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“Andor” Takes Off | “Star Wars: Andor” Season 1: Episode 6 “The Eye” Review

With two heist prep episodes under out belt, this week we actually get to see it happen.

See my initial thoughts on the episode down below. This written review will go more in-depth. Spoilers ahead.

After carefully choreographing just exactly how the mission would play out, Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and the rest of Vel Sartha’s (Faye Marsay) rebel group infiltrate the Imperial base on Aldhani storing the Imperial payroll they are after, half as Imperials and half as locals who have come to witness a phenomenon known as “The Eye,” in which asteroids burning up in the planet’s atmosphere are briefly visible, which they plan to use to cover their escape.

It goes well at first, other than the fact that Vel and Cinta Kaz (Faye Marsay) are a few minutes late in disabling the base’s communications system, which they do an imperfect job at. With the help of their man on the inside, Lieutenant Gorn (Sule Rimi), they quickly capture the base’s leader and use him to get access to the payroll vault, after which they have to lug physical credits (they look like comically-big racks of casino chips) onto an Imperial transport.

Not all of the rebels make it because of Vel and Cinta’s imperfect jamming of the base’s communications, which allows some Imperials to pick up their communications and stage a counterattack. During flight on the way out, Karis Nemik (Alex Lawther), the rebel mastermind of the mission and author of a rebel manifesto, is mortally-wounded, which forces the remaining rebels (Vel, Cassian and Skeen Arvel Skeen [Ebon Moss-Bachrach]) to seek out a doctor when they finally make it off Aldhani, their mission a success.

Despite the doctor’s best efforts, Karis cannot be saved, but he leaves Cassian his manifesto, which will probably radicalize him and convince him to fully join the rebellion. After all, he has no direction after this mission, having no prospects and unable to return home.

It is during these attempts to save Karis’ life that the most interesting scene of the show so far — and one of the best in “Star Wars” recently — happens. Skeen, realizing that they’ve stolen enough money to make themselves rich for a very long time, tries to tempt Cassian into ditching Vel and taking the money, after which Cassian kills him. It is such a critical moment for Cassian’s character as it shows us what he’s all about, as he essentially chooses the rebel cause over personal gain; it’s a moment of conviction for him.

It’s also the moment where this show finally earns its wings and takes off. It’s not only a great dramatic moment, but it also does a great job of showing the morally-ambiguous line people on the ground level of the rebellion like Cassian have to walk. We saw some of that in “Rogue One,” but it is done much better here.

This show has been a slow burn, but when it pays off, it’s some of the best “Star Wars” we’ve gotten in a long time. Though I do agree it could shave off some of its bloat — two heist prep episodes was not necessary, and the two episodes before this one could have easily been cut into one.

Star Wars: Andor” Season 1: Episode 6 “The Eye” Review

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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