Full spoilers for Netflix’s Enola Holmes movie follow.
Netflix has released the fun-filled official trailer for Enola Holmes 2.
Released during Netflix’s Tudum 2022 global fan event, the two-minute teaser is full of rowdy moments, fourth-wall-breaking antics, and more than a few doses of heartwarming drama. If you enjoyed Enola Holmes’ first Netflix movie, this will be your Baker Street-style alley.
Watch the official trailer for Enola Holmes 2 below:
Enola Holmes’ next adventure picks up sometime after the events of the first film, with the title character setting up her own detective agency.
It certainly looks more professional than that of his brother, aka the great Sherlock Holmes, but things are not rosy for Enola. Based on the images above, she is looked down upon by society for being a detective, while Sherlock remains the apple of everyone’s eye. That is, until Sherlock comes to a halt as he tries to solve his latest case.
Coincidentally, it appears that Enola’s first real case – one centered on lost children – is linked to Sherlock’s current investigation. Get ready for a fun adventure filled with dramatic and humorous moments that are sure to test Enola as she embarks on her first detective-style journey. It’s an investigation that also looks like it will put the great chemistry between Millie Bobby Brown’s Enola and Henry Cavill’s Sherlock to good use, which will make for a refreshing change of pace from the titular character’s first young adult mystery film.
Brown and Cavill reprise their respective roles from Netflix’s first Enola Holmes film. Louis Partridge, Susie Wokoma, Helena Bonham Carter and Adeel Akhtar are also back as Tewkesbury, Edith, Eudoria Holmes and Lestrade. In addition, Harry Bradbeer is directing once again, while Jack Thorne returned to write the script.
Enola Holmes 2 will be released exclusively on Netflix on November 4th. Better get ready for another game then.
‘s Tudum 2022 live blog is still available to read if you missed any reveals, so read on for the biggest and best announcements about your favorite Netflix TV shows and movies.
Netflix has released the first teaser for the second season of Shadow and Bone.
The first trailer, which was revealed at Tudum 2022, only offers a brief tease at the show’s upcoming season. Despite being only 40 seconds long, it packs a lot of footage in a short amount of time, with several quick cuts, providing a tantalizing glimpse of what’s to come in the second installment in the series.
Take a look at the first teaser for Shadow and Bone season 2 below:
There’s not much we can really learn from the fast-paced nature of this trailer. But, there are a few things that are sure to pique the interest of fans of the hit Netflix show.
We get our first looks at all the main characters joining the second season of Shadow and Bone, including Patrick Gibson’s Nikolai Lantsov, Lewis Tan’s Tolya Yul-Battar, Anna Leong Brophy’s Tamar Kir-Battar, and Jack Wolfe’s Wylan Hendriks.
The footage also reveals that the show’s upcoming release will offer a lot in the way of fantasy-based action and drama. We see Archie Renaux’s Mal on the run from the law, Calahan Skogman’s Matthias being handcuffed and taken away, and Wylan joining forces with the Dregs. We also witness Nikolai telling Jessie Mei Li’s Alina Starkov that she’s a symbol, and Ben Barnes’ Darkling asking someone what they’re willing to sacrifice to achieve their goals, among various emotional moments.
No release date has been revealed alongside the sneek peak, but Netflix has confirmed that Shadow and Bone season 2 will be with us sometime in 2023. Filming on season 2 wrapped in early June, so post-production work production is well underway. The first trailer doesn’t contain any VFX or CGI elements, but they’re sure to be worked on as we speak (or rather, type).
We previously speculated that the next issue of Shadow and Bone will arrive in Spring 2023 (which is Fall 2023 for those in the Southern Hemisphere). Fingers crossed, we’re right, but we’re happy to wait longer if it means Shadow and Bone season 2 is as good as this teaser makes it out to be.
The Tudum 2022 live blog is over, but you can still go to learn more about all the ads about the best Netflix movies and shows that dropped during the presentation.
The first season of Shadow and Bone is available to stream in full on Netflix now.
Finally, Netflix has revealed the release date for the fifth season of the royal drama series The Crown.
