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Andor: Luthan Rael and Sacrifice

Luthan Rael and Sacrifice

I have mentioned, numerous times, how great the Andor series is and I won’t stop. If you struggled to get into the show, keep watching because it’s probably the best series of the franchise. The acting and writing far surpass anything Lucasfilm has ever done even when George was in charge. One of the best moments is the speech Stellan Skarsgård gives in Episode 11. I can keep reading his speech over and over so I’m posting it here. This is Luthan Rael and sacrifice:

Calm. Kindness. Kinship. Love. I’ve given up all chances at inner peace. I’ve made my mind a sunless space. I share my dreams with ghosts. I wake up every day to an equation I wrote 15 years ago from which there’s only one conclusion: I’m damned for what I do.

My anger, my ego, my unwillingness to yield, my eagerness to fight, they’ve set me on a path from which there’s no escape. I yearned to be a savior against injustice without contemplating the cost and by the time I looked down, there was no longer any ground beneath my feet.

What is my sacrifice? I’m condemned to use the tools of my enemy to defeat them. I burn my decency for someone else’s future. I burn my life to make a sunrise that I know I’ll never see. And the ego that started this fight will never have a mirror or an audience or the light of gratitude.

So what do I sacrifice?


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While I agree that Diego Luna gave some excellent performances and is deserving of the Golden Globe nomination, I feel like Stellan Skarsgård also deserves recognition.


Final Thoughts on Andor Season One

Final Thoughts on Andor Season One

Another excellent Star Wars series is in the bag. The good news is there will be a season two, unfortunately, it won’t be out until 2024. However, there will be plenty of other Star Wars series to watch until then. Be that as it may, here are my final thoughts on Andor season one.

This was probably the most unanticipated Star Wars series. In fact, even I internally debated if we needed a series about Cassian Andor. However, I am an avid Star Wars fanatic. Obviously, I’m going to watch it on Day One!

I was wrong. Andor is the Star Wars series I didn’t know I wanted. If I hadn’t made it very clear in all my episode recaps, let me make it clear now.

I. Loved. This. Series! It’s amazing!

Andor Episode 12

Andor Episode 12

Title: Rix Road
Director: Benjamin Caron

Andor Episode 12 is the Season One finale; just in time for Thanksgiving (if you live in the US). This episode will give you plenty to talk about at Thanksgiving dinner (instead of politics). We know there will be a time-lapse between this season and the next. How will this season end?

Cassian returns home for his mother’s funeral, which has a sacred and honored tradition on Ferrix. However, is he walking into a trap? Everyone is there looking for him to either arrest him or kill him. Tensions among the citizens are high because of the Empire’s presence and things are hitting their tipping point.

Andor Episode 11

I love the symmetry of this scene with Rogue One

Title: Daughter of Ferrix
Director: Benjamin Caron

This is the penultimate episode. Andor (and Melshi) have escaped their prison on Narkina 5. Where are they going next? Perhaps to recover Cassian’s money? Maybe to Ferrix to check on Maarva? What about the Spellhaus attack? Let’s talk about Andor Episode 11!

We are building to a crescendo as Cassian is again a fugitive from the Empire. A moniker he will have for the rest of his life. As he and Melshi plan their next moves, Luthen and Mon Mothma are forced to make more sacrifices for the Rebellion.

Andor Episode 10

Andor Episode 10

Title: One Way Out
Director: Toby Haynes

Time for the great escape. Every Tom, Dick, and Harry will be watching this episode (IYKYK). It’s hard to believe we only have two episodes left after this one and then we have to wait until 2024 for Season 2! Be that as it may, let’s discuss the events of Andor Episode 10.

This is another exceptional episode. Some great edge-of-your-seat action and suspense. There is also more exceptional acting, which I will get to later. This episode is everything I wanted in a Star Wars-themed prison break. You really get the sense that not all of these guys are hardened criminals. In fact, most of them, like Cassian, may be wrongfully imprisoned.

Andor Episode 9

Andor Episode 9

Title: Nobody’s Listening
Director: Toby Haynes

When we last saw Cassian he was in prison with his soon-to-be buddy Melshi, making parts for, presumably, the Death Star. Vel and Cinta are hunting him while his friends and mother are being repressed and interrogated by the Imperial presence on Ferrix. Let’s discuss Andor Episode 9.

For a “middle” episode, this one is pretty intense. Andy Serkis and Diego Luna’s performances in this episode are amazing. I’m a fan of Snoke, but this is Andy’s best role and performance as a Star Wars character!

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