December 2, 2022
Star Wars Andor Episode 1x04 Review

Mon Mothma (Genevieve O'Reilly) in Lucasfilm's ANDOR, exclusively on Disney+. ©2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

“The Star Wars galaxy is expanding so fast, and Andor is quickly becoming one of my favorite facets of it.”

Some fans may not like Star Wars: Andor. They may feel it is divergent from the norms we generally expect from Star Wars. However, I feel that that is where the strength of Andor comes from. Episode 4 sets off right where part three ended. Cassian is on a ship with a mysterious man named Luthen who knows far too much about him for comfort. He also intends to flash-recruit him for a mission. He knows Cassian hates the Empire, so offers him a chance to do some real damage. It’s so fun to not know what’s going on and get piecemeal story details as it goes along.

Star Wars: Andor Episode 1x04 Review
Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) in Lucasfilm’s ANDOR, exclusively on Disney+. ©2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

DESTINATION ALDHANI

The planet Aldhani is breathtakingly gorgeous. It’s almost like a South American country with its green mountains and rolling hills. I love the scenery. On Aldhani we meet a strong young woman named Vel who Luthen says is in “charge” and a person who Cassian needs to follow and not mention anything about Luthen. I like Vel. She is tough as nails and as mysterious as her comrade Luthen.

It becomes clear throughout the episode that we are seeing the very spark of Rebellion. Even more so than the Ghost crew or Saw Gerrara. There are 7. Yes, 7 rebels who are planning a mission with minimal equipment and tons of risks. I love the raw, unfiltered feeling of this rebellion. And Cassian is falling right into place.

Star Wars: Andor (Episode 1x04 Review)
(L-R): Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and Vel Sartha (Faye Marsay) in Lucasfilm’s ANDOR, exclusively on Disney+. ©2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

RETURN TO CORUSCANT

The B story is also very interesting as well, as we get to see the upper life of the Star Wars galaxy when usually we are shown the world through the eyes of impoverished people. The Imperial era-Coruscant is all about sleek, white, emotionless perfection. The clothes of the upper-class Coruscanti and Security Bureau are white. The floors and walls are shiny porcelain that has more in common with Kamino than Luke’s simple home.

The Coruscant upper class all have British accents and the bureaucracy is very cold and sterile. Everything is about order and trying to fight your way through the ranks by being more clever (and pompous) than your competition. The government is very much like an Orwellian 1984-type society. And I was hoping that we’d get to see the Senate. Yet, we get the next best thing. Mon Mothma! Mon Mothma is secretly funding the nascent Rebellion. But she finds herself surrounded by spies in the Senate, the banks, and even her personal speeder driver. I won’t spoil how the two stories connect, but as Thrawn said – it was so artfully done.

Star Wars: Andor (Episode 1x04 Review)
Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) in Lucasfilm’s ANDOR, exclusively on Disney+. ©2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

VERDICT

I really REALLY love this series, and many fans need to open their hearts to something far different than what we know and love. The information centers of my brain were salivating at their metaphoric mouths, as things like Rakatans and Sly Moore are mentioned in passing. The Star Wars galaxy is expanding so fast, and Andor is quickly becoming one of my favorite facets of it. I can’t wait for Episode 5.

The series premiere of Star Wars: Andor is streaming exclusively on Disney Plus now.

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