'Andor' Episode 5: Did you know that 'The Axe Forgets' has a subtle Indiana Jones reference?

'Andor' Episode 5: Did you know that 'The Axe Forgets' has a subtle Indiana Jones reference?
Indiana Jones' bullwhip and a still from 'Andor' (IMDb/Disney+)

George Lucas and Harrison Ford are common factors when it comes to discussing Lucasfilm and Star Wars. The latter, in particular, has been known for not just playing Han Solo in the decorated space saga, but also for archaeologist Indiana Jones. And 'Andor' pays a fitting tribute to the famed explorer in Episode 5 'The Axe Forgets'.

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In the latest episode, eagle-eyed fans will notice Indiana's trusty bullwhip (And it doesn't sound like Chandler's Wa-pah!). The accessory is just as important as his fedora and pistol and is used to grab objects. For those who have caught both the franchises' content, this isn't the first time that the franchise has referenced the films.'Raiders of the Lost Ark' has Indy board a plane that has the serial number 'OB-CPO' which is a blend of Obi-Wan and droid C-3PO. 'The Temple of Doom' also has a reference to 'Club Obi-Wan' named after the Jedi master.

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Episode 5 was another slow-burn chapter. While most expected a mission-ready rebel team that now included Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) to grab the Imperial's quarterly payroll, it wasn't to be as the series still ample light on their preparation. For those who haven't caught the series yet, the official synopsis reads: "The Andor series will explore a new perspective from the Star Wars galaxy, focusing on Cassian Andor’s journey to discover the difference he can make. The series brings forward the tale of the burgeoning rebellion against the Empire and how people and planets became involved. It’s an era filled with danger, deception, and intrigue where Cassian will embark on the path that is destined to turn him into a rebel hero."

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In related news, the fifth Indy Jones movie is in the works. The film's predecessor includes 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' (2008), 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade' (1989), 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom' (1984), and 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' (1981).

'Andor' Episodes 1-5 are streaming on Disney+

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