The Expanse has started really strong this season. With most of the world building established in the first season they can now push the narrative at a nice pace. After Miller, Holden and the rest spent most of last episode catching their breath following their raid on the derelict station, this episode sees them get right back into the action.
As they have slowly learned more and more about the strange alien Protomolecule, it has become clearer that it needs to be eradicated from the universe. Thus, a plan to destroy the surface and ram Eros station into the Sun using the massive Mormon ship at Tycho Station is formulated. It’s the crux of this episode but it also holds a lot of importance for most of the principal characters involved. Holden is forced to get over his beef with Miller as they prepare to work with one another again and by the end of the episode, it feels like the rift between them has mended itself to a certain degree. Not to mention that using the Nauvoo, the aforementioned Mormon ship, to destroy Eros will ruin Johnson’s business at Tycho Station.
Fred has actually become a really interesting and important character this season. Sure, his contributions last season were also important, but he feels like more a main character. It’s strange that our first exposure to him makes it seem like he’s more of a nuisance than a help to Holden and the crew of the Rocinante, even though he turns out to be one of the good guys. It’s a relatively selfless thing for him to do, to sacrifice everything he’s built and accomplished at Tycho in order to take out Eros and the dangerous Protomolecule. Like Chrisjen on Earth, he is trying to look out for the good of everyone in the galaxy.
Speaking of Chrisjen, she makes some important connections thanks to the coordinates that Fred supplied her with during the previous episode. Having located the abandoned stealth ship, she and her people are able to link those ships back to Protogen, a subsidiary company owned by Jules-Pierre Mao’s corporation. To this point, everything Mao and Errinwright have been up to has been in the shadows so to have the stealth ship dragged into the light for all to see is a big deal. Chrisjen has turned up the heat a bit with that maneuver and it will be interesting to see if this comes back to bite her. After all, there has already been one attempt on her life.
Meanwhile, Miller and a group of OPA Belters go on a spacewalk on the surface of Eros, planting the explosives that will seal the surface of the station. Miller’s paired with Diogo and the two of them together provide some levity for the episode as they bicker with one another. On the other hand, we see Holden make one of the most difficult calls he’s had to make as a captain. A group of doctors on a humanitarian mission breached the station and planned on broadcasting everything they’d seen on the station. Failing to stop after Holden ordered them too, he fired a torpedo destroying the ship. It’s one of those moments that tests the mettle of a leader and Holden makes a tough decision that was likely the right call – as much as he hates it.
The debris from the explosion of the ship heads towards Miller and Diogo. They survive the hail of shrapnel, but the timer has malfunctioned and to prevent the explosive from detonating too early Miller stays to keep his finger on the button that stops the countdown. With the Nauvoo bearing down on Eros and Miller holding a bomb, it looks he’s going to meet his end one way or another. The moment at the end was perfectly executed as Miller watches the massive vessel narrowly miss ramming the station.
This is hands down the craziest moment of the series so far as the crew of the Rocinante sees that it wasn’t that the Nauvoo was off track, rather Eros Station itself had slightly altered its path at the last second. It begins to dawn on all of them that somehow the Protomolecule was able to move Eros station out of harm’s way just as the episode closes.
Even though we didn’t check in with Bobbie Draper and the Martians in this episode, it still managed to be the best of the season so far. That cliffhanger is especially great, and has us asking just what is the Protomolecule and what else is it capable of?!
GEEK Grade: A+
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The Expanse airs Wednesdays on Syfy at 10pm.
Written by Ty Franck, Daniel Abraham, Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby
Directed by Jeff Woolnough