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“The Announcement” is a slower hour dealing with the aftermath of the Aldhani raid as its repercussions are felt on all sides of the conflict.
This recap of Andor Season 1 Episode 7 “The Announcement” contains spoilers.
After the action-packed robbery of the Imperial garrison Aldhani in Andor episode 6, “The Announcement” settles into a slower rhythm to deal with the aftermath. News of the valiant rebellion is everywhere, for better or for worse, encouraging some and terrifying others, but there is a clear sense that the mission was a turning point in the timeline.
Andor Season 1 Episode 7 Summary
That IS Bwere reassured by for example palpatine that a Senate hearing will be called to grant them additional powers that mero thinks is playing into the hands of the burgeoning rebel movement. Mon Mothma suspects luten and is not happy about a) the fact that she was completely unaware of the operation and b) the potential impact on her position as Senator. An Imperial Star Destroyer looms menacingly over Aldhani.
This is the bad news. The good news is that news of the attack is reaching the people, and people are beginning to believe in something bigger than themselves – in a chance to resist the Empire’s totalitarianism and rise up against their oppressors. But there is still a lot to do.
Meero is fortunate that she was the only person to even take up the evidence for this work, as it strengthens her position. She could do some flirting with the rules by collecting reports of missing avionics outside of her own area of responsibility, but if the matter is formally raised blevin, she not only gets the props to use her initiative, but also gets to take on his duties. She quietly positions herself as one of the show’s main antagonists.
We’re also starting to see how allies can become potential enemies very quickly as Luthen’s assistant Kleya meets secretly Vel and orders her to tie up the loose end Cassian Andor. Not ideal for a guy who never wanted to be involved in the riot at all.
And that’s not the only way Cassian’s involvement in the mission backfires. As news of the raid spread, people from Ferrixincluding Maarva, are beginning to believe in the viability of the Resistance, and Cassian’s adoptive mother wants to stay behind to fight, even though he now has enough money to literally take her somewhere else. Cassian is forced to leave without her – without anyone, by the way.
And things only get worse. While hiding out at a beautiful beach resort on Niamos, he is approached by a Shoretrooper and a KX droid, which may or may not be them K2SO before being reprogrammed – that sideways shot of Cassian and the droid is no accident – and sentenced to six years in prison on hilariously fabricated charges.
I imagine people will complain about this episode. It moves slowly, surely, and there is no action, and it all revolves around the aftermath of an event we’ve already seen, unleashing a fomenting rebel alliance, which we’ve already seen at its peak, and a tyrannical Imperial one reaction we’ve already seen from its stingiest side. But I would argue that this type of episode is an integral part of the type of story Andor wants to tell one about the development of both tyranny and rebellion against them in meaningful, personal steps, with all kinds of lives at stake on both sides of the conflict. It’s another well-written, well-acted piece of a much larger puzzle. It remains to be seen how neatly the whole thing will fit when it’s finished.
You can stream Andor Season 1 Episode 7 The Announcement exclusively on Disney+.
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