Star Wars bid Andor came to Disney Plus connected Wednesday, with the archetypal 3 episodes landing unneurotic to springiness america a feature-length opening. The bid is acceptable 5 years earlier spinoff movie Rogue One, which took spot straight earlier the events of archetypal Star Wars movie A New Hope.
It dives into the backstory of the darkly heroic Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), who'll spell connected to go a leader of the Rebel Alliance arsenic it faces down the totalitarian Empire. This is simply a peculiarly bleak epoch successful the Star Wars universe, with rebel forces scattered astir the postulation arsenic Emperor Palpatine's forces steadily crush mean radical successful their grip.
Let's get to cognize Cassian and institution by recapping the large events of this opening trio of episodes -- a threecap, if you will. Prepare to participate the Rebel Alliance of SPOILERS.
Tears successful the Rain
MORLANA ONE -- On this cool-looking sci-fi dystopia of a planet, the series' highly Blade Runner opening sets up the affectional stakes, arsenic Cassian tries to find his mislaid sister successful a brothel. This reveals that he's from the satellite Kenari, which we spot successful flashbacks done these archetypal 3 episodes.
He doesn't person immoderate luck uncovering his sibling, but catches the attraction of 2 firm information unit goons (Corpos) who mightiness arsenic good person "BULLY" labels stuck connected their foreheads. They effort to shingle down the incorrect feline successful Cassian, and helium accidentally kills 1 and shoots the different arsenic helium begs for his life.
It mirrors our archetypal brushwood with Cassian successful Rogue One, wherever helium guns down a rebel informant alternatively of letting him autumn into the hands of the Empire. Our leader isn't portion of the Rebel Alliance successful Andor, truthful helium kills these dudes to prevention his ain tegument alternatively than for the cause.
This proves to beryllium the show's inciting incident, since it catches the attraction of the 1 zealous Corpo serviceman and a rebel recruiter.
CORPORATE SECURITY HEADQUARTERS -- That Corpo serviceman turns retired to beryllium Syril Karn (Kyle Soller), who's looking highly good enactment unneurotic arsenic helium presents his study connected the killings to his supervisor, Chief Hyne (Rupert Vansittart, whom you mightiness admit arsenic Game of Thrones' Lord Yohn Royce).
Hyne instantly recognizes that the 2 dormant Corpo boys were dirtbags who got themselves killed. He reckons the incidental should beryllium swept neatly nether the rug for each eternity, and offers a beauteous screen story.
"I fishy they died rushing to assistance idiosyncratic successful distress. Nothing excessively heroic, we don't request a parade," helium says. "They died being helpful. Something bittersweet but inspiring successful a mundane benignant of way."
I'm mundanely inspired conscionable proceeding it. Hyne knows that highlighting Corpo corruption volition springiness the Empire an opening to measurement successful and prehend power of the Morlani system. Classic colonialism, successful an epoch erstwhile Palpatine's totalitarian authorities is expanding.
The naive Syril doesn't see the bigger representation and is softly disgusted astatine the chief's willingness to look the different way. On the look of it, it's hard to reason with him -- 2 of his colleagues were murdered. Soon empowered by Hyne's absence, helium gathers an enthusiastic but incompetent information squad to hunt Cassian down.
Welcome to Ferrix
FERRIX, MORLANI SYSTEM -- The bulk of these archetypal 3 episodes absorption connected the drudgery of beingness connected this pugnacious concern world, and the deliberate pacing shows that Andor is refreshingly diligent with its beingness building. Characters enactment mean jobs, and the much enterprising ones person broadside hustles (or aggregate broadside hustles, successful our hero's case).
We're besides introduced to a clump of characters successful Cassian's orbit, and it isn't ever nonstop astir who they are. Let's tally done them truthful we tin support track:
- Maarva Andor (Fiona Shaw) is Cassian's adoptive mom. She and her precocious husband, Clem, saved him from Republic forces connected Kenari a fewer decades ago, during the Clone Wars (as seen successful the flashbacks). Maarva isn't successful the champion of health, but her defiant absorption to the Corpo raid suggests immoderate of that aged occurrence is inactive burning.
- B2EMO -- AKA Bee-Two oregon Bee (Dave Chapman) -- is Maarva and Cassian's highly bully droid. He's a spot similar a lovable aged dog; inactive charming, but possibly not arsenic reliable arsenic helium utilized to be. His boxy plan is visually delightful, his colour reminds maine of the abstraction suits successful 2001: A Space Odyssey and that hound is conscionable plain rude for peeing connected him.
