‘Andor’ Is Secretly Remaking ‘The Phantom Menace’

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Critics are hailing the brand new sequence Andor as a extra mature tackle the Star Wars universe that under no circumstances includes wacky musical numbers or CGI aliens stepping in animal poop. However regardless of this distinctly recent new path, in some ways, Andor is paying homage to some of the acquainted and goofiest of Star Wars motion pictures: The Phantom Menace.

Whereas Cassian Andor has but to enter a podrace or awkwardly hit on a visiting dignitary (although there are nonetheless a number of episodes to go), he does, to some extent, develop into an Anakin Skywalker-esque determine within the second and third episodes, which retell the important thing story beats of The Phantom Menace. A stranger from one other world (Qui-Gon Jinn and Luthen Rael, respectively) visits a distant planet in quest of much-needed tech.

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Lucasfilm

However the stranger turns into way more within the particular individual he finds there – Anakin is related to the Pressure, whereas Andor is ready to handily dupe the Empire and steal crap. So the stranger needs to enlist them to affix their trigger on one other planet. In fact, it’s approach much less creepy with a full-grown grownup Andor. 

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Lucasfilm

So he whisks them away from the planet, abandoning their associates and a single mom.

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Lucasfilm

And in each circumstances, this doesn’t go nicely. Anakin, after all, turns into Darth Vader, whereas Andor goes on to work for the Insurrection and turns into the emotionally-detached killing machine we first meet in Rogue One. Furthering the episode’s ominous tone, Andor leaving with Luthen is intercut with flashbacks of when he was taken from his residence in Kenari by his adoptive mom – which is a fairly loaded scene. Whereas she is trying to save lots of his life from the Empire, this additionally evokes the real-world historical past of pressured adoptions and assimilation of Indigenous kids. And throughout the actuality of the present, this has clearly scarred Cassian, who practically blew up his life by committing two murders within the pursuit of reuniting along with his sister.

The cardinal sin of Star Wars has at all times been separating kids from their households; it’s what led to the autumn of the Jedi and the rise of the Empire within the first place. So it is smart that Andor would thematically shout out the occasions of The Phantom Menace (minus the two-headed alien sportscasters).

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