The steamship shared the news during its annual Tudum fan event, confirming that The crown season 5 will debut in Wednesday, November 9. We are following the event – which is still in progress – in a dedicated live blogso tune in to stay up to date with all the latest Netflix-related announcements as they happen.
We’ve known for a while that The Crown season 5 would hit screens in November (Netflix revealed so much during last year’s Tudum event), but the streamer has so far been tight-lipped about the show’s exact return date.
Imelda Staunton will inherit the role of the late Queen Elizabeth II from Olivia Colman in new episodes of The Crown, which are set to explore the end of Charles and Diana’s marriage, John Major’s time as prime minister and the Queen’s annus horribilis in 1992.
Jonathan Pryce is playing Prince Philip, with Dominic West and Elizabeth Debicki playing Charles and Diana, respectively. Lesley Manville is taking on the role of Princess Margaret, while Jonny Lee Miller has been cast as John Major. Head over to our dedicated The Crown Season 5 hub for an in-depth rundown of the rest of the cast for the upcoming season.
Our new Prince Charles (Dominic West) and Princess Diana (Elizabeth Debicki). pic.twitter.com/2QIMOhY1dEAugust 17, 2021
Fans’ wait for The Crown to return has been longer than usual – but not surprisingly, given the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead, the show was planning to take a gap year long before the virus began to present the entertainment world with various production challenges.
As for the show’s future beyond season 5, we know that season 6 of The Crown – which will be the show’s last installment – has already begun filming, although filming was temporarily put on hold following the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September.
Addressing the news of her death, The Crown showrunner Peter Morgan said: “The Crown is a love letter to her and I have nothing to add for now but silence and respect.”
The Crown season 5 is not the only news Netflix series going to the streamer in November. Wednesday, a revival of the beloved horror comedy franchise The Addams Family, too was given a November release dateand a sequence of new movies from netflix are scheduled to join both shows in the same month.
Netflix has revealed the first extended clip from its upcoming Wednesday TV series Addams.
The 90-second clip, released as part of Netflix’s Tudum 2022 global fan event, gives us an insight into the aesthetic and moody yet humorous tone that the Netflix show is aiming for. Oh, and it also contains an unexpected Marvel reference that Captain America would be proud of.
Check out the first clip from Netflix’s Wednesday Addams series below:
Did you catch Cap’s iconic quote “I could do this all day”? We would be surprised if you didn’t.
Anyway, as you may have seen in the clip, Wednesday Addams isn’t in love with her parents wherever she is these days. And things don’t get much better for the teenage daughter of the Addams Family either, with Morticia and Gomez Addams sending The Thing – an anthropomorphic human hand that can’t speak – to spy on her.
Unsurprisingly, the macabre Wednesday has plans to lock the Thing so she can’t go back to her parents and tell them what she’s been up to – namely, that she plans to escape wherever she is. However, Wednesday decides to give Thing a choice – pledge your allegiance to her, and she can remain free. Understandably, given the alternative, it doesn’t take long for Thing to agree to those terms.
Tudum’s exclusive clip comes a month (and a day!) after the first official trailer for Wednesday Addams dropped online. That teaser gave us a much better idea of the comedy-horror vibe the Netflix live-action series is aiming for, but this new clip offers a bigger look at how Jenna Ortega will embody the role of Wednesday in the character’s first standalone tale.
The new footage also comes 24 hours after Wednesday’s TV show was given an official release date: November 23, which is, unsurprisingly, a Wednesday. The spooky season will be pretty much over by then, but it will still be an exciting post-Halloween watch.
Netflix’s Wednesday stars Ortega in the lead role, with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Luis Guzmán, and Isaac Ordonez playing Morticia, Gomez, and Pugsley Addams, respectively.
Gwendoline Christie, Jamie McShane, Riki Lindhorne and Christina Ricci — who starred Wednesday in the beloved Addams Family films of the early 1990s — are also among the show’s substantial supporting cast.
To learn more about Tudum 2022, be sure to follow ‘s live blog as new announcements and reveals about the best Netflix movies and TV shows are revealed in real-time.
