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Andor Gets Second Highest Show Rating in Star Wars History, Second Only to The Mandalorian – Proving Dark and Gritty Does Work on Disney+

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Since the release of The Mandalorian, we have continued to see more series from the Star Wars universe including The Book of Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Now the studio has released another ambitious production called Andor.

Diego Luna returns to the role of Cassian Andor for the series.

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Set 5 years before the events of Rogue One, It acts as the backstory of one of the lead characters from the movie, Cassian Andor played by Diego Luna. We get to see some old characters such as Saw Gerrera and Mon Mothma return and many new ones feature in the series.

Reception of Disney+’s Andor

Released on the 21st of September, the series has garnered largely positive reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a critical rating of 87%, higher than Obi-Wan Kenobi at 82% and the controversial end to the sequels, The Rise of Skywalker at 52%.

The series will have two 12-episode seasons.

Only beaten by The Mandalorian at 93%, it’s still a major accomplishment for the studio as it follows the journey of a lesser-known character. Since the critics have given the series a green light, we can expect many casual viewers to also tune in.

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After the treatment of The Book of Boba Fett by the studio disappointed many fans, it needed production to redeem itself. While Obi-Wan Kenobi did do well, the studio need a series with a lesser-known character to succeed and it ended up being Andor.

Will Disney release darker work?

Considering the release of a far more original production with a more serious and dark take, this could be the catalyst for Disney to introduce darker productions. It largely refrains from gore and adult themes to access a larger user base and continue with its policy of being child friendly.

After the release of the first 3 episodes together, the rest will be released weekly.

We have seen the dark theme succeed under the studio’s subsidiary Marvel, with Deadpool and Logan. As Star Wars also has many darker stories to adapt from its comics and novels including Ghosts of Vader’s Castle and Dark Legends, the possibilities are endless.

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On the other hand, many fans have been concerned that the dark crime series Daredevil would also become a messy comedy like She-Hulk: Attorney at Law on its return as Daredevil: Born Again. But the success of Andor could be an indication that Daredevil will remain tonally unaltered.

Andor is now streaming on Disney+.

Source: ScreenRant