‘Andor’ Episode 4 Recap: Star Wars’ Insurgent Heroes Work within the Shadows


Episode 4 of Star Wars collection Andor hit Disney Plus on Wednesday, revealing Cassian’s early steps into the revolt in opposition to the totalitarian Galactic Empire after abandoning his household, pals and residential in final week’s three-episode premiere. The fourth episode additionally introduces a well-recognized face in one of many revolt’s best heroes, and a brand new one within the Imperial menace.

The present takes place 5 years earlier than Rogue One, which revealed the occasions main into the unique Star Wars movie, A New Hope. Life on this galaxy kinda sucks on this period, when Emperor Palpatine’s forces are increasing their sphere of affect and enveloping peculiar people in a vicelike grip.

On the run from the legislation, Cassian (Diego Luna) escaped with insurgent recruiter Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgård) for elements unknown. Let’s try our hero’s new scenario, see how the seeds of revolt are being planted on the coronary heart of galactic energy and meet our impeccably tailor-made baddies. An Empire of SPOILERS awaits.


The pitch

HYPERSPACE — Luthen continues to be supercool as he convinces Cassian to hitch the insurgent trigger, reasoning that he is already earned a loss of life sentence by stealing from the Empire. The nihilist Cassian reckons combating the Empire is a waste of time — higher to reside no matter life you may carve out underneath that regime. 

“You may in the end die combating these bastards,” the charismatic recruiter says. “So what I am asking you is that this: Would not you fairly give it to one thing actual, than carve off ineffective items till there’s nothing left?”

Luthen Rael looks intently at the camera he stands in the corridor of his ship in Andor

Luthen Rael is not messing round.


It is primarily a repeat of Luthen’s speech again on Ferrix, however Skarsgård is so magnetic that I would fortunately watch him riff on this similar level one million alternative ways.

Luthen reveals that he got here to Ferrix to recruit Cassian to hitch a heist on the quarterly payroll for the whole Imperial sector — presumably as a method to bankroll the revolt whereas hurting the enemy. 

The fabulously dressed Galactic Empire

CORUSCANT, THE GALACTIC CAPITAL — A piece of this episode takes us to the seat of Palpatine’s Empire and introduces the villains of the Imperial Safety Bureau, or ISB. This legislation enforcement and intelligence company is accountable for protecting the citizenry firmly underneath the regime’s management, and is mostly scary and nasty.

However rattling, these individuals look wonderful of their white uniforms. You may recall Orson Krennic from Rogue One dressing in the same outfit; he is a director within the ISB-linked Imperial Army Division of Superior Weapons Analysis and secretly engaged on the Dying Star at this level within the timeline.

Dedra Meero looks cautious as she walks through a white room in Andor

Dedra Meero is forward of the sport (and dressed magnificently), however the Empire’s construction is not maintaining together with her.


Among the many impeccably tailor-made, and possibly the present’s fundamental Imperial baddy, is Supervisor Dedra Meero (Denise Gough). Listening to concerning the mess the company safety power made on Ferrix because it tried to catch Cassian, she turns into intrigued regardless that it is exterior her purview — in the end suggesting that it hints at an organized insurgent effort. 

Her snide boss, Main Partagaz (Anton Lesser, whom you may bear in mind taking part in creepy ex-Maester Qyburn in Sport of Thrones), would not suppose there’s sufficient proof and is just too centered on sustaining paperwork to take a more in-depth look. He just about tells her to remain in her lane.

The Imperials do loads of sneering at one another as they attempt to climb the ladder — this may very well be boring, however everyone seems to be so fabulously dressed and the appearing is so good that it is all tremendous partaking.

Did I point out how a lot I like their uniforms?

Mon Mothma looks concerned as she arrives in a beautiful apartment in Andor

Mon Mothma is taking part in a harmful sport.


An actor prepares

On the opposite facet of the coin is Sen. Mon Mothma, whom you may bear in mind from her iconic “Many Bothans died…” speech in Return of the Jedi. Filling the function right here is Genevieve O’Reilly, who portrayed the character in Revenge of the Sith (although most of her scenes have been deleted), Rogue One, and CGI animated collection Rebels.

She’s secretly spearheading the nascent Insurgent Alliance and mainly the anti-Palpatine. It is superior to see her on this paranoid setting — the Empire is clearly onto her, however she’s too outstanding to eliminate. 

As Luthen returns to Coruscant, he dons a lush curly wig, a superb outfit and foppish demeanor as a part of his cowl — the proprietor of a elaborate vintage retailer catering to the capital’s elites. Skarsgård is as soon as once more magnificent on this facet of the function, and the multilayered efficiency makes his assembly with Mon a delight to observe. Luthen has clearly been finding out house Stanislavski.

Luthen Rael looks friendly as he chats with Mon Mothma in Andor

Luthen adopts a brand new persona as he meets Mon.


They cannot belief Mon’s new driver, so he places on an enormous flamboyant present as she enters underneath the guise of getting a gift for her husband. He drops the facade and turns into his intense insurgent self solely once they’re alone. 

She’s struggling to entry funds for the revolt and desires to carry somebody new into their tightly managed inside circle — a dangerous transfer, and Luthen is not wild about it.

“It is a daring selection, however I belief you may have the braveness to show again if it must be a bit a lot,” he says, reassuming his persona and hitting us with some tasty subtext.

