Before I go any further with this: I will talk about stuff in the first season of Andor that is considered a spoiler for someone who has not watched it. I will put the rest of this review after the “Read More” fold so if you land on my blog you do not have to scroll past potential spoilers. Spoilers ahead, you have been warned.Continue reading “Review – Andor S1”
I have been a fan of the world of the The Witcher ever since played The Witcher 3 back in 2016. I liked that game so much I put it on my list of my video games of the decade for 2009-2019.
So I don’t think it comes as a surprise that I am also a fan of The Witcher TV show. So when I found out about the little side story of Blood Origin I was immediately interested. My interest in it was doubled when I found out Michelle Yeoh of Star Trek: Discovery and Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022) fame was going to be playing a character in it.
Blood Origin was….fine. I don’t it was particularly mind-blowing nor was it bad. I liked the casting and the performances were all good. I liked it mostly for the fact that it fills in some backstory to the world of The Witcher. Sure I knew of the Conjunction of the Spheres but I did not know all the little events and characters that led up to it.
Blood Origin also did not outstay its welcome. It was only 4 episodes, a mini-series more than a full blown TV show. I like that. It was a nice little snack for those of us who like The Witcher franchise. I would like to see more stuff like this set in the same universe.
Also put Michelle Yeoh in more stuff and I’ll probably give it a shot even if its something I wouldn’t normally be interested in, just saying.
I recently obtained access to a Disney Plus account and one of the shows that multiple people recommended I watch was The Mandalorian.
So this past weekend I started watching it and I finished both seasons in that single weekend. I am not much of a Star Wars fan and going into this I didn’t have any particular expectations. I enjoyed it a great deal.
The characters were all very interesting. I especially adore The Child, so cute. I don’t watch Westerns but I picked up the Western elements in the show. They were well executed. The Mandalorian as a character was very well done and well characterized for someone who’s face we do not see for most of the show. Commendations to Pedro Pascal for a wonderful performance.
One of my most favourite aspects of the show is that there is no filler. The episodes are as long as they need to be and there are no wasted bits. I was enraptured the whole way through. The show balances its seriousness with some lighthearted humour in a way that more shows of this nature should be taking notes from.
As for the Star Wars aspect, it was essentially just set dressing for me. The show is quite enjoyable for someone like me who has little to no knowledge of Star Wars lore or canon. If you are a huge Star Wars nerd I imagine all the little details are a treat. The show never overdoes it with lore exposition, it explains only what is needed and I appreciate that.
One of the better action sci-fi shows I have watched in a while. If you have a Disney Plus subscription, I would recommend it you give it a watch. If you don’t, I would say its worth getting a subscription just for this show.
Verdict: This is The Way. I have spoken.
This post will contain spoilers for the first two episodes of season one of Star Trek: Discovery. I’ll be putting a ‘Read More’ tag after this paragraph so you don’t see the entirety of this post when you load the front page of my site.
You have been warned.