The following contains spoilers for Andor Season 1, Episode 7, “Announcement,” now streaming on Disney+.
seven episodes in Andor and fans have certainly gotten a sordid depiction of the Rebellion’s origin story before. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Luthen is casting a sinister figure, hoping that the deaths of innocents after Aldhani’s heist will prompt more rebels to join the cause. Also, Mon Mothma works behind the scenes, eager to secure funding through less bloody means, though her associates see violence as the key to insurrection.
Interestingly, the show has also provided key insights into the flawed Empire, how it has manipulated poor people across the galaxy, and how some agents like Dedra Meero had clues about the burgeoning resistance. In particular, one person who many thought would be a key asset is unfortunately trudging through a story influenced by Psychopath. This is none other than Syril Karn, whose aspect of the overall story feels like a total waste so far.
Syril Karn from Andor is really boring
Syril starts off with Ferrix in the first episode, but after trying to seek justice for two murdered officers, he ends up banished to Coruscant. His mother, Eedy, pulls the strings in the family and puts him in the Bureau of Standards, eager to dictate his life. What is obvious is that they are in an emotionally abusive relationship, filled with jealousy, resentment, and control.
has that Psychopath style, similar to Norman Bates’s mother, Norma, sinking her teeth into her son, which is why he became so deranged later on. The problem is that, after so many episodes, seeing Syril just hitting keys at his new job, reviewing data, feels like a slow burn that should have had some reward by now. Instead, all the other characters, from Dedra in the Imperial Security Office to Vel’s crew carrying out Aldhani’s heist on Cassian’s inner circle, all have sub-arcs with a sense of urgency. However, it seems that Syril’s story could have been compressed and told in just a few minutes.
Syril of Andor feels like a bad interlude
It’s true that Syril’s future is up in the air, and many think she may defect to the rebels because of how the Empire reprimanded her professionalism. Or it could be that, like Dedra, he uncovers criminal activity targeting the rebels, giving him due respect. The point is that Dedra’s arc has already come full circle, leaving her currently searching for more clues to her superiors.
If that’s the case, Syril’s journey would be redundant, though the series could push him as Dedra’s future companion. However, if he turns out to be a defector, the fact that fans have already seen the Gorn and Taramyn betray the Empire, would be repetitious. So unless the show has something original and fresh planned for Syril, this molasses-like evolution of her character over a series of monotonous interludes feels clunky, like a forced character portrait for someone who doesn’t have a relationship. real with the narrative. Ultimately, it’s tense and intriguing to watch him mentally wrestle with his puppet mother, but other than that, Syril just isn’t moving the needle on a professional level, even though he initially positioned himself to be Cassian’s true enemy.
New episodes of Andor air Wednesdays on Disney+.