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Andor is a show about the messy side of a galaxy far, far away and even messier people who inhabit it. Angry people, unpleasant people, liars and murderers looking for any way to focus their frustrations in a universe in the grip of totalitarianism. But it’s also about the bell.

The bell inside Andor in fact, it doesn’t even have a bell. It’s more like a giant metal plate. He gets up at early dawn on the planet Ferix every day—maybe he has the only one that works star Wars equivalent of an alarm clock in the city – and climbs his tower. He picks his two hammers from the wall from their worn holders. He readies himself, adjusting his earmuffs – or maybe it’s headphones, maybe it’s him fan of classic jazz— so he won’t be deafened by his work. His ritual. he places the hammers on his plate to do this, then picks them back up. He takes his pose, the pose he takes every morning, in preparation for this moment.

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And he knocks. Bong-bong, one after another. It allows the sound to reverberate. Bongthis time both at once. he goes again Bong-bong, bong. There are people here and there lurking there in the beginning the dawn, but when the bell man, who isn’t really a bell man—he’s the bell, I suppose, spiritually speaking—rings his hammers, life begins for Ferix, the bustle of the city below begins to blossom as his hammers ring, over and over . The sound dies down, the day begins, and the bell probably goes on with its life, its work done until tomorrow.

These bells and ringing drones are apparently somewhat important to Ferrixian culture, as far as we can tell once the daily bell ritual begins Andorsecond episode of. When the Morlana corp-security forces arrive in town, it’s a system of bells and bells, not the cries of people, warning the citizens of the town to shut up the shop and the cart. There is this ritual of this man and his hammers, every day at early dawn to wake up the streets. No one ever awkwardly states this in dialogue, we don’t learn that in 527 BBY someone struck a victory bell with their warhammers in some legendary Ferrix civil war. We don’t know the bell ringer’s name, we don’t know his trade, other than the fact that he gets up and rings that record every morning.

You don’t have to and damn it Andor he didn’t need to set the stage for his second episode by following this character. But doesand it is important that it chooses to do so by drawing our attention to it, but not yet drawing it enough for us to know the intricacies of this person’s life. They are largely unimportant in the grand scheme of things, but they are also incredibly important nonetheless. Bell guy probably already has a Wookieepedia page. It’s probably two sentences long. He deserves it. I don’t know how I’m going to find it because it probably won’t help if I download the site and put “bell guy” in the search window.

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The bell is one of the most beautiful things in the world star Wars world building at its best: seeing, not telling. The bell makes us ask questions. What is his job, how did this city decide that this is what they need to attract people in the morning? Why isn’t it a droid? Was he a droid and then stopped being because he was inconvenient during the Clone Wars? How do you apply for a job as a bell ringer? Do people in a galaxy where faster-than-light spaceships are commonplace really don’t have that many alarm clocks? These are questions we’ll probably never have to answer, even though we can live forever in fear of the modern world star Wars might end up giving him a one-shot in a comic book or a chapter in a novel, because sometimes that’s just the way it is. But it is enough that we are compelled by this little detailthis thread in the larger tapestry Andor weaves, let me ask the questions anyway.

Andorview of star Wars the galaxy is dotted with these little details in the way that the franchise’s ability to over-explain at times has rarely been lately – the payphones that Tim uses to get Cassian, that little step droid on the spaceport that Luten arrives at of Ferix, who exists literally for people to step on. The bell and its hammers striking every morning. None of them are really important to the plot, and they don’t need to be: they make Andorpart of a galaxy far, far away feels inhabited and textured beyond its main narrative thrust, and make us feel as if we are directed to a world that exists beyond the metanarrative edge of his screenplay.

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Back off, bell. You are what you do star WarsWorlds go round and not just because you wake everyone up every day.


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