Putting Apple’s new AirPods Pro 2, which Apple unveiled at its Far Out event on September 7, to my ears in the Steve Jobs Theater’s practical space, I was eager to experience what Apple promised would be noise-canceling. active 2x better experience. Even in that busy space, I was surprised by its effectiveness, which is mainly due to Apple’s new H2 chip.
Apple’s silicon, which some might argue started with the iPhone and its custom A-series chips, has spread across its entire range of devices to encompass Macs and tablets running its M-series processors – but the predecessor to the H2, which appeared on the original AirPods Pros in the form of an H1 chip, it actually predates the Apple Silicon concept (as much as the original A-series).
Now, however, whatever SoC development learnings Apple gains from building its M1 lineup seem to inform the processors in every Apple device.
If there’s one hallmark of all Apple Silicon, it’s efficiency, and for the new H2 processor Apple has reached new heights by putting twice the number of transistors – now there are more than a billion – inside the chip.
The most obvious result is the AirPods Pro 2’s six hours of life (a total of 30 hours with the redesigned charging case). That number, however, is with the more powerful Active Noise Canceling (ANC) enabled; turn it off, and the number supposedly goes up to seven hours for the buttons and 35 with the case.
More earnings from AirPods Pro
However, it’s not just the power management – the new architecture of the H2 chip is behind most, if not all, of the performance gains Apple is touting in the AirPods Pro 2.
There’s more memory on board, which gives the chip the bandwidth to handle larger audio models. In practice, this means it can interpret a wider range of noise sources more quickly and know better what to do with them in real time.
An example might be how the AirPods Pro 2 can apparently handle loud noises in adaptive transparency mode. The transparency mode, which picks up real-world sounds through the button mics, and which I experimented with during a few brief demos and later through more casual real-world use, was impressive for its clarity and fidelity, but the fast processing of the H2 can also apparently anticipate much louder outside noises such as sirens and motorcycles. To be clear, it’s not prediction a loud noise, but the response time can be fast enough to keep noises at 90db and above below 85db as they pass through the AirPods Pro 2 and reach your ears.
Of course, no one is using their buds all the time, and they are unlikely to be in their ears when your neighbor decides to turn on their gas leaf blower. A more realistic scenario might be to use the AirPods Pro 2 during a concert to keep the sound below ear ringing levels.
I used the buttons during a transatlantic plane flight, and they were very effective in silencing cabin noise (until one popped up when I fell asleep and almost lost it – I’m a restless plane sleeper); they performed equally well while I mowed my lawn and during walks through the busy streets of Manhattan.
Turning on the ANC at a crowded intersection, the shift to near silence was like a whoosh, and so complete that I felt momentarily isolated. There’s still some sound coming, but it’s a dull whisper compared to the rumbling reality of a city street.
For my lawn mowing experience, I tried switching back to the first-gen AirPods Pro and there was a noticeable difference in noise suppression. Both are good, but the AirPods Pro 2 are noticeably more effective.
Sound management isn’t just about loud noises on a grand scale. Apple has optimized the processor’s algorithm for noisy spaces like restaurants and offices, and naturally has done some work on the hardware to support these efforts. The inward-facing microphone has been repositioned to improve the way it picks up ambient noise, helping the H2 chip better understand what noise is and process it accordingly. There are also new beamforming mics that should help cut out wind and outside noise, to leave only your voice during a call.
I made several phone calls with the new buttons and noticed that no one had a problem hearing me, regardless of my environment – and in one case I had a high-oven fan running next to me during my call.
Whatever claims Apple made during its presentation, my experience so far with the AirPods Pro 2 largely backs them up, with the powerful noise cancellation likely boosted by the combination of a decent seal (finally, little hints!)
Despite hardware changes, including the new H2 chip, updated microphones, and new volume gesture controls on the stem, Apple hasn’t made the AirPods Pro 2 bigger or heavier than its predecessors; in fact, they look almost exactly the same.
The charging case looks similarly unchanged, but it has gained two or three grams, perhaps to accommodate new features, like a speaker you can use with Apple’s Find My app to help locate the case in the event of loss (the light of the case will also flash to help with the locating effort).
