Andor Indiana Jones Easter Egg: Luthan Rael Sankara Stones
Storywise, Andor may be avoiding the reference-heavy tropes of different Star Wars Disney+ shows however there’s nonetheless lots happening for eagle-eyed followers to investigate. Final week, it was the Rakatan invaders; this week, in “The Axe Forgets,” we discovered that one of many characters owns one thing very close to and expensive to followers of one other in style franchise. However, until you had been in search of it, there’s an opportunity you missed it.
The second in query comes towards the tip of the episode when Luthen (Stellan Skarsgård) is visited by his concierge, Kleya (Elizabeth Dulau). They’re discussing the heist that can go down tomorrow on Aldhani and, on the again proper shelf of Luthen’s room, you see two darkish, oval-shaped stones with three marks on each.
These, as most of you already know, are the Sankara Stones from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. They’re the stones Indy should liberate from the Thuggee cult which, when mixed, mild up and produce life or demise to their homeowners. Which, no, doesn’t essentially imply Indiana Jones exists within the Star Wars universe (or will exist finally, as a result of bear in mind, it is a very long time in the past); virtually definitely, placing them with Luthen on Coruscant is just a bit wink to followers of the Indiana Jones franchise. A franchise that, like Star Wars, is managed by Lucasfilm. Luthen is a collector and seller of uncommon antiquities, type of like a Star Wars model of Indiana Jones, so placing them with him on Andor simply works.
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It additionally continues a long tradition of Indy and Star Wars crossing over. Do you know R2-D2 is on the Misplaced Ark? That the membership in Temple of Doom is Membership Obi-Wan? There are extra too. So that is simply Star Wars preserving the custom going.
But when we wish to get tremendous nerdy, you may try to interrupt down the importance of Luthen having not simply the stones, however two stones. In Temple of Doom we be taught there are 5 whole stones, three of which we see within the film. The opposite two are presumed misplaced. So, are Luthen’s stones the 2 misplaced stones? Or, in placing two stones collectively with out a third, are the filmmakers giving us a visible illustration of the battle in Luthen’s life? That he’s nonetheless in search of the ultimate piece of the puzzle? That is the type of nerdy shit that we reside for.
After all, the stones aren’t the one noteworthy issues on Luthen’s shelf. He’s received each a Jedi and Sith Holocron too, although these are bigger than most that we’ve seen in Star Wars so perhaps they’re simply replicas? And, within the final episode, we noticed that he has a ton of stuff—such because the Starkiller armor—within the entrance. Perhaps in the future we’ll get a breakdown of all of the treasures he’s collected over time.
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