a slower, more methodical pace that allows for delicate character moments to breathe in a world that feels intense at every turn.
Who is in the cast:
- Diego Luna as Cassian Andor.
- Kyle Soller as Syril Karn.
- Adria Arjona as Bix Caleen.
- Joplin Sibtain as Brasso.
- James McArdle as Timm Karlo.
- Rupert Vansittart as Chief Hyne.
- Stellan Skarsgård as Luthen Rael.
- Fiona Shaw as Maarva Andor.
- Alex Ferns as Sergeant Linus Mosk.
- Gary Beadle as Clem Andor.
- Genevieve O’Reilly as Mon Mothma.
- Denise Gough as Dedra Meero.
- Faye Marsay as Vel Sartha.
- Varada Sethu as Cinta Kaz.
- Elizabeth Dulau as Kleya Marki.
- Kathryn Hunter as Eddy Karn.
- Alastair Mackenzie as Perrin Bertha.
- Anton Lesser as Major Partagas.
- Alex Lawther as Karis Nemik.
- Sule Rimi as Lieutenant Gorn.
- Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Arvel Skeen.
The series was originally released on September 21, 2022.
What is the series about?
The show is set in between the second and third trilogies, meaning you’ll see Darth Vader’s legacy looming large but not much else. The main character, Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), is a leader of the Rebel Alliance’s intelligence division that tries to undermine the Empire’s hold on the galaxy. He and his team of operatives go on missions around the galaxy looking for ways to bring down the Empire. They are joined by a former Imperial droid named K-2SO (Alan Tudyk) who has good knowledge about Imperial schemes and it seems his human partner/trainer/partner Shara Bey (Genevieve O’Reilly), who is good with a blaster.
What makes this series exciting?
For one thing, the CGI work is great (especially for a Star Wars series), the production design is beautiful and the landscapes are pretty memorable. In addition to that, Andor and his team of rebels might be light-hearted in some respects but they face serious situations with an intensity you don’t see in other Star Wars shows. The action scenes have a lot more weight to them because of it as well and they are just as fun to watch as they are intense.
Who can watch this series?
Anyone who has ever seen a Star Wars movie or even a decent fantasy blockbuster will be able to enjoy this series. It is light on plot and heavy on action. It is not as deep and meaningful as Star Wars Rebels which offers more political intrigue, but it benefits from the bigger scope of its universe.
What are my reviews?
I like this series a lot and I give it a 4 out of 5-star rating. I like the plotline and the action is very good. I also like the cast of actors. I think Diego Luna has a good role as Cassian Andor and Alan Tudyk is excellent as K-2SO. Genevieve O’Reilly plays Shara Bey and her character is well developed to the point where you see her pain in private moments but she uses that strength in difficult situations whether it’s a fight or shooting someone with a blaster.
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