Andor fans are demanding that Karis Nemik’s rebellion manifesto needs to be published as an audiobook with Alex Lawther as the narrator.
Andor is undoubtedly one of the best TV series to feature as part of the Star Wars franchise to date, focusing on the normal men and women of the rebellion instead of force-using, lightsabre-wielding Jedi.
The season 1 finale premiered on November 23 and whilst the last episode was everything that fans had hoped for, the inclusion of an extract from Karis Nemik’s rebellion manifesto has struck a chord with viewers.
As fans digest his words, especially poignant with current events in Iran and Ukraine, many are demanding that Nemik’s manifesto from Andor is published as an audiobook, narrated by the fantastic Alex Lawther himself.
What is Nemik’s manifesto in Andor?
Nemik’s manifesto is the work of human rebel Karis Nemik that served to not only denounce the Empire but to inspire being across the galaxy to rise up and join the rebellion.
In Andor episode 12, Cassian reads the manifesto as he prepares to leave Ferrix for good; thankfully, a narration from Nemik also plays in the background:
“There will be times when the struggle seems impossible. I know this already. Alone, unsure, dwarfed by the scale of the enemy. Remember this. Freedom is a pure idea. It occurs spontaneously and without instruction…
Random acts of insurrection are occurring constantly throughout the galaxy. There are whole armies, battalions that have no idea that they’ve already enlisted in the cause. Remember that the frontier of the Rebellion is everywhere. And even the smallest act of insurrection pushes our lines forward. And then remember this…
The Imperial need for control is so desperate because it is so unnatural. Tyranny requires constant effort. It breaks, it leaks. Authority is brittle. Oppression is the mask of fear. Remember that and know this, the day will come when all these skirmishes and battles, these moments of defiance will have flooded the banks of the Empire’s authority and then there will be one too many…
One single thing will break the siege. Remember this. Try.” – Andor episode 12, via Disney Plus.
Fans demand Nemik’s Manifesto is published
The narration of Nemik’s manifesto in Andor episode 12 is only a snippet of what the full document would likely include, as Nemik had worked for years on refining the manifesto so that it could potentially be used for galactic-wide inspiration for would-be rebels.
Now, fans around the world are begging for the entire manifesto to be published, alongside an official audiobook narrated by Alex Lawther; the actor who played Karis Nemik in the series.
“The brilliance of #Andor is that it’s a warning that also manages to be thrilling entertainment. It’s a manifesto against oppressive regimes wrapped in the trappings of Star Wars and delivered with all the subtly of a jackhammer. It wants us to fight back as much as it’s heroes.” – Fan post, via Twitter.
One fan wrote, “Andor is the best Star Wars has ever been. Andor is the most relevant Star Wars has ever been. Nemik’s manifesto wasn’t for Cassian – it was for US.”
“Nemik’s manifesto – Freedom is pure and [tyrannical authoritarian] oppression is the mask of fear and requires constant effort and is therefore brittle and won’t ever win because it’s not natural = POETRY. #Andor was absolutely fantastic.” – Fan post, via Twitter.
One Andor fan said that “cassian is listening and reading nemik’s manifesto, he is one of the ‘sparks’ that lit cassian’s fire for the rebellion”. Another wrote, “We really need Lucasfilm to publish Nemik’s full manifesto. The world needs it.”
“This show #Andor has been nothing short of a gift. Takes you back to why ‘A New Hope’ made you feel the way it did as a kid. They better release Nemik’s Manifesto as a book and Audiobook … IN Alex Lawthor’s voice. An entire season of utter perfection. Bravo. Just Bravo!” – Fan post, via Twitter.
Another user also commented on the irony of Star Wars’ apolitical past, writing “Film Star Wars: ‘We don’t really want things to get too political.’ TV Star Wars: Has the protagonist become radicalized to join a violent insurrection by, in part, reading an anti-authoritarian manifesto.’”
“Marching band is a great symbolism of the “rebellion”. Music start as random and than start to get organized as they gather, ending in united march against the “Empire”. Just like Nemik described in his manifesto of random insurrections that in the end break the siege.” – Fan post, via Twitter.
Hilariously, one user also claimed that Nemik’s writings had already been leaked in full, but instead provided a link to a PDF of Karl Marx’ and Frederik Engels Communist Party manifesto.
By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]
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