It’s a shame that this more powerful case can’t carry the high-end AirPods Pro either – but I don’t think you can have it all.
The packaging for Intel’s Core i9-13900K processor has leaked, and while the released photo shows it follows the same theme as the existing 12900K – including that wafer – there are some small but interesting changes.
The Core i9-13900K box was posted on Twitter by well-known leaker HXL, who obtained it from a closed WeChat group such as VideoCardz (opens in new tab) points (and naturally be skeptical about whether or not this is genuine, as usual).
As you can see, there are some notable changes here, and while Intel still put the processor in a fancy silicon wafer case, this time, instead of gold, it’s silver.
Also, the case itself is much thinner than the one carrying the current-gen Alder Lake flagship, though otherwise the design remains quite similar.
Analysis: Raptor Lake leaks are gaining steam for sure
What’s most interesting here, of course, is the fact that getting a glimpse of the Raptor Lake flagship box indicates that perhaps Intel’s next-gen chips aren’t too far away from launch right now. Particularly as we’ve just seen the Core i9-13900K in leaked PassMark benchmarks, so the spillover around these 13th-gen processors seems to be picking up steam.
Raptor Lake CPUs are rumored to launch next week, likely on September 27th, but the silicon won’t go on sale until October. These leaks starting to appear more and more now are a hopeful indication that we might see these processors sooner rather than later in October.
As far as the packaging itself goes, switching from a gold to silver wafer seems like an odd choice for Intel, hinting at a downgrade, at least subliminally. You get a silver medal for second place, after all, and gold for first place. It’s nice to see a slimmer case in terms of keeping things a little more eco-friendly too; although that being said, the additional wafer packaging is quite unnecessary and not so eco-friendly in that regard.
We’ve got a feeling the wafer gimmick is getting its latest release here, and it would make sense for Intel to do a complete redesign of the box for the next generation of processors in 2023, which will be Meteor Lake (as this will be a big change with the drop to 7nm, finally).
Before a smartphone can go out into the world, it needs to be approved by multiple regulators – and the Samsung Galaxy S23 just appeared at 3C, the Chinese regulatory agency, revealing another key spec along the way.
it comes from SamMobile (opens in new tab) and ice universe (opens in new tab), who are trusted sources when it comes to upcoming Samsung products. The fact that the phone has just appeared at 3C suggests that it is still on track for a release in the not too distant future, with February 2023 the month the handset is likely to launch.
The only real information we get from this filing is that the wired charging speed will stay at 25W, just like the Samsung Galaxy S22. By today’s standards, that’s not fast at all, with some devices nearly five times faster (120W) to recharge the battery.
slow and steady
This care when it comes to charging speeds is also something we’ve noticed on Samsung’s other premium phones. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, for example, also hits a wired charging speed of 25W, with 15W wireless charging.
Perhaps it’s understandable that Samsung is sticking to the 25W wired charging speed for the Galaxy S23, considering what happened with certain Galaxy Note 7 models on fire – this was in 2016, so it’s not that recent.
There is one caveat, that this regulatory listing only mentions the standard Samsung Galaxy S23 handset. It is possible that the other models, the Galaxy S23 Plus and Galaxy S23 Ultra, will increase charging speeds.
Analysis: How important is loading speed?
A phone’s wired charging speed is perhaps not the most important specification when it comes to choosing a new device, but it does affect how a phone is used. If a device can be fully charged in minutes instead of hours, it means battery life isn’t all that crucial.
Whether you’re running out of the house or taking a quick stop at the office, knowing that you can get a significant amount of power back into your phone’s battery in a short amount of time helps to reduce that daunting anxiety that can arise. ending the day with a phone that died.
Samsung can at least point to Apple as another company that is slow when it comes to battery charging speeds. The iPhone 14 maxes out at 30W when it comes to wired charging, not far above the reported ceiling for the Galaxy S23.
As long as the 2023 phones come with other improvements, Samsung will likely be able to keep the charging speed on the Galaxy S23 the same as its predecessors – and it should at least come with more powerful internals.
Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro Max didn’t escape unscathed in a recent drop test against Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra and could have new owners of Apple’s flagship phones buying cases.
An important caveat here. YouTuber Drop test of the new iPhone 14 Pro Max CVS Galaxy S22 UYltra by PhoneBuff (opens in new tab) was sponsored by – you guessed it – case maker Casetify. An outcome where no phone survives is obviously in the best interest of the case maker. Even so, we’ve seen drop tests of previous iPhones that employ similar types of drop devices, ground clearance, and battery tests. The results we saw weren’t surprising, but they’re also a good reminder that these are glass-encased metal devices – reinforced glass – but glass nonetheless.
As for the tests, PhoneBuff put an iPhone 14 Pro Max, Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, plus an iPhone 14 Pro Max in, of course, a Casetifiy case, through the same series of drop tests at a distance of 1.5 meters from the ground. .
PhoneBuff first dropped the phones on their backs, then positioned them so they landed in a corner, and then did another drop where the phones landed on their screens.
The results were, to be charitable, mixed.
On the first drop, the back of the iPhone 14 Pro Max broke, although all the glass remained attached to the phone. Notably, the larger camera array on the iPhone 14 Pro Max also suffered some damage, although the cameras still functioned correctly.
Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra also broke, although it didn’t look as bad as the iPhone.
Both phones handled the corner drop pretty well, though the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s aluminum body looked a little more worn than the iPhone 14 Pro Max’s steel strap.
A drop on the devices face or screen broke a corner of the iPhone 14 Pro Max, while the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s screen looked more damaged.
A final drop from the same distance, but on steel, sent chunks of the iPhone 14 Pro Max’s rear glass flying, although it remained functional. The S22 Ultra’s screen ended up with some dead pixels in one corner.
The results do not surprise us.
While is not in the habit of purposefully dropping phones to test them, I did accidentally drop an iPhone 14 Pro Max unprotected from a distance of 24 inches onto the floor without breaking it. And I memorably dropped a Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra (while it was in a case) from a distance of five feet onto a tiled floor.
In this case, the Galaxy S22 Ultra’s screen broke (it was such a clean break that I didn’t notice it right away). The phone still works perfectly to this day.
What’s going on here?
While we’re not experts in drop science, we do know that there are differences in the construction of the iPhone 14 Pro Max and Galaxy S22 that could help explain some of PhoneBuff’s results and even our own.
In the case of the one shattered on the iPhone 14 Pro Max, it is worth mentioning that Apple does not use the same material on the front and back of the device. The back is made of dual-ion glass. It can be considered similar to the Gorilla Glass Victus used on the back of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. None of the glass held up as well in a 5-foot drop to concrete.
On the front of Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro Max (and the rest of the iPhone 14 lineup) is Apple’s Ceramic Sheild. This is a material infused with ceramic crystals. In PhoneBuff tests, the iPhone 14 Pro Max screen held up better in face-down tests. This could be due to the ceramic shield. Granted, the glass is still cracked, but only in one section. The screen of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Gorilla Glass Victus suffered more significant damage in the fall.
Look, this is an iPhone 14 Pro Max (and Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra) test carried out by a company paid for by a case manufacturer. On the other hand, if you’ve just paid $1,099 / £1,199 / AU$1,899 or more for an iPhone 14 Pro Max, it wouldn’t hurt to buy a case too.
We would start by reviewing this list of the best iPhone 14 Pro cases.
Best known for its smartwatches and GPS navigators, Garmin is entering a new frontier of health monitoring with its first smart blood pressure monitor: the Index BPM.
The first thing you will notice is that the BPM index (opens in new tab) it’s much bulkier than, say, a smartwatch. A likely reason for its size is that the device can fit around your bicep and provide accurate readings. As long as there is smartwatches that can measure blood pressure (opens in new tab), those that do it with a cuff aren’t widely available, and those that use wrist transit time “need regular calibration with a conventional blood pressure monitor at home,” according to Garmin. Also, notes Garmin, these devices typically cannot “track systolic and diastolic blood pressure,” whereas the BPM Index can.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (opens in new tab), systolic blood pressure refers to the blood pressure when the heart pumps, and diastolic is the pressure when the heart rests. Knowing both is important for heart health. The readings for both measurements appear on the Index OLED screen with the corresponding “SYS” and “DIA” indicators so you know which number is which.
