TV Show: The Expanse
Episode Title: Cascade
Original Air Date: March 29, 2017
Episode Number: 2×08
Holden leads his crew through the war-torn station on Ganymede.
This show is really fantastic, no doubt about it. This was another great episode full of character moments from Bobbie, Errinwright, Amos, Holden…I just love them all. I even like the villains (to a certain degree) because I find their purposes and goals very intriguing. There’s not one villain who’s your typical mustache-twirling villain and that’s a definite plus.
Bobbie escaping her quarters just so she can see the ocean was the highlight of the episode. I loved her encounter with Nico and how he taught her how to walk. I loved her seeing the real Earth and how hard it is for Earthers and that not everything is roses and puppies. As an aside, Frankie Adams is one gorgeous woman. She took my breath away during her walk in finding the ocean.
Chrisjen finding Bobbie (thanks to Cotyar) and telling her that she knows what she saw on Ganymede made me scream into the void because I have been waiting for these two to interact since we learned that Bobbie was heading to Earth. It was even more awesome than I imagined. Chrisjen telling Bobbie that she needs her help, that she believes Bobbie…YES AND YES!
I want them to work together and I hope that Chrisjen figures out a way to have Bobbie stay on Earth and not rock the peace accord they just reached with Mars. This is a delicate balance, though, because she believes that Mars is the one behind all this, but I think it’s safe to say there’s a third party at play here. We just don’t know who it is yet. Oh wait, it’s Mao, but who is helping him?
How beautiful was it to watch Bobbie’s reaction upon seeing the ocean, though? (Although in reality, that was just the East River, heh.) Her sitting down and in awe of what she’s seeing was quite touching and Frankie sold the hell out of that scene.
Another thing I love is Chrisjen’s relationship with her aide Cotyar and how they work so well together. Cotyar knows Chrisjen so well and vice versa. They can both anticipate each other’s moves and what the other is thinking without even talking to each other. Would be great to see them and Bobbie work together.
I guess Errinwright will be part of this, too? I was shocked he confessed everything to Chrisjen, but I think he saw the error of his ways when he realized that what Bobbie saw at Ganymede had something to do with the protomolecule and his conscience got the better of him. Good job, dude.
Meanwhile, back in Ganymede, we found out a bit more about Amos during his conversation with Prax. Prax calling him a homicidal maniac prompted this heartbreaking speech:
“He’s a bully. And where I come from, bullies take desperate young girls like your daughter and force them into prostitution. And when they finally get knocked up, they peddle them to johns who get off on that. After they have the kid, they push them right back out on the streets even before they have a chance to heal. And those kids…they use them, too. Some people deserve to be punished.”
Are we to surmise that Amos’ background involved prostitution and/or growing up in this kind of environment? If that’s true, no wonder he is the way he is. That’s a lot of trauma to have gone through at such a young age. I just want to give him a hug.
Also, I’m loving this kinship he’s developed with Prax. Yes, Prax probably still is wary of him, but I like that Amos is asking him all these questions about the plants and what’s wrong, etc. It’s such an endearing trait.
Holden stopping Naomi from stopping Amos when Amos started beating up Roma got an eyebrow raise from me. Naomi said it best, though: “Every shitty thing we do makes the next one that much easier, doesn’t it?” Holden is getting further and further away from what he believes in and every day the casualties keep on adding up. Naomi looks somewhat disappointed when Holden told her that “I would’ve stopped him before it went too far.”
So what does it mean now that the MCRN warned ships not to come near Ganymede and if they do, they’d get shot down? Does Alex have a way to communicate to the rest of the Roci crew or is he completely silent? Will getting word out to them get him discovered? I was amused by Alex’s antics aboard the Roci to keep himself entertained.
This was one of Amos’ best lines (while calmly eating and enjoying one of Roma’s canned chicken):
“You said you weren’t a homicidal maniac.”
“I didn’t kill him. Not yet.”
Lastly, I laughed when Bobbie told Chrisjen off and that she did it politely! “Fuck you, ma’am.” 😅