It's Time to Talk about Cassian Andor (Guest Post by Hannah Ackman)

 My sister Hannah Ackman wrote a guest post last year ranking all of the Star Wars films. She's a huge fan of the franchise, and as her favorite movie is Rogue One, she was particularly excited about the new Andor series. Of course, I wanted to give her a platform to share her thoughts. 

NOTE: This review does not contain spoilers since the show just came out. While I do discuss the show, everything mentioned specifically has been said in interviews or trailers published before the release date. Please know there are spoilers for Rogue One

If you didn’t already know, I am a massive Rogue One fan. Cassian Andor is one of my favorite Star Wars men, so much so that my Nissan Rogue car is named after him. I could not have been more excited to see Diego Luna again in the Star Wars universe, and I am already mourning that we only have 9 episodes left (there will be 12 total). 

Andor takes place five years before Rogue One and four years after the Obi-Wan show. At the time that we are watching Cassian become a rebel, Jyn Erso is on the run, having been abandoned by Saw Gerrera a year prior. 

Besides having some of the same characters as Rogue One, the whole show has the same utilitarian and dystopian vibe. The costuming is amazing and consistent, but it is also used to show rank or positions among the different characters. Surprisingly, the actors have very varying ages, and they don’t stick in the 20-30 year-old range like usual. It’s very feminist without pushing for it, while at the same time, it made me grasp that everyone is essentially just a soldier for their cause. 

In Rogue One, Cassian says “We’ve all done bad things for the rebellion,” and I think we are going to see what drove him to that point where he is willing to kill, fight, and even sacrifice his own life for the greater good. Shockingly, we also are getting an insight into the Empire and their feelings as humans rather than just officers and troopers. The line “That’s what a reckoning sounds like,” in my opinion, almost characterizes the show. It’s a struggle, and it's messy, but lines of love and family are at the foreground too. 

Personally, I thought Andor was absolutely magical, and I can’t wait to see more. 

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