“Wrecking things is what Earthers do best”

TV Show: The Expanse
Episode Title: CQB
Original Air Date: December 29, 2015
Episode Number: 1×04

Episode Description

Holden and crew are caught in the middle of a desperate battle as mysterious war ships attack and board the Donnager. As Miller continues to investigate Julie Mao, his partner Havelock continues to go missing.

My Review

Holy cow. Now that was an episode! I watched this after I watched the 7×04 episode of Game of Thrones so if you know the big battle scene in that GOT episode, you know why my heart is racing right now. Two fantastic episodes back to back; I am in heaven.

But back to this show. I can’t believe the show made me care for all of the Martian crew members so quickly in this episode when I was disliking them in the last episode. The captain and the other female crew member activating the protocol to blow up the Donnager actually brought tears to my eyes. Amazing.

I’m so glad that Lopez is alive (for now at least) because he has grown on me since last episode where I thought he was an asshole for accusing Holden and the others for doing something that they didn’t do. In essence, he was only doing his job and I see that now. Him not hesitating to follow his captain’s orders and take Holden off the Donnager so he and his crew can testify that Mars didn’t have anything to do with the Canterbury blowing up was quite admirable. The Martians are loyal and follow orders to a tee.

Really liked Lopez’s conversation with Holden on the deck about Earthers destroying their planet and how it must feel like to be able to breathe fresh air and have access to water. Him saying “It would have been nice to see an ocean on Mars” kinda broke my heart a little bit. I hope this is not foreshadowing that he’s going to die.

Shed dying that way was quite a shock. I wasn’t sure what happened there, but it looks like he got hit by enemy fire. Very cool effects during this scene with everyone trying to plug the holes and we see Shed’s blood floating and then flowing down once they got gravity back.

I’m still pretty lost as to who is sabotaging this peacetime between Earth and Mars. It’s too easy to say it’s the OPA or the Belters because they’re the likely culprits, but I bet we haven’t yet met the responsible party. I still think it could be Chrisjen for whatever nefarious reason. I just don’t find her trustworthy, at least for the moment.

Havelock is alive?! How?! Is he not human? So it seems my comments about Jay Hernandez’s time on this show in my previous comment were completely off the mark. It’s good he’s still alive because I was starting to warm to his character and how he’s taking everything in at Ceres as a “newbie.”

Why didn’t Miller just tell Muss (the female Star Helix member) what he’s up to with the Julie Mao case? Is he really that scared that Haddid is going to punish him if he told anyone else? I mean, Muss helped him with the body of that guy, the least he could do was tell her what’s up.

Lastly, I thought it was very cool watching the Martians do battle with whoever was attacking them by touching their screens and making motions with their fingers and by flicking their wrists. Kinda mesmerizing to watch them do that, poetry in motion as they say.

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