A prequel to a prequel, “Andor” brings a gritty code and look to the “Star Wars” universe, arsenic overmuch the washed-out scenery of “Blade Runner” arsenic George Lucas’ far-away galaxy. Yet immoderate committedness that entails is mostly mislaid successful flabby storytelling, fundamentally stretching what would person been a 10-minute movie prologue implicit the archetypal 3 episodes.
Disney+ has wisely decided to motorboat the 12-episode prequel to “Rogue One,” starring Diego Luna arsenic the spy Cassian Andor, with those 3 episodes, providing a somewhat amended consciousness of the series’ model than the plodding archetypal installment. It takes until the fourth, however, for this root story’s crippled to travel into focus, and by then, “Andor” has already go a spot of a snore.
Created by seasoned screenwriter Tony Gilroy, who received screenplay recognition for “Rogue One” and played a relation successful its reshoots, “Andor” proudly wears connected its sleeve the information that it’s not different “Star Wars” bid intended to wow fans with cameos (although determination volition beryllium immoderate of those) oregon merchantability plush toys. Gilroy seems much funny successful telling a terse spy yarn with a caper constituent – deliberation “The Guns of Navarone,” lone with spaceships, droids and the occasional alien.
Following a less-trodden path, though, doesn’t excuse moving astatine the gait of a wounded Bantha, bogged down by flashbacks to the protagonist’s childhood. Nor bash these aboriginal episodes bash capable to separate the shifting formed of supporting characters, a radical that doesn’t provoke overmuch much than indifference.
Andor’s eventual destiny is already known, truthful the thrust of the amusement involves fleshing retired however helium made the leap from hating the Empire, and its arrogance, to engaging successful the combat against it.
Stellan Skarsgård plays a cardinal portion successful that regard, astatine slightest successful the aboriginal going, and Genevieve O’Reilly makes an quality arsenic Mon Mothma, reprising the relation she played successful “Rogue One,” though don’t expect to spot her close away.
As for the Empire, the enactment is little astir the Sith successful this incarnation than frontline soldiers, a radical characterized by bureaucratic infighting and much than a small middle-managerial incompetence. While that conveys an inherent connection astir totalitarian states, similar the bully guys, fewer of the atrocious guys marque overmuch of an impression.
The vastness of the “Star Wars” postulation and the assorted clip frames it occupies make a canvas that tin accommodate each kinds of stories, possibly much readily than its Disney brethren astatine Marvel fixed the interconnected quality of its universe. This intelligibly isn’t “The Mandalorian” oregon “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” with each those moments designed to marque hardcore fans swoon, and successful theory, that’s fine.
The occupation is there’s small initially to foster overmuch enthusiasm astir “Andor,” which mostly feels similar an intriguing trial of however and wherever Lucasfilm tin propulsion those parameters and crook the mold – successful this case, by producing what amounts to an anti-“Star Wars” “Star Wars” series. Unlike the rousing enactment successful “Rogue One,” the bid doesn’t present the level of thrills required to prolong specified an extended detour arsenic it methodically sets up the story.
Charitably, the experimentation represents an enactment of originative independency that merits praise conscionable for trying it. Less charitably, “Andor” feels similar a bid afflicted by a interaction of its ain imperial arrogance.
“Andor” premieres with its archetypal 3 episodes September 21 connected Disney+.