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The final episode of Season 1 of ‘Andor’ reminds us that there are many threads to this story.

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What’s particularly interesting is that this adds to “Rogue One” and obviously the ending of that epic movie
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Following the conclusion of the jailbreak set piece in episode 10, we are once again reminded of the other, equally important elements that make up the “Andor” story of the origins of the Rebel Alliance. And boy did that jailbreak get our hearts pounding, but with just two episodes left, including this one, it’s difficult to see where exactly the first season of this groundbreaking “Star Wars” live action spin off  on Disney Plus (opens in new tab) is going to leave us for the potential year-long break we imminently face between this first season and the second, which has only just begun principal photography.

We’re reminded of how this struggle is unfolding for so many, in a number of ways and how they are risking their very lives to resist the consistently tightening grip that the Empire has over the galaxy. Not every battle takes the same format. And while this show has redefined what can be considered “Star Wars,” it has followed a basic formula, which is in essence the very effective build up of tension of ran inevitable set piece, followed by the execution of said set piece, then a recovery period and repeat.

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While it has supposed expectation on every level, from the mind-blowing story to the perfect pacing, from the masterful character building to the understated production design and from the exceptional dialogue to the phenomenal performances, it has been a tale of two near-identical repeated cycles of structured storytelling. Quite how this will conclude for the end of the first season next week remains to be seen. 

Not every battle in a war is the same. How useful can Mon Mothma be without comprising her position? (Image credit: Disney Plus)To be clear, that isn’t a criticism — at least not yet anyway — it’s simply an observation. Both the raid on the Imperial base on Aldhani and even more so the escape from Narkina 5 last week, were superbly well written, mind-blowingly well filmed and all-round expertly crafted, but the journey has a slightly cyclical feel to it now and what happens in the last two episodes will affect how those set pieces sit in the overall flow of the story.

This week’s installment, entitled “Daughter of Ferrix” is by far the shortest episode yet, coming in at under 40 minutes and if you shed even just a tear or two last week, oh boy, you’re gonna need a big ol’ box of tissues this week, ’cause it’s a full-on blub-fest.

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This episode also marks the first major on-screen appearance of the Cantwell-class Arrestor Cruiser. The ship’s design, based off a World War II aircraft carrier, was first created by visual effects artist Colin Cantwell as one of the potential designs for the Imperial Star Destroyer in “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” though it wasn’t used and we got the more familiar wedge shaped ship. Forty years later, the production crew for “Solo: A Star Wars Story” looked through Lucasfilm archives for ship design ideas and came across this and decided to use it for an Imperial ship in the film, though it only wound up being used in a short Imperial recruitment video. The name for the ship, Cantwell-class, was first used in the novelization of that film when it almost captured the Millennium Falcon and the original script for that film actually featured a scene where the Falcon was captured by the cruiser, but it was ultimately cut from the final version.

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