Genevieve O’Reilly in Andor.

Man, I’m feeling alone in the wilderness when it comes to the new Star Wars shows streaming on Disney +.

I thought Obi-Wan Kenobi was the most horribly directed piece of trash to smear across our collective faces thus far in 2022, but critics on Rotten Tomatoes have given it an 82% rating on the tomatometer. (Audiences were a little a little harsher, at 64%.)

Now comes Andor, which, as of this writing, is 91% fresh with the critics, and 82% with audience—while I think the show kind of sucks so far.

I’ve seen the first four episodes of what essentially is a Rogue One prequel, and nothing has really happened. We’ve been reintroduced to Cassian Andor (Diego Luna). Soon, he will be a leader in the rebellion against the Empire, but he’s basically just a street criminal to start, killing a couple of people and getting himself into trouble.

Stellan Skarsgard shows up as some dude who sees his potential; Fiona Shaw is present as a mother figure; and Adria Arjona is … well, I haven’t figured out what she is yet. She fixes things and looks worried all of the time. Genevieve O’Reilly is Senator Mon Mothma, and her story is only getting started by the end of episode four.

Andor isn’t half as bad as Obi-Wan; the show looks much, much better, and there’s a tighter directorial hand guiding the ship. Still, it’s pretty bad, with half-baked characters, confusing flashbacks and no real sense of where the story is going. It looks swell, but it has a few problems under the hood.

Again, I’m only four episodes in, so there’s a good chance this one will rally and generate a sense of purpose. But so far, it’s just a bland soap opera with slow pacing that is borderline frustrating. I had high hopes for this one, so this is quite the letdown.

Andor is now streaming on Disney+, with new episodes being released on Wednesdays through Nov. 23.

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  1. My prediction is that you really should have held judgment until you’d seen the whole series. Your review makes you sound like someone who needs instant gratification, or you’re ready to change the channel. I’m going to assume you liked Rogue One. This is a twelve-episode movie, and we’re going to get two of these. Tony Gilroy and his writing and production team are telling a real, complex, story. The first four episodes are building a foundation for what’s to come. If you want instant gratification, go play a Star Wars video game. When you’re ready to watch a story, Bob, come back and watch Andor, because it’s going to be a good one.

  2. I agree. This is the most boring slow moving Star Wars show I have ever scene. Couldn’t even make it through Episode 1.

  3. Actually, the reviewer sounds like he bailed out after episode 2 because wanted to see storm troopers, senate, Palpatin, and a full fledged rebellion on premier night.

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