Assembly the partner

At Mon’s gorgeous house, we meet her beforehand unseen husband Perrin Fertha (Alastair Mackenzie). He comes throughout as a hedonistic jerk, and might be the right cowl for her actions (although she’s clearly annoyed with him). It is attainable that is simply one other act and Perrin is in on the revolt, however we do not get any sense of that right here.

Emperor Palpatine declares the formation of the Galactic Empire in the Senate in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith

Sly Moore (seen on the fitting) was at Palpatine’s facet when he declared the formation of the Galactic Empire in Revenge of the Sith. It was all fairly suspicious.


He is organized a elaborate dinner for his outdated military buddy, and Mon notices two excessive stage Imperials among the many visitors:

  • Ars Dangor is one among Palpatine’s fundamental advisors, and certain one of many guys in humorous hats seen in his throne room in Return of the Jedi.
  • Sly Moore is the bald, pale-skinned girl seen by Palpatine’s facet in Assault of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. She’s one of many few individuals who know his true identification as Sith Lord Darth Sidious. And her first identify suggests she’s to not be trusted.

Mainly, Mon Mothma is surrounded by enemies, cannot belief anybody and all of it sounds fairly traumatic. It is fairly wonderful to observe.

A staff of rebels

ALDHANI — Earlier than his journey to Coruscant, Luthen drops Cassian off on this sparsely populated (however fairly inexperienced and luxurious) world. The Empire took it over to be used as a distribution level in its galactic conquest, messing up the natives’ historic lifestyle underneath the guise of employment alternatives.

We’re additionally launched to the suspicious insurgent staff of all-new characters led by Vel Sartha (Faye Marsay), with Imperial Lt Gorn (Sule Rimi) as their man on the within. They’re largely fairly darn sad with having Cassian be a part of the group simply days earlier than their heist goes down.

Their goal is an enormous, fortified Imperial garrison they usually have to interrupt right into a vault as a way to get their fingers on the payroll earlier than escaping in a freighter. They will use a celestial occasion as cowl, but it surely’s all fairly darn harmful.

Cassian is underneath strain to catch up in time for the heist and has to tug all-nighters, which jogs my memory how I used to deal with project deadlines in my school days, however with means increased stakes right here.

Rogue ideas, unanswered questions and Easter eggs

  • This present is so grounded and plausible that it is simple to neglect that the galaxy is run by a cackling house wizard who shoots lightning from his fingers and as soon as shouted “Uuuuunlimited powerrrrr” as he did so.
  • The music that performs over the opening titles is wildly thrilling; composer Nicholas Britell (Moonlight and Succession) provides an entire layer of depth to this present.
  • The attention-catching helmet behind Luthen’s vintage store seems to be precisely just like the “Darkish Lord’s Armor” worn by Galen Marek (aka Starkiller) in The Pressure Unleashed. The character adopted this search for the 2008 sport’s darkish facet alternate storyline. It is not canon, but it surely nonetheless seems to be cool as heck.
  • Cassian mentions being compelled to struggle for the Empire on unpleasantly muddy world Mimban when he acquired out of jail at 16, and it sounds loads just like the chaotic battle seen in Solo. Cassian could have crossed paths with our boy Han.
  • Luthen offers Cassian a fairly superior necklace as a down fee for his work with the rebels — a necklace with a kyber crystal. These uncommon stones are attuned to the Pressure and an important a part of a lightsaber, in addition to the Dying Star’s planet-destroying superlaser.  
  • The crystal “celebrates the rebellion in opposition to the Rakatan invaders,” in line with Luthen. This species was first seen in noncanon 2003 online game Knights of the Outdated Republic, so this enjoyable reference brings them again into the continuity.
  • Cassian makes use of the alias Clem, after the late adoptive father we met in the earlier episode’s flashbacks.
  • The ISB assembly features a point out of Ryloth, the Twi’lek homeworld seen in CGI animated collection The Clone Wars and Rebels.
  • The Empire is seemingly mining on the distant world Arvala-6. Arvala-7 is the planet the place Mando finds Grogu in the primary episode of The Mandalorian, which takes place a number of years after Return of the Jedi.
  • The Empire makes use of the Ferrix fiasco as an excuse to grab management of the Morlana system — basic colonialism. The Company Safety guys are concerned, together with our pal Syril Karn (Kyle Soller).
  • The identify “Hosnian Prime” is among the many bulletins as Syril arrives dwelling to Coruscant — that’ll turn out to be the capital of the New Republic many years after the Empire’s fall and is destroyed by the First Order in The Pressure Awakens.
  • The slap/hug Syril’s mother Eedy greets him with hints at a bizarre relationship.
  • One of many Aldhani crew mentions insurgent extremist Noticed Gerrera, an superior however harmful character seen in The Clone Wars, Rebels and Rogue One.
  • Marvel’s present Darth Vader comedian collection sees dinner visitor Sly Moore embroiled in prison syndicate Crimson Daybreak’s plot to kill Vader. This story is about between The Empire Strikes Again and Return of the Jedi, so practically a decade after the occasions of this present.
  • I have been wanting a Mon Mothma story since 2016, once I occurred on an announcement that her previous could be revealed in a novel. That turned out to be an April Idiot’s joke, however the thought was so thrilling that it is caught in my thoughts for the final six years. I am glad Andor is giving her the highlight.

Come again for extra Easter eggs and observations subsequent Wednesday, Oct. 5, when episode 5 of Andor hits Disney Plus.