You know, the more I watch Star Wars Rogue One, the more it cements itself as my all-time favourite Star Wars Outing. Condemn me if you may, but I grew up loving Return of the Jedi. The third of the original trilogy, Return of the Jedi proudly put on display everything that I loved about Star Wars. Epic storytelling. All the characters I could hope for. Lightsaber duels to rival any sword fight ever seen on television. And the closing to a bizarre love triangle.
Jedi was it for me. As I aged, however, that changed. I learned to appreciate the intricacies that made Empire Strikes Back the best of the original three. It still, in my humble opinion, has the most groundbreaking cliffhanger in the history of cinema.
“I am your father.” Holy shit. Nobody saw it coming. It was brilliance personified. Empire remained at the top of my list for the better part of 25 years. And then, out of literally nowhere, Rogue One came into my life.
I’ll be the first to admit that upon first viewing I wasn’t all that impressed. I found that even for a Star Wars nerd like myself it jumped around too much in the beginning. I felt that if I had a hard time tracking what was happening, how could someone who didn’t know the franchise?
It wasn’t until it came out to purchase that I fell in love with it. I think I’ve watched it 30 times since it’s release and I don’t tire. From Jyn
And it still happens…30 some-odd times later.
That’s why when a Cassian Andor spin-off was announced, I practically relived the wet-dreams of my adolescence. Kindly note the practically part. Not to brag but I have gained control over the years.
As recently as the last two weeks, Disney announced that the Star Wars spin-off would go into production for its upcoming Streaming Service. Now, the tricky part is nobody, including the actor who played Andor, Diego Luna, knows when. “That I don’t know. I know as much as you know. That thing they sent to the press? I got that the day before.”
But, don’t let that discourage you. We do know that the series is a spy-thriller that will “explore tales filled with espionage and daring missions to restore hope to a galaxy in the grip of a ruthless Empire.”
The Cassian Andor spin-off is the second announced Star Wars series heading to their streaming service. The first, Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian, has already begun filming.