Andor Recap: Season 1 Episode 5 – Vel’s team prepares for the garrison attack

This week on Disney+ Andor, Vel and her ragtag team prepare to raid the Imperial garrison, only to be ambushed by a bomb reveal. Oh, and Syril’s mother is a pill!

After not getting a warm welcome from Vel’s band of rebels in the last episode, Andor woke up to find Skeen rummaging through his things (although the Kyber crystal was safely in Cass’s pocket). Skeen had all sorts of questions, including where “Clem” got his company blaster. Andor, meanwhile, tapped on Skeen’s shirtless tattoos that said/read “Krayt Head” and “By the Hand,” following which they connected half an inch about their respective time in youth centers.

Andor 1x05“Clem” then got a better grasp of who is who and what believes in Vel’s team. Nemik, for example, is full of ideas about what rebellion means (and probably has a work-in-progress manifesto that he’s happy to share with you). Cinta was hailed as the “toughest” of them by Skeen (oh, and she’s already “sharing a blanket” with someone on the team to keep Clem from getting ideas). and Lt. Gorn, Cass eventually learns, lost a promotion with the Empire for falling in love with a local girl. He then lost the girl as well, after which his taste for the Empire turned sour, triggering his defector actions.

“Clem” also proved his real worth to the Op after realizing that Vel and Taramyn have no idea how to garrison the box freighter, which is attached to an overhead rail as it is. He’ll find out, he says, provided he gets to drive the getaway vehicle – and they sheepishly agree.

After Taramyn put the men through repeated rehearsals of their march to the garrison as uniformed soldiers (Vel and Cinta’s roles in this mission are conspicuously classified) – and after they dodged at least one annoying flyby of a tie hunter – the team donned Aldhani peasant garb and began their march to the garrison. However, things took a turn during a pit stop when Skeen pressed a knife to Clem’s throat and snatched the 30,000-credit Kyber crystal hidden under his shirt. (“Who brings in Treasure to a robbery?!” he demanded.) “Clem” admitted that he gets paid for his services and that he’s only in it for the money. Vel, in turn, revealed that recruiting Clem wasn’t actually her idea, but she won’t say whose it was.

Cassian deftly dampened the mood by implying that everyone was just nervous, as “the day before” often is, and that by complaining about its origins, they were actually looking for a parachute made by this bold venture leads away – words that seem to ring true across the group.

Andor GornThat evening, after Team Gorn signaled at the garrison that they were ready for the next day’s raid, Vel brought Skeen to Clem so he could share his personal investment in this fight. We and Cass learned that Skeen’s brother saw his pepper tree farm confiscated and destroyed by the Empire, after which the robbed man took his own life. Sharing the sad tale isn’t much of an apology for his actions, Skeen admitted, but Clem claimed it was enough of one.

Meanwhile, Lt. Gorn performs a Jedi mind trick at the garrison by “reluctantly agreeing” that only men will be stationed at the facility the following evening to enjoy the light show in the sky.

Andor 1x05Elsewhere in episode 5….

LUTHEN complains about loose ends | As Vel and her team set up camp near the garrison, we see Luthen tied to a radio, listening for gossip/updates. His assistant (…and maybe more?) urged him to calm his nerves by saying, “Either they’ll be okay or they won’t.” Luthen then voiced his concern that not only Vel might become attached to him if he is captured, but also “the thief Andor”.

HOME, US SWEET HOME | One might guess after this episode that Mon Mothma joined the rebellion just to get away from her crappy family! Because on top of husband Perrin’s (hardly) passive-aggressive nature, their daughter Leida is a bit of a brat and coldly refused to let mom take her to school (like some of the performative acts, the teen argued). Perrin later asked his wife about the new foundation he had learned through a mutual she had created; She sniffed back that she didn’t think he would be interested since it was “charitable.”

Andor 1x05GIVE UP | As if beating himself off ISB and retiring wasn’t enough, Syril Karn spent this episode getting away from his disappointed mother Eedy, who is determined to finally call in a “favor” from Uncle Harlo on an epic guilt trip take along .

TOO RANDOM TO BE RANDOM | Even though officially Without investigating the stolen Starpath unit that had surfaced on Ferrix, the ISB’s Dedra spent many hours sifting through files and counting other suspicious thefts on Kessel, Jakku, and elsewhere. Her dutiful companion, Heert, agrees: although the incidents are scattered and seemingly unrelated, they are too random to be actual be accidental, and are instead likely part of a larger, increasingly organized rebellion effort….

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