‘Andor’ Episode 5 Recap: The Rebels’ Plan Comes Together, With Some Dangerous Tension

Star Wars collection Andor continued its low-key riot on Wednesday, as episode 5 landed on Disney Plus. It follows on after Cassian (Diego Luna) acquired caught up with a ludicrously harmful insurgent plot to commit a heist on an Imperial garrison and snatch the payroll. 

He does not know it is a part of a wider riot being led by Senator Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) on galactic capital Coruscant. Working with recruiter Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgård), she’s attempting to keep away from detection as she covertly gathers sources for the nascent Insurgent Alliance in opposition to Empire, however spies are watching her each transfer.

Cassian additionally drew the eye of the Empire by stealing from them, and Imperial Safety Bureau Supervisor Dedra Meero (Denise Gough) suspects there is a wider insurgent motion at work.

The present takes place 5 years earlier than Rogue One, which revealed the occasions main into unique Star Wars movie A New Hope, in an period when Imperial forces increase their totalitarian grip over the galaxy. Beware, SPOILERS lie forward.

Insurgent distrust

ALDHANI — A lot of this episode is spent with our extraordinarily tense insurgent heroes as they put together for his or her operation on the Imperial garrison. They do not belief the squirrelly Cassian — who’s nonetheless utilizing his late adoptive father Clem’s identify as his alias — since he was added to the crew on the final minute.

Nonetheless, it is also clear that they want his skilled mercenary abilities. He has a a lot better sense of use the Empire’s gear and the vibe they should mix in as they infiltrate the garrison in Imperial uniforms.

The distrust boils over when Arvel Skeen (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) places a blade to Cassian’s throat and finds the precious kyber crystal Luthen gave him as down fee. Cassian admits that he is not a real believer within the insurgent trigger, however manages to persuade them he’ll get the job accomplished.

Skeen puts a knife to Cassian's throat in a grassy field in Andor

I believed they had been buds.


There’s an actual sense of hazard on this scene, like this crew might open fireplace. The one character we all know survives is Cassian; any of the others might be killed at any second.

It is also revealed that Skeen’s brother took his personal life after an Imperial prefect seized his pepper tree farm (and thus his livelihood). It is a somber second between Skeen and Cassian, and highlights the on a regular basis horrors the Empire has inflicted.

Earlier than their confrontation, Skeen and Cassian additionally bond over them each having hung out in jail. Cassian was in a “youth heart” from age 13 to 16, which looks as if a well mannered time period for a juvenile jail. 

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Cassian acknowledges Skeen’s tattoos as Krayt Head and By the Hand — these are almost certainly gangs he ran with in jail. It’s possible you’ll acknowledge Krayt dragons as a type of beastie Mando battled on Tatooine in the primary episode of Mandalorian season 2; it is so badass that it is smart to undertake its identify on your gang.

Getting political

As Cassian will get to know his allies, the considerate Karis Nemik (Alex Lawther) talks in regards to the untitled political manifesto he is engaged on to doc the Empire’s rising maintain on the galaxy.

Cassian listens as Nemik explains in Andor

Cassian will get a deep-dive into Nemik’s philosophy, and it is nice.


“A lot going improper, a lot to say, all of it occurring so shortly — the tempo of repression outstrips our means to know it,” he tells our hero. “And that’s the actual trick of the Imperial thought machine. It is simpler to cover behind 40 atrocities than a single incident.”

He reckons that is nonetheless not sufficient to rob folks of their consciousness of their elementary rights. It is fairly participating stuff and relevant to real-life totalitarianism, however Cassian does not reveal his personal beliefs as a result of he does not actually have any. We’ll presumably see these beliefs type by way of Andor’s two seasons.

Nemik ought to name it “The Star Wars” or one thing like that.

Transferring again house

CORUSCANT — Disgraced former Corpo officer Syril Karn (Kyle Soller) is again at house together with his overbearing mother Eedy (Kathryn Hunter), who quietly berates her son over his sudden lack of profession prospects and his posture. The poor man appears fairly traumatized by the expertise, and she or he is not precisely being a supply of consolation.

She’s gotten in contact with Syril’s unseen Uncle Harlo about getting him a brand new job. It is unclear the place he works, however my thoughts instantly went to the Empire.

Nonetheless, Cyril hasn’t given up on the hunt for Cassian, as evidenced by him sitting in his room gazing at a hologram of his goal. It is possible this can deliver him into contact with Dedra Meero, the Imperial Safety Bureau supervisor who’s gathering proof to show her concept that the insurgent effort is turning into extra organized.

Syril Karn examines a piece of his cereal in Andor



On the plus facet, his cereal appears to be like scrumptious — like mint-infused Cocoa Puffs drenched in blue milk. The milk is already accessible at Disney Parks’ Galaxy’s Edge (aka Star Wars land), possibly they’re going to add the cereal to the resort I am going to by no means be capable to afford?

Parental rigidity

Again on the lovely house of Mon Mothma, we get one other awkward breakfast scene as we’re launched to her daughter Leida (Bronte Carmichael). Each Leida and her dad Perrin (Alastair Mackenzie) appear bothered by Mon’s self-centeredness.

It is possible Mon’s secretiveness as she quietly plans the riot is making her appear distant to her household, like a superhero main a double life. 

Mon Mothma talks to Leida as Perrin looks on at their beautiful breakfast table.

Mon Mothma tries to attach together with her daughter Leida, however it is not going properly.


Mon’s household is conspicuously absent when she reveals up later within the timeline (in Rebels, Rogue One and Return of the Jedi). It is doable they’re killed, disown her or go into hiding after she declares open riot round three years after this level. 

Rogue ideas, unanswered questions and Easter eggs

  • It certain looks as if insurgent workforce chief Vel Sartha (Faye Marsay) and Cinta Kaz (Varada Sethu) are a pair. They are not a part of the primary garrison infiltration plan, and go off on their very own — hopefully they each make it out of this.
  • I ponder what Drey milk tastes like? Cassian was a bit impolite to dump his; be well mannered and knock it again a minimum of as soon as.
  • We study that Imperial Lt. Gorn (Sule Rimi) misplaced his loyalty to the Empire after falling in love with a neighborhood lady, dropping a promotion after which her. I hope we dive deeper into his backstory.
  • The Imperials stationed on Aldhani are wanting to see the celestial occasion, and Gorn makes use of it as option to clear the bottom for his insurgent allies.
  • The TIE fighter buzzing the Aldhani locals seems like bullying. Basic Empire.
  • We solely get a quick look at Ferrix, however the Empire is taking on a resort to make use of as its headquarters.
  • It is a little bit unhappy to see the rebels burning their beautiful mannequin of the garrison.
  • Cyril appears to have collectible clone trooper statues in his room, which is concurrently superior and highlights his love for inflexible authority.
  • Dedra knocks again some meds as she settles in to work late. Hope she is not in an excessive amount of ache (and that she stops working for the horrible totalitarian regime).
  • Luthen is nervous as a result of he introduced Cassian within the insurgent operation too late, and he checks the radio for updates. Go to mattress dude.

Come again for extra Easter eggs and observations subsequent Wednesday, Oct. 12, when episode 6 of Andor hits Disney Plus.

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