'Andor' continues to push Star Wars shows by leaning into their influences

'Andor' continues to push Star Wars shows by leaning into their influences ...

The first three episodes of Andor provided a unique experience for Diego Luna's Rogue One character, as well as being praised for delivering a gritty, grounded spy thriller within the confines of a faraway galaxy. This approach to the material goes back to the beginning of the series as well.

George Lucas has revealed the influences that shaped Star Wars throughout the years. The Vietnam War was a major focus of Lucas' efforts, as was Flash Gordon's work, and when that failed, he wrote the first draft of Star Wars: A New Hope.

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Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) is influenced by Westerns and samurai films throughout the series' run. Like the mysterious Sanjuro (Toshiro Mifune) in Kurosawa's Yojimbo or the Man with No Name (Clint Eastwood) in A Fistful of Dollars, Ludwig Goransson's score pays tribute to Enrico Morricone.

Obi-Wan Kenobi puts a new spin on the fantasy genre. His Jedi Master is a hybrid of a wizard and a knight and is on a quest to save Princess Leia (Vivien Lyra Blair). Unknown to him, Vader is a terrifying force that overpowers his opponents with ease in the opening scenes of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

In its inaugural episode, "The Duel," Star Wars: Visions brings the Kurosawa influence full circle. The Ronin is portrayed by Yojimbo, who was Lucas' first choice to play Obi-Wan Kenobi, so it's no wonder that Visions would invoke both.

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Cassian Andor is introduced to the Rebel Alliance after receiving a Starpath Unit from Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgard) and asking how he got it. Said Rebels are basically a ragtag band of insurgents who are planning a dangerous mission.

Andor's spying and subterfuge are reminiscent of showrunner Tony Gilroy's quest to unravel his dark past while also exposing the CIA's Treadstone program. Like Cassian, Bourne starts off as a man attempting to navigate the world with his own destiny.