In the flashes of metallic light during the Star Wars introduction to Andor, you may have noticed a new face. An unfamiliar droid appears before the two title words, teasing the appearance of arguably the most likeable character in Andor thus far: B2EMO.
Despite his name sounding like it could belong to a 90s pop punk band, B2EMO is simply a tired old man. He gets his own introduction as the first character we see on Ferrix, a free trade sector in the Morlani system and the setting for most of the first three episodes.
In his first few moments of screen time, B2EMO–lovingly shortened to Bee-Two or Bee–creeps along the dusty road to a background of lighthearted music. He is covered in scuffs and scratches, with a yellow spare part over his wheel. He creakily strolls along, hiding when two hounds come barreling through the space. In a true showing of his character, Bee avoids conflict until one hound decides that he looks like a space fire hydrant and gives Bee an unwanted shower. Annoyed, Bee zaps the hound, who yelps and gallops away.
This short clip sets up Bee’s personality in such an effective way. Like Pixar fan-favorite WALL-E, Bee is simply a weary unit with a big heart.
Like other droids in the Star Wars universe, Bee-Two’s emotions are showcased through his movements and non-verbal sounds. However, Bee is also able to speak Basic, which he does haltingly and with a stutter.
In Episode 3, we see a flashback with Bee-Two when he was just a young groundmech salvage assist unit. He is brand new, squeaky clean without a creak or stutter to be found. His verbal issues later in the timeline showcase how worn that feature is, adding to his characterization as a well-used unit. Bee’s stutter makes him seem like a well-loved toy and is one of the most endearing things about him.
Yet another reason why viewers will fall in love with Bee-Two is his genuine care for Cassian. He expresses concern for the rebel’s safety in Episode 2, and then his disappointment that he can’t accompany Cassian on his escape. We see how Cassian cares for Bee as well–he makes sure that the droid takes it slow on his journey back into town, knowing that Bee’s energy reserves aren’t what they once were.
Like a true best friend, B2EMO is also willing to lie for Cassian. During their first conversation, it is established that Bee is usually honest, sometimes to a fault, as he bluntly relays the not-so-nice things Maarva said about the rebel. However, when Cassian asks the droid to “make a lie,” Bee-Two agrees, even though it will take most of his energy. His excitement to help makes our hearts melt.
B2EMO is a weary, old droid who would do anything for Cassian Andor, and therefore we would do anything for him.
The first three episodes of Andor are now streaming on Disney Plus.
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