star wars is an epic tale of hope, rebellion, and loss, but when it comes to certain themes, he’s always been a bit meek. Yes, we’ve seen people cut in half with lightsabers, but rarely do we see someone kiss. The themes may be universal, but the stories are chaste. until Revenge of the Siththe Star Wars movies were rated PG.
When the franchise turned its attention to TV shows, it seemed like this sanitized version of Star Wars would continue to be the norm. Disney+ was always marketed as a family streamer and the mandalorian and his ilk had to reflect that.
But with your first scene, Andor He threw that assumption out the window.
Andor It begins with his hero, Cassian Andor, breaking into what appears to be a brothel on the planet Morlana One. He asks one of the hosts if he has seen his sister. She tells him that no one there uses her real name, which casually confirms that the establishment deals in sex work.
Later, we see Cassian’s friend Bix Caleen after a date with her co-worker Timm. That scene is basically the first time we’ve seen Star Wars reckon with the fact that people have sex, and even have it, get ready, outside of marriage. Star Wars finally shows that its characters want (and can) have sex because they’re human. Or humanoid aliens.
Yes, we have seen evidence that lust is a personality trait. Being awkward and sexually frustrated is Anakin’s whole personality at Attack of the clonesand Leia’s metal bikini in return of the jedi he was clearly suggesting that Jabba wasn’t just holding her prisoner for his political influence. But while there have been references to characters experiencing desire, there has never been a reference to anyone. interim in that wish.
Anakin and Padme get married and then Padme gets pregnant. Han and Leia get married and later have baby Ben. Storks might as well have been involved for everything we saw. In fact, characters are often created rather than born. All the clones we met in The Clone Wars they were mass produced, Anakin Skywalker himself was “born of the Force” and Rey was the son of a clone of Palpatine. Sexless births are the norm, at least among the protagonists.
Andor it’s a sea change for Star Wars. After decades of sidestepping the issue, these characters are now allowed to be real people with needs and wants. It’s quite the change the boba fett book, where the Garsa Sanctuary (a supposedly seedy nightclub and saloon) never had anything more vulgar than Max Rebo’s ears.
To be clear, you don’t need sex to tell a mature story. Go too far and you can make the opposite mistake of assuming that sex equals maturity. But yes Andor wants to tell a serious story, then his characters must be real people, and many people have serious desires.
I wish, Andor it will continue to explore the theme with its remaining 21 episodes and change the Star Wars standard in the process. It may mean more parental guidance for younger Star Wars fans, but after decades of playing for everyone, it may be time for Star Wars to grow up.
Andor is now streaming on Disney+.