Thoughts on this episode: I always thought Drummer and Naomi had a “thing” and their interaction this episode confirmed this for me. Amos’s actions could have been considered brutal, but I think he had no choice. They don’t have enough crew to be paying attention to Monica and the Cameraman, so out they went and in the long run, Amos was being thoughtful in an odd sort of way. Melba’s actions are horrifying, and for the shallowest of reasons: Daddy issues. It’s a bit heartbreaking that just when Naomi is coming back, Holden is leaving – they sure are star-crossed, so to speak.
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 episode did an excellent job of the pacing required for a complex story. I credit both the writing (by Robin Veith (although Cas Anvar mentioned he thought this episode was written by either Ty and Daniel)) or the direction by Thor Freudenthal. You did not feel unnecessarily jerked about, although quite a lot was happening. A stand-out scene for me was Bobbie addressing Loftis (Kelly McCormack) who was scared and infuriated and wanted revenge. Bobbie was clearly empathetic and I think she got through, at least to Sinopoli, that bigger forces were at play. There was a lovely scene of the Razorback moving in tandem with the Roci – another reminder of the exceptional VFX. Any time I can watch the Nauvoo, I rejoice.