This is exactly what I’ve wanted to do with Andor ever since it was released. Would love to see it completed!
HOW DO I GET THIS?
Please send me a PM for links.
WHAT’S THE CURRENT STATUS?
All four movies are completely complete, highly polished, and available now!
Gorgeous poster by ArtIsDead over on the fanedit.org forums.
WHAT IS THIS AND WHO IS IT FOR?
This is for people who think “Please don’t edit Andor, it’s already perfect… I’d take it as movies though.”
This is Andor season one, rearranged into four movies of roughly two hours each, removing no content whatsoever, just focused on each of the four main arcs and rearranging some scenes to keep as much relevant content as possible contained to those arcs’ movies, for slightly easier focus and consumption.
WHY DO THIS / WHY SHOULD I BE INTERESTED?
- Andor suits movies. Firstly, it all leads into Rogue One, which we know is a 2hr movie. Secondly, it’s almost entirely broken down into ~2h arcs.
- We know that the upcoming season two (coming early 2025) is going to be another twelve episodes, cut into four arcs of three episodes each. Each three-episode arc will cover a year of the rebellion, so while they’ll have connective threads, each arc will work as a self-contained block - perfect for a ~2h movie structure.
- Season one was nearly four blocks of three. It was released as three three-episode arcs, one two-episode arc, and a standalone episode (released in this order: 3/3/1/3/2). Some people have cut that into three movies, but that feels just a little inelegant to me (mainly because it’s required some compression of storylines). Eight movies for eight (major) arcs, followed by Rogue One, feels right.
- Movies, as opposed to episodes, make the promise that in a single unit of media you get a full end-to-end story, where the majority of relevant context is given within that unit. That promise makes the content more accessible, and easier to pick up and put down, and thus more digestible. We don’t need to worry about the pacing here (the original show didn’t) but we can have it so that most of the side storylines begin and end within a single movie (ideally the one in which they pay off), making them easier to follow.
- I don’t want to remove a single scene or shot. Some people have had issues with this show’s pacing, but I was gripped the whole time. Unlike some of the other more recent Disney Star Wars shows, I really don’t feel like any trimming is necessary. This show was written and directed with an absolute strength of vision, and the ‘slower’ content I still feel is absolutely worthwhile.
So you’re not cutting ANYTHING?
I’ve managed to preserve almost every last frame and beat. I’m only trimming anything at all in order to smooth audio flow across transitions, or to enable me to find appropriate new homes for montage scenes which needed to shift. To illustrate how little I’ve had to change beyond rearranging scenes and making the audio work, here’s the (almost) full list:
- Lightly changed two dialogue scenes to allow Vel to visit Cinta on Ferrix before she’s given the explicit order to kill Andor by Kleya. This ordering allows movies 3 and 4 to stay focused on only their key plots. All that’s changed is the removal of a couple of lines, to imply that Vel probably already knew that the rebels wanted Andor dead when she was on Ferrix with Cinta - but that now Kleya’s really insisting that Vel gets involved.
- Modified one reference to ‘morning’ into ‘evening’ in order to permit the placement of a few Coruscant scenes around the same time (AI voiceline by RogueLeader).
- Cut four other (very minor) voice lines total: One regular line (“It’s blue”), one instance of Syril’s mother addressing him by name from offscreen, one redundant word out of another line (“it’s both X and Y”), and a little of the background chanting done by Mon’s daughter and friends.
- Wherever scenes were descored to aid transitions, rescored them from the official score as closely as possible.
- Added a single flip-reversed establishing shot to flow audio from the opening credits to a new opening scene.
- Added a TIE fighter SFX to the shot of Cassian and Melchi running away from Narkina prison, since I’ve moved that scene later so it’s feasible there would have been a search active by then.
- Added an establishing shot from ROTS for the Senate Chamber, both to establish the scene and to allow “Nobody’s listening!” more time to land.
- And pretty much NOTHING ELSE!
What’s the breakdown?
The movies play out as follows:
- s01e01 - CONVERGENCE (1h43m) is the first three episodes, just smoothed together. A tiny amount of reordering is present to keep the flow of tone between merged scenes working. The flashbacks are still integrated in a way very similar to the original.
