Online opinions of Andor are conflicted.
While we enjoyed the first four episodes of Andor, the fourth live-action Star Wars programme on Disney Plus, not everyone had the same positive feelings about the show. Fans have already rushed to social media to share their joy hours after the first three episodes were released this morning (and disgust).
So far, the happier reactions seem to be loving the fact that Andor feels utterly different. The show isn’t quite like Obi-Wan Kenobi or The Mandalorian, and doesn’t have a whole lot of fan service.
That might be what’s ruffling the feathers of those who don’t like it, as Andor’s detractors are claiming it’s on the boring side. The lack of time for one original Star Wars character advertised in the show is already annoying one viewer.
So, let’s break down Andor’s complaints and hurrahs!
Andor fan reactions: What people love
u/jesseberdinka posts on Reddit, “Never imagined I’d see a programme like this in the Disney age.” Why? Doesn’t pander, they state in further detail. not a fan service. complicated people. doesn’t feel the need to act in a frantic manner. Patient. meaningful dialogue is rare. u/tmdbly stated in a comment, “Agree 100%. No casting for stunts. actual sets telling a story slowly. behaving tactfully. I’ve been waiting for Star Wars.
How did this all come about? That’s what you get when you don’t prioritise “unnecessary fan service and nostalgia baiting,” according to u/aeplusjay.
A tweet from @JohnnyMacZero24 “So far, #Andor has a great, rich tale that is developing. It has been loved.”
Redditor TSM E3 writes that despite the absence of linkage, Andor has good quality “Ironic that one of the finest Star Wars-related works isn’t even vaguely related to the franchise. It has happened before and is beginning to happen again.”
Unlike one of the complaints we discovered, u/Spookyy422 commends Andor’s perseverance, commenting “The fact that it kind of burns slowly is fantastic! I’ve just seen two episodes, but I already care about the characters!”
Andor fan reactions: What people loathe
In response to @BGrizzy1989’s criticism of Andor’s pace on Twitter, “Episode 3 of Andor was superior because sh*t really occurred. The role played by Stellan Skarsgard is quite intriguing. It kind of seems like next week’s episode is when the programme REALLY BEGINS and everything before that was fluff. We shall nevertheless see.”
The absence of Mon Mothma by Genevieve O’Reilly frustrates user @AdsButt123, who writes “#Andor is ok, but I’m not too pleased. Mon Mothma is not at all present in the first three episodes. Some of it seems to have been drawn out ineffectively. I would have used war robots in the flashback instead of arbitrary separatists. #StarWars”
Analysis: Get your Andor expectations calibrated properly
Yes, Mon Mothma appears in the ads for Andor. No, she doesn’t appear in the first three episodes. But I would hope that fans can walk into a show about Cassian Andor and allow it to focus on that character, before it brings in others. Andor is a 12-episode series, so it’s clearly taking its time.
That said, I agree completely with the above applause from fans who love Andor despite its lack of Star Wars fan service. We’ve already had three Star Wars shows that tie into the universe properly, so it’s definitely time for something different.