storywise, Andor may be avoiding the reference-heavy tropes of other starwars Disney+ Shows but there’s still plenty going on for eagle-eyed fans to analyze. Last week, it was the rakatan invaders; this week, in “The Ax Forgets,” we learned that one of the characters owns something very close and dear to fans of another popular franchise. But, unless you were looking for it, there’s a chance you missed it.
The moment in question comes toward the end of the episode when Luthen (Stellan Skarsgård) is visited by his concierge, Kleya (Elizabeth Dulau). They’re discussing the heist that will go down tomorrow on Aldhani and, on the back right shelf of Luthen’s room, you see two dark, oval-shaped stones with three marks on each one.
These, as most of you already know, are the Sankara Stones from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. They’re the Indy stones must liberate from the Thuggee cult which, when combined, light up and bring life or death to their owners. Which, no, does not necessarily mean Indiana Jones exists in the starwars universe (or will exist eventually, because remember, this is a long time ago); almost certainly, putting them with Luthen on Coruscant is just a little wink to fans of the Indiana Jones franchise. A franchise that, like starwars, is controlled by Lucasfilm. Luthen is a collector and dealer of rare antiquities, kind of like a starwars version of Indiana Jones, so putting them with him on Andor just works.
It also continues a long tradition of indy and starwars crossing over. Did you know R2-D2 is on the Lost Ark? That the club in Temple of Doom is Club Obi-Wan? There are more too. So this is just starwars keeping the tradition going.
But if we want to get super nerdy, you can attempt to break down the significance of Luthen having not just the stones, but two stones. In Temple of Doom we learn there are five total stones, three of which we see in the movie. The other two are presumed lost. So, are Luthen’s stones the two lost stones? Or, in putting two stones together without a third, are the filmmakers giving us a visual representation of the struggle in Luthen’s life? That he’s still looking for the final piece of the puzzle? This is the kind of nerdy shit that we live for.
Of course, the stones aren’t the only noteworthy things on Luthen’s shelf. He’s got both a Jedi and Sith Holocron too, though those are larger than most that we’ve seen in starwars so maybe they’re just replicas? And, in the last episode, we saw that he has a ton of stuff—such as the Starkiller armor—in the front. Maybe one day we’ll get a breakdown of all the treasures he’s accumulated over the years.
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