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"Cassian Andor. It don't matter what you tell me or tell yourself. You'll ultimately die fighting these bastards. Wouldn't you rather give it all at once, to something real?"
Luthen Rael

Star Wars: Andor, marketed as simply Andor, is a Disney+ Spy and Space Opera series created by Tony Gilroy and set in the Star Wars universe.

Set five years before the events of Rogue One, the series follows rebel spy Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) during the formative years of the Rebellion against the Galactic Empire.

The cast also includes Genevieve O'Reilly reprising her role as Mon Mothma, as well as Stellan Skarsgård, Adria Arjona, Fiona Shaw, Anton Lesser, Alex Ferns, Denise Gough and Kyle Soller.

The first season premiered on Disney+ with three episodes on September 21, 2022 and will consist of 12 episodes. A second season, which concludes the series, is in development with an estimated 2024 arrival.

Followed by Ahsoka in production order.

Previews: Teaser, Trailer 1, Trailer 2.


Andor contains examples of:

  • Asshole Victim: Chief Inspector Hyne doesn't have a high opinion of one of the cops that Cassian kills in Episode 1, even expressing surprise that he wasn't murdered sooner. This no doubt influences his decision to cover up the incident, which Karn unfortunately takes issue with.
  • Bavarian Fire Drill: Cassian explains to Luthen Rael that all he has to do to steal from the Empire is to wear a uniform, carry a toolbox and just walk in, because they’re so overconfident they can’t fathom some thieving commoner like himself actually getting into their secure areas.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Syril Karn wants to solve the murders of two guards to prove himself with the corporate security force that he feels has gotten lax in their duties. By the end of the third episode, he's lost men in a violent, out-of-control shootout with his suspect Cassian, and realizes he's in way over his head with a mess he can't excuse away.
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  • By-the-Book Cop: Syril Karn and Linus Mosk are both genuinely dedicated to the job of law enforcement in contrast to their complacent coworkers. While they're both technically private security, they work for a Mega-Corp so powerful they're basically police.
  • Call-Forward:
  • Cool Guns:
    • Blaster guns that look like barely modified Kalashnikov assault rifle props can be seen in the teaser trailer.
    • Andor himself seems to be armed with a Bryar Pistol.
  • Continuity Nod: Cassian's forged profile claims he is from Fest, which was claimed to be his homeworld before this series came out and revealed that his true homeworld is Kenari.
  • Darker and Edgier: Granted, the Star Wars franchise is all about a generations-spanning galactic struggle between Light and Dark forces, but this series is grimmer compared to everything else (save for Revenge of the Sith).
  • Disaster Dominoes: The first three episodes are a gradual series of ones that reach a boiling point. Cassian goes to a seedy bar to find information about his sister. Two of the patrons are thugs who try to shake him down - he has to fight them off, but then one dies accidentally - leading him to have to kill the other. Then it turns out they were corporate cops. This, combined with an overeager officer who becomes hellbent on hunting down the killer and a coworker whose jealousy of Cassian's relationship with a friend reaches a boiling point, leads to a complete disaster as the cops bring a veritable army down on his hometown which results in many deaths, Cassian having to leave the planet, and tragedy all around.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • Cassian is first shown entering a brothel and carelessly identifying himself as being from Kenari - a far cry from the cold and calculated professional later seen in Rogue One.
    • Syril Karn is shown standing in front his apathetic superior, having made adjustments to his uniform and standing stiffly with his arms behind his back, thus demonstrating his straight-lacedness and by the book tendencies.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • One of two corrupt cops was such an Asshole Victim that the Chief Inspector chooses to cover up his death, rather than inspect it further.
    • When one of the corporate police who detained Bix panics and winds up shooting an unarmed Timm, his commander sends him away to prepare the shuttle and makes a point of relieving him of his rifle to ensure he doesn't wind up shooting anyone else accidentally.
  • Fat Bastard:
    • In "Reckoning", when Cassian meets up with Luthen, Cassian refers to the Imperials as "so proud of themselves" and "so fat and satisfied."
    • Sergeant Mosk is also quite hefty and serves a corrupt corporation that is aligned with the Empire.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Syril Karn executes a textbook investigation into the deaths of two corporate policeman and identifies the killer despite incredible odds. He soon has multiple squads surrounding the cop killer and about to make an arrest. Soon after, he is wishing that he buried the case as his superior ordered him to.
