Warning! SPOILER for Andor episodes 1-3. Andor is shown a new side of the Galactic Empire, and while it changes the way viewers will see the regime, it still fits perfectly with his portrayal in A New Hope and other Star Wars material. Strongly inspired by real-world fascist regimes, the Star Wars franchise’s Galactic Empire is aptly portrayed as a powerful and malevolent government, providing heroes with a plethora of easy-to-hate antagonists and seemingly insurmountable odds to overcome. Andor, like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, shows a grittier side of the Star Wars galaxy, and while the latter shows a more ethically dubious side of the normally heroic rebellion, the former now portrays an unusually human side of the overwhelming Galactic Empire. . While neither property attempts to make the Rebels and the Empire morally equivalent, it adds a level of complexity rarely seen to either side.
As shown in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, the Empire’s rise to power was gradual, with Supreme Chancellor Palpatine controlling both the Republic and (secretly) the Separatists, manipulating the Republic’s politicians and citizens to give them emergency powers until to when the Republic did not become an Empire in all respects but a name. After scapegoating the Jedi as the true perpetrators of the Clone Wars and enacting genocide across the galaxy, Palpatine’s coup was complete, but former Republic politicians like Mon Mothma and Bail Organa, who had witnessed the gradual decline of the Republic into authoritarianism, they rapidly planted the seeds of the Rebellion. Due to the events of the original Star Wars trilogy, the Rebel Alliance had become well equipped and large enough to threaten the seemingly invincible Empire.
Although Star Wars generally describes the Rebellion’s conflicts with the Empire as a mere narrative of good versus evil, it occasionally delves into morally gray territory. In most cases, this is done with gusto, with Imperial defectors demonstrating that there is potential for heroism within the ranks of the Empire and extremist splinter groups of the Rebellion (such as the Partisans in the canon) demonstrating that even the members of a well-meaning faction are not immune to corruption. Rogue One’s introduction to Cassian Andor sees him executing a partisan informant before one of them could be captured by the Empire and nearly assassinating an Imperial defector, but the film makes it clear that he is aware of the compromises he often makes, justifying them as necessary evils. to overthrow the empire. The first three episodes of Andor spend time focusing on Empire-aligned corporate security officers, showing an unusually human side of the Empire in the process.
Andor humanizes Imperial officers more than any other Star Wars movie or show
From the start, Andor portrays the evil Imperials differently from most Star Wars properties, with Cassian Andor pushing two out-of-service “Corps” (militarized police of Preox-Morlana’s corporate tactical forces) and accidentally killing one. . The forces of the Galactic Empire in Star Wars are rarely shown reacting to the fallen brothers, but one of the Corpos immediately panics and mourns his dead companion, although his reaction is cut short when Cassian brutally executes him. In later episodes, the rest of the Corpos are shown reacting to death differently, with most showing apathy and others, such as Syril Karn and Linus Mosk, seeking justice for fallen officers. Karn believes he is doing the right thing, refusing to ignore the deaths of two fellow Corpos, even though he quickly discovers he is over the moon. Mosk wishes to see a stronger (and more imperialized) presence within his jurisdiction, so he reacts by formulating a team to arrest Andor.
The underlings of the Corps of Karn and Mosk also avoid being characterized as faceless servants in Andor. Mosk’s team reacts to Karn’s overzealousy with understandable discomfort, and one team member reacts with disgust when another Corps kills a civilian during their attempt to arrest Cassian, confiscating the Corps blaster and sending him out of the zone. combat. Andor’s portrayal of the imperial forces is rather atypical for the Star Wars franchise, as the procedural depiction of corporate tactical forces and the relatively naturalistic characterization of the Corpos go beyond the usually silent and faceless imperial servants, but correctly makes no attempt to justify the Empire and their oppression across the galaxy.
Andor shows imperial middle management (and changes the way you see empire)
Although Stormtroopers are the most iconic Imperial military forces, they are far from the only ones. Imperial Army troops, which appear in Return of the Jedi, Solo: A Star Wars Story and numerous Legends era stories, are technically more common and less elite than Armored Stormtroopers, and Imperial Navy troops serve as security aboard imperial ships. Stormtrooper and TIE Pilots are the elite forces of the Empire, with the first to lead the charge in the most important battles of the Empire, while the troops of the Imperial Army and the Navy are the most mundane (and therefore more rarely shown ). Andor takes the Imperial hierarchy one step further through the Tactical Corporate Forces, which are technically a faction independent of the Empire proper, although they strengthen their will enough to allow Linus Mosk to consider them the “first line of defense of the Empire. “.
The corporate tactical forces have proven to be an occasionally disorganized (or unmotivated) ally of the Empire, which highlights the bureaucracy and, to some extent, the weakness of the regime. While the Star Wars Sith Lords and ruthless Stormtroopers impose the will of the Emperor with lethal and merciless efficiency on the most important worlds, the Corporate Tactical Forces prove to be little more than a local security force overseeing the free trade sector, making them even more specialized and mundane than even the troops of the imperial army and navy. As an unofficial branch of the Empire’s middle management, the Corporate Tactical Forces show that the Empire is far from infallible.
The changes in the Andor empire still fit a new hope
Despite Andor’s new portrayal of the imperial forces, the squabbles between the corporate tactical forces are not unlike the moments found in A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. In A New Hope, Imperial Army leaders such as General Tagge and Admiral Motti discussed the threat level of the Star Wars Rebel Alliance while in Empire, Darth Vader’s subordinates squabbled over the findings of a probe droid on Hoth. The dialogue between Karn and Chief Inspector Hyne on the merits of investigating the two dead Corpos is comparable, albeit on a smaller scale than the disagreements between Imperial military leaders, making the deeper portrait of the Empire of Andor a turning point, but not in conflict with the original Star Wars trilogy.
New episodes of Andor to be released Wednesday on Disney +.