Rogue One: A Star Wars Story blurred the lines between good and evil in a way we hadn’t seen before in the galaxy far, far away. Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) interrogates Cassian (Diego Luna) when he talks about having to do things because of “orders”. If he’s just a ruthless drone that does exactly what he’s told, what makes him any different than a Stormtrooper? This ethical debate is essential. The Rebel Alliance has no reason to overthrow the Galactic Empire unless they want to replace it with something better.
Instead of giving an inspirational speech to the other rebels before the Battle of Scarif Villain OneCassian admits they all did terrible things for the rebellion.” We now get to see what some of those things might have been Andor. The Rebel Alliance has yet to achieve a major victory, and the lack of a formal infrastructure has inspired a few different cults. We know from Villain One that saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker) takes a break from the rest of the rebels due to his extremist tactics.
Andor gets the perspective of different characters at different stages of involvement; Each of them has to decide how far they are willing to go. Cassian is a bit reluctant to join a cause, and he’s not sure he’s ready to fully devote himself to an organization that’s still in its infancy. Luther Rael (Stellan Skarsgard) sees his cause as absolute and is willing to use any violent means to achieve his ends. Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) is seeking a peaceful solution to the conflict, but it may have just reached its breaking point. It will be interesting to see how these characters deal with their ethical dilemmas Andor.
Cassian finds it difficult to stand up for his beliefs
Cassian has learned since childhood that the only person he can trust is himself. He lacks a community to support him as every family he had has been taken from him. After a shipwreck landed on his homeworld of Kenari, Cassian is separated from his family and taken by Maarva (Fiona Shaw) and Klem (Gary Beadle). Clem is later killed in a public setting. This teaches Cassian a lesson in standing up for your beliefs; Causes only kill you.
Cassian’s reluctance to join Luthen is understandable given his experience at the Battle of Mimban. The Empire tricked various resistance groups into fighting among themselves, and Cassian was one of the few survivors. While Luthen insists that this should make him hate the Empire even more, Cassian doesn’t want to be held responsible for the same crimes. He has seen what these “rebels” can do to one another.
However, we see that some moral standards are upheld when Cassian meets Vel Sartha (Faye Marsay) and her team on Aldhani. Sartha refuses to add a “mercenary” like Cassian to her team, as her team is not paid for their efforts. Despite her bluntness, Cassian might be more drawn to joining Sartha’s team if he knows she wants her soldiers to have goals that aren’t about money.
Luthen has been in this fight for a long time
Cassian may have been “in this fight” since he was 6 years old, but Luthen has the experience of a veteran. Not afraid to start a fight, he views his enemies as utterly evil and deserving of no mercy. This is slightly at odds with what we know about the political infrastructure in Germany Andor; Siril Karn (Kyle Soller) and the other Pre-Mor officers are simply corporate officials under Imperial command. Are they really as “evil” as someone like Darth Vader, Grand Moff Tarkin, or Emperor Palpatine?
We see the fundamental difference between Cassian and Luthen during the climate battle on Ferrix. After ruthlessly taking out their Pre-Mor pursuers, Cassian and Luthen corner Syril and question him. Luthen tells Cassian to kill Syril as he is unlikely to speak up. Surprisingly, Syril completely caves in and reveals his plan. Cassian makes the decision to let him live; He knows there may be consequences, but he’s not ready to be a cold-blooded killer.
Was that a bluff on Luthen’s part to scare Syril, or was he really ready to shoot him in the back of the head? This is unclear but Luthen is yet to reveal his endgame. He has never been completely honest with anyone. Luthen could be one of the founding members of the Rebel Alliance deciding the future of the group, but he could also turn out to be another extremist like Saw.
Mon Mothma’s dilemma between Empire and Rebellion
Although Mothma has only appeared in one episode so far Andorshe is one of the most important characters in the war of stars Universe. Mothma has to flee Coruscant Star Wars rebels after publicly decrying the Empire for the atrocities it has committed. After Bail Organa (Jimmy Smith) is killed in the destruction of Alderaan, Mothma guides the Rebel Alliance through the events of the original trilogy. She goes about attacking the Death Star II in Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.
While Mothma has an exciting road ahead of her, Andor presents a character who is more insecure. We know from war of stars Story that she always sought a diplomatic solution to problems. in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Mothma attempts to negotiate with the Confederation of Independent Systems to form a treaty. In O’Reilly’s deleted scenes in Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the SithMothma works with Bail to form a “Loyalist Committee” dedicated to Palpatine’s (Ian McDiarmid) warpath if he is still chancellor.
What will be the incident that proves to Mothma that all attempts to restore democracy to the former Galactic Republic are in vain? While she currently helps fund Luthen’s movement, she is still a member of the Imperial Senate, which is struggling to make its voice heard. We see that Mothma is frustrated with her husband Perrin Fertha (Alastair Mackenize), who is willing to make contacts with imperial sympathizers. She wants to start making changes, but she might have a problem with Luthen when she realizes what he’s willing to do to bring down the Empire.
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