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‘Andor’ Episode 11 Recap: An Escape Plan, a Tragic Loss and an Epic Battle

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The glorious Star Wars collection Andor got here to episode 11 on Disney Plus on Wednesday, returning to mercenary Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) after he rallies inmates to make a heart-pounding escape from the Empire’s horrible jail. He is gone on the run together with his future Insurgent Alliance buddy Ruescott Melshi (Duncan Pow).

Shadowy insurgent recruiter Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgård) is staying one step forward of the relentless Imperial Safety Bureau (ISB) Supervisor Dedra Meero (Denise Gough), whom she’s codenamed “Axis.” She would not know that her ISB colleague Lonni Jung (Robert Emms) is secretly working with Luthen.

Sen. Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) is attempting to cover her insurgent fundraising from the Empire, forcing her to work with greasy oligarchical financier Davo Sculdun (Richard Dillane). He is not concerned with being paid to assist Mon launder her cash however needs his son to be launched to her daughter within the hope of sealing a Sport of Thrones-style marriage pact. Ew.

Andor takes place 5 years earlier than Rogue One, which tells the story main immediately into unique Star Wars film A New Hope. Let’s escape the Empire with some SPOILERS.

Crawling via the grime

NARKINA 5 – We meet up with Cassian and Melchi as they cling to the facet of a cliff to evade an Imperial search. They’re filthy and their decrease extremities are in dangerous form from being within the run barefoot. 

“They’re leaving,” Cassian assures his buddy a number of instances. 

It briefly appears just like the boys are screwed when some Narkinians catch them in horribly restrictive-looking nets as they make a break to steal their ship. It is our first time seeing this planet’s native species; they’re cool-looking and converse a bit like pirates.

A Narkinian approaches Melchi and Cassian, who are trapped in nets and lying on the sand, as another looks on in Andor

Seems the Narkinians are first rate lads.


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The Narkinians initially recommend they will flip them in for the Empire’s bounty, however point out that the jail has spoiled the planet’s water and resolve to defy the regime. A lot to Cassian’s shock, they comply with take them to Niamos (AKA house Ibiza, the place his cash is hidden).

A mom misplaced

FERRIX – Unbeknownst to Cassian, his adoptive mother Maarva dies of her unnamed ailment. The planet’s chilly had already affected her well being, however she exacerbated it via her futile rebellious acts towards the occupying Imperials. 

Heartbreakingly, charming droid B2EMO (AKA Bee) is devastated by this and would not need to depart the home. Household pal Brasso (Joplin Sibtain) is tremendous compassionate towards the droid, even agreeing to remain the night time with him in Maarva’s home. 

Oh Bee, I coronary heart you.

B2EMO gazes at something in Andor

By no means have I needed to consolation a droid extra.


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We additionally find out about “bricking,” a neighborhood customized, the place an individual’s ashes are combined with mortar and native stone mud to create a brick. It is then inserted right into a wall, letting the stays of the deceased turn into part of the planet’s construction. Which appears like a beautiful custom, and precisely the form of thought that provides the Star Wars universe depth.

The Imperials have positioned restrictions on funerals, as a result of they’re jerks. Dedra orders her minions to let Maarva’s funeral occur, in case Cassian reveals up. It is narratively handy that he occurs to be out of jail for this… let’s simply say it is the Power at work. 

One defiant insurgent

CORUSCANT – Superior insurgent true believer Vel Sartha (Faye Marsay) primarily offers protocol the finger by strolling into Luthen’s vintage store and talking on to his assistant/confidant Kleya Marki (Elizabeth Dulau) about resistance exercise. Particularly, she mentions Maarva dying and that she’s going again to Ferrix.

Kleya Marki and Vel Sartha have a tense discussion in the antique shop

Kleya and Vel have one other tense chat.


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Vel was beforehand tasked with killing Cassian, since he might establish Luthen to the Imperials. She sees a possibility to search out him finally, however it’s unclear if she’ll be keen to take him out — he proved himself as a reasonably honorable ally in the course of the Aldhani heist.

She additionally visits her cousin Mon Mothma, solely to search out Mon’s 13-year-old daughter Leida Mothma (Bronte Carmichael) has dived deep into the non secular teachings of their homeworld Chandrila. She’s apparently making ready for marriage, since their customs encourage tying the knot as youngsters.

Nevertheless, the soiled appears Leida retains throwing at her mother recommend she’s additionally doing it as an act of defiance. That defiance will nearly actually prolong to her agreeing to marry sleazebag Davo Skuldun’s son, sadly for Mon.

Mon Mothma tears up with the night-lit cityscape visible behind her in Andor

Mon Mothma is feeling the stress.


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Including to the insurgent politician’s stress (or maybe sharing the burden), Mon reveals the total extent of her cash issues to Vel. She had no issues channeling cash from her household accounts to Luthen at first, however an Imperial audit made issues difficult and the Aldhani heist made it unimaginable. She’s kinda caught coping with Davo.

Pity Vel could not type Mon out with a few of the cash from the heist.

