“Andor” feels different because it takes its time. There are references and easter eggs, but it seems like every frame should contain a reason to bring up Wookieepedia. Even the dialogue seems to be slower. There’s something about the more relaxed pacing that fits the genre this series comes in.
“Andor” is a political thriller. Yes, it’s set in the “Star Wars” universe, but with a few changes, it doesn’t have to be. It’s like a story that we can see elsewhere if a few names and references are changed. There are moments, especially in “The Book of Boba Fett,” where it feels like someone has forgotten that the story is king. The story must come first. I recall the advice I was given years ago when I wrote the novel; For the most part, you should be able to change the gender of characters or the setting of a story without much effort. Whether that’s true or not is up to you, but the point is that the story itself always precedes everything else.
Through the first episodes of “Andor”, it never felt like the screenwriters said, “Look at the Stormtroopers! Oh, this is a character you know! Desert planet, you know! You know who was born in the desert planet?” This is said with love, but it is true. “Andor” allows us to breathe with the characters and feel what they’re feeling without distraction. It gives us time to wonder where they are going. Three episodes are over and we’re still not sure where everyone’s loyalty lies.
https://www.slashfilm.com/1011438/andors-biggest-strength-is-that-its-not-in-a-rush/ Andor’s greatest strength is that it’s not in a rush