TV Show: The Expanse
Episode Title: Back To The Butcher
Original Air Date: January 5, 2016
Episode Number: 1×05
Holden and the crew make a deal with an unlikely ally on Tycho station; at the same time, Miller’s obsession with conspiracy theories and the disappearance of Julie Mao continues to grow.
Definitely a quieter episode compared to the previous episode where the Donnager gets blown up, but this doesn’t mean it was a bad episode. I am certain, though, that I prefer the ship shenanigans with Holden and crew to Miller’s investigation of the Julie Mao case. At least for now. There is potential for Miller’s story to become a lot more interesting as his investigation into Julie’s disappearance gets more traction and he (and we) find out more and more.
I think he’s right in thinking that her disappearance is somehow related to the Canterbury and the Donnager getting blown up and whatever happened at Phoebe Station. Muss telling him to tell the higher ups about his suspicions was smart advice, but what if those higher ups are somewhat involved with this conspiracy to pit Earth and Mars against each other? Best for Miller to continue investigating on his own for now and bring his findings to Haddid first.
Why is Miller so antagonistic towards Havelock especially in this episode? What’s wrong with Havelock wanting to learn the ways and language of the Belters? Having said that, I do think he’s going to end up using the information Anderson gave him in regards to the guy who tried to kill Havelock and avenge his partner.
It was sad to see getting that ship with the civilians getting blown up by the Butcher aka Fred Johnson aka the man who contacted the Rocinante and offered to help them. Naomi probably has every reason to be wary of Johnson’s motives due to his reputation as the Butcher so I hope the decision to accept his help doesn’t screw Holden and the crew over.
I was very happy for Holden when he successfully found the coffee aboard the Rocinante. Meanwhile, Amos is in his bunk drinking alcohol. That was a nice contrast.