Warning! Spoilers ahead for the ninth episode of Season 1 of Andor, “Nobody’s Listening!”
The latest live-action Star Wars series Andor has arrived on Disney+. The ninth episode, “Nobody’s Listening!” was another intense episode that saw Andor newly motivated to figure out how to break out of prison as the walls closed in around him and his friends around the galaxy.
“What Happened On Level Two?”
This week’s episode saw Andor adjusting to his disturbing prison environment but with a renewed determination to escape. He repeatedly pestered Kino (Andy Serkis) for details about the guards on their level to no avail, but rumors from another level of the prison being killed created doubt that they would ever leave.
Making matters darker, the toll of their labor became apparent when one of Andor’s elderly shiftmates, Ulaf (Christopher Fairbank), experienced a stroke. As he and Kino waited with him for medical treatment, they instead watched in horror as he was killed.
The doctor, too, appeared to be another prisoner, who warned Kino to keep his men in line if they didn’t want to die like the men on level two. While Kino had previously been depicted as almost villainous and aligned with the prison, this episode showed the lengths people will go to protect themselves and survive.
But Kino himself is not a villain at all. He believed in a lie–that he and his men will be able to leave and go home. When that lie was exposed, it became the moment he needed to become part of the rebellion, too.
Andor continues to show the myriad ways in which oppressed people are forced to push back against the system which usually benefits everyone. The final moments of the episode see Andor ask Kino once more how many guards are on each level, with Kino finally answering.
Andor likely doesn’t consider himself any kind of leader yet, but this episode saw him sort of preaching to his cellmates about the ethos of the Empire, telling them they aren’t important enough for the Empire to listen to them.
With an inevitable prison break on the way, Cassian is one step closer to becoming the Andor we know in Rogue One.
Andor is available to stream on Disney Plus.
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