Here is Episode 2 of my Andor Saga.
Running time is 2h 57mins, exactly the same as Episode 1. Its bulky but the material is just so damn good that the time flies by.
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Here is a list of the changes:
The Movie has been edited to introduce a time skip between this and Andor Episode 1. During the time skip the Vel has disposed of the hauler, the stolen credits have been hidden by the rebel network, Dedra has continued her investigation into the rebels and Andor has assumed a new identity.
Andor has been captured off screen to eliminate the Niamos scenes. His capture is explained in the opening text.
The remaining elements of Episode 7 have been used as the opening scenes to set up that everyone is trying to hunt down Andor, unaware that he is en route to an Imperial prison under an assumed name.
Syril’s Coruscant scenes that were cut from the previous edit are utilised but his mother is cut completely.
Vel now leaves Coruscant after she is ordered to find Andor and doesnt return. Her connection to Mon Mothma is absent.
Linus Mosk is cut completely. This gives Syril’s character more strength and autonomy. Syril’s presence on Ferrix is largely cut. He only appears when he rescues Dedra.
Andor’s return to Ferrix from EPisode 7 is utilised as two dream flashback sequences whilst he’s on Narkina-5. These scenes are essential for Andor and Marrva’s character arcs and the ISB’s investigations but don’t work well if used chronologically.
Scenes involving Mon Mothma and her family are largely cut. Only the basic plot requiring her to sacrifice her daughter remains.
There has been a vast restructuring in this edit with a lot of scenes moved around. This required numerous new audio transitions requiring combinations of audio rebuild, rescore and use of audio revurb to make them seemless.
Opening sequence and text to match Episode 1
Syril’s arrival on Coruscant from EP4 is intercut with Kleya meeting with Vel from EP7 and Dedra briefing Yularen and the ISB from EP8. Syril arrives at the appartment but his mother is cut.
The sequnce ends with Syril in his room looking at the hologram of Andor. Here I have cut together two seperate scenes to give it length and emotianl weight. the audio has been rebuilt and scored using a segment of the Episode 5 Main theme.
This sequence sets up the theme of the movie…… everyone is looking for Andor.
Sharp cut to Andor arriving on Narkina. The arrival sequence is edited to be continuous as the ISB scene is part of the opening sequence.
Cut to Syril arriving for his first day at the Bureau of Standards from EP7. The external shot has been removed and replaced with a repeat shot from within the bureau with rebuilt audio to remove intro music.
Cut to Andor in his prison uniform, being delivered to his unit. The sequence is shortened to remove the uneccessary interplay between the guards about staffing levels.
The “sprint segment" on the factory floor has been cut.
Cut from Andor’s shocked face to Syril at his Bureau work station from EP7. Use of revurb on the machiinery audio leads nicely into the silence of the Bureau. The audio in the Bureau scene has been rebuilt to remove the music. The monotonous background hum of the Bureau works much better to show Syril’s plight following the events of Episode 1.
Cut to Andor on the bridge at the end of the shift. The orientation sequence plays out as one continuous scene with the Mon Mothma scenes removed and placed later in the edit. I’ve used Syrils scenes as the juxaposition to Andor rather than the Mon Mothma scenes. Mon Mothma has no connection to Andor, whereas Syril’s arc is driven entriely by his obsession with Andor.
We cut from Andor reflecting in the darkness of his pod to the first of 2 flashback scenes using footage of his return to Ferrix from EP7. This first flashback is of Andor returning to Maarva’s house and her agreeing to leave ferrix with him. The audio is rebuilt to remove the music. Sound effects are added as an intro to the flashback.
Cut to shot of the hot prison floor and pan to Andor in the dark leading to the "30 shifts later” timejump. This scene is used upto the point where the prisoners leave the shower and pick up their clothing.
Cut to Syril at the Bureau as the ISB arrive to take him in for questioning. End cue from the Fuel purity track is used as the inro transition. The audio at the end of the scene is rebuilt to remove the music and a version of Syril Suite music cue from Episode 11 is used as the outro music.
Hard cut straight to Syril in the ISB interrogation room as Dedra arrives. Audio at the start is rebuilt to remove the music, allowing the music from the previous scene to transition through.
Cut to the prison as a normal shift unfolds.
Cut to Syril’s second interrogation scene.
Cut to Ferrix scenes of Brasso and Bix with Maarva and the watching Vel and Sinta. Vel and Sinta’s scene is heavily edited to remove reference to Vel leaving Sinta on her own.
Ferrix and Luthen/Cleya scenes play out in sequence but with the scene of Vel leaving Ferrix being cut and removing Luthen “not knowing what he knows” when talking about Andor.