The Index BPM handle can be adjusted to a wide range of arm sizes, from 22 to 42 cm (9 to 17 inches) in circumference. It’s powered by four AAA batteries that last for nine months before needing to be replaced, according to Garmin.
When it comes to the software side, Index BPM’s features allow for multiple users and ways to create reports. The device can sync with the Garmin Connect mobile app (opens in new tab) via Wi-Fi where you can view detailed blood pressure readings, add some notes and view the general history of your device. The collected data can also be viewed as a weekly, monthly or yearly report in the app.
Up to 16 different user profiles can be created for Index BPM in the Connect app. Each profile will track each individual’s readings using the device. And that data can be synced with other Garmin Connect apps, so people can read your reports on their devices.
Garmin notes that the BPM Index has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which may lead some to think that it has not been “FDA approved”. Whenever a new medical device hits the market, the The FDA tests them to ensure they are safe. (opens in new tab) If something is “FDA approved”, it means the device works similarly to an existing one and does not need special “pre-market approval”. “FDA approved,” on the other hand, generally refers to drugs and anything that can directly affect a person’s health.
The BPM Index is available now for $149.99 (US only) in Garmin online store (opens in new tab).
Potential new trend
Garmin may well be the first to capitalize on providing accurate blood pressure monitoring. As stated earlier, most smartwatches are not the most accurate in measuring blood pressure, even Apple is struggling with technology, more specifically with accuracy. According to a Bloomberg report (opens in new tab)Apple wants to add the feature to the Apple Watch, but it looks like it won’t happen until 2024.
Huawei, on the other hand, seems to have made this technology work. ‘s Lance Ulanoff recently tried out the Huawei Watch D at the IFA 2022 event where the device measured your systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Be sure to check out our coverage.
There are approximately 100 billion stars in our galaxy. Since there are enough sentient lifeforms in Star Wars to populate several million space cruisers, it’s probably safe to assume that similar numbers exist in the corner of Luke Skywalker’s universe.
So, if we play the numbers game, it’s increasingly implausible that all the Star Wars stories told on screen so far have been confined to a single 70-year period – and even more ridiculous that a single family (the Skywalkers) has. influenced so many of history’s defining moments.
Andor is different, however, and based on what we’ve seen so far, it’s the show that makes this galaxy far, far away feel much, much bigger.
On paper, Disney Plus’ new Rogue One spin-off didn’t look particularly bold. After all, Lucasfilm’s ongoing mission to fill in as many gaps in the Star Wars chronology as humanly possible means prequels are as ubiquitous as Stormtroopers. Also, like Obi-Wan Kenobi and Solo, Andor (read our detailed review) focuses on the exploits of a character established in that increasingly crowded section of the timeline between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. However, Andor’s first four episodes transcend those shackles to become the most radical entry in the Star Wars screen canon – and that’s a big deal for a 45-year-old franchise.
For all its wonderful qualities, Star Wars has traditionally been (c-small) conservative. The Force Awakens was successful in large part because it followed the narrative beats of the original film. Since then, we’ve seen time and time again that straying from an established formula can be far from popular, whether it’s fans of the original series becoming disillusioned with the prequel trilogy, or an extremely vocal minority telling the world how much they despise the wonderfully inventive The Last from Rian Johnson. Jedi. (The resulting course “correction” of The Rise Of Skywalker is arguably the worst thing to happen to Star Wars in the Disney era.)
While the excellent The Mandalorian felt like a breath of fresh air, its lone gunslinger themes were a return to the western vibe of A New Hope – and, almost stealthily, it became the next chapter in the story of Luke Skywalker and the Jedi order. . Even Star Wars: Visions — the anime series that gave filmmakers carte blanche to tell their own independent stories — was strangely reluctant to venture much beyond the idea of Jedi and lightsabers. The notion of what Star Wars It is it has become remarkably narrow, and many storytellers are afraid to push its edges.
