Andor is arguably some of the best and most thoughtfully-written Star Wars content. That’s all well and good, but what if it were a TV show from 1975 instead? That’s the premise popular YouTuber Auralnauts ran with in the video below. The reimagined opening credits include a lot more synthesizer music and lasers than the subdued title sequence from the Disney+ show. It somehow mashes together perfectly though, and the standard definition and choppy frame rate will look familiar to everyone who watched TV back in the day. But how would the story be different if it came out before the original Star Wars movie?
Andor‘s themes are often dark and ominous as the Empire tightens its grip on the galaxy and the Rebellion struggles to form. And while that’s making a lot of fans happy, this campy theme song gives us an alternate take. The mix of character closeups and action sequences opens with Cassian walking along a windy beach. It gives off real Three’s Company vibes.
The supporting cast, including Dave Chapman as the loyal droid B2EMO, get their facetime in the opening credits as well. Instead of a catchy theme song, though, there’s a voiceover and some synth-pop music. So if you want retro Star Wars earworms, you’ll just have to go back to the source. The opening credits for the ’80s shows Ewoks and Droids both were sung by popular musicians of the day.
This is not the first reimagining of Star Wars content from Auralnauts YouTube channel and hopefully won’t be their last. For other fun takes, check out a bad lip reading of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader’s updated dialogue in A New Hope. They do also sometimes write songs, like this banger that’s part of a montage of characters gearing up to go on missions.
Melissa is Nerdist’s science & technology staff writer. She also moderates “science of” panels at conventions and co-hosts Star Warsologies, a podcast about science and Star Wars. Follow her on Twitter @melissatruth.