  • Hope Spot: Villainous version. The Corpo squad attack a speeder and bring it down, thinking they've stopped Andor and Luthen. Karn and Most even share looks of relief before suddenly Andor and Luthen take off on a speeder bike and Luthen blows up the decoy speeder and the surrounding Corpos along with it.
  • Karmic Death:
    • A pair of corporate police officers decide to shake Cassian down for money because a lady at the bar they were in paid attention to him instead of them and because he got lippy with them. It doesn't end well for either of them.
    • The Corpo guard who panicked and shoots an unarmed Timm is sent to fly one of the corporate landers to provide air cover for a fight getting out of hand. One of Cassian's allies had sabotaged the lander with a heavy engine block, which works as an anchor snagging the lander to a nearby construction tower, blowing up the lander and killing the guard.
  • Landfill Beyond the Stars: A droid moving in a giant landfill filled with starship debris can be seen in the teaser trailer. Later identified as Ferrix, Cassian's home and place of work before things start going south for him.
  • Mega-Corp: Pre-Mor is a corporation so powerful that its security guards are basically policemen in its territory.
  • Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: A double homicide of 2 Morlana One Corporate Authority guards while a mysterious old man recruits said criminal who performed the deed → a group of evildoers who want to do away with the Empire and revive the Republic is eventually formed.
  • Mugging the Monster: Two corrupt corporate policeman spot a shady character and decide to shake him down for some cash. Unfortunately for them, they are robbing Andor who knows how to fight and is in no mood to be taken advantage of.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Nearly every major character in the first three episodes gets hit with this trope:
    • Cassian's expression after he kills the two corporate guards who were only shaking him down to humiliate him after the run-in at the brothel.
    • Timm, when he realizes that betraying Cassian to the Morlana One corporate police has broken Bix's relationship with him.
    • Bix, when she's handcuffed and beaten when trying to warn Cassian about Timm's betrayal, and then forced to watch Timm die because he tried to rescue her from the corporate police.
    • Karn, staring at the wreckage of the booby-trapped speeder that killed a number of his men while Cassian escapes, realizing that he screwed up big time after being told not to pursue the matter.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: In the first episode Andor kills two corrupt corporate policemen. This forces him to try to get off-planet in a hurry and brings him to the attention of Luthen Rael.
  • Properly Paranoid:
    • In the teaser trailer, Mon Mothma talks about enemies being everywhere and watching her. Owing to who's ruling the galaxy and their fearsome forces deployed to prowl around for any form of rebellion, she's right about being watched.
    • When Luthen Rael meets with Andor for a business deal he places explosives on the main entrance of the building just in case. He knows that Andor is wanted by the corporate police but does not know that the police are tracking Andor through his commlink.
    • Maarva is very careful about keeping Cassian's true homeworld being Kenari a secret - a concern which proves to be well-founded, as it results in Pre-Mor tracking him down on Ferrix.
  • Reality Has no Subtitles: The language the kids are speaking on Kenari is not subtitled. The context of the scenes gives a general idea of what is being said.
  • Saved by Canon: We know from the outset that Cassian will survive whatever he goes through in this series because it's set before Rogue One, where he is a main character who meets his ultimate end there.
  • Sherlock Scan: The Chief Inspector takes a look at the crime scene report and the records of the two dead corporate cops and immediately figures what happened. He also concludes that it would be in everyone's best interest if the case was buried.
  • Source Music: The teaser trailer features a man pounding two hammers on a big anvil-like chunk of metal atop a tower that resonates through a city, and these beats rhythm the trailer's music.
  • Spark of the Rebellion: It is mentioned by Cassian's adoptive mother that "People are standing up".
    Gets to you, doesn’t it? That’s what a reckoning sounds like.
  • Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Syril Karn might work for a corporation with ties to the Empire but ultimately he's just a By-the-Book Cop investigating a double homicide.
  • Teenage Wasteland: What Cassian's adolescence on Kenari consisted of, as he and a number of other youths lived by themselves in the jungles of Kenari.
  • We Have Become Complacent: A recurring theme in this show deals with the Empire, after fighting off early attempts to rebel against the peace Palpatine helped the Galaxy achieve at the end of the Clone Wars, believing they are done, but when Cassian murders two Morlana One Corporate Authority guards in self-defense, Syril Karn becomes concerned about Andor and by Episodes 2 and 3, he enlists the help of Sergeant Linus Mosk and 12 Corpos to help bring Andor to justice.

"There will be no rules going forward."