Andor Explores A Side Of The Empire We've Never Seen Before
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The Disney+ series Andor focuses on the titular character who first appeared in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but it introduces a new sect of authority that answers to the Empire: corporate security. Syril Karn, played by Kyle Soller, is one of the security members hot on the trailer of Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), and he’s a very different villain than Star Wars fans are used to.
Karn is on the hunt for Cassian after the future Rebel fighter’s confrontation with other members of corporate security. Syril is a company man, and willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. “I was really surprised about what was written on the page, which was ostensibly a villain, an antagonist to Cassian Andor, who really was in a process of becoming, and figuring out who he is, and who he wants to be,” Soller told GameSpot. “He’s not fully formed, you know, he’s kind of an adolescent in terms of his development. And I was also surprised that he’s participating in a kind of side of the Empire that we haven’t seen before, in corporate security.
“And the fact that the Empire itself and the Rebellion are not at all where they are when we meet them in Rogue One, and in A New Hope. The Empire is sort of flabby and fat and lazy. And the Rebellion isn’t even a thought in people’s minds yet. Being able to explore and participate and be in those structures at their state of genesis, as well as being a character that is in a state of flux at the same time, that was a part of Star Wars that I hadn’t kind of ever seen before.”
One of the things people love about Star Wars as a whole is the design and look of the sets and characters. In Andor, we see members of the Empire in their traditional garb, but the corporate security gig gets brand-new costumes that look really sharp. “When I went for my first meeting, I was so blown away, like people’s creativity,” Soller continued. “I was just like, wow, you’re creating all of these new people and all these new uniforms, these whole new aesthetics and these new worlds and so I was like, definitely blown away and then I got incredibly ‘Syril’ and was like, ‘Yeah, but this needs to be tailored and this needs to look like that and that needs to let go there.’ I totally Syriled out on my costume.”
This corporate security officer and the company he works for is a major part of the opening of the series, and his journey is seemingly as important as Andor’s, as Soller explained, he’s a character that’s growing. You can check out the first three episodes of Andor for yourself, as they are now streaming on Disney+.
In GameSpot’s Andor review, Mat Elfring said, “There’s a lot of potential for the season as a whole, but it’s a bit tough to figure out how this specific story is going to play out, even if we ultimately know how it’ll end. The opening episodes don’t grab the attention of the audience exceptionally well, but there is a lot to enjoy here. The cast is solid and the sets are great. It’s a Star Wars show that fits into its own little pocket of the universe and doesn’t rely on the rest of what’s happening in the galaxy to be enjoyable.”
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