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“Daughter of Ferrix” skilfully ties together Andor‘s ongoing storylines and themes and set the stage for what looks set to be a smashing finale next week.
This recap of Andor Season 1 Episode 11 “Daughter of Ferrix” contains spoilers.
“The calm before the storm” is of course a well-worn phrase at this point, but it’s so timely so often that you can’t help but use it. The penultimate episode of Andor is a bit like that, at least compared to episode 10, which started out as an action-packed prison escape and delivered powerful moments of catharsis in the form of action and anti-imperial monologues. Daughter of Ferrix doesn’t have much action or monologues, but it is as strong a summary of the series’ themes as any episode before it.
Andor Season 1 Episode 11 Summary
It turns out that both imperial lineage and revolutionary zeal have the same human cost. The end goals – tyrannical control versus personal freedom – and the means to achieve them vary, but the books are always balanced in the blood.
This episode begins with the death of Cassian’s adoptive mother, Maarva, and ends with Cassian finally finding out, but it’s all about the loss. It wasn’t a choice for Cassian – on the contrary, it was actually a choice for Maarva, who, emboldened by the burgeoning rebellion, chose to stay on Ferrix when she could have escaped. But it’s still a price he has to pay himself. He should have been there to protect her and he wasn’t. He should return to pay his respects, and as an Imperial refugee he cannot.
The weight of Maarva’s downfall hangs over the entire episode. B2EMO takes it like a pet power and pulls that old sci-fi (and sometimes fantasy) trick of a non-human being imbued with pure humanity. Dedra treated Maarva as bait and suspects Cassian will return for the funeral. So does Vel, and Cinta is still waiting for Ferrix to greet him. Even Syril’s old colleague lets him know that Cassian may come back to town to mourn his mother.
It’s obvious he will Andor has spent eleven lengthy episodes laying the groundwork for him to do so at the worst possible time, with so many people looking for him that it would be impossible to imagine how he could survive if we didn’t already know that he survived. But the journey to that final Nexus – at least until Season 2 – has been one of trauma and compromise, as well as loss of various kinds. Whenever Andor arrives home, he’ll hardly recognize anyone coming for him, and maybe not even himself.
Imagine Bix completely broken by the Empire’s torture. Elsewhere, think of Mon Mothma, who has quietly resigned herself to marrying her daughter Leida to a sleazy financier’s son to secure funding for the rebellion (Genevieve O’Reilly is spectacular here). Imagine Luthen trying to justify the lives of thirty men, even to an anarchist revolutionary Gerera seen. Imagine Cassian, who has finally escaped from prison after being arrested and calls home to deliver a message to his mother saying she will be proud of him, only to be told that she has died in his absence.
The most superficial war of stars What happens in Daughter of Ferrix is Luther’s ship Escape from an Imperial cruiser’s tractor beam thanks to a series of hidden Bond-style weapons and gizmos. But the most important thing war of stars what is happening is that solidarity and loss continue to be the driving forces of a revolution; that the spirit endures even under the worst of circumstances.
https://readysteadycut.com/2022/11/16/andor-season-1-episode-11-recap-will-cassian-return-to-ferrix/ Andor season 1, episode 11 recap