On the Star Wars subreddit, fans came to a surprisingly solid consensus about their love for the women who grace the screen in Andor. In a post titled “Andor did the right representation,” u/GentleMinty wrote in part, “While empowered, we also saw the flaws and complexity of all of these characters, which made them feel real and relatable.” Others agreed with many highlighting the nuances with which characters like Dedra Meero, Maarva Andor (Fiona Shaw) and other women were written in Season 1 of Andor. User u/NYVines wrote: “Female strength doesn’t have to look like male strength. It needs to be well written and presented correctly to give it the attention it deserves. It’s hard to imagine a weak female character in Andor.”
Others pointed out how deficient even the original “Star Wars” trilogy was in terms of female representation, with u/antmars pointing out how well developed Mon Mothma was in the new series compared to the version the was portrayed by Caroline Blakiston in George Lucas’ Original Film Cycle. “In the [entirety] In the original trilogy, Mon Mothma was the female character with the second most lines. [Losing] only to Leia. The second most common. It’s taken 40 years but look what she’s become,” they wrote.
Nonetheless, as pointed out by fans like u/Kid-Atlantic, these characters’ gender was not discarded to make them stronger. “Great representation creates characters that transcend their identities, but it also doesn’t erase them,” they noted. The appreciation for female portrayal in “Andor” is a breath of fresh air in a fandom that’s sometimes dominated by its most toxic fans.