October 1, 2022

Andor is live today on Disney Plus with the first three episodes available to watch, making it the fourth Disney Plus live series to continue over time.

Andor seemed like one of the more unusual projects planned, taking a character from Rogue One and giving them their own series separate from seemingly every other existing series, but the grounded nature of “Birth of the Rebellion” already seems to be winning over early fans tired of massive CGI and buried easter eggs and crossovers.

Andor is review good until now, now that the critics’ reviews have arrived. Here’s how it stacks up against other Disney Plus series we’ve seen so far from the Star Wars universe:

  • The Clone Wars Season 7 – 100%
  • Star Wars: The Visions – 96%
  • The Mandalorian Season 1 – 93%
  • The Mandalorian Season 2 – 93%
  • Andorra – 87%
  • Bad streak – 86%
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi – 82%
  • The Book of Boba Fett – 66%

So, as you can see, I also include animated series, which are generally well received. But in terms of live action, Andor is second only to both seasons of The Mandalorian, and ahead of the more recent shows Obi-Wan and Boba Fett.

I know many will be looking for audience results, but it’s so early (only 36 total people have made it on Rotten Tomatoes) that I’ll wait and see what number it comes to over time. It’s currently at 76% and started at 69% when I started this article, but I suspect that will change one way or another in the future.

Andor is a full TV series, not an episodic movie, and the series here is slated to run for 12 episodes in the first season, with an eye toward a second season that will wrap up after the events of Rogue One.

So, Andor’s fate may already be predetermined, but I wonder what lessons can be learned from it if its more grounded approach to Star Wars pays off, less CG reliance than other shows, darker tone, etc. We already know a bunch of series coming, but Andor’s success, or I guess theoretical failure, could change their plans. Given that Rogue One was my favorite of the new Star Wars blockbusters, I’m definitely looking forward to watching this later today.

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