Whereas pondering yet one more large IP Disney+ sequence can appear to be an exhaustive thought contemplating its present breakneck output, Andor‘s essential success for each the streaming platform and the Star Wars franchise as a complete provides a style of the potential that the Outdated Republic may present to a TV sequence. That’s along with the good thing about being closely separated from the Skywalker Saga legacy.
No sequence must be darker and extra critical to be inherently higher, however the stage of rigidity and drama present in Cassian Andor’s gritty origin story must be a seamless match someplace inside the literal 1000’s of years value of historical past in Star Wars’ distant previous. Within the Outdated Republic, there’s no scarcity of Jedi, Sith, intergalactic factions, political intrigue, and extra that might give Disney+ and Lucasfilm a serious and long-running Recreation of Thrones-level drama to maintain audiences reeled in season in and season out.
The Outdated Republic offers a humiliation of riches
One of many greatest rewards that writer George R. R. Martin’s darkish fantasy epic is reaping — to date — on the small display screen is having a wealth of lore from the previous to drag from. Home of the Dragon, to the shock of nobody, is proving to be a mammoth success for HBO regardless of the maligned last season of the flagship sequence, and that’s partially as a result of it takes place far sufficient again into the previous to face by itself deserves whereas nonetheless being recognizably much like what made the vast majority of Recreation of Thrones so revered.
Star Wars, regardless of Lucasfilm’s staunch resistance to develop previous the Skywalkers, enjoys an analogous embarrassment of riches in lore on paper. The likes of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, and extra are plain crowd-pleasers, however the studio goes to must study to dwell with out them in the end. The Outdated Republic presents the most effective avenues to take action with its personal expansive timeline, and it even provides potential inventive groups an out by not having to stick to the strict Skywalker lineage.
There are actually beloved tales within the Outdated Republic period at the moment confined to the alternate Legends canon. Many longtime Star Wars followers will naturally level to the Knights of the Outdated Republic video video games as a template, and whereas there’s undoubtedly loads of thrilling materials to adapt there, we’ve but to see what floor the upcoming PlayStation 5 remake will select to cowl. However there’s greater than sufficient room to inform numerous new tales if writers and administrators so need whereas nonetheless drawing inspiration from established ones.
Whether or not it’s the Galactic Republic’s full-scale struggle towards the Sith Empire, heading off onslaughts from the Mandalorian warrior civilizations, or Sith infighting, there’s an abundance of lore that’s greater than value fleshing out into compelling TV drama.
Andor’s model of political intrigue is the blueprint
Whereas it’d nonetheless be within the early going with Andor simply 11 episodes into its deliberate 24 (to be unfold evenly throughout two seasons), the political factor of the present is already spectacular. The spy-thriller style matches this side of the story like a glove, however as Recreation of Thrones and Home of the Dragon present, extra fantasy-focused tales can profit from this sort of intrigue as effectively.
Although it may be tiresome for some to listen to these specific plaudits, Andor does have an HBO high quality to it in the case of the political intrigue that stems from its espionage-focused setting. And whereas shamelessly attempting to duplicate what HBO has performed for Martin’s A Music of Ice and Fireplace sequence is a recipe to fall flat, Andor exhibits how tastefully this attraction will be performed in its personal proper.
That blueprint may arguably be utilized on a bigger scale by an Outdated Republic TV sequence on Disney+, with the politics and turmoil on a bit extra open a scale since this age sees each the Jedi and Sith entrance and heart when it comes to in-universe relevance. It might even be thrilling to see potential parallel tales being advised from the attitude of the Galactic Republic and the Sith Empire.
A protracted-form and serialized drama
Recreation of Thrones, Home of the Dragon, and now Andor — every for their very own distinctive causes — are ongoing proof that most of the people continues to be hungry for long-form, serialized dramas crammed with branching storylines. Whereas clearly not as easy to successfully execute as it’d sound on paper, the Outdated Republic has the entire shifting items to make an overarching story that may run for a number of seasons. Effectively-written and deep casts of characters with distinctive motivations and tantalizing political intrigue could be sufficient to maintain discourse alive.
Mysteries, revelations, motion, and political (or bodily) backstabbing are all issues that aren’t alien to the Star Wars universe, as betrayals inside the Jedi, and particularly the Sith ,will be nice sources for narrative inspiration. The concept of seeing Darth Bane destroy the “institution Sith” to construct his new order with the Rule of Two in place alone would make for an attractive premise, an thrilling villainous perspective, and not less than a number of seasons of storytelling.
To this point, Lucasfilm’s solely mainstay Star Wars present is the platform’s flagship The Mandalorian sequence, which is poised to premiere its third season subsequent yr. The franchise is understandably most becoming within the theatrical format, and TV has been getting oversaturated as of late, however when Star Wars inevitably returns to the large display screen, maybe that can enable for the studio to focus extra on high quality over amount on the TV facet.
At that time, and as The Mandalorian‘s mini MCU-like nook of the galaxy finally involves a detailed, an Outdated Republic sequence may have the lion’s share of the highlight on the small display screen to stretch and breathes because it wants.
The majority of the primary season of Lucasfilm’s Andor is out there to stream now on Disney+, with the season finale set to be launched on Nov. 23.