Andor Season 1 Episode 5: Fans and journalists agree that Cassian Andor’s path is one of the most interesting in the Star Wars franchise. It was some time before the hesitant Andor joined the Rebel Alliance and began fighting against the Empire.
Andor Season 1 Episode 5 Release Date
On Wednesday, October 5 at 3 a.m. ET/midnight PT, Disney+ will begin streaming Andor Episode 5.
Andor Season 1 Episode 5 Recap
The signs of some psychological indications are more subtle than others. In the outlying rebel camp, when Cassian discovers his luggage has been rifled through, he has a leading conversation with Skeen about the significance of different tattoos, which is meant to be profound but serves as an Easter egg hunt for fans.
According to Wookieepedia, a “Krayt head” is a Tusken artefact, and “by the hand” may be a reference to the secret Imperial special agents known as the “Emperor’s Hands.”
Even if we don’t understand them, these references clearly have some significance to Cassian. However, the proverb from which the episode’s title is taken is universally understood: “The axe forgets but the tree remembers.”
People who hurt others often forget, but those who were hurt never forget.
Many people in Aldhani have been wounded by the Empire, which has established bases in their neighborhoods and displaced or murdered many natives there.
While not everyone has put pen to paper like Nemik, everyone has felt the lash of authoritarianism’s iron fist. Everyone has their own way of reacting, but they all want the same thing in the end: independence.
The crucial issue is whether or not this mob has the resources to achieve independence.
It becomes clear that nobody here knows what they’re doing, despite their apparent distrust and disdain of Cassian.
Their success depends on Lieutenant Gorn’s work behind enemy lines, even though they have no idea what he’s up to, on the piloting knowledge and expertise they wouldn’t have without Cassian, and on the fact that they haven’t considered that the right- and left-handed shooters should switch sides when marching in formation.
Contrasting the rehearsals with authority is well done in “The Axe Forgets,” with the black boots marching in lockstep contrasting with the rebels uncomfortably feeling their way through a mock drill.
It’s a good reminder that revolutionary tactics like this don’t appear to have developed entirely out of thin air (although, to be honest, it probably will be at the end of the day.)
If nothing else, Andor successfully emphasizes how pervasive Imperial rule is and how difficult it is to remove even a single garrison from their grasp.
For starters, this isn’t how the Star Wars stories usually go. By giving the project room to develop organically, we’re also allowing the stakes to increase, allowing ourselves to feel the rebels’ angst as they worry over each stage of the plan and encouraging ourselves to dwell over the minutiae with them.
Andor is making the show’s central focus the logistics of what would typically be a one-episode set piece in a show like The Mandalorian or The Book of Boba Fett.
It’s effective even at the level of personality. We see Nemik’s naive idealism, Skeen’s ingrained paranoia and cynicism, and Taramyn’s and Vel’s alternate attempts at leadership, even though neither of them knows what they’re doing.
While this group certainly has plenty of passion, they are severely lacking in many necessary skills and knowledge. Meanwhile, the one person who could offer them—Cassian—is now completely honest about being motivated solely by financial gain.
The group appears so disheartened by this news that it’s hard not to feel sorry for them.
Development in other areas is sluggish. We also hear from Meero, who is working harder than ever to show that a series of seemingly unrelated thefts of Imperial technology are all connected, and from Mon Mothma, whose marriage appears as terribly sad – and maybe threatening? – as ever, in addition to Syril’s employment troubles. Everyone, including Luthen, is waiting to see how the payroll raid turns out.
Andor Season 1 Episode 5 Review
In the fifth episode of Andor, we get back to setting up the relationships among Cassian, his dubious new companions, and the audience.
Although nail-biting suspense is noticeably absent, it has been replaced by subtle character development and tense relationships that promise future payoff.
It is the epitome of a quality episode, even if not a particularly stunning one, with excellent writing and acting carrying a significant portion of the burden.
Andor Season 1 Episode 5 Cast
- Diego Luna as Cassian Andor
- Stellan Skarsgård as Luthen Rael
- Alex Ferns as Sgt. Kostek
- Genevieve O’Reilly as Mon Mothma
- Wilf Scolding
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