- s01e02 - DECLARATION (2h01m) is the full Aldhani heist, with only very light rearranging to enable the smoothing. Luthen introduces the audience to Mon Mothma, and we follow her personal issues only (husband and daughter) up until the ending where we see how unsatisfied she is with Imperial bureaucracy and disinterest. Syril is only used in one scene to introduce us to Blevin, and we then follow Dedra’s story within the ISB and her conflict with Blevin in particular. We see no more of Syril, and only one scene of Ferrix that ties to the Blevin/Dedra plot. I added two brief scenes from the orphaned episode seven into the ending, of Cinta seeing the Empire arrive on Aldhani, as part of this movie’s wrap-up scenes.
- s01e03 - PRISONERS (2h09m) contains a lot of restructuring, but shouldn’t feel like it. It begins in the immediate aftermath of Aldhani, showing the reactions of the ISB, Luthen, and Mon. Andor visits Maarva on Ferrix, Dedra’s early plot focuses just on the Imperial reaction to Aldhani (including increased prison sentences) and Andor gets captured. During this early period, Syril re-enters the story (having functionally skipped the last movie), arriving at Coruscant, spending time with his mother, and interviewing for the standards job. Mon meets Tay Kolma and shares her rebel involvement with him. Then there’s a small time jump (Andor spends ‘30 shifts’ in prison). As the later prison storyline plays out, Syril is questioned by Dedra and begins stalking her, and Mon has further interactions with Tay Kolma and then Vel. The prison escape comes late and plays uninterrupted. We don’t see Andor making landfall, cutting instead from the water escape to the Death Star being built to close out the episode.
- s01e04 - SACRIFICE (2h16m) also contains masses of restructuring, pulling into it everything to set up the final duology of episodes and playing out the full Saw Gerrera/Kreegyr plot in this one movie. It begins with Maarva’s sickness, which kicks off many storylines. Vel and Cinta meet on Ferrix and struggle to make their relationship work, but Vel leaves while Cinta stays to spy. Bix tries to contact Andor about his mother, which makes Luthen try to get Saw Gerrera and Anto Kreegyr working together. Dedra has Bix captured, and tortures her for information on Andor and Kreegyr, while a frustrated Kleya meets Vel on Coruscant to put the kill order on Andor (so that threat overhangs his return). Tay Kolma sets Mon Mothma up with Davos, and we follow the ‘pimp my daughter’ storyline throughout. Dedra returns to Coruscant and continues to pursue Andor and Kreegyr, and as Kreegyr gets compromised, Lonnie (the ISB spy) reports that to Luthen, prompting Luthen’s amazing monologue. He concludes that with “I need all the heroes I can get”, after which we finally smash-cut to Andor on the run on Narkina 5. Maarva dies, turning all eyes to Ferrix. Luthen and Saw agree to sell out Kreegyr, and the funeral occurs, drawing everything together into the season’s major conflict. Mon realises she’s in deep, and Andor convinces Luthen to hire him instead of kill him.
CREDIT WHERE IT’S DUE!
NFBisms deserves a huge amount of credit for the highly polished quality of the final (v2.0) versions. He produced over 20 audio transitions, including some covering multiple scenes. He also contributed a major structural piece to movie 4, and an even larger piece of work throughout movie 3, reordering and then fully rescoring whole sections. The last 5% of polish has taken the most work, and I couldn’t have done this without him. His efforts were huge and can’t be understated - thanks so much!
- Presumably I’ll eventually create four movies for season two, though I expect that to be easier aggregation/smoothing rather than anything as radical as reordering, since it’s explicitly three-episode arcs each covering a year.
- I’d also probably release Rogue One as s03e01, possibly using another popular fanedit for that if there’s good consensus, and just lightly dressing it up as if it’s the ninth movie of Andor. (I’d love this to use the Andor score, like NFBisms’ movie-to-TV edit.)
Looking for something else?
No worries! Friends over on originaltrilogy forums have released other Andor cuts which might be more to your tastes:
- Crossvader’s movie trilogy
- Smudger9’s movie duology part 1 and part 2
- MoviesRemastered’s first movie of three planned
- WitchDR’s seven episode cut
- Check out NFBisms’ Rogue One with the Andor score
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