That’s the word that perhaps best describes “Star Wars: Andor.” It presents a rich world full of personality with characters whose motivations and wants are fully fleshed out, and presents interesting and challenging concepts in relation to the Empire vs. rebellion war. One of which, that Episode 11 builds off of so well, is what happens when a leader on either side of the conflict has to sacrifice someone for the greater good.
See my initial thoughts below. This written review will go more in depth.
Episode 11 is another world building and story building episode, and provides some much-needed respite after last week’s Narkina 5 prison break episode.
Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) starts the episode off shoeless and dirty with a prison break buddy, with whom he eventually finds passage on a ship with. They head back to the planet Cassian originally got arrested on to steal credits from unsuspecting tourists. During this, he learns that his mother, Maarva (Fiona Shaw), has passed away. As a former leader of the Daughters of Ferrix, she is going to have a grand funeral everyone thinks Cassian is going to attend.
Meanwhile, Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) is trying to not get busted for funding the rebellion. I think she is going to at least be busted for tax evasion by the Space IRS.
Meanwhile, Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgard) meets with Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker) after Saw agrees to do the mission that he previously turned Luthen down on a few episodes ago. The issue is that it’s to protect a rebel leader from an attack Luthen shouldn’t know about, but does thanks to a source in the Imperial Security Bureau. Luthen and Saw must weigh burning the source versus saving a rebel leader and 30 men, which is a tough call to make. It really adds more weight to this dilemma, and highlights the tough calls leaders must make during war.
As icing on the cake, Luthen also almost gets caught by the Empire via an Imperial Star Destroyer’s tractor beam Episode IV-style, and we get to see his awesome spacecraft in action, which literally tears up the tractor beam. It’s definately the most awesome moment of the episode.
As a whole, this episode provides intrigue, though it expectedly does not reach the same highs of last episode. It is still a solid entry, and I like how much it builds off of and fleshes out concepts introduced last episode.
“Star Wars: Andor” Season 1: Episode 11 gets an 8.5/10
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