This episode of The Expanse had the most anxiety-producing final 10 minutes of any episode so far! And, the welcome return of a character SOME of us have been waiting for quite a while now. A continuing theme is loyalty in the face of extreme unknown and threatening circumstances.
This episode marks crossing over to the second half of the season of The Expanse and it’s remarkable how much has transpired. In order to advance the plot in a universe in which time passes, and it takes a long time for things to happen, this episode represents a jump ahead in time. Although this could have been jarring, it was handled with great care and some significant new plot lines were introduced with a lot of finesse – primarily by transitioning in several places by reference and smooth visual effects.
Thoughts on the episode: We covered a huge amount of terrain in this episode! Errinwright’s angry diatribe 100% validates what Avasarala has been saying about “Bobblehead Gillis.” I actually now feel sorry for Errinwright, even though he is DESPICABLE. This reflects brilliant character development and writing. I rarely actually cry, but Cotyar’s farewell speech got to me, and I’m sad to see him go. I’m also sad to see the end of Katoa, Basia’s son. It’s hard to imagine much worse than experimentation on children, so it was very rewarding to see the end of Dr. Strickland. The eruption of the blue material on Venus portends a big shift in the show, and I’m really looking forward to that.
UPDATE: After the airing of this episode, it was announced that Syfy unfortunately will not be airing future seasons of The Expanse, if indeed they are made. This shocking announcement has sparked a fire in the fandom, and we are advised that Alcon Entertainment is working feverishly to restore the loss of funding from Syfy. Please see this post for actions you, the fan, can take to help save The Expanse.
Thoughts on this episode: In a word, SHOCKING. I didn’t foresee Souther and all his crew being killed in a mutiny, nor did I foresee the launch of the hybrids. (It’s been a while since I read this novel, and I don’t remember how this all happened in the book – although I DO remember what is coming up NEXT episode. You won’t want to miss it!). It’s interesting to see Amos’s reaction to the hardening of Prax, and yet, although disturbed, Amos completely has Prax’s back. Holden was shocked and saddened that Naomi lived with her sadness at the loss of her son, Filip and that she never shared this circumstance with him. This show had a very interesting mix of military attitudes – loyalty, blind loyalty and responsibility for resisting illegal or unethical orders.
The Expanse fans: We know you are dedicated. After all, what other fandom hires an airplane banner to try to save its show!? Seriously. So, let’s take action!
Cas Anvar, whose career has skyrocketed since his hit series “The Expanse” took off two years ago simultaneous to a pivotal role in the Oscar nominated feature, ROOM, is on a career trajectory most actors dream of. Having just wrapped the third season of Alcon Entertainment’s flagship show which premiered mid-April on SyFy and now is in halfway through new episodes. Anvar’s role as the galaxy’s top pilot, ‘Alex Kamal,’ has been expanded on the network’s most expensive original show.
Thoughts on the episode: This was one of those quiet but really powerful episodes. Masterful, really. All of the characters were so faithful to how they have been developed. This video produced by Syfy discusses both the Roci maneuver is E03S02 and gives background on the Railgun action in this episode. http://www.syfy.com/theexpanse/videos/science-of-the-expanse-space-warfare I’m still unhappy with Mao, but he did display basic humanity. Too bad he didn’t EARLIER! It’s a darn good thing Souther is on Avasarala’s side and believes Cotyar.