“Never listen to what people say. Just watch what they do.”

TV Show: The Expanse
Episode Title: Safe
Original Air Date: February 1, 2017
Episode Number: 2×01

Episode Description

Miller, Holden, and the crew of the Roci deal with the aftermath of their narrow escape from Eros. We meet Martian Marine Gunnery Sergeant Bobbie Draper and her platoon when the “Cuban Missile Crisis” between Earth and Mars heats up.

My Review

I’m so glad I don’t have to wait to watch season two and that I can just binge-watch the show. Then again, after I finish this season, I’m going to have to wait a long time for season three just like the rest of the viewers.

I loved that we finally got to go to Mars and meet a few of the Martians with Gunny/Bobbie and her crew. I like her already and I felt for her when she came to the realization that it might be a long time before she sees Mars being habitable just like Earth. Her feelings about Earth should be an interesting plotline and I can’t wait to see more of her and her crew.

The political shenanigans between Avasarala, Errinwright, Johnson, and Mars are finally heating up and I can’t wait for Avasarala to one-up Errinwright and his co-conspirators. Her being proactive and hiring a spy is a genius move and I’m looking forward to their relationship and how this can benefit Avasarala and her resolve not to have Earth go to war with Mars.

Amos almost killing Miller was a scary sight. Without Naomi there to stop him, I really think Amos would have killed Miller. Interesting observation by Miller about Amos and Naomi’s relationship, how Amos is like a child who Naomi has to keep an eye out on. He definitely has pegged them right.

Loved that we got to see the Roci crew along with Miller just hang out and enjoy each other’s company while eating Alex’s lasagna. Amos offering Miller a seat at the table as if nothing happened between them is classic Amos.

I know I said I was starting to ship Holden and Naomi in my review of the S1 finale, but I think I will have to retract that statement just a bit because they got together in this episode and I wasn’t too thrilled about it. I wrote in that S1 finale review that I wanted the writers to go a more organic route and have them get closer to each other, not fuck each other in the first episode of season two. Come on, man. It would have been so much more interesting if the writers took this relationship slowly and developed it even more.

I loved the concern that Naomi showed Holden while they were preparing the protomolecule and it was very sweet, but I rolled my eyes when they were stripping off their suits. Like, really? They couldn’t do that by themselves? It felt so contrived. Oh well. I’ll still enjoy both of them, together and separately because they do have great chemistry. Just please, let’s not have Amos acting all jealous and shit.

“Most magnificent”

TV Show: Orphan Black
Episode Title: To Right The Wrongs Of Many
Original Air Date: August 13, 2017
Episode Number: 5×10

Episode Description

Helena takes shelter behind enemy lines, and Sarah and Art struggle to protect her and end the siege. Who will make it to the end?

My Review

What an emotional rollercoaster this finale episode was. I don’t know about you guys, but I cried my eyes out several times during this episode. I thought this was a perfect bookend to an amazing show and I couldn’t have been happier with the ending we got.

Sarah turning around and not taking that test was disappointing, but I hope that she did eventually get her GED because we saw her staying at their house and not selling it after all. Maybe what Alison said during the baby shower stuck with her. It’s interesting that she felt unsure about her life now that there are no more problems to solve and situations to get out of. Good thing she has an excellent support system surrounding her.

Helena screwing Coady (literally) with that screwdriver made me laugh because damn, she deserved it so much. I love that even in her state, Helena devised a way to trick Coady into coming closer to her so she can put the proverbial nail in the coffin.

I thought Helena giving birth to her twin boys (with Sarah and Art assisting) was one of the most beautiful and most moving scenes of the show ever. I was crying buckets of tears watching this unfold and my heart was so full at the implications of Art being there since he has been there for the sestras from the start and I thought that it was quite fitting that he was there for the next stage of the sestras’ lives.

The scene that made me cry the most was definitely Helena naming Purple and Orange after real men: Arthur and Donnie. I’m not kidding, tears were rolling down my face. Such an honor for both men to be named after Helena’s babies. Ooh, but what about Felix? Then again, Helena was closer to both Art and Donnie so it’s only right.

Cosima and Delphine are making it their mission to go around and find the Ledas so they can administer the cure to them. I do wonder what Delphine’s pitch is in giving these women the injections. Cosima hanging around the clinic and risking Camilla Torres seeing her was kinda dangerous and stupid. They certainly don’t want to drag these sestras’ lives into chaos and confusion. Best to lay low in the hotel, Cosima.

I’m kinda sad that we didn’t get original Alison back, but it seems like she’s slowly making her presence felt and we saw a few brief glimpses of original Alison when she pushed Sarah into a corner and Sarah snapped. Sensitivity is not Alison’s forte. I cracked up when Donnie started taking his clothes off and performed a striptease in front of Alison while she’s playing her keyboard. These two, lol.

