Fred Johnson was very P.C. using the word “commandeering,” but our heroes hijacked the crap out of the Mormon’s generational ship/temple on this week’s The Expanse… And all for naught.
Miller’s line helped put things in perspective, “The stars are better off without us.” Wasn’t it surprisingly easy to commandeer such a massive and expensive ship though? No shit the Mormons were going to be pissed, wouldn’t you be? A radiation leak, eh? A likely excuse that was clearly fooling no one. Johnson putting his name on the line easily inspired Holden and company to sign-up. Despite how he felt about Miller, the plan was a good one. If something’s evolving on Eros, knocking it into the sun should end it. What could possibly go wrong?
Well for starters, how about an unknown ship hanging out on Eros? I had a feeling those Marasmus guys got inside, which proved to be true. Having read Leviathan Wakes, it’s nice to see the creative team throw in twists that weren’t in the book. Otherwise, fans of the books would know exactly what is coming. Which makes me wonder if certain characters will have different fates on the show.
Then of course, Miller was struck by debris and took Diogo’s place holding the detonator safety timer. Eeeek! How’s he going to get out of that one? The scene was another deviation from the books, since I don’t even remember Diogo appearing in Book 1. Showrunner Naren Shankar tweeted that, “We loved Andrew Rotilio in ep102 and his character and story grew.” Although Miller proved himself not to be an a-hole, the character was lacking a connection with someone other than Julie Mao. In the book, he and Holden grew closer than they have on the series. Diogo helps humanize the rough around the edges detective, making him a more sympathetic guy. Those adjustments get zero complaints from me. Plus, Diogo serves as comic relief and he had fun at Miller’s expense, which the series needed in order to lighten the mood. Did you know Rotilio gives Belter lessons on Twitter? Follow him! https://twitter.com/AndrewRotilio
Back on Earth, Avasarala connected the dots between Protogen and those mysterious stealth ships. Well, thanks to Fred Johnson’s tip of course. The master politician certainly made Jules-Pierre Mao squirm, though Julie’s dad had a comeback for every accusation she threw his way. Ultimately, it was Errinwright who felt Mao’s wrath. Unlike Mao he definitely underestimates Avasarala. What other options will Mao explore? It’s crazy to think none of those major players have any clue what’s taking place over on Eros. As far as attempting to use the Nauvoo as a battering ram, I mean.
By the way, let me just touch on the special effects of the show. The Nauvoo’s launch was one of the most visually stunning sequences I have ever seen on television. How do these guys manage to dazzle us week to week on a TV budget? Sci-fi fans not tuning in for fear the series will be cancelled early are doing themselves (and us) a disservice. The VFX alone are worth the price of admission. I hope more folks discover The Expanse sooner rather than later, because it is arguably the best sci-fi show currently on the air.
Ultimately, we learned Eros was generating heat from inside. Some kind of organism is alive in there, that much is undeniable. Miller was prepared to go out a hero, until the Nauvoo passed the station by. Will Miller enter Eros in the next installment? Will we learn exactly how the rock changed course? I for one am dying to see what the Protomolecule has evolved into.
To wrap things up…
This was another solid episode, setting up a plan to destroy Eros and having it fail miserably. Our heroes obviously have no idea what they’re dealing with, and they are starting to realize it. Holden stepped up, annihilating the Marasmus to prevent the spread of the virus. It was a tough call for him, but undoubtedly the right one. Miller showed a softer side by saving Diogo’s life, and his connection to Julie Mao has brought him full circle. I love that he sees her from time to time. Is his mind playing tricks on him, or is the Protomolecule somehow communicating? Avasarala was not f**ckin’ around, and she’s going to get to the bottom of what’s going on. If/when Eros is destroyed, there’s still the hidden stash of Protomolecule to deal with. I can’t help think saving a sample was a bad idea. What did you think of “Godspeed?” Do the VFX continue to blow your mind, as they do mine? Is the story easier to follow this season? Hit the comments below.
The Expanse airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on Syfy.