After an encounter with two low level corporate lackeys reaches a fatal outcome, Cassian Andor returns to his home planet and tries to sell a piece of valuable Imperial hardware to get back out. Despite being told that it’s not worth the hassle of investigating – especially as the officers in question undoubtedly provoked the situation themselves – overly ambitious, stiff corporate officer Syril Karn decides to take the matter in his own hands, setting in motion a plan to apprehend Andor and get himself ahead professionally.

There’s an awful lot to take in during this second episode of Andor, but the pace is measured and it doesn’t feel as if much of note is actually happening at this stage. It’s all setup; chess pieces being moved into place. We’re introduced to Stellan Skarsgard’s Luthen Rael (who’s looking to buy Cassian’s hardware – but, naturally, is going to play a much bigger role than that) and also Cassian’s mother, as well as gaining more insight into a huge and catastrophic event from his past.

It’s in no hurry to tell its story, which allows for a great deal of nuance and texture; focus on smaller details that give this corner of the Star Wars universe an incredibly tangibility. Disney’s decision to release the first three episodes of the season at once was wise, because this is a short chapter that feels a bit aimless and inconclusive on its own – as part of the trio of opening episodes, however, it’s a great piece of scene-setting that neatly, unhurriedly gets us to the third instalment.

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