***WARNING: Spoilers for the first three episodes of Andor ahead.***
The first three episodes of Andor are now available to stream on Disney+ and we highly recommend taking the time to watch them one after the other. They play like a movie – a brilliant, intense and interesting film. It makes sense that these three were released together as they tell a really cohesive story and are set to be an action-packed and entertaining series.
Endor tells the backstory of Rogue One fan favorite, Cassian Andor (Diego Luna). Who was this man before he became the hero of the rebellion, and how did he become a hero? This series is going to be of only two seasons, in which there will be a total of twenty four episodes. Knowing that there will be a limited ending has helped the series in many ways, while also adding some challenges.
The show needs to plan things in a way that will keep the audience interested even if they know how things will end up eventually. But having the exact number of episodes in advance helps a lot with the pacing, as the team knows how long it takes them to tell the whole story.
During flashbacks in the first three episodes, viewers learn a great deal about Cassian’s past. We see him as a young boy living in a tribe of children who were left alone on that mining planet. When they see an Imperial ship crash, they run after it to see if they can find any supplies that would be useful. Unfortunately for him not all the crew aboard the ship died in the crash, and there was some scuffle. One of them is injured and eventually, Cassian finds his way onto the ship.
He left his younger sister, telling her that he would return, but he never returned. This is because he is found by a woman named Marva (Fiona Shaw) and her sassy droid, B2Emo. The two did not understand each other at the time, but it is clear that they bonded as she is like a mother to them at present. Cassian has probably been looking for his sister for a long time and feels guilty for leaving her behind.
The first episode of Endor begins with him looking for his sister in a brothel. It is here that we learn that it is not from the celebration that we were led to believe in Rogue One, but elsewhere. Many people don’t know her true planet of origin, but the fact that she trusted her friend Bix Callen (Adria Arjona) with this knowledge comes back to bite her when her boyfriend (who has been with Cassian on her own). Enough jealous of the relationship) turns him in for a couple of murders.
he is guilty; However, it is the inspectors who harassed him for credit. The first death was an accident. The second was completely intentional, though. Cassian then learns that his time is limited. He tries to cover his tracks, but Sub Inspector Cyril Karn (Kyle Soler) refuses to let go of the murders, even though his boss orders him. The inspectors were in a brothel where they shouldn’t have been and they couldn’t stand drinking while on the clock. Best to leave it alone. Karna moves on when Bix’s boyfriend sees a bulletin and immediately sells Cassian.
Bix is not a fan of it at all, and while she tries to defend Cassian Endor as much as possible, she is handcuffed by the inspectors. Her boyfriend, who teased her friend, is shot dead in front of her. This comes as somewhat of a shock as it was to be expected that this went back and forth between the men, but they deserved death so we’re not mad for it.
time to move
On his way out of the planet, knowing that the Imperial Guard would eventually capture him, Cassian decided it was time to sell something valuable, until the right time had come. Bix puts her in contact with Luthen Royal (Stellan Skarsgrd), who Endor thinks is the buyer of the item, but it turns out that he is much more than her. Rael is part of the rebellion, and he wants Cassian to join him.
The two are cornered by Sub Inspector Karn and his men during their stay in the warehouse, and this is where the biggest action sequence ever takes place. The townspeople want to warn Cassian and distract the guards, so they start banging on the metal with a hammer. This sounds loud and powerful, and eventually lets Endor and Rayl gain the upper hand. After an epic explosion, the two make it out of the planet, and just as Cassian Endor is introduced to the rebellion.
Andor begins with three spectacular episodes that go on like a movie. There’s action, heart and a great setup for what’s to happen later in the series. The writing is superb, and the set and costume designs are perfect. It’s extreme Star Wars and fans will be very thrilled with how it all turned out. Whenever you’re working with a prequel, there’s a chance it won’t be interesting enough for people to care about how their favorite characters get to where we all know they’ll end up — but Endor pulls it off easily.
Rating: 9/10 Specification
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Tessa Smith is the owner of MamasGeeky.com and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer-approved film and TV critic and a huge geek. Tessa has been in the entertainment writing business for nearly ten years and is a member of several critics associations, including the Critics’ Choice Association and the Greater Western New York Film Critics Association. She grew up watching movies, playing video games, and reading comic books – and still loves all of those things. She proudly lets her geek flag fly and spreads the word that there’s nothing wrong with being a geek.