LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 15: Diego Luna arrives at the special 3-episode launch event for Lucasfilm's original series Andor at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California on September 15, 2022. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)
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Andor Episode 12 Gives Us An Explosive Season Finale That Offers A Glimpse of Rebellion
Spoiler Warning!
This story contains spoilers for "Andor" Episode XII – "Rix Road."
“Andor" closes Season 1 strong with Episode 12, "Rix Road," from Tony Gilroy and team, building on the framework of the funeral for Maarva. Just about every main character heads to Ferrix, and the way the finale has been set up offers glimpses of a rebellion in Season 2.
Nemik’s Manifesto
"Even the smallest act of insurrection pushes our lines forward," Nemik says in his recorded manifesto. Before he died in the sixth episode of "Andor," he insists that his manifesto be given to Cassian, which practically narrates Cassian's future and the entire story of the Rebellion.
Maarva’s Speech
Maarva’s speech in the episode is shockingly stirring and a call to arms for the people of Ferrix — they have to wake up to the evil of the Empire. Her words rouse the soul and are so beautifully rendered, and it’s exactly the sort of thing Luthen has been hoping for.
Classic Film
“Rix Road” may have also drawn inspiration from classic films. The funeral has the same feel as Vito Corleone’s murder of Don Fannuci in “The Godfather Part II,” and Cassian's appearance in Ferrix evokes the same thrill of Orson Welles's first appearance in "The Third Man.”
If viewers were confused by the post-credit scene, all they need to know is that the Empire is using anything it can to build the Death Star — and that includes prison labor. They will stop at nothing to please their Emperor and do what they have to in order to stay alive and rule by fear.
The Verdict
More than anything, this show feels like a manifesto against the Empire — against all evil Empires — written not by Nemik, but by Tony Gilroy and his team. "Star Wars" has always been overtly political, but it's never felt this acute in such a stressful time in global politics.