Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for Episodes 1-4 of Andor.He may not know it yet, but Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) in serious trouble. This week’s episode of Andor It is here, and it gave us a very important part of the empire, which is the Imperial Security Bureau (ISB). In “Aldhani” we get our first glimpse into the inner workings of this top-secret institution, one of those responsible for perpetuating the imperial orthodoxy and Emperor Sheev Palpatine (Ian McDermid) In custody. If you’re familiar with the Star Wars universe, it was really fun to be able to see what’s inside the ISB headquarters in Coruscant.
But what exactly does an ISB do, and how exactly does it work? The same episode offers two different but complementary interpretations. First, Officer Deidra Medro (Dennis Goff) offers the ISB textbook definition: “To advance security objectives by gathering intelligence, providing useful analysis and implementing effective covert actions.” It is certainly a well-studied part of the imperial machine, but this definition still lacks the ideological aspect, which Major Bartagaz said (Anton Lesser) immediately gives the following: “We are health care providers. We treat disease. We identify symptoms. We identify germs whether they originate from within or come from outside. The longer we wait to identify the disorder, the more difficult the disease will be to treat.”
While Dedra’s definition is very technical and objective, Partagaz offers a more nuanced perspective, more in tune with the true nature of ISB. They are the Empire’s main intelligence agency and political police, a secret law enforcement organization whose mission is to eliminate any potential threat of rebellion and resistance to the Emperor’s new regime before it takes shape.
There are plenty of real-world equivalents for the ISB, like the US FBI, the Soviet KGB, and even the Nazi Gestapo – not coincidentally, most of them are essential parts of the authoritarian regimes themselves. The ISB is so important to the Empire that, if necessary, their power can outpace even that of military personnel, allowing them to control the Stormtrooper Corps and the ships of the Imperial Navy and make military decisions. Another of their traits is to root out any kind of anti-imperial sentiment, and hold them responsible for censoring artwork and political demonstrations in general.
When was the ISB created?
The only other moment we see an ISB officer in live action is Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. At the meeting aboard the Death Star led by Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin (Peter Cushing), Colonel Wolfe Ullarin (Robert Clark(Present, seated to the right of Admiral Conan Antonio Muti)Richard Leparmentier). Its look is a flash and you’ll miss it, but it’s one of the things star Wars It works even better, and it gives the back characters incredible backstories. He’s been known to wear an ISB uniform, a white jacket with insignia with cylinder symbols, black pants, and an optional black hat (which he doesn’t wear, but is part of the uniform)—and of course, his iconic moustache.
The ISB itself was created by Emperor Palpatine immediately after the end of the Clone Wars and the rise of the Empire, with Yularen as one of the chief colonel and chief strategist. He had previously served in the Grand Army of the Republic under Jedi General Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), often clashing with his boss, in favor of his traditional, elaborate operations rather than Skywalker’s more direct approach, as shown in clone wars. Under Yularin’s leadership, the ISB has grown from a handful of clients into an organization without which the empire simply cannot survive.
So Andor So, it’s the first time an ISB has been shown in live action chronologically, and its depiction couldn’t be better. The headquarters building in Coruscant is very ordinary, it is neither tall nor shiny like many other buildings on the planet. Inside, it has a somewhat sterile appearance that matches Partagaz’s description of the organization itself. There are clean white walls, corridors, floors, and ceilings everywhere, with a few light shades of gray the only rest for the eyes. This is no accident, since the white color offers a clear contrast with all other colors and shows even the smallest stain, which is easy to clean – specifically the ISB function itself.
Where else have we seen an ISB in Star Wars?
While ISB is new to live-action projects, it is well known in other corners of the world star Wars canon, where officers and agents previously appeared to be dealing the ISB’s kind of justice with rebels and rebels alike. One of the most famous of them is the agent Alexander Kalos (David Oylow), from the animated series Star Wars Rebels. He was dispatched by the ISB to investigate and neutralize the Specter cell at Lothal. His work was conducted in parallel with the work of the detectives, as the Rebel cell also housed two of my grandfathers, Canaan Jarrus (Freddy Prinze Jr.and Ezra BridgerTaylor Gray). Eventually he defected to the rebellion and narrowly escaped the wrath of the Empire, as Colonel Yularin himself discovered, with the help of Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen).
Another notable ISB officer was Sinjir Rath Velus, a character in After the catastrophe book trilogy Chuck Windig. Philos was introduced just before his defection, but served as an imperial loyalty officer, a job whose purpose was to ensure the loyalty of those who worked for and within the empire itself. As such, he was well versed in interrogation and even torture. He also joined the alliance, now known as the New Republic, as part of the Norra Wexley working group (which also included a young Temmin “Snap” Wexley, who played in the Sequel Trilogy by Greg Grunberg).
After the official end of the empire following the battles of Endor and Yavin, many former ISB agents and officers took advantage of the fragmented imperial structure to become leaders of their remaining imperial factions. One of these was the outpost on the planet Morak, as seen in The Mandalorian. As First Order evolved from the actual Imperial Remnant, it also built its own version of the ISB, First Class Security Bureau.
What role will ISB play in Indore?
Now, it’s safe to say that Deidra Medrow and Cyril Karen (Kyle Soller) are the main antagonists in the first season of Andor. As of now, we’ve seen the insides of the ISB through Dedra’s viewpoint, while Karn played a similar role as Preox-Morlana inspector. After he’s fired from his job and linked to the accident on Ferix during Episode III, it’s only a matter of time before Dedra makes him an asset in her favor with the information he has on Cassian Andor.
Another interesting plot to follow is how Cassian and the rebels led by Lothen Rael (Stellan Skarsgard) will deal with the ISB. at the time Andor Happening, the Rebellion is still a handful of small cells trying to operate in sync and mostly through guerrilla warfare, still a far cry from the inspiring days of the Rebel Alliance we know to come. Meanwhile, the ISB has the full power of the empire supporting them. It is a classic of David against Goliath’s story. Even if we know that the rebels will eventually prevail, lives will be sacrificed along the way for liberation from the Empire.