'Andor': Are there stormtroopers on the Disney+ show?

'Andor': Are there stormtroopers on the Disney+ show?
Diego Luna in a still from 'Star Wars: Andor' (IMDb)

One of the major absentees noticed in the first few episodes of 'Andor' were the trademark elements that made 'Star Wars' content what it was. The Jedis, the lightsabers, and the aliens went missing in the trailers, and while the latter was eventually seen in scanty appearances, it was the absence of stormtroopers that caused the most intrigue. 'Andor' fixed that in Episode 7 when it introduced the bucket heads doing their usual.

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In addition, fans also see their armor that dates back to the Phase II clone trooper armor. It remained in vogue well after it was adapted from 'Clone Wars' and remained even after the Empire rose to its full power. Adding to this is the fact that Tamaryn, one of the rebels on Vel Sartha's (Faye Marsay) team was also a former stormtrooper who later joined the resistance. This was one of the first observations that could be made given how he carried himself. Seven episodes in, Cassian's (Diego Luna) biggest threat has been in the form of mankind, as opposed to 'The Mandalorian' and 'The Book of Boba Fett' that used aliens in generous doses.

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Speaking to Collider, Luna explained what made 'Andor' one of the much-awaited blockbusters and why there were no aliens necessarily. "It is a show about the people on both sides. It's quite unfair, I mean, I understand why, but it's quite unfair to call it 'Andor' because it's pretty much an ensemble piece where people matters and storylines are important," he said. "The people you'll meet here are just regular people surviving in very dark times of the galaxy, on both sides. In the Empire, in that bureaucratic system that doesn't allow people to be themselves, where they're just numbers," he added.

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The official synopsis for the much-awaited prequel to 'Rogue One' reads, "The Andor series will explore a new perspective from the Star Wars galaxy, focusing on Cassian Andor’s journey to discover the difference he can make. The series brings forward the tale of the burgeoning rebellion against the Empire and how people and planets became involved. It’s an era filled with danger, deception, and intrigue where Cassian will embark on the path that is destined to turn him into a rebel hero."

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'Andor' airs on Wednesdays on Disney+.

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