“I work for Fred”

TV Show: The Expanse
Episode Title: Pyre
Original Air Date: March 15, 2017
Episode Number: 2×08

Episode Description

Naomi tracks down signs of protomolecule and Fred Johnson’s control over OPA collapses.

My Review

Alright, show. You got me there with Drummer. I really thought she was the one who helped Dawes escape with Cortazar so I was screaming at my screen during the first part of the episode when everyone was talking about their plans, etc. in front of her. And I thought for a second that she was going to kill Naomi when they were alone out there to get some data from the antenna.

Of course, this all changed when we found out she’s loyal to Johnson through and through. I screamed at my screen (for a different reason) when she got shot and I said to myself “I’m going to hurt someone if she dies.” What a difference a few minutes make. 😄

Also, best part of the episode was her taking Alex’s gun and shooting those two Belters who held her and Johnson’s crew hostage and then walking by herself to the med bay. What a total badass. Now I kinda want her and Chrisjen to meet or have her and Bobbie meet to see who can out-badass who. Add Naomi to the mix as well. 👍

How stupid are those Belters, though? They really think that they’re better off with Dawes at the helm? I don’t know. Between Johnson and Dawes, I’m definitely on Team Johnson. I wouldn’t trust Dawes with my life. Were they really planning on launching those missiles at Earth? And for what exactly? Earth will retaliate and wipe out the entire Belt just like Johnson said. Did not understand those Belters’ reasoning for their little mutiny.

What is going on with Amos? Clearly that encounter with the boy and his conversation with Cortazar from the previous episode rekindled something in him. Who is this Lynda person? Was she a mother figure or someone else? Seeing Amos all broken is not a good sight, but he continues to be an absolutely fascinating character. Him almost beating up Alex and saying this: “I don’t want to fight you, Alex. Please don’t make me. ‘Cause if we do, who’s going to fly the ship?” was such an eye-opener. He really is still stuck with the mentality of a little boy sometimes.

I can’t wait to see what awaits the Roci crew at Ganymede station and this time they have a botanist in tow. How long was that Strickland doctor been working on the protomolecule and what does the botanist’s daughter have to do with this? Can’t believe Johnson warned Holden that they’re no longer welcome back at Tycho because Holden is still intent on wiping out the protomolecule.

Nice scene between Holden and Naomi and both of them telling each other that they loved each other. It was very sweet that Holden didn’t flinch or changed the subject when Naomi unexpectedly blurted out the word “love” and instead told her “I love you, too.” That was such a pleasant surprise. I still hate that Naomi is lying to him about the torpedo with the protomolecule, though. I think it’s way past the point of no return for Naomi. The longer she lies to him, the harder it will be to tell him at all.

Shocking to see those Ganymede (Martian and Earther) refugees getting spaced. These Belters are not fucking around. After being treated like shit by both planets for year, they’re really only out for themselves now. This doesn’t apply to all Belters, of course, but there seems to be a growing faction that share that sentiment.

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“Sergeant, you’re going to Earth”

TV Show: The Expanse
Episode Title: The Seventh Man
Original Air Date: March 8, 2017
Episode Number: 2×07

Episode Description

Draper struggles with what happened on Ganymede while the coming Earth/Mars peace conference tighten the tension on Erringwright. Dawes confronts Fred Johnson about what the OPA’s course of action should be regarding the protomolecule.

My Review

I know I sound like a broken record at this point, but Amos continues to be such an intriguing character and I liked his conversation with Cortazar and if he regrets having the procedure to have his empathy removed. Curious that Cortazar thought he was interested in the procedure himself. All of these little clues about Amos are just great stuff and I enjoy getting bit by bit every episode. He felt something when that boy pushed him after he (Amos) pushed the boy’s mother. He said the boy looked at him like a monster and in his mind, he probably doesn’t understand why. Oh, Amos. You still are just a poor little boy inside.

What a fucking badass Chrisjen was in this episode (even more than usual). Her answer when the president (not sure if that is his correct title) asked her “Why didn’t you ever run for office?” was GOLD:

“I like getting shit done. And I like to keep my head attached to my neck.”

FUCK YEAH. Stick it to the corrupt and evil politicians, Chrisjen!

Diogo, you bastard. I can’t believe he just handed Dawes Cortazar on a silver platter. Dawes knowing about the protomolecule is the worst thing that could happen now (well, one of) and everyone knows that he will use it to take out Earth and Mars without any hesitation. I hope Diogo gets punished for what he did. What Miller died for, he just put that in peril.

Can’t wait for this peace summit between Earth, Mars, and the OPA. Is Dawes heading there and will he have Cortazar talk about the protomolecule? Oh shiiiiit. 😧

Bobbie going through the trauma of the attack and losing her comrades was portrayed well by the actress. Now her own superior is telling her to lie about the attack and that Mars fired first in order to subvert all-out war between Earth and Mars. I understand her frustrations, but this is the right call. No one can afford to go to war at this time especially when Dawes blows the doors wide open in regards to the protomolecule problem.

Lastly, I really thought that Miller didn’t die and thought that we were going to find out that he survived Eros crashing into Venus so it was a complete shock when I realized that Thomas Jane’s name is gone from the credits (I didn’t notice it in the previous episode). I can’t believe the show killed off one of their leads. Damn! 😱