I was chatting with a great host from Rogue Fun: A Star Wars PodcastAlice, about episode 4 of AndorPainted. We come to the topic of Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgård) and his mysterious caper crystal that he gave Cassian (Diego Luna). There was just something about this entire scene that we felt. The logic of Luthen’s choices, his dialogue with Cassian, and his conversation with Phil (Fay Marsay) were not compelling. Like good fans of us, we’ve gone full of conspiracy theory Charlie memes It’s always sunny in Philadelphia on this idea.
What if Luthen’s kyber crystal is fake and has some kind of implanted bug to spy on Vel’s crew? Or does it have some kind of tracking device inside?
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Luthen already has Cassian on board the expedition by paying 200,000 credits for his involvement. But when they reached Aldhani, that’s when Luthen’s behaviors changed. He paused and took off the Kuiper Crystal from around his neck. Present it to Cassian, explaining the important history behind the item and why it’s worth at least 50,000 points. He honestly says it’s worth more to him than any money.
After this, Luthen explains that the kipper crystal is a down payment but then proceeds that he wants to get it back. insist on Cassian twice He wants to get it back. Which is very strange because that’s not how advance payments work. When you make a down payment to someone, they keep the amount. no longer yours.
To continue this train of plot, we get to the conversation between Luthen and Phil. There are several key parts of the dialogue he tells her. One of them was that he was already planning to shut down her operation. That is why he pushes her to take Cassian so that he does not have to destroy her plans. They need this victory over the empire.
Then he specifically brought up the possibility that one of her team members would “drop” and back off at the last minute. That is why Cassian exists as their alternative. This means that Luthen has doubts about Phil’s team.
But the strangest thing is that Luthen gives full permission to Phil to kill Cassian if she needs to. If he really sees that Cassian is “disposable” as he says, why would we give him an incredibly valuable Kuiper Crystal in the first place if there was a real chance that he wouldn’t get it back? We, the audience, know that Cassian will be fine because this is a pre-show of rogue one. But in the context of the story, Luthen doesn’t have that luxury.
So, what does all this mean in my theory?
To get rid of my insane plots, the Kipper crystal can be a moral test for Cassian. If Cassian is turned on, the crystal probably contains some kind of small tracer inside the carrier portion of the nodes. That way, Luthen could find him again if he needed to.
But my biggest idea behind it is that Lothen is planting a kiper crystal on Cassian to spy on Phil’s team. It can have some type of listening device built into it. It is clear that Luthen has doubts about this mission. Perhaps he thinks there is a mole in her collection and is trying to find out who it is. Or maybe he wants to see if she’s really up to the task of leadership for future projects.
This is an exciting spy show. Something like a wiretapping device implanted on one person to spy on another is a common narrative plot in these types of tales. If the kipper crystal is in fact a spy device, of course it’s worth more than any cash for Luthen. Knowledge is the most valuable thing in this scenario. He would need to see if there were any spies in his midst to keep his rebel cell working. This is the exact kind of trick I would expect from a character like Luthen.
I can also read a lot in these scenarios and be very lively. Luthen is a double agent character. He could have lied to Cassian or Phil or both just to make the plan explode by any means possible.
To be honest, I don’t really believe in this conspiracy that Alice and I came up with, but it was pretty fun to speculate on. Like I said, this is a spy show. I would expect some type of bugged item or listening device to be played at some point in this type of series.
Whatever happens, that kind of craziness is what makes being in the fandom so fun while we wait for the next episode.
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