Andor: Episode 7 Recap – IGN

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This review contains full spoilers for the seventh episode of Andor, available now on Disney+. To remind you where we left off, check out ours Review of Andor Episode 6.

The downfall is never as good as the high – at least that’s what I’m told. Moving on after Andor’s exciting heist has always been difficult, but Episode 7 manages to successfully reset the stage and bring Cassian home to sort through the debris left behind. It’s a quieter – and still very entertaining episode – but one that pulls a match out of the box and will soon strike again.

The dust settles after last week’s blowout at Aldhani, with both sides counting their wins and losses. After stinging the hornet’s nest, the rebels have drawn the full legislative fury of the Empire. This episode spends much of its running time preparing for the vengeance that awaits Cassian, Luthen, and others. These “others” may well be innocent people not even connected to the cause, which doesn’t sit well with Mon Mothma in a fantastically nuanced scene in Luthen’s shop. One of the few characters in Andor who appears to be incorruptible, she acts as an effective moral compass, often pointing in a different direction than Luthen. Genevieve O’Reilly is great as she effortlessly slides back and forth between politics and party host. It’s a risk for them to open the Circle of Trust, especially in a place steeped in mystery like Coruscant, but it’s yet another symbol of a broken resistance, not yet the Rebel Alliance moving in the same direction as all of us to know.

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All is not well on the imperial side either. It’s in panic mode after a rare kick in the teeth, so not everyone is pulling in the same direction. Denise Gough continues to excel as the snarling Dedra Meero – outspoken and headstrong, she’s a superb on-screen villain, and the inevitable meeting between her and Andor is one to look forward to. The showdown between her and a group of accusing colleagues is a fantastic warm-up to the inevitable confrontation as she takes credit for her methods and has the evidence to back them up. It’s a fantastic reversal, crowned with a beaming smug smile at her victory.

It’s a testament to the show’s accomplishments that it doesn’t have to rely on huge spectacle or action to remain captivating, and something as subtle as the humble yet still driven Syril Karn toying with his blue-milked cereal , keeps your attention. We also see a further increased reach from Diego Luna. After showing his colder, deadlier side in Episode 6, he paints a much warmer tone this time, though that ruthlessness still simmers within him. These two characters are really two sides of the same coin, operating under the radar of their relevant allegiances to achieve their goals.

For Cassian, this objective may need to be switched back to basic survival, as there is now another red dot pointing to his head. Delivering this new mission to Vel, the mysterious red-clad Luthen associate is making a big impression in a short amount of time. The coldness with which she bluntly says, “This is what revolution looks like” is another example of the young rebellion having to get their hands dirty for the common good. We’re already aware that the lines between good and evil are blurred in Andor, but it’s never been boiled down as strongly and effectively as in the delivery of that one lineage. It’s rare for a prequel to have the kind of dangers and stakes that keep you guessing as much as Andor does, and it’s thanks to the writers and directors that it’s so hard-edged throughout.

Though he would love nothing more than to move on and focus on finding his sister again, the stark realization that stormtroopers are now patrolling the streets of his hometown brings back uncomfortable memories. This, coupled with a heartbreaking scene with his surrogate mother Maarva, is the standout moment of the episode. Fiona Shaw is outstanding as she tearfully recounts her love for him and her hatred of the Empire. Two of Cassian’s rawest emotions could finally get his mind on what it needs to do. He is the match, his mother’s pain the matchbox and the empire is set to burn.

The tonal racket that beckons to Cassian’s vacation spot is stark, but in the context of the episode, a welcome dose of hilarity. Nicholas Britell reclaims his MVP claim with a high-energy hit that’s the closest thing to Star Wars dance music since Figrin D’an ditched his woodwinds. No matter how hard Andor tries to escape his troubles, we are shown once again that fate is inevitable as the Empire holds him once again. The walls of the labyrinth close once again around Cassian. We’ll have to wait and see how he finds his way out of this one.

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