It has rarely ever been attempted for a Star Wars story to miss out on a red lightsaber-wielding Darth Vader spreading menace throughout the galaxy. Even then, every story almost ends up with him victorious until the very last second when Ashla prevails. Like a villain rattled and emboldened by defeat, he returns with more vengeance to unleash.
But the interchanging jumps in the timeline of the Lucasfilm movies can make the narratives a bit jumbled. Viewers are often left wondering whether Darth Vader has been fully turned now or how vengeful he is at this point of the story. What motives are driving him and what does he intend to accomplish in the present narrative, except of course the ultimate end goal?
What to Expect From the Prequel Series, Star Wars: Andor
Disney+ has incorporated a new storyline to serve as a prequel to Rogue One, titled Star Wars: Andor. In the broad picturesque and adventurous tale of the George Lucas universe, there’s no single story that does not branch out or needs further delving into. With each character richly constructed with millennia’s worth of history and a lifetime full of angst and build-up, there’s always more to show and tell.
So does Andor with its titular character, Captain Cassian Andor, the Alliance spy and fighter who commanded the respect of the Rebel troops with his fearlessness on the battlefield and his ability to succeed in every mission he undertook. The character played by Diego Luna was first seen in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story where a test of his strength was displayed in his ultimate sacrifice that shifted the entire history of the Rebellion in the decades to come. The series dives into the narrative of the character and who he was before he crossed paths with Jyn Erso.
How Does the Latest Addition, Andor, Fit in Darth Vader?
The beginning shots of the black sand expanse and hillside utopia were cut abruptly short and tragic with the arrival of Darth Vader and his posse. The story served as an impetus for the narrative of Jyn Erso in the rest of the film which served as a bridge between the original and prequel Star Wars trilogy. Darth Vader’s presence here was one that rivaled almost every film that preceded or followed Rogue One and the action sequences were cinematically and historically one of the best in the franchise’s entire extant.
"Cassian Andor is a threat to the Empire.”
— Star Wars (@starwars) September 20, 2022
But Andor serves to follow the closed plot of one fighter and survivor and the road to the becoming of Cassian Andor before he had risen up to the situation. As such, the interplay of Darth Vader, who has a finger in every pie, must be present at an intrinsic level in Andor’s story as well. The trailer to the series already teased a shot from Rogue One and even though it only serves as a marketing strategy, it’ll not be surprising to witness how the five years leading up to Rogue One prepared the villain for the coming war. And if so, then Hayden Christensen is most likely to make an appearance well by the time Andor closes off its first season.
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