The Star Wars villain problem is solved in the first three episodes of Andors

The Star Wars villain problem is solved in the first three episodes of Andors ...

The Disney Plus series' backers have hit a critical juncture in the run-up to Andor: This isnt more of a Star Wars space opera. Instead, it is the real story of a faraway galaxy.

Andor is a more general understanding of the conflicts between light and dark in a world ravaged by the Force and other forces large and small. Diego Luna said in a press conference about returning to his role of Cassian Andor. It's quite relevant today to tell the story of what needs to happen for a revolutionary to emerge.

In a time when the world needs to be remotely just, it takes a leap of imagination to guess what feels so prescient about that storyline right now. What works best about Andor in the first four episodes screened to critics is the grounded look at how the Dark Side developed itself as a force to be reckoned with. And no one personifies that better in these early episodes than Kyle Sollers' bad guy, Syril Karn.

[Ed. note: This post contains spoilers for the first three episodes of Andor.]

Syril is the sort of bootlicker who wants more credit for his work. He takes the utmost pride in his presentation, altering his uniform to make himself the shiniest apple in the group. Hes an ass. In the first episodes of Andor, it's clear Syril believes in himself.

Syril stands out (and not just because of those crisp blues and reds) in a moment when Star Wars has been unable to produce good guys. Boba Fett was a dreadful mess, offering up neither a complicated antihero nor a particularly compelling antagonist for our beleaguered hero to face off against. The Mandalorian was a decent enough twist on the Star Wars good/evil dichotomy, but the villain was not what really defined the show (even when played by

Syril feels like a better version of the most recent failings. Even on his first impression, he is fully baked: a literal businessman who believes himself a hero and, without making him Right, operates from a position that makes each of his actions seem rational and understandable.

Sollers' buttoned-up performance demonstrates how personal it is for him as he performs his job. Syril underscores that two men were killed in the first episode. If it's not worth staying up for, then Im not worthy of the uniform. It's the assumption that people in positions like his can be easily lost in the corporate world at large.

And so, in an attempt to make himself known, he makes disastrous errors and gets more company employees killed in the process. Because he overlooks how its solidarity in action works; we see him and his enforcers recklessly run into a half-baked strike before we return to Syril, brokenhearted and presumably Empire-pilled.

Syril, while deeply rooted in the Empire's central death cult, is still light years away from that moral universe. He isn't menacing because he is not some fallen Templar. He's dangerous because he's imitating monster without fully understanding it. However, as we know it long, long time later, that's the kind of banal evil that can be the most deadly.

The first three episodes of Andor are now available on Disney Plus. New episodes are released every Wednesday.