George Lucas’s single comment demonstrates that Andor is a good Star Wars series that falls into the filmmaker’s original Star Wars concept.
A single comment from George Lucas is the best confirmation that Andor fits into the original idea of the Star Wars originator. Andor is the most recent Star Wars series to be released on Disney Plus. It is the next installment in George Lucas’s ever-expanding Star Wars franchise, which began in 1978 with A New Hope, one of the best movies of all time.
Since then, the galaxy far, far away has only grown larger. The prequel trilogy was a significant break from what had come before, and the sequel trilogy established its own (contentious) course as well. There have also been numerous Star Wars TV initiatives, such as animated series and live-action TV shows like The Mandalorian, which gave us the iconic Baby Yoda.
Andor is the most recent of these, with its inaugural season now in progress. It’s a precursor to the Star Wars film Rogue One, focusing on Cassian Andor’s involvement in the revolt against the Empire and Emperor Palpatine.
It’s taken Star Wars on an entirely different path, focusing on espionage and tension with a more grounded approach, and it’s garnered some criticism from Star Wars fans for this, with some stating that the series doesn’t fit in with Lucas’ original morally unambiguous concept.
For those who are skeptical, there is one comment from George Lucas that will prove them wrong, indicating that Andor fits in with his hopes for the science fiction film franchise. In one of his first interviews on Star Wars, Lucas told Rolling Stone, “The people are there, the atmosphere is there, the Empire is there, and now [other directors] will start building on [Star Wars].”
It’s a contest… Friends of mine will desire to make a far better picture, as in ‘I’ll show George that I can make a film twice as good as this one.’ And I believe they can.”
As a result, it is evident that Lucas intended for his passion project to be pursued in new directions by other creative minds. Andor is certainly successful in doing so, demonstrating that there is a galaxy of stories in the Star Wars universe that can be told without relying on what we’ve seen before.
While almost every item of Star Wars material since the end of the Original Trilogy has been contentious in some way, Andor has received widespread critical acclaim. Hopefully, this comment from George Lucas will convince the sci-fi series’ opponents in the Star Wars audience to reconsider. We hope the series continues to be a breath of fresh air.
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