The Expanse (S02E05) “Home”

For those viewers who had not read Leviathan Wakes, this was an utter shock. It marked the end of Miller, a character with whom many bonded. For followers of the book, this was masterfully done, and conveyed the crew's desperation to rescue Miller (almost more than the compulsion to save the planet, which you know affected them, particularly Holden). It also showed Miller's sheer determination to muscle that bomb along and accomplish his objective. It's sad to think of the rest of the season without Miller, but there is equal excitement to watch the next segment of the story which is the beginning of Caliban's War. Fans of Bobbie should be very happy as her arc escalates. As far as effects go, this episode equaled its previous mastery, both in terms of covering the Eros chase, and particularly in giving life both to the blue fireflies, as well as showing the construction and "animation" of blue Julie. Although brief, the Venus strike was gorgeous. If you have not read "Drive," a short story by James SA Corey (nom de plume of authors Abraham Daniels and Ty Franck), I recommend that you go read this RIGHT NOW.

The Expanse (S02E03) “Static”

I want to give a little tip of the hat to Miller, because in the book - if I recall correctly, it's actually Miller who figures out that the bloo goo on Eros is sentient. Hmm, I hear a book reread calling my name. As I've said for three reviewcaps now, these episodes are covering a LOT of ground with little to no significant loss of fidelity to the books. As usual, the visuals were really stunning. I loved the interior shots of the Mormon recruiting location/chapel. Very impressive to watch the chapel turn into a simulation and watch IT convert into farm/sunlit area. Miller has done such a good job of camouflaging himself as "Earther" when he's clearly Belter, that the scenes of Miller with Naomi and Diogo, bonding, were quite notable. The peek into Amos' background is intriguing. All the people on the Roci, including Miller, are damaged but talented people. They run the ship on a very minimal crew but effectively. However, will this come at a cost? Diogo was adorable. The direction was excellent and the music, subtle with occasional callbacks to the show theme is wonderful.