‘Andor’ Episodes 1, 2 and three Recap: Riot First light of a Megastar Wars Hero

‘Andor’ Episodes 1, 2 and three Recap: Riot First light of a Megastar Wars Hero

Megastar Wars sequence Andor got here to Disney Plus on Wednesday, with the primary 3 episodes touchdown in combination to present us a feature-length opening. The sequence is ready 5 years prior to by-product film Rogue One, which came about without delay prior to the occasions of unique Megastar Wars movie A New Hope.

It dives into the backstory of the darkly heroic Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), who’ll cross directly to turn into a hero of the Riot Alliance because it faces down the totalitarian Empire. It is a specifically bleak generation within the Megastar Wars universe, with revolt forces scattered across the galaxy as Emperor Palpatine’s forces regularly weigh down strange other people of their grip.

Let’s get to grasp Cassian and corporate via recapping the main occasions of this opening trio of episodes — a threecap, if you’ll. Get ready to go into the Riot Alliance of SPOILERS.


Tears within the Rain

MORLANA ONE — In this cool-looking sci-fi dystopia of a planet, the sequence’ extraordinarily Blade Runner opening units up the emotional stakes, as Cassian tries to search out his misplaced sister in a brothel. This finds that he is from the planet Kenari, which we see in flashbacks via those first 3 episodes.

He does not have any success discovering his sibling, however catches the eye of 2 company safety pressure goons (Corpos) who would possibly as smartly have “BULLY” labels caught on their foreheads. They are trying to shake down the unsuitable man in Cassian, and he by chance kills one and shoots the opposite as he begs for his lifestyles.

Cassian Andor investigates a sci-fi brothel in Andor's opening.

We meet Cassian as he searches for his sister, however a couple of surly safety goons spoil his quest.


It mirrors our first stumble upon with Cassian in Rogue One, the place he weapons down a revolt informant as a substitute of letting him fall into the arms of the Empire. Our hero is not a part of the Riot Alliance in Andor, so he kills those dudes to save lots of his personal pores and skin slightly than for the motive.

This proves to be the display’s inciting incident, because it catches the eye of the only zealous Corpo officer and a revolt recruiter.

Cassian’s nemesis

CORPORATE SECURITY HEADQUARTERS — That Corpo officer seems to be Syril Karn (Kyle Soller), who is shopping extraordinarily smartly put in combination as he gifts his record at the killings to his manager, Leader Hyne (Rupert Vansittart, whom chances are you’ll acknowledge as Sport of Thrones’ Lord Yohn Royce).

Hyne straight away acknowledges that the 2 useless Corpo boys had been dirtbags who were given themselves killed. He reckons the incident must be swept smartly below the rug for all eternity, and provides a phenomenal quilt tale.

“I think they died speeding to assist any person in misery. Not anything too heroic, we don’t want a parade,” he says. “They died being useful. One thing unhappy however inspiring in a secular kind of approach.”

I am mundanely impressed simply listening to it. Hyne is aware of that highlighting Corpo corruption will give the Empire a gap to step in and grab regulate of the Morlani machine. Vintage colonialism, in an generation when Palpatine’s totalitarian regime is increasing.

Syril Karn gazes a hologram of Cassian Andor in Andor

Syril Karn gazes on the guy he is trying to find.


The naive Syril does not believe the larger image and is quietly disgusted on the leader’s willingness to seem the wrong way. At the face of it, it is laborious to argue with him — two of his colleagues had been murdered. Quickly empowered via Hyne’s absence, he gathers an enthusiastic however incompetent safety staff to seek Cassian down.

Welcome to Ferrix

FERRIX, MORLANI SYSTEM — The majority of those first 3 episodes center of attention at the drudgery of lifestyles in this tricky business global, and the planned pacing presentations that Andor is refreshingly affected person with its universe development. Characters paintings strange jobs, and the extra enterprising ones have aspect hustles (or more than one aspect hustles, in our hero’s case).

Bix Caleen looks concerned as she climbs a ladder in Andor

Bix Caleen has a fancy dating with Cassian.


