You do not must be intimately aware of Star Wars to take pleasure in Andor — the present does a superb job establishing its personal world constructing. Star Wars is entrenched sufficient in our cultural mythology that most individuals know sufficient of the fundamentals to comply with what is going on on, however Andor does assume you have watched Rogue One. The present is crammed with callbacks (or foreshadowing, relying on the way you have a look at it) to the film wherein its titular character (Diego Luna) first appeared. Whereas Andor hasn’t been shy about these references, it is most blatant and effecting allusion got here within the last scene of Episode 11, “Daughter of Ferrix.”
“All this house. Recent air. Like a dream, proper?”
The scene has already known as again Cassian’s last moments in Rogue One earlier than we have now any concept the place he’s. We do not see him throughout his dialog with Xanwan (Zubin Varla); we solely hear his voice by means of the communicator as he asks than Xan inform his mom, Maarva Andor (Fiona Shaw), that “she’d be pleased with [him].” This echoes his last phrases to Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) in Rogue One, “Your father could be proud, Jyn.” Then we see Cassian’s face in a close-up, lingering on the primary moments after he is been advised that Maarva is useless, and the one factor we hear are the waves of Niamos within the background because the information settles in. As he steps exterior the communication heart (a kind of house phone sales space), we see the surf rolling over the sand and the horizon glowing shiny with yellow gentle. Cassian Andor is standing on a seashore. In one other 5 years, he’ll die on one.
Ready for Cassian exterior is fellow jail escapee Ruescott Melshi (Duncan Pow), one other character who first appeared in Rogue One and who, like Cassian, will die on Scarif. “All this house,” Melshi remarks to Cassian. “Recent Air. Like a dream, proper?” For these within the viewers who’ve seen Rogue One, there’s a dreamlike high quality and a way of déjà vu to the scene. Whereas the sunshine right here is the early morning solar, it seems to be eerily harking back to the sunshine of the Demise Star because it destroys the Imperial Middle of Army Analysis on Scarif. This visible allusion pulls double responsibility, serving not simply as a reminder of the place Cassian goes however highlighting the character of the evil he must struggle towards. Niamos was Cassian’s dream of freedom earlier than he was imprisoned on Narkina 5, however the destruction and oppression of the Empire looms giant. The one approach for him, or anybody else, to realize that dream of freedom is to insurgent.
“I burn my life to make a dawn I do know I’ll by no means see.”
For all their similarities, there is a crucial distinction in how these two scenes resolve. In Andor, Cassian and Melshi break up their weapons and assets go their separate methods for a greater probability at spreading the phrase about their experiences in Imperial Jail. They’re hopeful that the information of these injustices is sufficient to anger the folks of the Empire that it will trigger folks to take motion and hold it from occurring once more. So Melshi leaves, and Andor is left alone on the seashore. However when he and Jyn stagger out onto the seashore in Rogue One, their message has already been despatched: the Insurgent Alliance has the Demise Star plans. There’s nothing else for them to do and nowhere for them to go, so Cassian and Jyn sit within the sands and embrace one another as the sunshine burns them away into nothing. Andor has made Scarif a merciless reminder of what Cassian was denied and can by no means dwell to see. Ultimately, Cassian will develop into very like Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgård), working within the darkness of the Empire for a future that he won’t ever see for himself. As a present centered on the price of revolution, it is essential that it reminds us what that value will likely be for its title character as he makes the choice to insurgent.
“Rebellions are constructed on hope.”
All of the rebels in Andor have their very own agendas and philosophies — Luthen desires to burn the Empire to the bottom at any value, Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) tries to make change by means of reliable means, Noticed Gerrera (Forest Whitaker) is so deeply paranoid he cannot belief anybody, and Cassian simply desires to dwell his life in peace. Andor asks how one may deliver collectively such a disparate group of individuals, seemingly united solely by their mutual hatred of the Empire. However displaying Cassian’s second of determination towards the backdrop of his finish in Rogue One, it additionally supplies the reply. “Rebellions are constructed on hope,” Jyn tells the insurgent council on Yavin 4 earlier than she, Cassian, and their companions embark on their last mission. Whereas hatred is usually a sturdy motivator, it is not sustainable. The Revolt can solely come into focus when variations are put apart in favor of a shared hope for a greater future. Jyn’s phrases compel the disparate factions of the Insurgent Alliance to motion then, simply as hope compels Cassian to revolt now.
On the seashore on Niamos, all Cassian has is hope. Every of his main storylines all through the season have converged on this second, to offer him what he must insurgent. His solely obvious inheritance from his mom is Maarva’s drive for revolt that made her stand towards the Empire whilst she was dying. He retrieved Nemik’s (Alex Lawther) manifesto from his previous lodge room, actually carrying the useless insurgent’s optimism and fervour with him. And Melshi leaves him with route. “Individuals need to know what’s happening,” he says earlier than they half methods, referring to their inhumane therapy on Narkina 5. He watches Melshi go, then turns to take a look at the dawn. When he seems to be again, his expression is one among nervous resolve.
As Cassian seems to be out throughout the waves, it is like he is wanting ahead to the tip of the trail he is been set upon. We all know that path will not be a nice one. As he says in Rogue One, “We have all finished horrible issues on behalf of the Revolt.” The Pre-Mor Safety Officers on Morlana will not be the final folks he shoots in a darkish alley, the Aldhani crew will not be the final of his allies to die, and Narkina 5 will not be the final time he’ll be trapped in a struggle for his life. We all know that he’ll die in 5 years, on a seashore very like the one he’s standing on now. However after all the pieces that is occurred to him and people round him, he cannot stand by and watch any longer. All Cassian has now’s Nemik’s manifesto, Melshi’s dedication, and Maarva’s hope for a brighter galaxy. It is time for him to insurgent.