The Excellent Star wars series Andorra reached episode 8 Disney Plus last wednesdaycatching up with mercenary Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) after he was unjustly sentenced to six years in prison encountering the wrong Imperial soldier. It turns out that this terrible totalitarian regime simply does not work.
In the galactic capital of Coruscant, rebel loyalist Vel Sarth (Faye Marsay) is tasked with killing Cassian so he can’t speak out on the recruiter Luten Rael (Stellan Skarsgård). Vel doesn’t seem wild about her mission, especially since Cassian played a major role in hers steal millions of credits from the empire.
It also seems to contradict the philosophy of one of Luten’s rebel leaders, Senator Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly), who is not thrilled with his willingness to shed innocent blood in their shadow war against the Empire.
Episode 9 will be released on Disney Plus this Wednesday.
Andorra comes into being five years ago Outcast alonewhich picks up the story right before the original Star Wars film. A new hope. Let’s see how life in prison is for Cassian by checking out all of these awesome Episode 8 episodes SPOILERS.
Shining white hell
DRUG 5 — Sent to an ocean prison complex that looks a bit similar raft in MarvelCassian continues to use the alias Keef Girgo as he adjusts to life within its stark white walls.
The guards wear insulated boots, while the inmates are forced to walk barefoot, receiving shock if they don’t follow the rules or complete the tasks of their production line (making ship parts, perhaps?). There are three possible levels of shock; we only see the first level and it looks like agony.
The warden of Cassian’s prison ward is Kino Loy (Andy Serkis in his second Star Wars role, playing Supreme Leader Snoke in the sequel trilogy) who is quite mean and desperate to meet the Empire’s strict quotas as he nears the end of his sentence.
You may also recognize one of Cassian’s tablemates – Ruskat Melshi (Duncan Poe) is part of the Rebel team that steals the Death Star plans in Rogue One. In this movie, he has facial hair and seems to be quite close to Cassian.
Cassian and Melshi are supposed to escape this horrible prison together, but Melshi seems to have given up hope when they meet here – partly because new obnoxious legislation of the Empire crack down on anything even slightly rebellious.
“Anyone who thinks they’re getting out of here now is dreaming,” he warns Cassian. – Those days are over.
A really good first day.
SEGRA MILO — Trying to unite the disparate rebel groups, Luten travels to this remote system to meet Sau Guerrera (Forest Whitaker), a character previously seen in Clone Wars, Rebels, A bad party and Rogue One.
He is the strange but dangerous leader of a violent anti-Imperial group known as the Guerrillas, and his violent methods endear him to the other rebels. Despite this, he has a good relationship with Luten, and the pair accuse each other of being responsible for Alkhani’s theft (Luten never admits it outright).
He offers Saw a bunch of equipment if he’ll work with another rebel group, but the guerilla boss isn’t interested – he’s keen to label all the other factions based on their different philosophies:
- A separatist.
- Neo-Republican (this seems closest to Mon Mothma’s approach).
- Gorman Front.
- Partisan Union.
- Human Cultists (I would watch a Disney Plus show about this intense group).
- Galactic dividers.
In a thrilling set-piece moment, Owl calls them all “lost” and asks Luten where he is.
“I’m a coward. I am a man who fears that the power of the Empire will grow beyond what we can do to stop it,” he says. “I’m the one who says, ‘We’ll die with nothing if we don’t put aside our petty differences.'”
He wants the rebels to unite and largely rejects Sow’s approach as a path to anarchy. For a moment, it looks as though the unstable Sav will kill Luten on the spot, but he smiles and sends the recruiter on his way. Nice try, Luten.
Pytha is also the adoptive father of Jyn Erso, Rogue One’s hero and Cassian’s future ally, but she and Pytha broke up at this point in the timeline.
In addition to Pila, we see Bentauski’s “Two Pipes”, a mercenary Tognat with a distinctive breathing apparatus. He was seen among Enfys Nest’s Cloud-Riders in Solo (set five years before this show) and among Saw’s allies in Rogue One. In this film, he leads the guerrillas after Saw’s death, and in the film he meets Luke Skywalker and friends Marvel’s Star Wars comic book series..
CORUSCANT — Imperial Security Bureau Overseer Daedra Miro (Denise Gough), was recently empowered to investigate coordinated insurgent activity, determined to find Cassian and use him to reach Luten. They don’t know the recruiter’s identity, but they’ve figured out the elements of his role and given him the wonderful code name Axis.
Too bad they can’t figure out that Cassian is already in Imperial custody.
She also tracks down disgraced ex-security agent Cyril Karn (Kyle Soller), who continues to harbor a grudge against our hero. He’s been at his new job at the very dull-looking Bureau of Standards for less than a month, but has filed numerous false reports during his own hunt for Cassian.
Cyril says he remembers Luten’s voice and suggests he could be an asset to the Empire, but Daedra isn’t having any of his nonsense and sends him on his way. Nice try, Cyril.
The search is expanding
PHERIX — Unbeknownst to the imprisoned Cassian, his foster mother Maarva (Fiona Shaw), cold and sickly, partly as a result of her futile attempts to rebel against the occupying Imperial forces.
This worries girlfriend/ex-couple Bix Kalin (Adria Archona), who contacts Luten to look for Cassian (the increasingly wary rebel chooses not to answer). Unfortunately, Dedra got the thumbs up to control Ferrix’s bond and is drawn directly to Bix.
She’s ultimately captured (the guy yelling “TAKE HER” really goes for it, well done to him) and dragged to an Imperial base for interrogation (there’s a machine in the room that sounds ominously like an Imperial torture droid). This is a dangerous moment, as Bix can at least show what Luten looks like. Between that and Cyril knowing his voice, it seems like the Empire is targeting him.
Cassian former friends in the theft Vel Sartha (Faye Marsay) and Cinta Kaz (Varada Setu) are also on the planet, tasked with killing him to protect Luten’s identity. The locals have no idea where he’s gone, and Vel eventually leaves, leaving Cinta alone to wait for him.
Unworthy thoughts, unanswered questions and Easter eggs
- The prison is aesthetically similar to the dystopian future world in THX 1138, the 1971 directorial debut of Star Wars creator George Lucas.
- Its competitive setup is reminiscent of the 2021 Netflix series Squid game.
- The episode was directed by Toby Haynes, who helmed episodes 1, 2 and 3, as well as 8, 9 and 10. He told The Hollywood Reporter on Friday that working on the Sau/Luten scene was a “career highlight” because intensity the actors brought.
- The name “Keef Girgo” is strikingly similar to Cargo vulturea character you may remember from The Mandalorian.
- There’s no evidence for this other than the actor, but Andy Serkis, who plays Kino and Snoke, may be implying a connection between the two. If Kino had some Force sensitivity and the Empire took his DNA while he was in prison, it could have ended up in Palpatine’s genetic soup used to create Snoke.
- I would spend all day looking out the window of Mon Mothma’s apartment, it’s quite a nice sight.
- Mon Mothma’s obnoxious husband Perrin was an “academy arsonist” as a teenager, suggesting that he has some rebellious tendencies. It seems that the comfortable life in the empire has dulled them.
- He and Mon married at 15, she became a senator at 16, according to the customs of their home world, Chandrila. It’s pretty intense.
- Vel sounds like “a rich girl who runs away from her family.” Hopefully we will learn more about her past.
- Andor isn’t the only Star Wars show coming to Disney Plus on Wednesday — Tales of the Jedi CGI animated short series has also landed on a streaming service.
Come back for more Easter eggs and sightings next Wednesday, November 2when episode 9 of Andor hits Disney Plus.