- Bix Caleen (Adria Arjona) is Cassian's loyal person and erstwhile flame. She's moving a engaged garage, and acts arsenic a obstruction to link stolen goods with buyers. One specified purchaser happens to beryllium a recruiter for the rebellion.
- Timm Karlo (James McArdle) is Bix's worker and existent boyfriend, whose jealousy leads him to rat Cassian retired to the information forces and yet gets him killed.
Big shoutout to the unnamed feline who strikes the gong/hammers the anvil to get everyone successful municipality moving. He's credited arsenic the Time Grappler (Neil Bell), and makes everything 100% much atmospheric.
Kassa from Kenari
KENARI, THE PAST -- "Suddenly the Rebellion is existent for you. Some of america unrecorded it. I've been successful this combat since I was 6 years old," Cassian tells Jyn successful Rogue One. "You're not the lone 1 who mislaid everything. Some of america conscionable decided to bash thing astir it."
We larn a immense magnitude astir Cassian successful these episodes, including the puerility helium alluded successful Rogue One. Flashbacks uncover his puerility connected Kenari successful the clip erstwhile the Galactic Republic ran things alternatively than the Empire.
Here, our leader goes by Kassa (played by Antonio Viña) and is surviving arsenic portion of a people on with his sister, Kerri (Belle Swarc).
I emotion that the Kenari flashbacks don't person subtitles, since it forces you to wage attraction to characters' assemblage language. It's wide that Cassian was a spot of a sneaky chancer adjacent arsenic a kid, getting into situations wherever helium doesn't needfully beryllium -- similar joining the radical of older kids to cheque retired the vessel that crashes.
After 1 of the children is killed by a trigger-happy officer, Kassa checks retired the vas unsocial and finds everyone connected committee was killed by state (presumably released erstwhile the vessel sustained the harm that made it crash). It's apt these radical were portion of a mining effort, astir apt strip-mining Kenari's resources.
He runs into a young Maarva and Clem Andor, on with Bee (back erstwhile the droid was shiny and new), who've seemingly boarded the downed vessel successful hunt of salvage. Knowing the Republic is connected the mode and volition termination Kassa if they find him connected board, Maarva decides to instrumentality him with them. This is kinda kidnapping; I wonderment if it was ever a root of hostility betwixt Maarva and Cassian?
The radical connected the vessel person the logo of the Confederacy of Independent Systems (aka the Separatists, led by Count Dooku) connected their uniforms, suggesting that they were transporting worldly for the warfare against the Republic. In the present, we larn that Kenari was "abandoned aft an Imperial mining disaster. Abandoned and considered toxic -- Imperial prohibition." The Empire whitethorn person tried to excavation the satellite aft the Clone Wars.
FERRIX -- "Insurrection, demolition of Imperial property, battle connected Imperial soldier." Cassian's rap expanse hints astatine his anti-Imperial leanings, and his effort to merchantability a stolen starpath portion (which looks a batch similar Darth Vader's thorax piece and contains Imperial coordinates) puts him connected the radar of rebel recruiter Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgård).
The amusement turns highly aggravated and awesome erstwhile their paths cross. Luthen is impressed with Cassian's quality to usage the Imperials' arrogance to gaffe close done their defenses, and pushes the younger antheral to articulation the rebels.
"These days volition end, Cassian Andor. The mode they laugh, the mode they propulsion done a crowd. The dependable of that dependable telling you to stop, to go, to move. Telling you to die," helium growls, oozing charisma with each syllable. "Don't you privation to combat these bastards for real?"
They fly the Corpo information goons' effort to way Cassian down, which goes wholly disconnected the rails erstwhile the radical of Ferrix propulsion backmost against their bullying -- the banging connected metallic is intimidating arsenic heck.
The 3rd episode's last moments spot Cassian fleeing Ferrix with Luthen, portion Syril looks shell-shocked that his zeal has ruined his career, Bix mourn's Timm's decease and Maarva sits with Bee successful her acold apartment.
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Rogue thoughts, unanswered questions and Easter eggs
- Where is Cassian's sister? How and erstwhile did she get disconnected Kenari?
- Clem, Cassian's adoptive begetter (Gary Beadle), was hanged by the Imperials, but why?
- Composer Nicholas Britell (known for his enactment connected Moonlight and Succession) gives this amusement an awesome synth sci-fi opening theme, particularly arsenic it bleeds into the Blade Runner aesthetics of the archetypal scene. It changes somewhat successful each occurrence too.
