REVIEW: ANDOR – Season One (2022)

Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) in Lucasfilm’s ANDOR, exclusively on Disney+. ©2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

Series Created by Tony Gilroy — Available on Disney+ now.

Since Disney acquired the rights to Star Wars, it has been somewhat of a bumpy ride. Their so-called sequel trilogy features a safe-but-satisfying opener (The Force Awakens), an excellent and thrilling second film that divided the fanbase and revealed toxicities (The Last Jedi), and a conclusion that, in trying too hard to satisfy toxic fans, went back on what the previous film had set up and ended the trilogy on a whimper (The Rise of Skywalker). Even the spin-off films have divided opinions due to them over-explaining things that needed no explanations. As live-action Star Wars has embraced streaming, it has been with similar ups and downs. The Mandalorian is a bonafide hit (but in its most memorable moments it has still clung to fan service). The Book of Boba Fett was good in glimpses but its best episodes are essentially episodes of The Mandalorian. Finally, though richly satisfying, Obi-Wan Kenobi was a safe and fan-service-laden limited series that was yet another reminder of how insular Star Wars storytelling can often feel. As a huge Star Wars fan, it pleases me greatly to be able to affirm that ANDOR, a prequel spin-off series of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is a breath of fresh air in that it is a mature, dark, and gritty series that makes the Empire and the Rebellion feel real again.

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REVIEW: House of Cards – “Chapter 37”

I'm Jeffrey Rex Episode Review - Netflix - House of Cards 37The following is a review of the eleventh episode of season three. Expect spoilers in the plot description.

We’re almost by the end of the season, that means that we need to get through the televised debates. Finally, they’re here. Let’s get to the plot description:

The Underwoods are preparing for the final part of their campaign. The First Lady is wooing voters as she should, and Francis is preparing for the debates as he should. Now, what’s interesting is what happens at Stamper’s apartment. Now that Orsay’s out, he’s telling Doug that Rachel is indeed alive – he was just feeding him false information so that he would get him his passport. He’ll tell him where she is if, and only if, he helps Orsay’s friend. Orsay is toying with an addicted man – and this won’t end well.

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REVIEW: House of Cards – “Chapter 34”

I'm Jeffrey Rex Episode Review - Netflix - House of Cards 34The following is a review of the eighth episode of season three. Expect spoilers in the plot description.

All’s good in the Underwood household following last episode’s renewing of the vows. But will things stay calm in Chapter 34? Come find out. Let’s get to the plot description:

Say welcome to Faith – a hurricane very much going towards the U.S. is compared to Francis J. Underwood in an opinion piece by the savvy replacement reporter. Meanwhile, Frank’s author is finishing a draft of the prologue to the book on AmWorks. Frank is worried about the hurricane coming towards the eastern seaboard, knowing fully that FEMA doesn’t have the funds to protect the U.S. Citizens.

We learn that Mendoza is out of the Republican picture, having made a couple of mistakes too many. Congress is trying to force Frank’s hands. They’re willing to fund FEMA appropriately, if, and only if, it comes at the cost of AmWorks funding. Former VP Jim Matthews is even demanding that Frank does this. While in the Oval Office, Seth Grayson informs POTUS that Freddy is one of the 10 daily case studies gathered for him from AmWorks. Freddy is now washing dishes. Continue reading “REVIEW: House of Cards – “Chapter 34””