Review: Star Wars ‘Andor’ starts slow, but eventually gets good

by Matt Roseboom

We were able to screen the first four episodes of the new Disney+ Star Wars series, “Andor”, with Diego Luna reprising his roll as Cassian Andor.  It’s a good thing we were able to see four episodes, or our review would have said “Andor” is pretty boring. 

Remember when we were told that some upcoming Star Wars shows and movies would feature new characters we don’t know with no relation to characters we know, and would show their day-to-day lives? 

Although that isn’t all true for “Andor” because we know Cassian from “Rogue One”, This feels like that. And the characters in “Andor” are living pretty boring lives. 

By the fourth episode, Cassian will have started down the path we see him following in Rogue One, and have joined up with the rebellion, and at least one familiar face. That’s when it finally gets interesting. So my advice is, stick with it, or maybe even wait until four episodes are out then binge watch to catch up. Or else some episodes will have you saying, “That’s it?” The show starts with three episodes, then one each week.

Throughout the first few episodes, we meet Cassian, and his friends and associates, some who like him, some who don’t, and some he owes money to. We meet a member of his family, and find out he’s searching for another, but that quest is put on the back burner as he deals with some bad decisions he’s made. As we saw in Rogue One, he’s not a “good guy.” We also learn more about the planet Cassian is from in a series of flashbacks. 

One cool friend of Cassians is his droid. No, not K-2SO from Rogue One, but B2EMO. He’s a short, round scrap droid, but he unexpectedly speaks just like the humans in the show. His deep voice and deadpan humor is unexpected, but fun. 

The actors and production value of the show is great. Let’s hope episodes five through 12 are as good, intriguing, and exciting as episode four is. 

Star Wars “Andor” is rated TV-14 and is in line with the other Disney+ Star Wars shows. It starts Sept. 21, 2022 with three episodes. There were no end credit scenes in the first four episodes (but there is some dreary end credit music).

B2EMO at Disney’s D23 Expo.

In The Parks

There are no direct relations to “Andor” in the theme parks, including Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. We’d love to see a roaming and talking B2EMO in Galaxy’s Edge West, where the timeline doesn’t matter, or in Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. 

Andor | Official Trailer | Disney+

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1 comment

Han Shot my Cousin Greedo October 24, 2022 - 10:20 pm

What a waste of really great actors and a FEW sumptuous backgrounds. This series is the most boring thing we have ever watched on tv. They took all the fun out of the Mandalorian & Boba and just gave us snail-paced, human based storylines. Where are the droids that liven up each story? How about the non-human characters? We will just keep our main characters (half of which we introduced several eps in) in a forest. How fascinating. These actors are primo. WHY waste so much money making them dribble out the worst storytelling in cinematic/television history. We are rarely bored in our family. We always find something positive. But we totally disagree with the reviewer. It got interesting twice but is much better left as a failed project with every person of power behind the scenes relegated to the mail room from here on out.


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