“Star Wars”: preparing for the mission is more difficult than the mission itself in the fifth episode of “Andor”
Preparing for a dangerous task is usually worse than the task itself. This is certainly the case in the fifth episode of Andor, Last star Wars The series is currently streaming on Disney+. It’s okay to be afraid as long as it doesn’t cause you to make a mistake.
Cassian and the rebels he joins plan their mission to the best of their ability, but confidence wanes. Not only is it emaciated with the rebels; Nobody in the series knows who to trust either. Everyone is on edge and deals with their anxiety in many different ways.
*** Warning: From now on, there will be spoilers for Episode 5 of Andor. If you haven’t seen it yet, stay away from here. ***
Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) plays Clem fairly well in Aldhani’s small rebel cell. The only personal connection he maintains is that he’s starting to get relief from the Blue Kyber contract that was given to him in the previous episode by Luthen (Stellan Skarsgård). Rebel Arvel Skeen (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) does not trust him, but his need for revenge transcends everything else.
“The ax forgets, but the tree remembers,” says Skene. “Now it’s our turn to do the chopping.”
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As with most members of the rebellion, this battle is personal to him. We later find out that the symbolism of this tree is personal to him as well, as his brother lost ‘horns’ of trees as well as everything else to the empire. He died by suicide, which is why there is a knife in the fight.
Cassian is paid, but other than Phil (Fay Marsay), no one knows it yet. He’s here to win and get away. It’s good to have him there, because much of this mission to the nearby imperial base was not well planned. Cassian is able to identify faults and where he can help. as usual in star WarsThere is a “big ugly handle” that will prove vital.
He learns to walk like an emperor, something he will have no problem doing when we see him inside Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The bubble rebellion is so small and scattered at the moment that the Empire considers none of it a threat; When a TIE Fighter flies overhead, Nemik (Alex Lawther) tells Cassian, “A surprise from above is never as shocking as a surprise from below.”
This is the Rebel Alliance of this period summed up, and almost no one in the Empire sees it. ISB client Meero (Denise Gough) is one of the few who sees a pattern and, as she says, “it’s too random to be random.”
There is very little chance that anyone will listen to it. She’s already popping a pill.
Lieutenant Jorn (Sully Remy) will be a huge help, as we find out that he’s an Imperial defector helping the rebel cell from the inside by rearranging the paint scales. He does more than that, and that’s personal to him as well. He fell in love and lost the promotion, then lost the woman he fell in love with. The empire is full of peaches.
The tension within the rebels comes to a head when a knife cuts off Cassian’s Kyber necklace and shows it to everyone. It’s worth 30,000 credits, and he asks, “Who brings treasure to robbery?”
The fact that Cassian is a mercenary comes out, but these rebels need him. They can’t turn him away. The real question is not whether a knife can be trusted. It’s whether he uses this as a reason not to do a job that scares him. Cassian understands.
“The day before is always tough,” he says.
The task does not start in this loop, everything accumulates. You cannot take your eyes off him. All we can do is wait and see if the mission is successful, knowing full well that there is no way for everyone in this little rebel cell to get out of it alive.
We are in the same situation as Luthen. He checks messages frequently in the back of his gallery, waiting for some sort of message about the task he helped set up. Only Phil can be traced back to him, but now Cassian can also be traced. “The Thief, Andor” might have been a problem, but it was a necessary risk.
“I wasn’t careful,” Luthen says, but that mission would clearly have been doomed without Cassian. There is caution, and then there is caution that prevents you from taking action. Luthen took a leap of faith.
He was told “it will end tomorrow”. He replies, “Or it will just start.”
Galaxy points of interest
-Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) continues to play her sassy Coruscant, as her goofy husband Perrin grows more suspicious with every second of screen time. We find out that she has a daughter, Lida, who has little respect for her mother. She thinks Mon Mothma is just pretending to care, and has no idea what she’s really putting to the test.
Is Beren a moron, a true imperial believer, or a sympathizer of the rebellion?
Cyril Karn (Kyle Soler) settles down with his mother, Eddie (Catherine Hunter). I reached out to their Uncle Harlow to help Cyril with some new possibilities. He eats space pills, has some action figures in his room, and looks anxiously at Hulu from Cassian.
Tattoo-Skeen tells stories entirely on its own. The barcode indicates that Skeen was once part of something called “Krayt Head”. If this is an organization of some kind, we haven’t heard of it yet. We know that the head of a Krite dragon is precious to the Tuscan invaders in Tatooine. We saw this in the second season of The Mandalorian.
The other knife tattoo means “by the hand” which can be a reference to an imperial branch called “the empire of the hand”. Under the direction of Grand Admiral Thrawn, this group has explored and colonized unexplored regions of space.
Planets mentioned in this episode: Hosnian Prime (detonated first in Star Wars: The Force Awakens), kessel (Solo: A Star Wars Story), Jakku (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Fundor. The last planet appears in both stories of the Old Republic and is mentioned in many books and comics.
– Luthen’s ship has been called “Fondor” so he may have a personal connection to this planet.
– In the back of his gallery we see that Luthen has two large shards of note: a Holocron Jedi, and a large Holocron Sith. It’s much larger than most holocrons we’ve seen previously.
-He also has two Sankara stones from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Luck and glory, boy.
– Favorite line from the episode, which applies to almost every character, on both sides: “Everyone has their own rebellion.”
Andor Streams on Disney+ every Wednesday. The tree remembers.
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