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Andor's First Few Episodes Leave All The Critics Stunned

Disney is ensuring that fans will never have a lack of content for popular IPs. From the never-ending influx of limited MCU series to our favorite Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal), no one could ask for more from the streaming platform. The newest addition to this stream of content is the prequel "Andor," featuring the titular rebel spy Cassian Andor (Diego Luna). He was last seen in 2016's standalone film "Rogue One," which was a departure from the typical hero's journey stories we have come to know from the franchise — and it still haunts Luna.

In direct opposition to Luke Skywalker's (Mark Hamill) character from the original films, "Rogue One" delves into mature themes of what it takes to be a rebel spy on the ground. These themes will continue in "Andor," something that showrunner Tony Gilroy understands may be a gamble. But as risky as it is to ground the series in the gritty realism of war, critics have been stunned by the first few episodes.

Critic reactions are overwhelmingly positive

It appears that Tony Gilroy's gamble has truly paid off. In the past, the "Star Wars" community has often been overwhelmed with negativity (via The Hollywood Reporter). But if recent reactions to the series are any indication, that might not be a problem with "Andor." After critics screened the first few episodes, reviews are flooding in with monumental affection for the series.

"It's gritty, mature, and the most intelligent and well-informed story we've had to date. Tony Gilroy is a genius," celebrated @maggieofthetown. @sw_holocron noted that the realism depicted in the series is to its benefit: "#Andor is the most mature Star Wars to date (feels akin to an HBO drama). Grounded story w/ intimate stakes & serious tone that shows a new side of the Empire."

But perhaps the most significant comment is how "Andor" leans into the current cultural landscape. The stories of "Star Wars" have always centered around anti-fascism as Luke fights a literal Galactic Empire looking to subjugate its citizens. @ThatAldenDiaz notes that the prequel takes this even further. Sci-fi is at its best when it holds up a mirror to society, and "Andor" is a reflection of how many people feel abandoned by the government. According to @ThatAldenDiaz, the show revels in its political message: "We often have to say 'Star Wars has always been political' to counter people who would deny that fact. Well this show is actively angry at the people denying it. Audacious, timely, raw, & exceedingly thoughtful. Powerful work."