Cassian Andor begins his sentence in an Empire detention facility while the founding members of the Rebellion prepare of the Empire’s tightening grip and trying to sway those being punished to support them in the latest episode of “Star Wars: Andor.” This episode also brings in Forest Whitaker as Saw Guerrera who will be a key figure in the the “Star Wars” animated universe, as well as an important character, along with Andor in “Rogue One.”

At this point in the timeline, the Empire exists but it hasn’t become the formidable force that we all know it to be in “Star Wars: A New Hope.” We know they are trying to stamp out the Rebellion by the events of that movie and the actions in this series should lead us to that point. We, of course, are mostly seeing it from Cassian Andor’s perspective, but we also get to see it from the actions of Mon Mothma and Luthen Rael. Plus, this series is doing a great job to demonstrate the importance of certain figures in the Empire and how they will lead the Empire on the road to dominance that eventually inspires the Rebellion in its ultimate form.

This is another week of excellent dialogue carrying this series. There is very little action in this episode. Most of the action comes in the form of the actions of the Empire as they are punishing Cassian Andor as part of his six year sentence. The Empire, the Senate and the Rebellion is completely driven by dialogue. This series is an excellent example of a how a well-written show doesn’t need light sabers or blasters at every turn to be interesting. Yes, the action can carry certain episodes, but this is the best written “Star Wars” has ever been and I want to see more of it.

I can’t wait to see where this story arc takes us. I’m hoping episode nine leads to a jailbreak. Given this series is set five years before the events of “Rogue One” and Andor was given a six year sentence, we know that he has to get out of prison at some point. While dialogue has carried this show, there has to be some action sequences and a jailbreak makes perfect sense for the story. Admittedly, that would’ve been a great wrap up to the first season, but if it’s the wrap up to the three quarter mark, I’m here for it. I’m loving where this show is taking us and want to see more of it.

Rating: 4 stars

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Jeremy Brown

Jeremy has been a big Disney fan since he was a kid growing up during the Disney Renaissance. One day he hopes to go to every Disney Park in the world.

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