Lucasfilm reveals a secret nod to the Alien franchise in Andor, and Diego Luna reflects on Cassian’s Season 1 arc

We are still coming down from the intense high AndorSeason finale of . It’s been a wonderful three months war of stars Fans, with the show reminding us how good the franchise can be when treated with care and intelligence. With Season 1 now complete and dusted, the team behind it has opened up Season 1, with today’s first day being free to discuss what we’ve seen without having to dance around spoilers.

There’s a particularly good interview with Diego Luna, a great quote from showrunner Tony Gilroy, and a full catalog of every Easter egg hidden around Luthen’s shop (we can’t believe some of these were right under our noses at the time).

So, on the day that Grogu floats through Manhattan as part of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, let’s get down to business:

Diego Luna didn’t want Cassian Andor to be charismatic and funny

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For the majority of war of stars fans, Andor is manna from heaven after years of thin gruel. But as always, there are haters out there. Offer them a character-driven and thematically rich story, and they’ll still complain that it’s too slow and “boring.” We’re a little sorry you don’t appreciate that, but a lot of people come to this franchise looking for nothing more than lightsaber duels, space battles, and backflip wizards.

One criticism we’ve seen is that Cassian Andor isn’t a heroic protagonist. We’re introduced to him killing two cops, and for the first half of the season he was essentially an amoral mercenary who was in it for the money. Now, in an interview with Vulture, Luna says that was the plan all along:

“Cassian had to be that guy because this is a big show that wants to tell the story of people that big shows never cared about. That’s the only way to be honest about a revolution.

Yes, there are leaders, but revolutions are not made by leaders. They are made of numbers, of belief, of ordinary people who think they can do something extraordinary. This is the story of one of those people who has never been celebrated. Oh, this person will bring change, this person is different – No not true. The strength of the community, that’s what the show is about.”

This strength of community was paramount in the finale, with Luna further explaining that they didn’t want Cassian to feel like an invincible, wise-sounding hero:

“You can’t fall into the trap of making the charismatic, funny guy you know from the start will find a way out. You must be thinking the opposite. you must be wondering Why are we supporting him? I’ve always said, “Let’s avoid movie moments as much as possible.”

Andor It wasn’t lacking in big, flashy performances, but we hope Luna gets some credit for its quiet, subdued, and determined protagonist, who carried the show from start to finish.

Tony Gilroy tells of the historical and political events that influenced him

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Screen grab via Disney Plus

Many Creatives work with war of stars grew up with the franchise and have been fans since a young age. Tony Gilroy is different. That Michael Clayton The director didn’t have much opinion about the franchise until Disney and Lucasfilm tapped into it to save the besieged Villain One. Gilroy and his team successfully turned that into a billion-dollar hit, but even then, he didn’t think Lucasfilm would be interested in his long and serious pitch Andor.

We are very glad that they gave him a chance. We don’t want everyone war of stars Story may be so mature, but other creators should take notes as to why this worked so well. As an insight into this writing process, Gilroy has now explained the historical influences behind his story of revolution, imperialism and communities coming together for collective action.

Speaking to Deadline, he said Andor is not inspired by a single event, but by the “continuum” of history:

“There are things throughout the show and I don’t want to go through and quote chapters and verses, but this is the Russian Revolution. This is the Montagnard. This is something interesting that happened in the Haitian revolution. This is the ANC. Oh, that’s the Earth Gun Building, Palestine. This is the Continental Congress. This goes all the way… I mean you could drop a pin in the last one, I don’t know what recorded history is, 3,000 years, legitimately recorded, I mean, slavery, oppression, colonialism, misconduct, treason, heroism, I mean it’s a continuum.”

Filming for the second season is now underway viz Andor maybe wasn’t Mandalorian-Big hit, we’re sure Disney and Lucasfilm are delighted to have on their hands a critical darling with real awards season prospects. We hope they let Gilroy continue what he does with as little disruption as possible.

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Compared to The Mandalorian, The Book by Boba Fettand Obi Wan Kenobithere were not many easter eggs hidden Andor. The exception was our trips to Luthen’s antique shop, which was crammed with a wealth of references to others war of stars Media and other properties.

We watched these scenes with eagle eyes and felt quite proud when we saw the armor from The Force Awakensthe Indiana Jones whip and the Sankara Stones Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Now has a full rundown of everything else in the store, and we’re surprised what we’ve missed.

One particularly noticeable one that passed us was a Mandalorian Beskar armor in the shop area. We know how valuable these are The Mandalorian, so there must be a warrior out there feeling particularly dishonored right now. Let’s just hope the Armorer doesn’t find out…

Somewhat more secretly, various carbonite blocks with the fertility idols were hidden Hunter of the lost treasure inside, as well as a hint at an overall more mature sci-fi franchise. Apparently you can also see an engineer’s head by Ridley Scott Prometheus This is also the first direct connection between the extraterrestrial Universum (now also owned by Disney after the Fox merger) and War of stars.

Let’s just hope the Xenomorphs don’t make an unwelcome appearance in a galaxy far, far away. Lucasfilm reveals a secret nod to the Alien franchise in Andor, and Diego Luna reflects on Cassian’s Season 1 arc

Lindsay Lowe

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