The first season of Andor has come to an end on Disney+, after 12 episodes and many, many great moments. But warning, if you made it to the last minute but jumped out of your chair, go back and watch the credits carefully.
Attention: what follows is a spoiler of the series, if you do not want to ruin what you are seeing in the series, do not continue this reading.
The last episode of the first season of “Andor”, “Rix Road”, has a post-credits scene, something that is not very common in Star Wars. Even though it’s already become a pop culture staple, we’re in a galaxy far, far away and this is something new. Only now is the Lucasfilm franchise beginning to use these kinds of closures, since in the most recent season of The Book of Boba Fettwith the mod artist played by bass master Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner sharpening his tools to bring in Tatooine sheriff Cobb Vanth (Timothy Olyphant), is something we’ll see recurringly.
In Andor, however, the post-credits scene offers the answer to a question fans have long posed: what the hell were the inmates building at the Imperial prison on Narkina 5? Over several episodes we saw Cassian (Diego Luna) building parts for an unknown machine, which immediately raised this question. As old inmates died and new ones were brought in, work on Narkina 5 never stopped, continuing 24 hours a day in day and night shifts, all filled with prisoners building mystery pieces. Many people were betting that those parts would eventually go on the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star, and now we know they were right.
Are the parts that are built on Narkina 5 parts for a plate that kills planets?
As it turns out, those parts built on Narkina 5 were placed on a layer of the Death Star’s infamous dish, the part that actually fires its planet-killing super laser. The post-credits scene shows us many spider droids crawling around a huge metal surface, patching the six-armed pieces between gold plates to keep them all together and in place. As we zoom out, the bigger picture begins to form: This golden structure is one of many layers that will build the Death Star’s main course, the finishing touch on the weapon’s iconic design.
These details are an interesting revelation made by the series. We see the finished plate being inserted into the main superstructure of the Death Star in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, in a scene where Grand Moff Tarkin (Peter Cushing) confronts Director Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn). ) aboard an Imperial Star Destroyer. So the scene in Andor draws an interesting parallel to Rogue One – both make very clever use of perspective to show just how massive the battle station really is. The series has the camera panning from the smaller droid, later showing just how big the dish is, even while it’s under construction. In the film, perspective is set with Star Destroyers, with the finished plate attached to the weapon. In the end, it’s an interesting metaphor for how Andor is now an essential piece of Rogue One, building up the smaller parts that will later make up the entire movie.
However, these two scenes still contradict the ending of Revenge of the Sith. Aboard a Venator-class Star Destroyer, the newly anointed Sith Lord Darth Vader (Hayden Christensen) meets his master, Darth Sidious (Ian McDiarmid), as the two watch the construction of the skeletal Death Star, which already has the outline of the plate there. We never saw an official explanation on that, but, well, we can let it go for continuity’s sake. After all, we got an amazing movie and an amazing series.
What is the timeline for completion of the Death Star?
The construction of the Death Star, as you can imagine, was a long and difficult process, with many meetings that could have been holos. Many of them are represented in Catalyst: A Rogue One Story, a prequel novel to the anthology film written by iconic Star Wars author James Luceno. The story is told from the perspective of Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen), a scientist specializing in kyber crystal research who is forced to develop the super laser (and father of Jyn Erso, star of Rogue One played by Felicity Jones), and director Orson Krennic. (Ben Mendelsohn).
The book is set years before Rogue One, which shows that the idea of the Death Star was on the table long before it was actually built. In Attack of the Clones, for example, Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) briefly discusses with Poggle the Lesser, the leader of Geonosis, the continuity of the project. Poggle is a major player in Catalyst, and is forced to continue working on it even after the end of the Clone Wars and the defeat of his Separatist army, kind of like the ex-Nazis worked on the moon landing, but here it’s how the ex-Nazis worked on the moon landing. nazis. working for the current Nazis. Confused. In the end, he is ripped off by Krennic and the entire Geonosian population is wiped out. There could be no witnesses, so everyone was killed and the planet became habitable. This is also shown in an arc in Star Wars Rebels, with Forest Whitaker reprising his role as Saw Gerrera.
Unfortunately, Geonosis was just one of many planets destroyed by the Empire for the sake of the Death Star. Ilum, for example, was the main source of kyber crystals for the Jedi, and was completely depleted, to the point that it was nearly core-stripped (this would later make it an ideal location for the First Order to build their own). superweapon, Starkiller Base). Jeddha is also fully explored by kyber from it, and even other planets, such as Lothal (as a source of the rare metal doonium).
What does this Death Star reveal mean for Cassian?
The parallels with Rogue One have become one of the most interesting parts to analyze in Andor, but, in the end, it all comes back to our hero, Cassian Andor. The most obvious aspect is that we actually see him working on the construction of the Death Star. When he ended up on Narkina 5, he inevitably helped build the weapon that would end up killing him, and which he himself sacrificed everything to destroy. This also drew a parallel with the speech of Luthen (Stellan Skarsgard) in the episode “One Way Out”, now that Cassian has next to nothing to lose and is willing to sacrifice his own life to stop the Empire.
Also, on Narkina 5, Cassian was forced to work with people he didn’t know, on a project he didn’t understand, toward a goal he knew nothing about. The Empire tried to strip the inmates of any sense of community in order to keep them in fear, pitting them against each other as a way to instill fear of being left behind and thus increase productivity. Ironically, the parts that Cassian helped build were also responsible for him developing a whole new idea of community within the prison, which he would later work on further (especially through the manifesto written by Nemik, Alex Lawther’s character in the Aldhani’s arc of the series), gaining a greater understanding of the galaxy and what was really at stake in the fight against the Empire.
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