We are additionally offered to a number of characters in Cassian’s orbit, and it is not all the time direct about who they’re. Let’s run via them so we will stay observe:

  • Maarva Andor (Fiona Shaw) is Cassian’s adoptive mother. She and her overdue husband, Clem, stored him from Republic forces on Kenari a couple of a long time in the past, right through the Clone Wars (as observed within the flashbacks). Maarva is not in the most productive of well being, however her defiant response to the Corpo raid suggests a few of that previous fireplace remains to be burning.
  • B2EMO — AKA Bee-Two or Bee (Dave Chapman) — is Maarva and Cassian’s extraordinarily excellent droid. He is a bit of like a lovely previous canine; nonetheless fascinating, however possibly now not as dependable as he was. His boxy design is visually pleasant, his colour strikes a chord in my memory of the distance fits in 2001: A Area Odyssey and that hound is solely simple impolite for peeing on him.
  • Bix Caleen (Adria Arjona) is Cassian’s unswerving good friend and previous flame. She’s working a hectic storage, and acts as a fence to glue stolen items with consumers. One such purchaser occurs to be a recruiter for the insurrection.
  • Timm Karlo (James McArdle) is Bix’s worker and present boyfriend, whose jealousy leads him to rat Cassian out to the protection forces and in the end will get him killed. 

Large shoutout to the unnamed man who moves the gong/hammers the anvil to get everybody on the town shifting. He is credited because the Time Grappler (Neil Bell), and makes the whole thing 100% extra atmospheric.

Kassa from Kenari 

KENARI, THE PAST — “All at once the Rise up is actual for you. A few of us reside it. I have been on this battle since I used to be 6 years previous,” Cassian tells Jyn in Rogue One. “You are now not the one one that misplaced the whole thing. A few of us simply made up our minds to do something positive about it.”

We be told an enormous quantity about Cassian in those episodes, together with the youth he alluded in Rogue One. Flashbacks disclose his youth on Kenari within the time when the Galactic Republic ran issues slightly than the Empire.

Right here, our hero is going via Kassa (performed via Antonio Viña) and resides as a part of a tribe in conjunction with his sister, Kerri (Belle Swarc).

Maarva looks thoughtful as she sits next to a window in Andor

We meet an aged Maarva within the provide, and spot her adventurous previous within the flashbacks.


I really like that the Kenari flashbacks would not have subtitles, because it forces you to be aware of characters’ frame language. It is transparent that Cassian was once a bit of of a sneaky chancer whilst a child, entering eventualities the place he does not essentially belong — like becoming a member of the gang of older children to try the send that crashes.

After some of the kids is killed via a trigger-happy officer, Kassa exams out the vessel by myself and unearths everybody on board was once killed via gasoline (probably launched when the send sustained the wear and tear that made it crash). It is most likely those other people had been a part of a mining effort, most probably strip-mining Kenari’s assets.

He runs into a tender Maarva and Clem Andor, in conjunction with Bee (again when the droid was once glossy and new), who have apparently boarded the downed send looking for salvage. Understanding the Republic is at the approach and can kill Kassa in the event that they to find him on board, Maarva comes to a decision to take him with them. That is kinda kidnapping; I wonder whether it was once ever a supply of anxiety between Maarva and Cassian?

The folks at the send have the brand of the Confederacy of Impartial Methods (aka the Separatists, led via Rely Dooku) on their uniforms, suggesting that they had been transporting subject material for the conflict towards the Republic. Within the provide, we be told that Kenari was once “deserted after an Imperial mining crisis. Deserted and regarded as poisonous — Imperial prohibition.” The Empire will have attempted to mine the planet after the Clone Wars.

Riot First light

FERRIX — “Rebel, destruction of Imperial assets, attack on Imperial soldier.” Cassian’s rap sheet hints at his anti-Imperial leanings, and his try to promote a stolen starpath unit (which appears to be like so much like Darth Vader’s chest piece and accommodates Imperial coordinates) places him at the radar of revolt recruiter Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgård).

Luthen Rael and Cassian Andor flee on a speeder in Andor.

Luthen Rael convinces Cassian to flee to a rebellious new lifestyles.


The display turns extraordinarily intense and superior when their paths go. Luthen is inspired with Cassian’s talent to make use of the Imperials’ vanity to slide throughout their defenses, and pushes the more youthful guy to enroll in the rebels. 

“This present day will finish, Cassian Andor. The best way they chortle, the best way they push via a crowd. The sound of that voice telling you to forestall, to move, to transport. Telling you to die,” he growls, oozing air of secrecy with each syllable. “Do not you need to battle those bastards for actual?”

They flee the Corpo safety goons’ effort to trace Cassian down, which fits utterly off the rails when the folk of Ferrix thrust back towards their bullying — the banging on steel is intimidating as heck.

The 3rd episode’s ultimate moments see Cassian fleeing Ferrix with Luthen, whilst Syril appears to be like shell-shocked that his zeal has ruined his profession, Bix mourn’s Timm’s dying and Maarva sits with Bee in her chilly rental.

