Everyone has their own memories of experiencing Star Wars for the first time and everyone has something different about the franchise that they love so much and that drew them into it in the first place. For me, I remember being seven years old watching The Phantom Menace for the first time (because why on earth would you start a franchise with Episode IV?) and being in complete awe at not just a lightsaber, but more specifically a double-bladed lightsaber.
Whatever it is that drew you to Star Wars, whether it was a double bladed lightsaber, talking robots, spaceships or just something else entirely, one thing that Star Wars fans almost unanimously agree on- something that's very rare for this fandom- is how incredible the world-building is.
In every single film in the franchise manages to get bigger and bigger and convince us that this galaxy far far away is completely real. And Andor does this fantastically as well. The level of detail that's put into every single costume, prop and set in the Star Wars universe is unmatched and makes Andor, along with every other Star Wars show feel so magical to watch.
It's so clear that Andor was shot largely on location with the world of the show feeling so real. Getting to see the first three episodes of this on a big IMAX screen made me question why we should be watching Star Wars on a streaming service on our small screens because it truly looks remarkable on the big screen.
After watching Rogue One, you might question why Captain Cassian Andor, one of the least interesting characters in that film is getting his own show, however it becomes very clear within the first few episodes why this is.
One of the great things about Rogue One was that it didn't solely rely on the pre-existing Star Wars universe. Yes, Darth Vader appears and totally kicks ass, but that film can stand on its own and gets back to the roots of just a fun intergalactic space film that opens up the galaxy to new adventures.
And that's exactly what Andor does. It provides a bit more context to not just the character of Cassian as we realise he's actually a lot more interesting than you'd think from just having seen Rogue One but it also expands the galaxy and really helps build the world of Star Wars as there's just so much to it.
Episodes 1 and 2 are fairly slow burns as we meet all of Cassian's acquaintances and contacts, including his lovable stuttering droid B2EMO and these first two episodes serve as build-up for what's to come in episode 3. The third episode feels so huge in scale that being sat there in the cinema having seen just three episodes, this felt like a season finale. Every single emotional beat hits and every single action scene leaves you breathless. What we witness in episodes 1 and 2 all culminates in an absolutely breathtaking third episode.
However, the first three episodes are clearly only just getting started and if the first few episodes are anything to go by, Andor promises to be one of the best Star Wars shows yet.
Andor is streaming exclusively on Disney+ with new episodes releasing every Wednesday.