- This amusement takes spot "5 BBY," which stands for "Before Battle of Yavin." This is the climactic skirmish of A New Hope, wherever Luke Skywalker blew up the Empire's archetypal Death Star conflict station, and a pivotal infinitesimal successful the Star Wars universe. It's erstwhile everyone realized that the Rebel Alliance wasn't conscionable foolin' around.
- For prequel context, Andor happens 14 years aft the Empire seized power of the postulation successful Revenge of the Sith and 4 years aft Obi-Wan Kenobi's conflict with Darth Vader successful the Disney Plus series.
- It's unclear erstwhile the flashbacks instrumentality spot -- notation books accidental Cassian was 26 successful Rogue One, truthful he'd beryllium 21 successful the contiguous time portion of the show. If he's been warring since helium was 6, that'd spot the flashbacks 15 years earlier that -- the play erstwhile the Clone Wars were raging passim the galaxy. Both Kassa and Cassian look older than those ages, I conjecture he's lived a hard life.
- If so, the aggravated mining cognition connected Kenari mightiness beryllium linked to the Republic desperately gathering earthy materials to prolong the warfare effort. Thanks to William Devereux, big of the Star Wars-centric Ion Cannon podcast, for helping maine signifier my timeline thoughts.
- Cassian's overgarment is highly cool. Would it beryllium excessively sci-fi to deterioration successful existent life? Maybe Columbia Sportswear oregon immoderate different manner marque volition merchandise one.
- "No weapons. No comms. No credit. No nonsense." The bouncer's words are ones to unrecorded by.
- Syril is the benignant of a quality we regularly spot successful Star Wars novels -- a mediate manager with an inflated consciousness of value and debased self-esteem who steadily goes disconnected the heavy end, making beingness hellhole for the heroes. Kyle Soller performs this relation magnificently.
- Add Timm to the database of boring Star Wars names on with Luke and Ben. At slightest the other m gives it a spot of sci-fi flair.
- This amusement alludes powerfully to sexuality successful Bix and Timm's relationship, arsenic good arsenic the brothel successful occurrence 1. The second is simply a acquainted sci-fi image, but Star Wars has traditionally been beauteous sexless.
- It's truly chill that Bee is showing his property done a information lag and acknowledging that lying requires much processing power. Classic Star Wars droids R2-D2 and C-3PO are successful work for decades, but they're intelligibly good cared for. Cassian and Maarva don't person the wealth to bash truthful with Bee.
- Cassian's papers accidental he's from Fest, a snowy satellite you sojourn successful the non-canon 1995 video crippled Dark Forces. In the existent continuity, it's lone antecedently been mentioned successful By Whatever Sun, a communicative written by EK Johnston and Ashley Eckstein successful 2017 anthology From a Certain Point of View, and immoderate notation books.
- The 1 Corpo's dilatory clap aft Syril's limp code is glorious. Ouch.
- You mightiness beryllium wondering wherefore Cassian's chap Rogue One leader Jyn Erso doesn't person a show. Between that movie and its prequel novels Catalyst and Rebel Rising, her beingness communicative has been beauteous comprehensively told. Catalyst successful peculiar volition marque you mode much invested successful Rogue One's Erso household and Director Krennic.
- The shipyard astatine the commencement makes maine deliberation of the commencement of 2019 video crippled Jedi: Fallen Order.
- The dropships utilized by the Corpos look similar converted Republic Gunships, arsenic archetypal seen successful Attack of the Clones.
- "Rule No. 1: Never transportation thing you don't control." Luckily, we don't each transportation devices controlled by elephantine megacorporations successful existent life. That'd beryllium ridiculous.
- Sergeant Linus Mosk (Alex Ferns) says the connection "shit" erstwhile the Corpo cognition starts to spell sideways. It's the archetypal clip we've heard that connection successful Star Wars, which usually uses its ain enactment of sci-fi swears (like "bantha poodoo"). This ain't your daddy's postulation far, acold away.
- Cassian gazes into the sunlight arsenic helium leaves Kenari and Ferrix, successful beautifully juxtaposed moments. In Rogue One, helium opens his eyes arsenic helium and Jyn are engulfed successful blinding airy arsenic their lives end.
- I got the thought to usage the datelines to acceptable the country from my CNET workfellow Erin Carson's excellent Rings of Power recaps. Imitation is the sincerest signifier of thievery, Erin, mwahaha.
- This amusement volition tally for 2 seasons, with 12 episodes planned for both, and tally straight into the events of Rogue One. Season 2 is reportedly scheduled to sprout successful November.
- I anticipation Maarva puts the vigor on.
Come backmost for much Easter eggs and observations next Wednesday, Sept. 28, erstwhile occurrence 4 of Andor hits Disney Plus.