Andor first impressions: Star Wars inches toward the best of modern adult TV

Enlarge / Diego Luna returns to the role of Cassian Andor in the newest Star Wars series on Disney+.Lucasfilm

At its worst, Star Wars: Andor is a sanded-off, PG-13 version of some of the best TV dramas of the past decade. It’s easy to see traces of The Wire, Lost, and Breaking Bad in this story of Star Wars-adjacent scum and villainy. However, as you might suspect, such nuanced TV inspirations can only go so far in a franchise that regularly features chirping droids and action figure tie-ins.

At its best, though, Andor plays out like no other Star

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