The walls are closing in for Cassian Andor, both literally and figuratively. Unexpected alliances are revealed in the newest episode of ANDOR, answering questions I had and opening up more. Like, what the hell is going on with Syril?

When the series began, I really had Syril (Kyle Soller) pegged as a wannabe cop. He’s introduced as a security officer with big aspirations. Nine episodes later and I’m having second thoughts about his true intentions. Sure, maybe he REALLY does want to just catch who he perceives to be the bad guy, aka Cassien. Maybe he wants to kiss butt all the way up the Imperial chain until he can get an audience with Darth Vader or the Emperor. Or, what if he’s been working with Luthen, Mon Mothma, or Vel Sartha all along? Sure, I might totally be reaching for a twist that isn’t there. And truthfully, I’m also hoping this show comes full circle with ROGUE ONE and drops in a cameo from Mads Mikkelsen as Galen Erso. 

One of the many strengths of ANDOR has been how it’s been directed in mostly 3-episode shifts. These give the sense of mini three-act films within the overall season. Episodes 1-3 and 8-10 are directed by Toby Haynes, with episodes 4-6 by Susanna White. Episode 7 is somewhat an outlier, directed by Benjamin Caron, who doesn’t return to direct until episodes 11-12. If Ep7 had fallen within the same template as the earlier episodes, NOBODY’S LISTENING! would have been another part 3. Instead, much like the Ep8, it builds suspense and then leaves us hanging. It’s an interesting choice for a weekly series that could easily fail, but with ANDOR it makes us the viewers not just want more, but need it.  

ANDOR streams every Wednesday on Disney+.

Jami Losurdo

When not writing film and tv reviews, Jami is expanding her collection of colorful sunglasses, lifting weights, and working her day job as a Digital Advertising Director. An alumnus of NYU Tisch for Film/TV, Jami made Los Angeles her home in the early 2000s and continues her quest to find the very BEST tacos of all time.

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