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Oh! This ISN'T using 'The Volume' (ILM's video wall thingee with already completed visual FX landscapes that's a massive part of Mando, Boba Fett and Obi-Wan's productions). Tony Gilroy has gone old school by having a crew make big practical sets and go on location, and this show looks much the better for it. I think The Volume's great for a lot of things in Star Wars, but it does seem to have limitations, particularly for directors who aren't well versed in it from the start.

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On 04/08/2022 at 09:12, glb said:

I'm in a minority, thought the trailer looked pretty tedious, or at least there's nothing in there that gets me excited to watch the series, and I really enjoyed Rogue One. First shot, "ooh, are we getting something new?" Nope, there's some Tie Fighters.

 

Ah well, hope I'm wide of the mark and it turns out to be really good for all those anticipating it.

I don't get the hype for Andor either. I enjoyed Rogue One when it originally came out, but then re-watching last year I forgot how miserable the movie was. 

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Could be the first decent bit of Star Wars since Rogue One, based on the fine cinematography and the names involved. Mandalorian had some acceptable episodes I guess, but overall Disney Star Wars has been “meh” at its very best - aside from RO. 

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Initial reactions from those who've seen the first 3 epsiode arc seem very positive.  Sounds like it has a slower pace and takes its time in a more 'mature' way than other Star Wars shows to date, but that it's of high quality and worth the time investment (although that doesn't sound that big, with episodes at 30-40mins).

 

Hugely looking forward to watching it next week :)

 

Expect the primary complaints to be a) it's too political and b) it's too boring.  Bring it on.

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Thought the first 3 episodes were bloody brilliant.  Writing, acting, effects - everything is spot on.

 

It's very different to almost all previous Star Wars content, but it's a vast universe and it's a good thing that allows them to take different approaches with different projects.

 

This is definitely more mature, but walks the line perfectly without crossing into "can't let the kids watch it" territory, and I look forward to watching this again tonight, but this time with a padawan or two joining me :)

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7 hours ago, Sixkiller said:

Thought the first 3 episodes were bloody brilliant.  Writing, acting, effects - everything is spot on.


Yup.  


Tells a better story in the first three episodes than any of the other live action series have managed in their entire runs.  Imo anyway.

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Hmm. I thought Rogue One was a load of shite. Andor was a charisma vacuum so the thought of him helming a series makes me uncertain. But it’s getting strong reviews and is being billed as an espionage thriller which sounds pretty cool. After the disappointment of Obi Wan I’m not holding out much hope. 

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Some great scenes in that last ep, palpable tension with 

Spoiler

the panicking stormtrooper wannabe security forces. Tonally it actually felt plausible that they'd go full 'SW does bloody sunday' for a second. They can't tell who is who so just shoot anyone in a collapse of discipline, etc.

 

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I enjoyed this, it looks absolutely stunning and feels *so* real.

 

It's taking its time which is nice though I think they could have done the same thing in 2 episodes and I'd have known the same about the characters.

 

I bloody love star wars droids - they are always the best.

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To be honest, I actually don't think it's good Star Wars but I do think it's good TV! I certainly like the general mood that's going on in this early on, although the flashbacks to Andor's past reminded me of the terrible, terrible children in Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome.

 

I'm yet to work out just why I should be rooting for Andor though. He came across as a bit of a fuck-up in Rogue One, and my thoughts have not changed.

 

So, in essence it's good enough for me to be invested in seeing where it's going to go, yet I feel it's so far removed from what I personally like in Star Wars that I kind of wish they'd been brave enough to release this as a tale in some new universe without any baggage whatsoever.

 

 

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I’ve only watched the first episode but I always thought that Andor was basically the alliances go to man for the real shady stuff and handled it without remorse for the greater good and all that. He wasn’t meant to be the hero and we werent supposed to like him just sort of feel sorry for him and I hope they stick with that.   I really enjoyed the first episode and well I do utterly love Rogue One.

 

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8 minutes ago, DualSense said:

I’ve only watched the first episode but I always thought that Andor was basically the alliances go to man for the real shady stuff and handled it without remorse for the greater good and all that. He wasn’t meant to be the hero and we werent supposed to like him just sort of feel sorry for him and I hope they stick with that.   I really enjoyed the first episode and well I do utterly love Rogue One.

 

 

That does make sense! 

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