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6 Things I Want to See in Andor

The first three episodes of Andor arrived on Disney+ today and I can’t wait to watch! The trailers have looked very promising and I have high hopes, more so than most other Star Wars TV shows. I always found it strange that Cassian Andor should get his own TV show, but here we are and we can only hope for the best.

Rebellions are built on hope

I’m loving The Mandalorian as much as everybody else, and I can’t wait to watch Ahsoka. But The Book of Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi were both pretty mediocre. Will Andor be better? I love the tone we got in the trailers, of an actual hardcore, gritty war drama. Will the show live up to that tone? I surely hope so.

Join me after the jump for what I hope to get in the Andor TV show! And feel free to share your hopes, dreams and reviews of the first three episodes in the comments!

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Andor is Actually Surprising Star Wars Material

We’ve known for a very long time now that Star Wars: Rogue One character Cassian Andor would be getting his own spin-off TV show. And since he dies at the end of that movie, it’s a prequel. Nobody is very sure what Andor is going to be about, but the first trailer arrived yesterday as part of Star Wars: Celebration. And it looks cool and funky!

I love the look of this trailer. It’s a bit wild, a bit gnarly, and looks like some solid action and intrigue around the early days of the rebellion. I’m all for that kind of exploration. And hopefully Andor himself turns out to be a cool character on his own. We can hope, right? There’s no reason he can’t be cool as hell in his own show!

Andor comes to Disney+ on Aug. 31.

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How Rogue One Should Have Ended

Saw Logan last night. It was alright. I enjoyed it. But I wasn’t as blown away as some reviewers have seemed. Still, fine enough film.Maybe I’ll write up a review later.

For now, how about we remember the fun of Rogue One?

Now I remember that I never wrote a Rogue One review. Man, I’m getting lazy at writing these movie reviews. It’s OK, though, I’m having fun writing other stuff. And creating new blog mascots. So thanks, How It Should Have Ended people, for giving me some Friday material.

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I Love the Star Wars: Rebels Easter Eggs in Rogue One

Though I didn’t notice them when I first saw Rogue One in theaters, apparently there are a ton of Star Wars: Rebels Easter Eggs throughout the movie. Fortunately, the good people at Entertainment Weekly have been nice enough to post official screenshots showing off the Ghost and that stupid Chopper astromech.

I think this is an amazing idea.

What scum and villainy!

What scum and villainy!

I have heard some critics deride the idea that Rogue One is just a glorified fan film. That all they have to do is feed us the classic Star Wars iconography and we’ll greedily lap it up like good little puppy dogs. To Hell with that line of thinking!

We live in a world of franchises. Be they Ninja Turtles, Marvel superheroes, Transformers or Star Wars, this is where we get our pop culture awesomeness. And if we’re a fan of said franchises, I see absolutely nothing wrong with embracing and enjoying when those franchises are celebrated. I loved Rogue One, in large part because it was an exciting and well made Star Wars movie. There is no harm or shame in taking X-Wing fighters and lightsabers and making a hugely fun and entertaining movie.

Or a cartoon show. And there’s especially no shame in uniting them to build an even bigger connected universe. In fact, I think that idea is beyond amazing.

If you don’t know, Star Wars: Rebels is the current Star Wars cartoon coming out of Disney about a gang of rebel fighters near the start of the rebellion, set about 3 or 5 years before Rogue One and A New Hope. It’s an OK cartoon. I’m not a devout fan or anything, but I like watching.

Somewhere along the line, the people making Star Wars stuff these days realized that the cast of Rebels would reasonably have some kind of connection to the events of Rogue One. They’re set a few years apart, but unless everybody in Rebels dies a horrible death at the end of the series, some of them might still be around in time for Rogue One.

And sure enough, they were!

This is a picture of the Ghost, the Rebels’ signature ship.

It doesn't look like a ghost

It doesn’t look like a ghost

And here you can see the Ghost parked at Yavin 4 during Rogue One.

Right there on the far left

Right there on the far left

There are also shots of the Ghost with the rest of the Rebel fleet above Scarif in the movie’s climax.

And in this movie screenshot, you can see the Rebels’ droid, Chopper, on the far left.

Also on the left

Also on the left

Elsewhere in the movie, you can hear an announcement paging a “General Syndulla”. The masterminds behind the cartoon have since confirmed that the announcement is referencing the Rebels character Hera Syndulla. Apparently she gets a promotion to general by the time Rogue One comes around. Good for her.

All Star Wars movies need a badass twi'lek space pilot

All Star Wars movies need a badass twi’lek space pilot

So what we have here is a crossover of epic proportions, and I am thrilled. At no point did Rogue One have to acknowledge Rebels. Even though it’s the same franchise, and the two are both being produced by Disney at the same time, there was no need to put Rebels Easter Eggs into Rogue One. Nobody would really notice them, and non-fans wouldn’t care.

But just the fact that Star Wars went this extra step speaks volumes. They care about creating a bigger, connected universe in their properties. They take this seriously. And as a super fan, I appreciate that sort of thing. I love the idea of cross-platform crossovers, like tie-in comics to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And remember that Matrix video game that supposedly took place simultaneously to the sequels? That game/concept was great (if a little wonky)!

Star Wars is a fun franchise and there is nothing wrong with making more Star Wars movies starring classic Star Wars characters, weapons and vehicles. And if the people making those movies want to go the extra step and add crossovers with other Star Wars properties, that is the ultimate icing on the best tasting cake ever.

Also, this totally makes me more interested in Rebels, so that’s a win-win for everybody involved. I can’t wait to see them do the Battle of Scarif from the Rebels’ perspective!

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Some Star Wars Videos Ahead of Star Wars: Rogue One

I’m going to see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story tonight — barring some sort of intense blizzard. And just like everybody else is anticipating this movie, so too have our faithful Youtube comedy channels. So to make our Thursday enjoyable and help suffer through the last few hours of waiting, here’s some quality Honest Trailers.

Stay safe out there, everybody. And steal those Death Star plans!

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