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Rogue thoughts, unanswered questions and Easter eggs

  • Where is Cassian’s sister? How and when did she get off Kenari?
  • Clem, Cassian’s adoptive father (Gary Beadle), was hanged by the Imperials, but why?
  • Composer Nicholas Britell (known for his work on Moonlight and Succession) gives this show an awesome synth sci-fi opening theme, especially as it bleeds into the Blade Runner aesthetics of the first scene. It changes slightly in each episode too. 
  • This show takes place “5 BBY,” which stands for “Before Battle of Yavin.” This is the climactic skirmish of A New Hope, where Luke Skywalker blew up the Empire’s first Death Star battle station, and a pivotal moment in the Star Wars universe. It’s when everyone realized that the Rebel Alliance wasn’t just foolin’ around.
  • For prequel context, Andor happens 14 years after the Empire seized control of the galaxy in Revenge of the Sith and four years after Obi-Wan Kenobi’s battle with Darth Vader in the Disney Plus series.
  • It’s unclear when the flashbacks take place — reference books say Cassian was 26 in Rogue One, so he’d be 21 in the present day part of the show. If he’s been fighting since he was 6, that’d place the flashbacks 15 years before that — the period when the Clone Wars were raging throughout the galaxy. Both Kassa and Cassian look older than those ages, I guess he’s lived a hard life.
  • If so, the intense mining operation on Kenari might be linked to the Republic desperately gathering raw materials to sustain the war effort. Thanks to William Devereux, host of the Star Wars-centric Ion Cannon podcast, for helping me organize my timeline thoughts.
  • Cassian’s jacket is extremely cool. Would it be too sci-fi to wear in real life? Maybe Columbia Sportswear or some other fashion brand will release one.
  • “No weapons. No comms. No credit. No nonsense.” The bouncer’s words are ones to live by.
  • Syril is the kind of a character we regularly see in Star Wars novels — a middle manager with an inflated sense of importance and low self-esteem who steadily goes off the deep end, making life hell for the heroes. Kyle Soller performs this role magnificently.
  • Add Timm to the list of boring Star Wars names along with Luke and Ben. At least the extra m gives it a bit of sci-fi flair.
  • This show alludes strongly to sexuality in Bix and Timm’s relationship, as well as the brothel in episode 1. The latter is a familiar sci-fi image, but Star Wars has traditionally been pretty sexless.
  • It’s really cool that Bee is showing his age through a data lag and acknowledging that lying requires more processing power. Classic Star Wars droids R2-D2 and C-3PO are in service for decades, but they’re clearly well cared for. Cassian and Maarva don’t have the money to do so with Bee.
  • Cassian’s papers say he’s from Fest, a snowy world you visit in the non-canon 1995 video game Dark Forces. In the current continuity, it’s only previously been mentioned in By Whatever Sun, a story written by EK Johnston and Ashley Eckstein in 2017 anthology From a Certain Point of View, and some reference books.
  • The one Corpo’s slow clap after Syril’s limp speech is glorious. Ouch.
  • You might be wondering why Cassian’s fellow Rogue One hero Jyn Erso doesn’t have a show. Between that movie and its prequel novels Catalyst and Rebel Rising, her life story has been pretty comprehensively told. Catalyst in particular will make you way more invested in Rogue One’s Erso family and Director Krennic.
  • The shipyard at the start makes me think of the start of 2019 video game Jedi: Fallen Order.
  • The dropships used by the Corpos look like converted Republic Gunships, as first seen in Attack of the Clones.
  • “Rule No. 1: Never carry anything you don’t control.” Luckily, we don’t all carry devices controlled by giant megacorporations in real life. That’d be ridiculous. 
  • Sergeant Linus Mosk (Alex Ferns) says the word “shit” when the Corpo operation starts to go sideways. It’s the first time we’ve heard that word in Star Wars, which normally uses its own selection of sci-fi swears (like “bantha poodoo”). This ain’t your daddy’s galaxy far, far away.
  • Cassian gazes into the sunlight as he leaves Kenari and Ferrix, in beautifully juxtaposed moments. In Rogue One, he opens his eyes as he and Jyn are engulfed in blinding light as their lives end.
  • I got the idea to use the datelines to set the scene from my CNET colleague Erin Carson’s excellent Rings of Power recaps. Imitation is the sincerest form of thievery, Erin, mwahaha.
  • This show will run for two seasons, with 12 episodes planned for both, and run directly into the events of Rogue One. Season 2 is reportedly scheduled to shoot in November.
  • I hope Maarva puts the heat on.

Come back for more Easter eggs and observations next Wednesday, Sept. 28, when episode 4 of Andor hits Disney Plus.

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