In case you missed it, some exciting news broke over the weekend for Star Wars and Marvel fans. Not only did we find out the name of Disney's new streaming service (Disney+), but we also discovered that a new Loki-centered series and Cassian Andor-centered series was already in the pipeline.
Yes, it seems too good to be true--Lucasfilm will be blessing us with not one, but two Star Wars TV shows. On the flip side, it means I'm definitely subscribing now (curse you and your corporate greed, Disney!); still, a Cassian Andor show? YES, PLEASE. Rogue One was a fantastic movie that has quickly become a fan favorite, and by the end of the film, Cassian Andor and his snarky, ex-Imperial droid K-2S0 are hard not to love. Not to mention, the official premise of the show is just tantalizing:
"The rousing spy thriller will explore tales filled with espionage and daring missions to restore hope to a galaxy in the grip of a ruthless Empire."
That sounds exciting, but there's not much there. Or is there? Let's take a look at what we can logically expect from this Cassian Andor series.
An unfamiliar tone in the SW Universe
For the most part, Star Wars has maintained a fairly clean, family-friendly tone in all of its mainstream incarnations. Rogue One certainly inched more into edgy territory, and we can pretty much expect a continuation of that in this TV show.
Remember, this is a prequel to Rogue One (since at the end, Cassian, you know...). We see huge character development in Cassian from the beginning of the movie to the end; however, when we first meet him, he's a ruthless killer in the service of the Rebellion. If we saw him murder one of his informants in the beginning minutes of the film, you can imagine that this series is going to be gritty.
I also find the description of the series as a spy thriller intriguing. Again, Rogue One was tinted with that vibe, but now we'll be getting a full-blown Star Wars spy series. Let me say that again, in case you aren't realizing how cool that is--we're about to get a full-blown Star Wars spy series. Lightsaber duels and space fights are great, but getting in on the excitement of dealing with shady figures, narrow escapes, and perhaps even some speeder chases a-la-Solo? That's going to be awesome.
K-2SO and Cameos
Of course, we could never expect a Cassian Andor tale without K-2SO. He was pretty much a beloved character the instant he hit the screen, and as such a close friend to Cassian himself, how would any Cassian series be complete without him?
My anticipation would be that we would see a K-2SO entrance somewhere in the first few episodes. It's unlikely that we won't get a glimpse at how they met, so it's probable that the show would chronicle the droid's capture and reprogramming. We can also confidently expect him to play a major role in the series. The big question is whether or not the original actor, Alan Tudyk, will return to voice him. Right now, we don't have much from Lucasfilm on the content or casting for the series, so it's unclear. *cough* but it better happen *cough*
Of course, we can also anticipate cameos galore, and perhaps even recurring roles, for characters we've already seen in Rogue One. Mon Mothma and Senator Organa are both strong candidates, in my opinion; of course, these characters would serve to further tie the show to the Star Wars universe at-large and create a sense of continuity.
New places, people, and spacecraft, oh my!
Will there be new people, too? Duh. Obviously, along with that, we'll get a smattering of new planets upon which Cassian can do his spying, and new spacecraft. We're likely to get new weapons, new species, as well; you name it, there's probably something new coming our way. Every Star Wars film/show follows that vein of revamping old imagery or creating new ones.
We even saw a new type of Stormtrooper in Rogue One--will that happen here? We'll have to wait and see, but I wouldn't put it far out of the imagination. The new genre and tone of this series will open up a whole new world to explore within the Star Wars universe we know and love.
So there it is. Star Wars has no release date set for the show yet, so our speculation won't come to an end any time soon. Nonetheless, what do you expect the show to have? What kind of plot lines would you like to see? Do you even like the idea of a Cassian show? Leave a comment!
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