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Star Wars Finally Remembers What Makes The Empire Scary

Warning! SPOILERS for episode 5 of Andor.

Andor episode 5 examines what its main characters are fighting for, and in doing so, it remembers what makes the Empire truly scary. Set five years before the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, AndorThe story of takes place at a time when a true rebel alliance as seen in the star wars the cinema was still far from being formed. As such, Andor gets the chance to explore what the threat of the Empire really means to the galaxy, and the show achieves that so far.


With four episodes, Andor has so far posed more mysteries than it has answered. The origin of the Rebel Alliance is another story star wars movies and shows have tried to tell, but due to its realism and more serious tone, Andor is configured to be star wars‘ definitive rebel tale. While Cassian Andor is the protagonist whose journey from Kenari to Scarif will guide the show, Andor tells a larger story that touches on multiple characters – from the Empire to the future Rebel Alliance.

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The fact that Andor has a more realistic and serious vision star wars that The Mandalorian Where Obi Wan Kenobi gave the show the opportunity to take the saga to unexpected places. Andor is to be able to dive deep into themes that had previously been restricted as subtext in the star wars movies. In fact, many recent star wars the stories had failed to convey what really makes the Empire scary, especially compared to how George Lucas envisioned the Empire and how Palpatine’s reign of terror came to be. During Andor episode 5, Karis and Cassian discuss what they are fighting for and what they have lost in the fight against the Empire, with themes of freedom being brought up throughout the episode. This loss of freedom mentioned in Andor is exactly what makes the Empire so scary in star wars.

George Lucas’ Star Wars Has Always Been About Losing Freedom

From the original star wars to the prequel trilogy, George Lucas’ star wars Movies have always been a commentary on real world issues. As in all good science fiction, Lucas star wars the films tried to use the fantasy elements of a distant galaxy as the backdrop for a story that could reflect the world he lived in. Before choosing cinema as his major, George Lucas studied social sciences and anthropology – a training that would later be reflected in Lucas. ‘ star wars movies. Although the original star wars trilogy placed audiences right in the middle of the war between the mighty Empire and the rebellion of the downtrodden, the star wars the prequels were able to go back a few decades and explain how the Republic turned into an oppressive Sith Empire ruled by Palpatine.

According to George Lucas for the Star Wars Archive: Episode I – III book, he wasn’t interested in telling a story about how someone took democracy away from the galaxy, but rather about “How do you give a democracy”. Whereas Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and the prequel trilogy as a whole was criticized for the often long and boring scenes of political meetings over the Trade Federation and votes of no confidence, these were essential to the story George Lucas wanted to tell. While the original star wars The trilogy was about the unlikely heroes fighting for that lost freedom, the prequels were about how the galaxy lost that freedom in the first place.

Recent Star Wars had made the threat of the Empire too superficial

Whereas star wars will always have content aimed at all ages, recent star wars the movies and shows had made the threat of the Empire too superficial, that is, they had made the Empire only an obstacle in the stories of the main characters. With so many star wars stories set during the Galactic Civil War, as well as the star wars sequels borrowing heavily from the Age of the Empire period, the idea of ​​stormtroopers and TIE-fighters has lost much of its original impact. Instead of a symbol of the galaxy’s defeat, the Empire began to be portrayed as a more cartoonish group of villains to Jedi and others. star wars characters to fight.

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It was a problem for A thug, for example. Presented as a grittier, more visceral version of the Rebels vs. Empire story, A thug ended up being a more action-oriented film, with the Empire serving only as an obstacle in the way of the heroes. There wasn’t much else to the story, and much of the fear and sense of urgency the audience may have felt derived from what they already knew about star wars, the Empire and the Death Star. A similar problem occurred with Solo: A Star Wars Story, in which the threat of the Empire is discussed but not felt. Obi Wan Kenobi is another star wars story that took place at the height of the conflict between the rebels and the Empire, but it focused more on its fantasy side with Darth Vader and the Inquisitors.

Andor Episode 5 pays tribute to the Sith’s best replica

By far the best line of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and perhaps the highlight of the whole star wars prequel trilogy, Padmé’s “This is how freedom dies. To thunderous applause” sums up the story that George Lucas was trying to tell from Episode I at Episode III. How Palpatine used the Clone Wars to gain more power and fracture the galaxy would later be a recurring theme in Star Wars: The Clone Warsand looking at it from a distance, the Sith Lord’s ultimate plan that was set in motion between The Phantom Menace and Revenge of the Sith should have been obvious to everyone. The problem is that when caught in the Clone Wars, the Republic, and the Jedi could hardly see what was really going on.

It’s a theme Andor continued from episode 5. When discussing the threat of the Empire and why it was fighting, Karis mentioned that people were slowly losing a sense of what the Empire was doing to the galaxy. Karis also mentioned to Cassian how freedom was taken from the galaxy starting with the most mundane things, which is an interesting twist on the “thunderous applause” of Revenge of the Sith. Andor suggests that more than a decade after the fall of the Republic and the rise of the Empire, the galaxy no longer remembers what it was fighting for.

Andor Episode 5 Sums Up What Really Makes The Empire Scary

More than stormtroopers, TIE fighters and Imperial cruisers, what really makes the Empire scary in star wars This is how he was able to suppress all sense of hope and optimism from the galaxy for nearly two decades. Apart from small movements like star wars rebels‘ The Phantom Crew and the Operation Mounted by Luther in Andor, there was not much fighting against the Empire – neither on the political ground nor on the actual battlefield. It wasn’t until Luke Skywalker answered the hero’s call that the ‘new hope’ was born, meaning all the stories set between Revenge of the Sith and A A new hope were technically about the despair and loss the galaxy was facing. It was something that most star wars movies and shows set during this time period weren’t reoccurring, but this Andor happily remembers.

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New episodes of Andor out Wednesday on Disney+.