Warning, this review is a recap, with commentary; therefore, it is ONE GIANT SPOILER if you haven't seen the episode. The Expanse is BACK! Seems like forever, doesn’t it? But, we take up right where we left off. There is a news report about the disintegration of the Arboghast over Venus, and the march to war. Things are escalating. There are actual battles being fought.
In my last reviewcap, I actually didn't recap. But, I've decided to return to that format. In this episode, the moral is beware what you create. Errinwright was useful to Avasarala her entire career, until he wasn't. She was right that he was a powerful, determined man, but she seems to have underestimated his willingness to go the full distance, including murdering his Russian UN counterpart and arranging to kill his mentor! Naomi has carried the guilt of leaving the Eros survivors behind and is finally compelled to take action to help clear her conscience. She's also pretty determined. Holden continued to demonstrate his single-minded determination to eliminate the living hybrid protomolecule, although others around him are becoming aware there has to be more of this stuff. We see the true spirit of the Belters in the decisions necessary to evacuate from Ganymede. This episode marked the forging and severing of relationships. Errinwright and Avasarala are clearly done, after all, he implicitly orders her death, and in his eyes, she has betrayed both him AND Earth. Naomi and Melissa bond, with Melissa overcoming her original outrage (even though in my opinion, Melissa's husband was dead either way, the Roci crew just actually saved her and the Somnambulist). A particularly tender moment was the moment when the Belters were left behind, and were exceptionally civilized. This reminded me of the airlock scene with the FIRST group of Belters evacuated from Ganymede. Pretty stark contrast in behavior, but the emotion was equally wrenching. We witnessed the cementing of Bobbicotsarala, and I thoroughly enjoyed their interactions throughout the show. These actors clearly like each other.
This week's The Expanse begins the next major story arc, in earnest. The focus shifts to Ganymede where Episode 6, "Paradigm Shift" ended, with Bobbie Draper lying on the Ganymede ground, and everyone wondering, what happened? And, who started it? Earth, Mars and the Belt all believe it is someone else who is responsible. Ganymede is the farm planet, responsible for feeding colonists, in particular. So, the destruction of the mirror is critical. Plus, this damaged facilities on the largest moon of Jupiter. This episode is intriguing, but very subtle and it's possible some viewers may miss clues being left as to what is happening on Ganymede. They also should wonder what Mars is doing with the information taken from Bobbie while she was enhanced. It should seem clear that she is not lying, but they don't seem to want to pay attention. Or, are they? What does Dawes want with Cortazar. That was an interesting move to spirit Cortazar away. Where's Amos? Amos is fascinated by Cortazar and his lack of emotion. It seems he's conflicted over the possibility of getting rid of feelings of guilt. Amos doesn't seem to trust his sense of people. Dawes is very clever in determining that Holden (and by extension Naomi) and Johnson have something that they are not sharing or willing to use against the Earth. It raises a question. Did Drummer tell Dawes about Cortazar? If so, that's a very deep betrayal of Johnson. The special effects are just stunning. The blood flakes were an amazing touch and so very unique. The chase of the ship from the station was exciting and realistic.