(SPOT.ph) With the recent launch of Disney+ in the Philippines, the galaxy far, far away isn't as remote and unreachable to Filipino audiences as it has been for the past couple of years. While, it's true we won't be getting a new Star Wars movie in cinemas for quite some time, we do have the serial adventures of characters like the Mandalorian, Boba Fett, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and now, Cassian Andor to keep us blissfully entertained as the jizz-wailers on Tatooine. (Just Google it. It's wholesome.)
Capping off Star Wars' year in streaming, the 12-episode series Andor just aired its first season's finale, which provided a compelling origin story for one of the movies' more underrated supporting characters and laid the groundwork for the events of Rogue One and A New Hope. We assure you that "That's no moon!" as we break down the season finale of Andor and where it's all headed.
The Andor Season 1 Ending and Post Credits Scene Explained:
The most apparent motif of Andor's first season finale, entitled "Rix Road," is watching small actions and objects take on larger significance and consequence. You first sense it in the episode's opening title that now features a full-blown orchestra, compared to the incrementally increasing instrumental sounds of previous episodes. This sets the stage for the rest of the episode, wherein the people of Ferrix rally against the cruel Empire and Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) himself joins the Rebellion.
The episode watches as regular people (i.e. non-rebels) and minor characters from earlier in the series play pivotal roles in taking the fight to the Empire. Even Maarva's (Fiona Shaw) funerary brick takes on larger symbolic meaning, as it's used by Brasso (Joplin Sibtain) as a weapon against the Imperials during the riots.
However, not all these little dominoes foreshadow triumph and freedom, even if we know this all ends with Luke, Leia, and Han saving the day in the original trilogy's end. The post-credits scene of the episode shows us droids assembling some machinery using the parts Andor helped create while imprisoned in the eighth episode. What are the droids assembling? The camera pulls out to reveal it's the laser firing section of the Death Star.
Besides obviously setting up the Emperor's "ultimate weapon" used in A New Hope, Return of the Jedi, and the prequel Rogue One, the post-credits scene also reveals a bit of cruel irony in relation to Andor himself. It's an unfortunate twist of fate that the parts Andor helped construct would eventually wind up in the weapon that killed him, as the character would go on to sacrifice himself to the Death Star's laser blast at the end of Rogue One.
Although, one could argue that Andor's own death is symbolic of how the Empire met its own demise by pouring too much of their resources into their ultimate weapon of fear, the Death Star. As revealed in the canon Star Wars books, the Empire repeatedly denied diversifying its funding to its different military arms in favor of building the Death Star, which is why the Rebellion dealt a massive blow to them when Luke destroyed the battle station in A New Hope.
Small actions take on huge consequences, as they say. Some may call it the butterfly effect, but Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) put it best in The Last Jedi when he said, "We are the spark of hope that will light the fire that will burn The First Order down."
Season 1 of Andor is now streaming on Disney+.
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