Andor, Episode 4: Aftermath of an Eventful Day

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| October 4, 2022

Off the back of the exciting 3-episode premiere of Andor last week, Episode 4, titled “Aldhani” is here, a reference to the planet Cassian goes to in the episode. This episode focuses on the aftermath of last week’s bombastic events and begins to set up some future plot points and storylines (I think) whilst also including some major call-backs that all Star Wars fans will enjoy.

The plot of episode 4 is slower-paced compared to the end of last week, but it still piqued my interest with several things. “Aldhani” focuses on how each of the groups we’ve been introduced to so far are reacting to Cassian and Luthen’s dramatic escape from Syril Karn and the Preox-Morlana. Cassian is now on a ship with Luthen (the guy he just met, stranger danger), and it seems that Syril and the rest of that merry band of dicks have all been given the sack. I know some people might feel bad for Syril, but not me, guy gets what he deserves (gave me massive teacher’s pet energy). We don’t get to see what happened to the rest of the people on Ferrix, but I’m sure we’ll come back there later in the series—I need more B2EMO!

An Imperial officer has a slight smile while facing Syril Karn, who is standing at attention but glancing downward as if guilt-ridden.
Putting Syril (right) in his place! (Credit: Lucasfilm)

Episode 4 introduces the Empire into the mix with a first look at what appeared to be a gathering of Imperial officials at the Imperial Security Bureau (ISB) discussing evil Empire things like security and eliminating “disease” (rebellion). At the same time, the Empire moves in and takes control over the sector that was controlled by Syril and friends, which explains the aforementioned sacking. We also learn why Cassian was seemingly recruited at the end of last week: to help with stealing even more Imperial goods. I’m assuming this is going to be the focus of at least the next two or three episodes, which should be fun. The in-fighting of Imperial officers is teased as what seems to be the beginning of rivalries between officers starts to flare up (which is totally not going to bite them in the ass later). Aside from furthering the story, this episode also contained both an old character and a familiar location that got my inner Star Wars fan extremely excited.

An Imperial Security Bureau officer sitting at a conference table looking toward the camera with a confused expression.
This dude looks like he’s fun at parties. (Credit: Lucasfilm)

WE BACK ON CORUSCANT BABY!! After what has been well over a decade, we finally get to see Coruscant (not in a flashback) back in all its metropolitan glory in live action. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get excited when I saw those bright orange rings on the planet’s surface. What’s also cool about this, though, is that we get to see the lower levels for the first time in live action, even if only for a moment. We don’t see too much, but I do hope that either in this series or another that we can see more of that dirty underbelly that isn’t really touched on all that much outside of animation. 

As for the old familiar character, Mon Mothma makes an appearance, and she has a husband (didn’t know she was ever married). He seems like a bit of a dick, though, so I would put money on him either betraying her or getting killed—it’s got to be one of those.

A group of four rebels standing with a primitive campsite behind them, looking warily at something.
The rag tag group Cassian has now joined on Aldhani. (Credit: Lucasfilm)

Andor Episode 4 is a great followup to the premiere last week. Whilst not as action packed, the plot lines being set up and the continued great performances from everyone involved kept me involved in these slower moments. With the Empire’s growing involvement and Cassian’s big heist coming up, I’m excited for what’s coming next.Have you seen the latest episode of Andor? What did you think of it? Do you hate Syril as much as me? Let us know in the comments below, and let’s talk about how Diego Luna looks good both with and without a beard.

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Kreed Kleinkopf
Kreed Kleinkopf
11 months ago

I love the pacing of this show! It’s taking it’s sweet time and letting us get immersed in the galaxy, far, far away. I really like Andor, and I thought I wouldn’t! The early sneak peeks made it kinda look like a CW series. I’m so glad that’s not the case.

Matthew Snyder
Matthew Snyder
11 months ago

Plot speculation follows……………………………..

Andor is simultaneously the least Star Wars and the most Star Wars of any of the D+ series so far. It’s bananas good. Rogue One is my favorite SW movie, and this show is totally living up to that level setting.

Luthen’s antiquities shop is a treasure trove of deep cut SW references (there’s even an Indiana Jones bullwhip in carbonite!), but a few of the artifacts stood out. There’s a Twi’lek Kalikori, Mandalorian chest armor, Jedi and Sith holocrons, and the stone tablets from the World Between Worlds….. taken together, these all could represent members of the Ghost crew from Rebels. (Hera Syndulla, Sabine Wren, Kanan Jarrus, Ezra Bridger, respectively; the only one not accounted for would be Zeb Orellios) So I’m wondering if the new contact Mon Mothma was talking about is from Rebels, maybe Cham Syndulla (who nearly assassinated the Emperor and Vader). Rebels and Andor both take place 5 BBY, and both Hera and Sabine are known to both be appearing in the Ahsoka series coming up. If he hear codewords like ‘Fulcrum’ or ‘Spectre’, look out!

The closest thing I have to a complaint is there have been a number of instances where they are using Earthbound objects or places that are identifiably Earthbound rather than of the SW universe, and that has somewhat taken me out of the immersion on a couple occasions so far. That’s a super minor quibble, but such is the quality of the show that this is what I can muster as criticism.

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