Andor episode 6 is the mid-season episode and boy does it deliver with intensity and high stakes. Here’s our Andor episode 6 spoiler recap and review.
Warning: Spoilers Ahead for Andor Episode 6
Andor episode 6 marks the middle of the first season of this new Star Wars show and as fans expected, this one is extremely intense. The previous episode saw the rebels coming together to make plans for their attack, and with less than a day before it was to start, we knew this episode was going to be huge and give us exactly what we have been waiting for.
The episode picks up in the calm before the storm, as camp is eerily quiet the morning of the attack. The team is anxious and nervous, as they get ready to do something that could quite possibly get them all killed.
Meanwhile the Imperial soldiers are discussing how they manipulate the people of the surrounding area. Because of the ritual of the eye, which is what the rebels are using as their cover to break in, there is a lot going on, and distractions around every corner. The celebration is loud, allowing the rebels the audio cover they need. The soldiers pretty much chalk anything strange up to the eye, solidifying the perfect timing of the plan.
As Andor alluded to earlier in the season, the Empire is so cocky that they simply do not think anything can get past them. They don’t expect rebels to get anywhere close, let alone inside their very home. The Empire remains completely clueless because they just aren’t paying enough attention, which allows the rebels start to enact their plan.
These scenes feel extremely intense, heightened greatly by the score. Hearts of viewers will be pounding as we are all on edge, waiting to see if the task can be pulled off. Of course, we all know where Andor ends up, but we do not know where his acquaintances do, leaving the door open for unexpected deaths.
Once they get inside of the building, they take captives in order to ensure their success. They go big, and immediately start to claim that if they are not given access to the vault, they will kill everyone – including a sick child who is amongst those who are being held hostage.
Andor is clearly the most calm, cool, and collected of them all. He is firm in his demands, and never once waivers or shakes. The team has prepared the best that they can, but that doesn’t mean that everything will go perfectly. Things are extremely tense and it constantly feels as if at least one of the characters we have been getting to know over the last few episodes is not going to make it out of this alive.
The directing and editing join the score in making nearly every moment of Andor episode 6 an intense one. Not once does the team feel safe, and it is absolutely terrifying as we have grown to love them all. They only have so much time to pull this all off, as they are relying on the eye to cover their escape, and that makes every second that passes an important one.
As expected the rebels need to put up a fight against the Empire in order to succeed. While there is some great back and forth during the massive shootout, we can’t help but be a little disappointed it didn’t last longer.
The timing is tight, because of course it is or the show wouldn’t be that interesting, but the rebels are able to infiltrate the vault, load up the ship, and get out just in the nick of time to fly through the light show in the sky – which looks absolutely gorgeous, by the way. It is crazy to think that there is a large group of people looking up to the heavens during this time, and have no clue they are witnessing an escape that is setting up funds for the future of the rebellion.
Karis Nemik (Alex Lawther) is injured in the escape and the team works tirelessly to keep him alive. Unfortunately it is to no avail as the fan favorite character ends up dying. This death is sure to hit a lot of people hard, as Lawther absolutely crushed this role. While it was highly expected that one person would die in this episode, the second death of Andor episode 6 comes as a complete surprise.
Arvel Skeen (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) confesses to Andor, aka “Clem”, that he has no brother, and the story he told him was all a farce. He tries to recruit him to take the credits and run, leaving the rest of the rebels to fend for themselves. Andor shoots and kills him without even thinking, but he does go to Vel Sartha (Faye Marsay) and demands what he is owed, while also telling her how Skeen acted.
Andor episode 6 does not disappoint, as it plays like an edge of your seat thriller from start to finish. Even with a few predictable moments, there are some completely shocking and jaw dropping ones as well. Easily the best episode of the season, we cannot wait to see where it all goes from here.
Rating: 5 out of 5
The “Andor” series will explore a new perspective from the Star Wars galaxy, focusing on Cassian Andor’s journey to discover the difference he can make. The series brings forward the tale of the burgeoning rebellion against the Empire and how people and planets became involved.
It’s an era filled with danger, deception and intrigue where Cassian will embark on the path that is destined to turn him into a rebel hero.
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Tessa Smith is a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer-approved Film and TV Critic. She is also a Freelance Writer. Tessa has been in the Entertainment writing business for almost ten years and is a member of several Critics Associations including the Critics Choice Association, Hollywood Critics Association, and the Greater Western New York Film Critics Association.