Elsewhere on the town planet, former Corpo sergeant/huge Star Wars potty mouth Linus Mosk (Alex Ferns) contacts his disgraced ex-officer Syril Karn (Kyle Soller) and tells him about the opportunity of Cassian displaying up for Maarva’s funeral. Syril steals credit from his mother’s secure, presumably to fund his journey to Ferrix.

Linus Mosk squints on a blurry video call in Andor

Video chatting tech is a bit tough in Star Wars, however at the least we get to see our outdated buddy Mosk once more. 


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Dwelling dangerously

SEGRA MILO – At his secret base, insurgent extremist Noticed Gerrera (Forest Whitaker) learns that Luthen goes to let their unseen ally Anton Kreegyr stroll into an ISB lure to guard his mole. It rackets up the strain between Luthen and Noticed and briefly looks like it’s going to result in them killing one another.

Luhten finally wins the paranoid Noticed over via his seemingly limitless powers of charisma and persuasiveness.

“Let’s name it battle,” Noticed concludes, accepting the necessity for sacrifice. 

A rebel guard asks Luthen about his staff in Andor

Luthen is reminded that there’s completely zero chill at Noticed Gerrera’s hidden base.


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The insurgent pair appear to achieve a brand new degree of belief right here, with Whitaker and Skarsgård being an absolute deal with to look at once more.

In house, Luthen’s ship is sort of captured by an Imperial Arrestor Cruiser, whose tractor beam comes out of a conspicuous dish on the entrance. Seems like an enormous vulnerability, you totalitarian idiots.

The wily insurgent takes full benefit together with his superior countermeasures, wrecking the dish and battling a bunch of TIE fighters despatched to pursue him. In a bit of coup de grace, he unleashes a pair of supercool laser beams from both facet of the ship and spins to take down the final two TIEs. 

That is an excellent trick.

Stormtroopers and officers gaze out the viewport Imperial cruiser bridge in Andor

These smug Imperials are in for a shock.


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He blasts off to hyperspace, seemingly planning on going to Ferrix to search out Cassian. It is unclear if Luthen intends to rescue him or kill him, however I like the thought of all of them teaming up and changing into insurgent BFFs. In all probability an excessive amount of to hope for this on this present although.

Dangerous information on the seashore

NIAMOS – A sneaky Cassian breaks into the place he was staying previous to his arrest and will get his credit, blasters and his late buddy Nemik’s glorious political manifesto again. He tries to get a message to Maarva, solely to study she’s lifeless.

Melchi suggests they break up up, to double their possibilities of surviving to allow them to inform folks concerning the Empire ignoring jail sentences and incarcerating folks ceaselessly. Diego Luna is fascinating to look at on this scene, hiding his grief and performing like every thing is cool. C’mon dude, speak it out with Melchi!

They half methods, and Cassian is clearly going again to Ferrix for Maarva’s funeral. Everyone seems to be coming collectively for subsequent week’s finale. What might go flawed?

A sad-looking Cassian leans on a comm device in Andor

Cassian absorbs his devastating loss in silence.


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Rogue ideas, unanswered questions and Easter eggs

  • No Davo Skuldun look, unhappy face.
  • The ship searching Cassian and Melchi firstly is a TIE Reaper, as seen in Rogue One and online game Jedi: Fallen Order.
  • The Narkinian ship they attempt to steal is a quadjumper, the identical form of ship Rey and Finn initially eye for his or her escape from Jakku in The Power Awakens. When it is blown up, they take the Millennium Falcon as an alternative.
  • That is the primary full look for the Imperial Cantwell-class Arrestor Cruiser. It was meant to be in Solo, however the scene was deleted. It solely reveals up in a recruitment video within the completed film. It was named after unique Star Wars idea artist Colin Cantwell, who died aged 90 earlier this 12 months.
  • Luthen’s Fondor Haulcraft achieved legendary standing on this episode. I may have it in Lego type (it hasn’t been introduced but, however it feels inevitable).
  • Although Luthen used a faux transponder code, the Empire can be in search of the Fondor now. Uh oh.
  • Bee acts very very like a canine; his charging dock even resembles a mattress. I want to hug this droid.
  • Woo, the Time Grappler (AKA, the superior Ferrix hammer man) reveals up once more.
  • Bix Caleen (Adria Arjona) has been left traumatized after Dedra subjected to her horrible torture within the Empire’s hunt for Cassian, and stays in Imperial custody. Her captors attempt to make her id Kreegyr because the insurgent recruiter.
  • The holo the Imperials present Bix is our first (and possibly final) glimpse of Kreegyr, a personality whose identify has been stated an uncommon variety of instances for a man we by no means met.
  • That is the second time we have heard the “Daughters of Ferrix” talked about; it appears like a neighborhood charity group.
  • I used to be a bit of involved that Syril was going to homicide his mom, he simply has that vibe at this level.
  • The sci-fi pay cellphone Cassian makes use of within the remaining scene is superior trying.

Come again for extra Easter eggs and observations subsequent Wednesday, Nov. 23, when episode 12 — the season finale — of Andor hits Disney Plus. 


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