They are a very slow burn and I will be honest, I almost bailed after episode 2 but make sue to go to at least 3 as the payoff is solid. My suggestion is actually to view in chunks as that is the way this thing has been set up: 1-3, 4-6, 7 (currently the only stand alone), & 8-10. There are only 12 episodes so not sure what 11 & 12 have in store.
By the way a friend said he tried and watch Phantom Menace after Andor episode 6, he had to bail after the 1st 30 minutes. It almost plays like SNL parody and is really needs to be redone. Lucas seriously dropped the ball and something needs to be done to revive this important part of the story.
I don't see the connection to Phantom Menace but am glad you twisted my arm to keep watching. Finished The Eye (ep 6).
I think I'll agree with bob22, this is my favorite live action series. It relies on no easter eggs. The dialogues are real. I think what put me off my first try to watch Ep 1, all I saw were stereotypes coming at me. Once past that, the bad guys are not stupid. Lower levels are real people. Higher levels a bit priviledged stereotype but not all of them. There are no larger than lifes. That breakfast scene with the dude (who I'm pretty sure had action figures in his room) and his mom is about as unique as scene in all SW. All the characters seem real to me. The cities and landscaped feel real to me.
If good story telling is making it so the viewer feels that could be part of the story, they really succeeded with me.