I would die for Andor’s B2EMO and Brasso

The season finale of Andor is an emotional whirlwind, taking us back again to exactly where it all started out on Ferrix and bringing the initial time of the ideal Star Wars display at any time to a fulfilling summary. As normal with the show, the finale experienced complicated character interactions, tense, large-stakes eventualities, and an incredible established-piece showcasing the ideal of the Star Wars universe.

But a single thing stood out higher than all the relaxation: B2EMO and Brasso are the Andor friendship we didn’t know we required, and I would die for them.

[Ed. note: Spoilers follow for Andor season 1.]

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When we 1st fulfill B2EMO, he’s lacking Cassian significantly. There have been a lot of wonderful Star Wars droids above the years, but B2EMO promptly gained us over with his unfortunate monotone voice, his willingness to skirt his programming to lie for a buddy, and his inquisitive head tilts. Also, he’s just simple adorable.

B2EMO is a faithful friend who wants to journey with Cassian, or for Cassian to continue to be with him, but which is not attainable — our hero has sites to go and people to shoot. In its place, our new favourite droid stays on Ferrix with Maarva Andor. And right after she dies in the 11th episode, he is despondent, curled up like a turtle in a shell and unwilling to go away her apartment.

That’s where Brasso (Joplin Sibtain) comes in. I’m on history right here at Polygon as staying a fan of huge fellas on Television set, and Brasso is a great addition to the crew. He’s a delicate huge lad with variety eyes who generally speaks sensitively to Cassian (the scene in the finale wherever he passes on a posthumous concept from Maarva is extremely shifting), and seems to be wanting out for his fellow Ferrix residents, and we love that all-around here.

When faced with a despondent B2EMO, Brasso consoles him, when seeking to convince B2EMO to go away the condominium forward of the funeral. When it turns into apparent the droid doesn’t want to leave (and after B2EMO sparks tears by declaring “I never want to be alone”), Brasso provides to remain with B2EMO for the night time in 1 of the most heartwarming scenes of the overall period.

Maarva (Fiona Shaw) speaking as a hologram around a Ferrix crowd in Andor.

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That lays the foundation of their relationship, and sets up one of the most significant times in the finale. At Maarva’s funeral, B2EMO projects a message from hologram Maarva, a stirring speech from the Empire that rallies the residents of Ferrix and angers the Imperial troopers. A single of them, in disgust, flips around inadequate B2EMO. In advance of I experienced time to absolutely procedure how angry that made me (I was totally hollering about my droid son), there is Brasso, front-kicking that dude Sparta-fashion into oblivion, preserving his new finest buddy.

Times later on, Brasso decks a Stormtrooper with Maarva’s brick (just like Maarva would have desired). He then headbutts a Stormtrooper who is donning his helmet and will come out the far better of that particular exchange, clearly empowered by his enjoy for the very fantastic droid. It’s not that Brasso becoming ready to fight is a shock — he’s a major dude, and he walks like somebody who understands how to have himself in tricky scenarios — but the ferocity with which he normally takes on the Stormtroopers juxtaposed with the softness he reveals when caring for Cassian, B2EMO, or any of his other liked ones helps make him a single of the most lovable characters in a display crammed with them.

It speaks to 1 of the many factors that tends to make Andor such powerful television: exciting story beats elevated by nuanced characterization and significant associations that the clearly show has successfully produced you treatment about (not to point out the excitement of viewing the Rebel kind in authentic time, and the pounds the display provides to its scenes of rebellion).

It requires all kinds to spark a prosperous rebellion — savvy smugglers and scheming politicians, absolutely sure, but also ailing matriarchs, anxious droids, and sensitive salvage workers. Brasso and B2EMO epitomize this through their mutually valuable partnership, trying to get out companionship with just about every other in a time crammed with strife and heartache. In Andor, when items get tough, we turn to every other. And there’s a little something genuinely lovely about that.

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