Praise for Andor has been almost universal amongst critics and now we have a reaction to that critical praise from series creator Tony Gilroy. Gilroy also answers the alien question that’s been on many fans lips. In other words, where are they? Chatting with THR about Andor, Gilroy spoke a little about the reaction to the show both externally and internally at Lucasfilm. Gilroy was asked if the mood was positive at Lucasfilm?
“I think so, yeah. Everybody’s really [happy]. I’ve never had reviews or affirmation like this in my life, for anything. And the passion of the people who’ve been following along is just overwhelming, man. I don’t know what else to say. It’s humbling. So yeah, I think everybody’s happy with that. Everybody’s pleased that [House of the Dragon] and [Rings of Power] are now out of the way, and I think a lot of people have been waiting for someone to tell them that it’s okay to watch [Andor] now or whatever. So the plan is that we’ll have a pretty long tail as we go, and everybody seems pretty pleased, unless you know something I don’t.”
I hope Gilroy’s right, I hope Lucasfilm is very, very pleased with Andor, because it has been amazing. I’m greedy, I want more stories like this. However, sadly Gilroy needs a break after Andor Season 2 and that is the end (as far as we know for now), of Gilroy and Star Wars. Let’s hope he decides to come back with another idea farther down the line.
One very small criticism that I have had so far with Andor is the lack of aliens. Almost 100% of the cast are playing humans and whilst there have been some aliens in the background, they have been sort of noticeable by their absence.
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“There’s already so much politics in the show to begin with, and we’re trying to tell an adventure story, really. So adding strong alien characters means that all of a sudden, there’s a whole bunch of new issues that we have to deal with that I don’t really understand that well or I just couldn’t think of a way to bake them into what we’re doing. You’ll see more as we go along, but it’s a legit question and one we’ll be answering as we go along. There is a more human-centric side of the story and the politics of it. There’s certainly no aliens working for the Empire, so that kind of tips it one way, automatically.”
Well Gilroy is right that there are no aliens in the Empire, apart from 1-2 notable exceptions. However the Rebellion had plenty of alien species. Therefore I do hope that as Andor progresses into Season 2, we will see more aliens. I’d love to see an alien character with this serious writing style as well. Sadly, too often aliens are used for some kind of comic relief. After all, it’s not just humans have issues with the Empire. We’ve already heard a horrifying story of one sentient species being wiped out in Andor. Truth is though, when the eating is this good, I probably don’t care if there are no condiments. Still, sometimes you just want some ketchup.
What do you think of his comments as Andor‘s Tony Gilroy reacts to praise for the show, plus answers the burning alien question? As always, leave any thoughts below.