Although I understand why Rachel couldn’t join them in the end, I sort of wish she could have, but her involvement in killing the other Ledas before makes having a relationship with her sestras an impossibility. Her ending is really sad. She literally has no one in her life. I just hope she moves away and starts a new life somewhere.

Loved, loved, loved the scene with all four sestras: Sarah, Alison, Cosima, and Helena and how they all rallied together to be there for Sarah. It broke my heart when Sarah said that “I don’t know how to be happy” and how she feels like she’s a bad mom. Everyone offered their stories and anecdotes to make her feel better and it worked.

That must have been another logistical nightmare to shoot this scene. Can’t wait for the behind the scenes clip (there better be one) as to how they shot this scene.

To close this out, I would like to thank the cast and crew and everyone who was involved with the show. It has been a fantastic five years filled with great stories, crazy twists, brilliant acting, and many, many more. Tatiana has been incredible all throughout and I am so happy for her that she has gotten acclaim for her work on the show because she so deserves it. Gonna be tough to follow this up for her. If she’s on another show, it’ll be a breeze because I don’t think anyone would want to emulate what she did on this show.

I’m going to miss the heck out of this show and its characters.

Other random thoughts and observations:

– I got choked up when the camera panned to that portrait of Siobhan in their house and she’s shown holding her tea and her trusty rifle next to her. Perfect.

– Can’t believe Enger survived. I really wanted Art to put a bullet in her, but he’s a better man than I am. “You’re a shitty partner, Enger.” Indeed she was.

– I cringed when Sarah rammed that tank against PT’s head. Oof. He definitely deserved it.

– Loved that we saw Siobhan in this episode in the flashbacks with Sarah thinking about getting an abortion when she got pregnant with Kira. Things would have been so different if she did that.

– I laughed so hard when Helena pulled out her notebook and said that her story is called Orphan Black. Shades of Gilmore Girls, heh. I laughed again when they all asked her what it means and Alison said that they’re not even black. This is a total shout-out to the fans because we have all theorized as to why the show is titled OB.

– Another funny moment was the scene with Felix and Rachel in the car and Felix asking if the guy driving the car was Rachel’s new henchman. “This is Yusef, my Uber driver.” 😅

– “Every time I look, the baby’s eating sand. I turn around, sand. Where does this sand come from? I don’t know, so I let them eat it.”

“Being in charge is a shit job”

TV Show: The Expanse
Episode Title: Leviathan Wakes
Original Air Date: February 2, 2016
Episode Number: 1×10

Episode Description

As the true horror of the events on Eros is revealed, an ailing Holden and Miller must overcome incredible odds if they hope to live to fight another day.

My Review

What a fantastic finale to close out a great first season. All of these characters have really grown on me and I love them all for different reasons, but I’m very surprised as to who ended up as my favorite character after this episode and who I ended up shipping.

Amos has increasingly been becoming my favorite character after every episode and this finale cemented that for me. His unflappable demeanor is astounding and I admire his no-nonsense attitude and his pragmatism. I also love his unwavering loyalty to Naomi (I think he’s forgiven her for not telling him about Holden) and how much he looks out for everyone on his crew.

As for who I’m surprisingly shipping…Naomi and Holden. Yes, I didn’t expect to ship them at all, but the past few episodes, they have had several scenes that made me notice at how they seem to put each other at ease and how they relax when the other is around or nearby. The scene in the end with Naomi telling Holden that she wishes they could have saved more and Holden saying that they will and then the two of them clasping each other’s hands made me smile. I just hope that Amos doesn’t become jealous and lashes out at both of them if the writers do go there with Naomi and Holden and that I hope they do it organically and take their time with them.

Miller hacking his lungs out was pretty gruesome. I certainly didn’t need all those shots of him coughing/spitting up blood and vomiting all over the place. Amos was right: they both looked like shit by the end there. I laughed so hard when Miller hallucinated Julie only for the camera to reveal that it’s Amos that he’s looking at.

I didn’t feel sorry for that spy who ended up getting attacked by whatever that thing was. How in the hell will they contain this virus if/when it gets out? It’s not airborne, but it spreads like wildfire anyway. Julie’s father looks to be the one behind all this, but why? Which faction does he belong to? Why is he hellbent on forcing Mars and Earth to fight against each other and dragging the OPA into it as well?

I liked Mao’s meeting with Chrisjen and I hope she figures out quickly what the fuck he’s up to. She already knows not to trust Errinwright and the Admiral and told her husband to take their grandchildren off Earth to protect them just in case something happens on Earth. I can’t wait to see what she has planned up her sleeve. It’s to her advantage that whoever is behind these shenanigans don’t know that she knows.

Lastly, is Naomi OPA? Her knowledge of the tunnel system in Eros and how the OPA used them for smuggling was highly suspect. I hope we get to learn more about her background next season along with Amos and Alex.