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Andor Bill Guy is building the Star Wars universe at its best


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Andor It is a show about the chaotic side of a galaxy far, far away and Even people are messy who inhabits it. Angry people, unpleasant people, liars and murderers looking for any means focus their frustrations In a world that is in the grip of totalitarianism. But it is also about the bell ringing.

bell man in Andor He doesn’t even really have a bell. It’s more than a giant slab of metal. He wakes up at the crack of dawn on Planet Ferrix every day – he might have the only job star Wars The equivalent of an alarm clock in the city – and climbs its tower. He picks two hammers off the wall, from their worn-out owners. Get ready, adjust earmuffs — or maybe it’s headphones, maybe it is Classic jazz fan– So he’s not about to be deafened by his work. his rituals he puts the hammers on his board to do this, then picks them up again. He assumes his position, the position he takes every morning, in preparation for this moment.

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It beats. pong pongone after another. It allows the sound to reverberate. bongThis time, both at once. go again, pong pongAnd the bong. There are people here and there lurking there early dawn, but when the bell-man isn’t really the bellboy–it’s the bell, I think, spiritually–he rings his hammers life begins in ferrex, the hustle and bustle of the town below begins to boom as his hammers ring, over and over. The sound fades, the day begins, and the bell is assumed to carry on with its life, and its work is done until tomorrow.

These chimes and drones are clearly somewhat important to Ferrixian culture, as far as we can tell after the commencement of the daily ritual of the bellman. Andorthe second episode. When Morlana corp-sec forces reach the city, it is a system of bells and bells, rather than people screaming, that alerts the city’s citizens to closing shops and deceiving. There is this man’s ritual and his hammers, at the crack of dawn every day, to knock the streets awake. No one says this timidly in dialogue, nor do we know that in 527 BBY someone rang the bell of victory with their hammers in the fabled Pyrex Civil War. We don’t know the bell man’s name, nor do we know his deal except for the fact that he gets up and knocks on that board every morning.

We don’t need to, and hell, Andor didn’t need set the scene for its sophomore episode by following this character. But it does, and it’s important that it chooses to do so, both drawing our attention to it but not yet drawing it enough that we know the ins and outs of this person’s life. They’re largely unimportant to the grand scheme of things, and yet they’re also incredibly important. Bell guy probably has a Wookieepedia page already. It’s probably two sentences long. He deserves it. I don’t know how I’d find it, because it probably won’t help if I pull the site up and put “bell guy” in the search window.

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The bell guy represents one of the most wonderful things about Star Wars worldbuilding at its best: seeing, and not telling. The bell guy gets us to ask questions. What’s his deal, how did this town decide this is what they needed to get people in the mornings? Why isn’t it a droid? Was it a droid and then it stopped being one because it was awkward during the Clone Wars? How do you apply for the bell guy job? Do the people in a galaxy where Faster-Than-Light capable starships are commonplace really not have that many alarm clocks? They’re questions we should probably never get the answers to, although we can forever live in fear that contemporary Star Wars might eventually give him a comic book one-shot or a chapter in a novel, because that’s just how it is sometimes. But it’s enough that we are compelled by this tiny bit of detail, this little thread in the larger tapestry Andor weaves, to ask the questions anyway.

Andor’s view of the Star Wars galaxy is peppered with these little details in the way that the franchise’s capacity to overexplain itself at times rarely is lately—the payphones Timm uses to narc on Cassian, that little step-droid at the spaceport Luthen arrives on Ferrix at that exists literally for people to step all over it. The bell guy and his hammers, hammering away every morning. None of them are really important to the plot, and they don’t need to be: they make Andor’s slice of the galaxy far, far away feel lived in and textured beyond its primary narrative thrust, and make it feel like we are being guided into a world that exists beyond the metanarrative edge of its scripting.

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Hammer away, bell guy. You’re what makes Star Wars’ worlds go round, and not just because you get everyone up every day.


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