It’s the day of the large heist. Andor’s greatest episode begins with a superbly soggy dialog between Cassian (Diego Luna) and Nemik (Alex Lawther) about hope and loyalty. The long run insurgent has neither in the intervening time, however he’s lastly effectively on his method.
After months of planning, all the things is in place for the theft on Aldhani – with the planet’s annual solstice occasion attracting the perfect of the Dhani locals and the worst of the Imperial brass. Commandant Beehaz (Stanley Townsend) lays out the Empire’s comfortable energy techniques in one other instance of Andor understanding actual evil greater than the remainder of the Star Wars universe ever has. He is aware of they should maintain the plebs joyful sufficient to manage them, utilizing free buses and low cost drinks to maintain the numbers down throughout ‘The Eye’ (suppose the stone circle at Glastonbury meets the Northern Lights).
Fortunately, the rebels have one thing extra aggressive in thoughts. Now dressed as imperial troops, Cassian, Nemik, Skeen (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) and Taramyn (Gershwyn Eustache Jnr) be part of the troops on website – whereas Vel (Faye Marsay) and Cinta (Varada Sethu) swim underneath the loch and an undercover Gorn (Sule Rimi) leads from the within.
Beehaz swaps sheep skins with the native druid preist (each wanting disgusted with one another) and Vel stalls out of concern, not fairly the powerful nut she pretends to be. As ‘The Eye’ begins, Andor breaks out its most spectacular set-piece to this point – one way or the other filling the sky with CGI sparkles and nonetheless managing to look grounded and gritty.
The heist begins scrappily however they get there in the long run, taking Beehaz hostage and forcing him to load up his personal stolen credit within the cargo bay. Clearly, one thing goes fallacious. The radio indicators are jammed however not fairly sufficient to cease a platoon of troops from overhearing the fallacious crackle and operating all the way down to the vault to analyze. A shootout begins and all the things will get messy.
Gorn will get shot. Beehaz has a coronary heart assault. Nemik will get crushed. Cassian simply manages to get the escape ship into the sky however the TIE fighters are shut behind – Andor utilizing the multi-coloured solstice to provide us among the best wanting dogfights in Star Wars to this point. Now halved in numbers, Cassian takes over from Vel and heads to the closest hospital, decided to attempt to save Nemik’s life.
Too late. With a (four-armed) physician failing to carry Nemik again round, the rebels lose the center and brains of their complete operation. And that’s not all… seizing his personal likelihood, Skeen asks Cassian if he needs to assist him run off with the cash (“I’m a insurgent, nevertheless it’s me towards everybody else…”) Not contemplating it for even an on the spot, Cassian shoots him within the head, mid-pitch, and asks Vel for his personal authentic minimize at gunpoint. He may need accomplished his first mission for the Insurgent Alliance however he doesn’t need any a part of it anymore. For now, at the least.
- The spark of romance between Vel and Cinta will get one other flicker this week however Andor nonetheless stops wanting revealing the primary homosexual couple in Star Wars (that isn’t transient sufficient to be simply edited out in China…)
- Taramyn is one other defected stormtrooper – setting the sample for Finn and Jannah in later chapters.
- Vel palms Cassian Nemik’s “manifesto” as he leaves, absolutely giving him the motivation he must get again within the struggle? With Luthen’s crystal now handed again there’s nothing else holding him.
‘Andor’ releases new episodes on Disney+ each Wednesday