The conspiracy wheels space in motion, but The Expanse bring away a break to tell personality stories and also show the difficult life in the Belt.

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By Michael Ahr | January 13, 2016 | | comments count:0
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This The Expanse review includes spoilers.

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To the credit of the authors of The Expanse, this week’s episode did an artful job of fleshing out characters and sharing details of the setting without sacrificing any of the storytelling. V plots moving forward on Tycho Station, Ceres, and Earth, there was still time come learn an ext about the course structure that the solar system and the lives of those from different backgrounds. Perhaps most notably, the display seems to be advertise its audience in the direction of a sorry stance through the downtrodden Belters.


But does that average the OPA has as its just guiding pressure the flexibility of the oppressed? As critical man in the organization, Fred Johnson, play masterfully through Chad L. Coleman, is quickly becoming one that the many interesting personalities in the show. Top top the one hand, Johnson is willing to usage Holden’s testimony around the devastation of the Canterbury and also the Donnager together a way to acquire the OPA a chair at earth U.N. Defense Council. Top top the other, he permits Holden and also his crew come helm the very important mission the retrieving the lone survivor from the Scopuli. And don’t forget the chip he extract from the dead Martian officer! Johnson’s simple command and also casual me interest are juxtaposed brilliantly.


The side story also added a quite jolt come the activity of the episode, an easy as it was. The destitute uncle and nephew mining a far-off asteroid detailed a nice context for the second-class standing of those no living ~ above a planet, especially given the political environment after the destruction of the MCRN flagship. The was amazing to see exactly how easy but desperate it would certainly be for a miner come rain destructive material down on a ship or also a planet, with disastrous results. Mass and also velocity are powerful weapons!

The discussions between Miller and also Dawes also included weight come the crushing burden inserted on the low-g occupants of the solar system. Dawes’ harrowing tale of a life of poverty which required him to death his very own sister to conserve his family garnered sympathy native Miller and viewers alike. In fact, v the tough life ~ above Ceres, the seems amazing that Miller and his fellow cop, Muss, have actually only eliminated once in their careers. Nevertheless, Miller’s near-death suffer with the airlock developed a humorously awkward and also intimate moment in between the two.

The little tidbits shown about the survivors the the Canterbury to be subtly inserted as well. Certainly, the truth that Amos to be reminded of his childhood by the nightclub scene didn’t lug much importance, no one did Alex’s washing the end of the MCRN, however both details added flavor to the currently rich characters. Most intriguing the all, though, to be Naomi’s last request of Fred Johnson to assist her find someone: “Someday I’ll pertained to you with a surname – no concerns asked.” Naomi’s depth to know no bounds.

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It was nice to watch Chrisjen ago to her conniving means this week. She skillfully reminded viewers the her captive belter was carrying stealth components, lending credence come the concept that the OPA is behind the small powerful fighters that ruined the Canterbury and also the Donnager. Sure, Fred Johnson is building that huge ship in ~ Tycho Station, yet can that be the simple? Chrisjen may be following a red herring together with the audience; who knows?

Despite having sung the praises of this episode’s skilled characterization moments, it can now it is in time come ramp up the conspiracy, specifically given the video that got Miller fired native Star Helix. When will the storylines converge? What will the newly-disguised Rocinante find in its search? and also is the bio-weapon indigenous Phoebe tied in through that strange, amorphous blob viewers witnessed in the premiere?

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