With one hand they give, and with the other they take away. That’s somewhat how it feels after Lucasfilm’s latest drop of all things Andor, with a new trailer, poster and details of the premiere.
So where else to start that that trailer…
So first and foremost let’s just get the obvious out of the way, and as I say with every trailer released, this is a work of art in itself. The music and lines picked are perfect and the visuals incredible. I will just speak a little more on the visuals though, as Andor is the first series to not use the Volume, instead relying on practical sets. And while the Volume has been incredible, the practical sets just take things to a different level, and I really hope that we see more of a balance moving forward, with practical sets used whenever possible and the volume backing it up.
There is a heck of a lot going on in this trailer and that gets me very excited, as we are getting a longer series spanning 12 episodes, which makes me feel that this will have enough time to blend all the action being teased with plenty of great character moments, emotion and intrigue. I’m also becoming more and more certain that though season 1 is said to be set 5 years before Rogue One, we will get an extended period set earlier, with clone troopers once again being shown, while we also see what appears to be a young Cassian. I would not be shocked if the first couple of episodes will be set earlier, showing the Empire coming to take over Cassian’s world and ruining it, before setting him up in his main location for the series.
The trailer builds on what was hinted before that Mon Mothma will have a huge role, and I cannot wait to see more of Coruscant and the Imperial Senate, could this be the first time we see the political wheeling and dealing done right in live action, just like The Clone Wars managed?
But what really got me excited and intrigued was how much we saw of Stellan Skarsgård and his character, who appears to be living a double life as a senator and a militant rebel. I had wondered just how Cassian and Mon Mothma’s stories would fit together, but now it seems that this character will be the common denominator and the one who ties all the storylines together, while also bringing in Forest Whitaker’s Saw Gerrera. What I’m now looking forward to seeing is whether his character and Mon Mothma even realise that they are both rebelling, or whether this is a realisation that will come later in the season. I imagine though, that his double life will see him in danger and I doubt that he will survive to season 2 likely being involved in bringing together the wider rebellion before sacrificing himself to keep the identities of his fellow conspirators a secret.
And now we come to the release date. The series was intended to premiere on 31ˢᵗ August, but has now been pushed back to 21ˢᵗ September, where we will get a 3-episode premiere. Now to me, that is too much. We are talking a Wednesday release, and that is probably 2 and a half to 3 hours of footage to watch, that is a lot to expect people to watch in one night, so I would not be shocked if Day 1 viewing figures are down, as we see people either wait for the weekend or spread the episodes over multiple days. From a personal point too, that is going to be an absolute bitch to watch all 3 episodes and then review effectively with a quick turnaround, as this is something that I do outside work hours. More than that, season 2 of The Bad Batch is currently scheduled to begin releasing also on Wednesdays starting just a week later. And that forces me into a big decision, as I have made a point of reviewing every episode of every series since I started this site, but that is going to be too much for me. Right now though, it feels like Star Wars is once again playing second fiddle to the MCU, just like how Avengers: Infinity War was allowed to overpower Solo: A Star Wars Story, with Andor being pushed back to protect She-Hulk after early episodes of Ms Marvel failed to get the views when released alongside Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Of course, things could still change, so if they do, I will let you know if it affects my plans, but for now, I can guarantee that I watch the full Andor premiere on the Wednesday and get my review/reviews of the episodes up as soon as I can, with my reviews on the following weeks ideally coming out on the Wednesdays, while I will be watching The Bad Batch but likely holding off my main thoughts for a review of the whole season.
What are your thoughts on the trailer and the new release schedule?
Thanks for reading.
Rebellions are built on hope….