Cut to nightime prison scene where the prisoner is about to commit suicide. Added in shot of Andor sleeping. Then cut to the second Ferrix Flashback scene where Maarva tells Andor she is staying on Ferrix. The Flashback of young Andor v the Clones is removed to avoid having a flashback within a flashback - it is used later. Cut Maarva “That’s just love… nothing you can do about that” - those lines never sat well with me. Edit Andor’s exit to cut references to Andor’s sister. AUdio rebuilt and the end of the Maarva’s Rebellion track used as the ooutro music.
Cut back to a reversed, trimmed shot of the prison at nightime and Andor sleeping as the fellow prisoner jumps to his death.
Cut back to Ferrix scene where Bix is spotted - “Get Heeeeeer” is cut.
Cut to Luthen and Saw. Part of Saw’s rant is removed.
Cut to Bix’s capture and meeting with Dedra.
Cut to the Prison floor…. Only the very start of this scene is used and combined with the frist prison scene of Episode 9 to create a single scene.
First prison scene moved up to provide a spacer between the Bix/Dedra scene at the end of the last episode and start of this episode. Audio revurb used to create an ominous audio transition that cuts straight to Dedra turning around to face Bix.
Audio rebuilt at the start of the Bix/Dedra scene to remove the music, allowing the revurb audio to transition through.
The torture scenes have been removed. I’ve gone with the ANH tactic with the torture being implied rather than shown. It also helped with the pacing. We see the suggestion of the torture, the results of it and the information gained from it.
Mon Mothma/Vel scenes cut with these scenes replaced with the Mon Mothma political gathering scenes from EP8. These follow on from her senate scene with the middle of the three scenes being cut completely.
Syril’s mother is cut.
The ISB scene where Dedra briefs Partagaz on Bix’s interrogation is moved back and follows on from the final Mothma scene. This scene then transitions with a wipe to the next day at the Narkia 5 prison.
The Syril/Dedra scene is edited to make Syril appear less creepy. “Have you been waiting out here…… Yes”, “Being in your presence” and “I sense it, I know it” have been cut. This scene is cut into 2 parts. As Dedra walks into the ISB building we cut to the next Prison floor scene and then back to Dedra as she arrives at her office.
Removed the prison doctor “He’s had a massive stroke” - I dont like “earthy” langage in my Star Wars!
Moved the last ISB briefing scene to the end to provide a spacer scene between the prison scene at the end of this episode and the start of the next.
Cut Ulaf’s body being taken through the factory floor.
Cut Mon Mothma “I’d feel far more comfotable paying you for your trouble” - sounds like something out of a west end musical!
Cut first 2 clips of Andor cutting the pipe - we have already seen him working on that pipe but it looks untouched.
Trim the sequence of the new prisoner being prepped for dropping onto the floor - speeds up the sequenece.
Trimmed the breakout sequence. The floor is activated a lot earlier, as it should have been.
Cut the shot of water dripping through the ceiling of another floor.
Cut Kino hesitating and not knowing what to say over tannoy.
Trimmed Lonni’s journey in the lift.
Cut references to Lonni’s child.
Cut to Melshi and Andor running… audio rebuilt and re-scored using “Tell me they’re leaving”. Wipe transition to Chapter 11 scene at Maarva’s house.
Cut Andor and Melshi on the cliff.
Cut Andor and Melshi’s capture and escape with the aliens - poorly executed scenes. Having their escape happen off screen works just as well.
Cut Vel and Kleya scene.
Cut Vel and Mon Mothma scene.
Cut Brasso - B2 scene.
Cut scene where Bix is asked about Anto Kreeger.
Cut Syril/Linus scene.
Keep scene of Syril emptying his safe but cut his mother leaving the apartment.
Cut Melchi from the Niamos scene - implies that Melchi and Andor already agreed to separate before this point.
Move the Fondor battle scene to the end to provide a better transition into the next episode.
Cut first scene of Wilmon making the bomb.
Edit Vel/Cinta scene to remove references to Vel coming back - she has been there the whole time.
Edit scene when Andor touches his father’s brick so that the flashback is of him being killed by the Clone Troopers - provides a more powerful resolution to the story.
Cut Luthen speeder sequence.
Cut all scenes involving Linus and Cyril. Cyrils’ presence on Ferrix is unknown until the point where he rescues Deedra.
Trim the funeral band procession to speed up the pacing.
Cut the extended pause during Maarva’s hologram speech.
Cut Bix refusing to leave with Andor.
Add post credits Death Star scene as the final scene before cut to credits.