This article contains spoilers for Andor episodes 1-3.Viewers have been surprised at how few Easter eggs there are in Andor episodes 1-3, but that's a strength rather than a problem. There's a sense in which nostalgia is the driving force of modern popular culture. Studios and networks have learned that nostalgia sells, leading to the resurrection of countless old and established franchises. Every film and TV show is scrutinized for Easter eggs, and Andor is no different.
Star Wars is well known for its Easter eggs. The old Expanded Universe became well-known for endlessly reproducing classic scenes and even lines of dialogue - so much so it became something of a joke that every novel was obliged to include the line "I've got a bad feeling about this." Disney branded the EU non-canon (or "Legends") after acquiring Lucasfilm back in 2012, but that simply meant writers, directors, and showrunners could generate even more excitement with a well-timed Easter egg - because it could be seen as bringing something back into canon. The Obi-Wan Kenobi Disney+ TV show took a particularly clever approach with such Easter eggs, using them to ensure it could easily fit both in the Disney canon timeline and the old Legends one.
This makes Andor's approach rather more surprising. The latest Star Wars TV show is remarkably Easter-egg-averse, with showrunner Tony Gilroy choosing not to depend on fan-service. His goal is clearly that Andor should be appreciated and loved as its own thing, rather than somehow absorbing the love viewers have for stories that are decades old. Andor episodes 1-3 are deliberately set in the Corporate Zone, a portion of space allowed a degree of independence by the Empire, meaning there isn't even a stormtrooper in sight. It's such a refreshing approach, giving Andor a unique feel. It hopefully points the way to the evolution of Star Wars, reminding other writers and showrunners that the nostalgia card can be overplayed.
Andor Still Feels Like Star Wars, Despite Lacking Easter Eggs & Fan Service
Despite the lack of Easter eggs, Andor undeniably still feels like Star Wars. In part, this is because the cast and characters of Andor follow familiar beats. Cassian Andor himself is basically a riff on Han Solo, a careworn man who has messed up his life and initially gets drawn into the Rebel Alliance by circumstances rather than because of his commitment to the cause. When Cassian leaves Ferrix at the end of Andor episodes 1-3, he's hoping to be well-paid for any work he performs for the Rebellion. Although Andor promises to be darker and grittier than the original trilogy, the path Cassian will tread is one viewers know well. This is signified in one of the most prominent Easter eggs, with Andor episode 1 officially stating it is set "BBY 5," five years before the Battle of Yavin 4 and the destruction of the first Death Star. The end of the journey is never in doubt.
The end of Andor episode 3 serves to remind viewers of the franchise's greater themes. Corporate Security's attempts to arrest Cassian Andor are undermined by the rebellion bubbling beneath the surface, with the inhabitants of Ferrix warning Cassian they're coming and committing surreptitious acts of sabotage to help him escape. It's reminiscent of Leia's words to Grand Moff Tarkin in the first Star Wars film; "The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the most star systems will slip through your fingers." These are the Dark Times, and yet the potential for light is already there. This is a galaxy caught up in the middle of the night, eager and ready for the dawn, and it's very refreshing to see it brought to life in Andor episodes 1-3.
New episodes of Andor release on Wednesdays on Disney+.
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