Andor is live on Disney Plus today with the first three episodes available to watch, and this is the fourth live-action Disney Plus series as more and more roll out over time.
It felt like Andor was one of the most unusual projects planned, choosing a character from Rogue One and giving them their own series, separate from seemingly all other existing series, but the grounded nature of the “birth of the rebellion” already seems win early fans tired of massive CGI and buried Easter eggs and crossovers.
Andor has been doing a good review so far, having received reviews from critics. Here’s how it compares to the other Disney Plus series we’ve seen from the Star Wars universe so far:
- Clone Wars Season 7 – 100%
- Star Wars: Visions – 96%
- The Mandalorian Season 1 – 93%
- The Mandalorian Season 2 – 93%
- Andor – 87%
- The Bad Batch – 86%
- Obi Wan Kenobi – 82%
- Boba Fett’s Book – 66%
So, as you can see, I’m adding the animated series, and they’ve been generally well received. But in terms of live action, Andor is second after both seasons of The Mandalorian, ahead of the more recent Obi-Wan and Boba Fett shows.
I know many will be looking for audience ratings, but it’s so early (only 36 people have scored it in total on Rotten Tomatoes) that I’m going to wait and see what that number will determine over time. It’s now 76% and it started at 69% when I started this article, but I imagine that will change in one direction or the other in the future.
Andor is a full-length TV series, not a movie broken into episodes, and the show is supposed to run here for 12 episodes in Season 1, with a view to a second season that will end once it encounters the events of Rogue One.
So Andor’s fate may have already been predetermined, but I wonder what lessons can be learned if the more grounded approach of the Star Wars pays off, relying less on CG than other shows, darker tone, etc. etc. We already know a whole bunch of series coming up, but Andor’s success, or I suppose theoretical failure, could change their plans. Since Rogue One was my favorite of the new Star Wars blockbusters, I’m definitely looking forward to watching this later in the day.
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