Cassian Andor begins to help what will become the rebellion in the fourth episode of the new Disney+ Original and LucasFilm Series, “Star Wars: Andor.” Cassian has fled his home planet of Ferrix and finds himself having to help the rebels steal from the burgeoning Empire on Aldani. Meanwhile, we are also getting a look at the workings of the rebellion behind the scenes and the importance Mon Mothma has in the Imperial Senate leading up to the events of “A New Hope.”
After the first three episodes of this series, this was the next logical move for Cassian, but it feels like it’s setting up another three-episode story arc with a bit of a season long narrative sprinkled in. I like that style of storytelling, so I’m here for it, but for some, it may be easier to watch this series in those three-episode chunks rather than on a weekly basis. “Andor” may actually be the perfect series to binge watch. I doubt that’s what Disney or Lucasfilm was going for with this series, but it still works heavily in this series favor with a lot of fans.
While I’m loving seeing more Cassian Andor on my screen, and I love seeing more connections to “Rogue One,” I may have enjoyed the scenes on Coruscant more. We’re learning more about the Rebellion which is something we’ve been filling in the gaps for years. The Original Trilogy showed us a fully formed Rebellion ready to take on the Empire. The Prequel Trilogy showed us a Republic so caught up in its own hubris that it couldn’t see it was about to collapse and become an Empire. There is a lot in between that will lead to the formation of the Rebellion right up to the events of “Rogue One” and “A New Hope.”
The first three episodes of “Andor” showed us the rank-and-file members of the Rebellion and why they would be motivated to put their lives on the line to stop the Empire. It was a compelling story, but now episode four appears to be setting up the how and the where. Those questions are just as compelling for “Star Wars” fans. The fact that we are getting these answers with dialogue that is actually engaging rather than the mindless drivel George Lucas put in the prequels or whatever we heard in the sequels is a bonus. I’m interested to see where “Andor” takes us next.
Ranking: 4 stars
What did you think of episode four of “Star Wars: Andor?”