The Expanse Review: Dawes Goes Rogue

I loved the fact “The Seventh Man” picked up right where we left off last week on The Expanse.

THE EXPANSE -- "The Seventh Man" Episode 207
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Wasn’t that first shot of the snowflake we soon realize is blood absolutely gorgeous? Man, this series is simply a work of art in all respects. Bobbie was the sole survivor of the incident on Ganymede (Jupiter’s seventh moon). Well, as far as her team was concerned. What became of the creature (“The Seventh Man” of the title) though? Her oxygen was critical, so is was possible it was a hallucination. While her trials and tribulations are really just getting started, my heart went out to her being the last of such a close-knit crew. Her “interview” felt much more like an interrogation. Though she knew something was off, she didn’t want to admit the “seventh man” wasn’t a man at all and the U.N. soldiers were fleeing from it. Clearly, she was blocking it out until the pill helped her focus and recall the events. Will the drone come into play?

Crazy that they awarded her the Purple Heart, then in the same breath asked her to attend the Earth/Mars summit to admit to firing first. What a difficult and unfair position to put her in. I loved her ballsy response regarding her superior’s little story. She’ll tell her story all right, but I doubt she’ll take the blame for initiating the conflict on Ganymede.

THE EXPANSE -- "The Seventh Man" Episode 207
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Dawes wasted no time stirring shit up, and his ultimate move didn’t shock me. Diogo’s increasing role this season has been surprising though. His legend is growing. Ha! The kid really has come a long way from that early episode last season where Miller caught him stealing water. Andrew Rotilio who plays Diogo has become a fan favorite, and hopefully he’ll be allowed to stick around. Naturally, his introduction to Dawes now puts the character’s life in jeopardy. Do you think he’ll be tortured for intel next episode?

Fred Johnson tried to smooth things over with Tycho’s Belters by making Anderson Dawes their representative. Ah big mistake, as Dawes demanded protection from the weapon that was Eros. He doesn’t trust either Earth or Mars and with good reason. However, messing with the Protomolecule is a dangerous path to take. I was waiting for Holden to speak up, and when he finally did Dawes dismissed him as an idealist like Johnson. I got the impression Dawes had made up his mind even before arriving on Tycho Station.

THE EXPANSE -- "The Seventh Man" Episode 207
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The big meeting lead Holden and Naomi to bicker some more. The two are quickly finding themselves on opposite sides of the argument. Dawes visiting the Roci didn’t help. He kept appealing to the Belter in her. Can you believe he told Holden he reminded him of Miller? Holden sneaking out of bed wasn’t cool, but then again she’s keeping secrets too. Hey, at least someone discovered Cortazar wasn’t in his cell. What kind of security does Johnson have on that station? C’mon!

Yeah, kooky Dr. Cortazar claimed to be talking to the Protomolecule and everybody’s dying to hear more from the guy. Apparently, Holden’s reasons for not trusting Johnson were spot on. He does indeed want to learn more about the Protomolecule in order to control it. That way, the damn thing can never be used against the Belt again. Unfortunately, Dawes wants the same exact thing and using Diogo as a diversion, the OPA leader went rogue taking Cortazar with him. Boy is Diogo in some deep doo doo.

Closing thoughts…

This installment was probably the first episode this season that didn’t move the story along much. Aside from Bobbie’s “interview” and Dawes taking off with Cortazar not a whole lot went down. That’s not to say the hour was boring in any way. Actually, it was a necessary stepping stone for what’s coming in the second half of the season. Though I’m a little disappointed we didn’t learn more about the mysterious “Seventh Man,” the creature is clearly not human. If it’s a human-protomolecule hybrid, I’m ready to learn more about it. How about you? What did you think of Bobbie’s “interview”? Did Dawes make the right move? Share your thoughts in the comments below…


The Expanse airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on Syfy.