In the eighth episode of Andor on Disney+, the villains showed their faces more than once. However, unlike other products in the Star Wars franchise, they don’t wear masks or light sabers, nor can they be imbued with mystical powers. In fact, the evil in the series is the main part of the decision. None other than the moral battles that challenge and confront each character.
in fact, It is surprising that the main villain in the story is a washed-up office worker obsessed with failure.. Cyril Carne (Kyle Soler) had to escape the fall of Ferix and, moreover, the murderer of two government employees under his charge. Since then, his obsession with clearing his name became the focal point of all his decisions. A point to which Andor lends a special interest and, moreover, reconfigures the perception of evil in a saga that is always analyzed from absolute extremes.
Karn Andor is the clearest example of his galactic version from far, far away. For the first time, the hero’s arch-enemy is not a monstrously cruel creature. Nor is he a heartless strategist or a wish-driven leader.
Instead, he is a civil servant who tries to challenge his superiors to solve the double murder. Only, instead of lending his efforts and intelligence to a noble estate, he does so in the bowels of the empire. Especially for the benefit of the future.
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For Andorthe, the reality of evil is very much tied to the characters’ personal motivations, without a larger goal. A point that Tony Gilroy has commented on more than once and which he delves into beautifully from the very first episodes. He explained in an interview months ago that there is no such thing as good behavior. Whenever I write, I think carefully about villains as flawed creatures and have many multi-faceted decisions.
Which might explain the series’ stifling and sometimes claustrophobic atmosphere. In AndorThe Empire’s system of oppression is not made by corrupted or deadly creatures. Much less so with characters who throw energy bolts in their hands. On the contrary, the camera follows their evil figures in long corridors with a corporate and nihilistic air. Attends meetings where logistics, strategy and hierarchy are discussed. Andor’s new villains are, in fact, bureaucrats.. This makes the story move more complicated.
That’s why Dedra Mero’s (Denise Gow) character is so interesting. The authority found a pattern among the apparently dangerous attacks by the opposition. Gradually, the character builds a map of the situation that reveals that seemingly isolated attacks of violence are, in fact, movements. intended to shake the foundations of the empire.
But Gilroy doesn’t tread the easy ground of creating hateable characters. Karn and Mero are efficient, intelligent and skilled in carrying out their missions. In any other place, their outstanding behavior becomes heroic behavior. But in Andor it is the opposite.
One of Andor’s greatest strengths is building a vision of Star Wars that encompasses deeper, more thoughtful themes. While the quest for heroism, power and hope are part of the plot, the series moves in a new direction.
Especially when it comes to evil in eight chapters, the emperor is not called only once. It is done, moreover, in the middle of the speech where the political weight is clear, but there is no particular force or supernatural quality. This is a complete structural change that gives Andor a refreshed and exciting air.. More importantly, over the last few months, the biggest debate among fans has been the way the franchise looks vibrant.
But Andor found a way to rethink Star Wars as a formula. The series goes back to the original, as the criminals wear uniforms, check the bureaucracy and question their future. A much needed breath of fresh air for the saga.