In contrast, the fact that – blasters and ships aside – Andor no I feel like Star Wars is one of the best things about it. Showrunner Tony Gilroy (who joined Rogue One for reshoots and is widely credited with turning it into a classic) has clearly not received any memos about following through on any plans, and the results are entirely refreshing.
Cassian Andor himself is an intriguing choice of protagonist because we know so little about him, other than the fact that he will die on a picturesque Scarif beach at the end of Rogue One. Over the course of that movie, we’ve seen him execute a colleague and sacrifice his own life for the rebel cause, but there was so much a two-hour movie could do with a member of a large group.
So far, however, Andor promises to go much further under the character’s skin than revealing how he got his name. Unlike Han Solo, this is an origin story with an edge, a journey into the world of a loner who lives on the edge of the law on the planet of Ferrix. Mere minutes into the show, Cassian Andor is a fugitive on the run after killing a pair of security officers, one of whom he took a merciless shot in the head at point-blank range. This is Star Wars made with an adult audience in mind, a fact made clear later when – in what we’re pretty sure is the first for the franchise – a scene implies that Bix and Timm are about to have sex.
Even the narrative style feels more like an HBO drama than Star Wars. The camera angles and edits are choppy Jason Bourne-style (probably not by accident, as Gilroy wrote these films), while the narrative doesn’t deal with easy answers. In fact, one of the few criticisms of the first few episodes of Andor is that there are so many new characters introduced, their motivations not entirely clear, that it’s hard work keeping up with what’s going on.
In part three, however, the approach seems worthwhile, as you’re completely immersed in a rarely-visited sector of the galaxy. Even the fact that Andor’s childhood flashbacks in Kenari come without subtitles proves to be a wise artistic choice. No one tells you why there are no adults around, or the causes of the mining disaster that nearly destroyed Cassian’s home planet – the yellow skin of the poisoned Republic soldiers on the crashed ship is genuinely frightening – but the fact that you’re invited to drawing your own conclusions feels like an important step in a franchise that has long been in the habit of explaining every bit of canon.
Crucially, there is never any sense that Andor commits the cardinal sin of violating the canon. What it does is poke at the unseen corners of Star Wars, highlighting people and places that won’t affect the galaxy’s broader narrative but still have compelling stories to tell. This shows that being part of an established universe doesn’t mean that all releases need to be consistent in terms of tone, or even target the same audience.
Disney Marvel sidekicks seem to have realized they need to stretch the MCU envelope as they head into Phase 5 and beyond, though even the darkest and most violent Moon Knight had a habit of drawing on familiar tropes in a way that – until now – Andor not. In fact, Andor’s gritty styles are arguably as extreme as having She-Hulk talking to the camera.
And if this venerable old franchise is going to keep going, it can’t keep telling the same stories in the same way, especially now that the new “product” is hitting our TV screens with unprecedented regularity – Star Wars fans. are in love, but even they have limits. Former Disney CEO Bob Iger admitted this after Solo’s disappointing box office performance when he told the New York Times (via Yahoo (opens in new tab)), that “I just think we may have put a little too much on the market too quickly”. The best way to combat franchise fatigue is to give them something different.
Although no one knew it at the time, George Lucas opened the door to an entire universe of storytelling when he made A New Hope – and Disney so far has only scratched the surface. The upcoming Star Wars TV show The Acolyte will cover new ground simply by being set in the High Republic era (about two centuries before the Skywalker Saga) and trying new things should be the guiding light of Star Wars as it unfolds. approaching its 50th birthday.
Andor’s bold take on the universe that George Lucas has built proves it’s big enough to support all kinds of genres, whether it’s romantic comedies, crime dramas, or horror movies. It’s also proof that you can do all these things without losing sight of what makes Star Wars, well, Star Wars.
It’s been a long time yet, but Andor has shown us a glimpse of the future in that galaxy far, far away.
New episodes of Andor debut on Disney Plus on Wednesdays.