Andor: A gritty, risky take on Star Wars folklore, through an engaging anti-hero

Andor (United States/2022). Creator: Tony Gilroy. Cast: Diego Luna, Kyle Soller, Adria Arjona, Stellan Skarsgard, Fiona Shaw. Available in: Disney+. Our opinion: very good.

The universe starwars he does not finish deciding, and as if caught in an untenable contradiction, he shows two faces. On the one hand, the last trilogy was revealed as a cowardly story in the face of risks, that was looking for a comfort zone by replicating the structure of the original trilogy (except for Episode VIII, the most interesting but also the one that least excited the most purist fans). On the opposite sidewalk, the movies Han Solo Y rogue one they were able to exhibit the richness behind other types of stories anchored in that continuity; These were two pieces that showed characters with attractive nuances, and that even dared to investigate the chiaroscuro of a universe that, initially, was of profoundly Manichaean protagonists. The risks assumed in both feature films happily found continuity on the small screen. That way, The Mandalorian, Bobba Fett’s Book and now Andor, They navigate through dark passages within a family of stories that have always been illuminated by the force of a lightsaber.

This series is located chronologically before Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and the story revolves around one of the protagonists of that film, the rebel Cassian Andor (diego moon). The new fiction establishes two great plots; on the one hand, one that reveals the hard childhood of the character; and on the other, his approach to the rebels and his fight against the Empire. But far from betting on great battles or showy heroes, Andor begins by taking an unexpected path but that, in the end, responds to the spirit that this antihero demonstrated in the 2016 film.

The first scene of the series shows the protagonist committing a double homicide. He first mistakenly kills a man who attacks him, but then remorselessly executes a second attacker. Without a doubt, this is the most brutal start to any story of starwars in film or television, a fierce cover letter about the ambiguity of who is supposed to be the hero of the story. But Cassian is not a Jedi Knight or an honest warrior, on the contrary, he is capable of doing the impossible in order to survive. Because that is what Andor learned from his wildest childhood, that being alive always matters more than the decisions made to achieve that goal (and because of that, it is that this beginning magnifies so much the decision that the character makes in rogue one). And this cynicism of Cassian is an excellent starting point.

Andor confirm how good it suits you starwars a greater degree of maturity, or rather, how much a greater breadth of records adds to this universe. A saga that is very close to turning fifty, and that for much of its life had an unpretentious adventurous tone (which is not a counter per se), in some way I needed to demonstrate a maturation according to an audience that asks to see more uncomfortable stories. In that sense, starwars it is a perfect test bench, which allows you to develop stories and characters of all kinds. There are not many worlds that allow so many ways to approach it, and that (in good hands) all work. That is why the franchise needs a balance in its strength, which is based on a coexistence between initiatory adventures of good guys against bad guys along with others of greater darkness, as is the case with Andor.

For all this is that television allows starwars multiply and grow. And that labyrinth in which the producers did not dare to risk denser stories for the cinema, ended up finding a way out thanks to the small screen. Andor It is a rough fiction, of dark characters, of fights without codes and of antiheroes who find an unexpected vindication in justice. Cassian Andor is the emblem of what it means to attack the Empire in the 21st century, a fight that calls for grays and for which it is no longer enough to be a young farmer innocently watching the two suns set over the field.

Andor is available on Disney+

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Andor: A gritty, risky take on Star Wars folklore, through an engaging anti-hero