TV Show: The Expanse
Episode Title: Delta-V
Original Air Date: May 23, 2018
Episode Number: 3×07
All eyes turn to the edge of the solar system as a mysterious new presence emerges; Naomi recommits to her roots; Drummer butts heads with a seasoned new commander aboard the Behemoth; and a young Belter makes a name for himself.
God, I love this show. I’m praying to the TV gods that Amazon picks this up and gives us all the seasons until there are no more books to base the show on. Or they could go on with these characters and storylines for as long as they could. Crossing my fingers we’ll have good news before the holiday weekend officially starts tomorrow.
I can’t wait to start book three now that it looks like the show has started off with the story from that book in this episode. Lots of new characters, lots of new plots, lots of new potential, and a time jump. I thought the time jump was handled pretty well with just the right amount of exposition and relaying to the audience seamlessly what happened since the last episode which was 187 days ago.
Avasarala: I was right that it looks like she’s taken over the Secretary General position now that Errinwright has most likely been jailed and Sorrento-Gillis has been removed from his post. Kinda wish we’d gotten more of her in this episode, but I’m sure we’ll see her more in future episodes. She looks great wearing her usual wardrobe, but I missed seeing her in her Razorback spacesuit.
Bobbie: Yay, she got re-instated back into the Marines! Really sweet scene with her and Alex catching up and checking in with each other. Bobbie visiting Alex’s son and (soon to be ex) wife was very thoughtful of her. Her telling Alex that he’s the best pilot she knows and saying “You can fly me anywhere” was very sweet. Aw.
The Roci crew: This whole documentary thing could get old real fast, but I’m sure the writers will do their best not to let the documentarian and the cameraman get too annoying with them always butting in where they don’t belong. I found it pretty amusing that they both hit on Amos and Amos was just like “I don’t shit where I eat.” 😅
Amos: I am so bummed the Roci team is all scattered all over the solar system. It just doesn’t seem the same. Amos talking about Prax…oh, my heart. “He was my best friend in the whole world.” Amos was practically saying that complete with heart eyes. I wonder if he would have stayed with Prax in Ganymede if Prax asked him to stay with him and Mei. Amos calling the plants in the Roci “Prax Panels” made me smile. He loves him so much! Having read The Churn, the novella that tells about Amos’ backstory, I had to smile at how the show is teasing his backstory and keeping Amos’ history so mysterious.
The racer guy: All he wanted was to be famous for breaking all kinds of racing records and to impress his girl and he figured he’ll get that when he goes through The Ring. Only problem is, yeah….that was gruesome as hell him hitting a “wall” and stopping in an instant while traveling in 1G acceleration was something else. Just like with the protomolecule killing that person and rearranging her body parts and organs because it wants to study the human body, this was equally gruesome. Well, I guess the guy got what he wanted in the end: to be famous. There’s no way his name won’t be known within the system after that stunt.
Drummer: I LOVE HER. I LOVE HER SO MUCH. She doesn’t take shit from anyone and I just love that about her. Ashford is going to regret undermining Drummer in that last scene with him telling Drummer’s crew what will happen if they get caught with contraband. I mean, he’s not wrong, but him crossing Drummer like that in front of her own crew is not going to sit well with her. I am going to enjoy seeing these two go on a power struggle because both of them can definitely get under each other’s skin like no other. Also, am I crazy or does anyone else sense some sexual tension between them??
Naomi: I’m not happy about her no longer being part of the Roci crew, but I can’t complain too much because I absolutely adore her together with Drummer. What a formidable team they make. The Captain and her Chief Engineer. Yeah, I would watch a spinoff of these two. I hope that Naomi listens to Ashford and advises Drummer that they can no longer act like the Belters of old because now they have a legitimate chance at being part of the big two (Earth and Mars) and be part of the conversation when it comes to the system.
Melba: Who is she and have we met her before? How did she get all superpowered? Why was she trying to blow up that ship? Where was that ship anyway? Was it one of the ships that was heading to The Ring? I see that the guy who played the clones on Orphan Black was on the same ship as she was so it makes me wonder if he’ll play a larger part in this story together with her.
Anna: Her poor wife and daughter. I don’t think Anna’s going to go back home anytime soon now that she’s part of the civilian delegation flying to see what The Ring is all about. Interesting that that guy on the ship she’s on said that what they’re seeing is not alien-related, but technology-related. Scary stuff.
Miller: Whoa, is he back?? Was that just Holden hallucinating him or is the protomolecule somehow projecting Miller onto the Roci since last we saw Miller, he was being infiltrated by the protomolecule. Now that we have an idea that all of the protomolecule share one “consciousness”, what if Miller’s thoughts and consciousness are inside that thing (along with the others that it has consumed), and is trying to communicate with Holden for whatever reason? So many questions!
Other random thoughts and observations:
– I loved how the show introduced David Strathairn’s character. He even brought back the traitor Diogo. What’s their deal? Surely Dawes had an ulterior motive sending Ashford to be Drummer’s CO and then it looked like Diogo is there to do Ashford’s bidding and spy on Drummer. Hmm.
– I had to laugh at the Belter version of All By Myself playing when that racer guy got broken up with by his girlfriend (with his brother, no less).
– “I don’t shit where I eat.” Wise words from Amos, everyone.
– Funniest moment of the episode was Drummer’s response to Ashford asking on behalf of Dawes how her bullet wound in her stomach is: something about her tattooing Dawes’ name around her wound to remind herself. Cara Gee’s delivery was perfect. 😅
– Loving Naomi’s new look – the purple hair!
– Are we going to eventually check in with Prax and Mei in Ganymede and see how they’re doing?