Is Andor the best Disney Star Wars?

by Bill Cable
on 2022-10-12, 09:08:34

Note: I write this having not yet watched Episode 6, as I gotta wait until lunchtime on Wednesdays.

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Five episodes into Andor and something dawned on me. I had already been praising the show on Facebook with my friends, calling it, "the best-written, best-acted, best-directed D+ show." I probably enjoyed Mando more, because it's more fun to watch a swashbuckling epic than it is a gritty, bleak drama. But in terms of quality, Andor is a better series. What dawned on me last week was this - Andor might just be the best thing Disney has produced since buying Star Wars.

This really surprised me, because I had pretty low expectations going into it. Despite its near-universal acclaim, I don't count myself as a fan of Rogue One. I just felt none of the main characters had much of an arc, I didn't really like any of the characters outside K-2SO, the reshoots made it messy and disjointed, the whole climbing up the tower of hard drives thing was silly, characters made irrational or out-of-character decisions, the deepfakes were poorly done, the fanservice was cringey, and I don't have any motivation to ever watch it again. So Andor was a show about a character I didn't much care about. But man... despite that it's so good. But is it the best?

I mean, it's clearly orders of magnitude better than the Sequel Trilogy. It's easily better than BoBF, The Bad Batch, and Obi-Wan. I hold it in much higher regard than Rogue One and Solo. So it really must be the bes....

Oh wait. Then there's Clone Wars Season 7. This is tough. That last arc is just incredible. But then they wasted so much of the final season on the Martez sisters. Does the sin of wasted episodes overshadow the brilliance of the last few? I'm thinking yes.

There's still more than half a season left, and plenty of opportunities for Andor to fumble. But right now, I gotta conclude this is the best Star Wars of the Disney era.





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