Help us Tony Gilroy, you are our only hope! Seriously, after the massively disappointing Obi-Wan Kenobi, the bang average Book Of Boba Fett and the nonsensical unravelling of a perfect ending for Grogu in The Mandalorian, we are left with Andor as a new hope. Possibly a fools hope.
The Lucasfilm factory has let us down again and again so the one glimmer here is that it is from a creative from outside the evil empire and one who has a track record. One thing Gilroy has said is that the show has a bigger scale than the others.
The Rogue One prequel series already has its second season on order. Whereas other shows have been six to eight episodes long, this show will have two seasons each twelve episodes long. Twenty four episodes in total.
In an interview with Empire, Gilroy says they are telling a five year story that will lead up to Rogue One, with the first season covering one year of the story.
“The scale of the show is so huge. Directors work in blocks of three episodes, so we did four blocks [in Season 1] of three episodes each.”
This blocking is what led to the time period to be portrayed on screen:
“We looked and said, ‘Wow, it’d be really interesting if we come back, and we use each block to represent a year. We’ll move a year closer with each block’. From a narrative point of view, it’s really exciting to be able to work on something where you do a Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and then jump a year.”
The show follows Cassian Andor’s journey to becoming the Rebellion operator we knew him as, and shows how the rise of the Empire fuelled the Rebellion as people and planets get pulled into resisting the oppression. Andor is set to launch on Disney+ on August 31st.