Just This Once, Let’s Try Something Else: The Expanse, “Congregation” and “Abbadon’s Gate”

Can I tell you all how happy I am that The Expanse isn’t ending yet? This two-hour finale was, for the most part, great, but if the story ended here I’d be crushed. The episode packed a ton of suspense and heart into its all-too-brief run time, but then ended on a cliffhanger that’s equally exhilarating and terrifying.

There’s wayyyy too much to recap here, so I’m going to try to hop through the most salient bits!

Meanwhile, on the Behemoth

All the action is on the Behemoth! Ashford’s dangerous gambit of spinning the drum has worked, and the Behemoth now has enough gravity to allow the injured crews from all ships to heal. This is great, but also means that only about a third of the entire fleet’s people are OK and walking around. This becomes important extremely quickly.

You see, the physicist, Dr. Kolvoord, has an idea. If ...

Consequences in Zero G: The Expanse, “Fallen World”

This week’s episode of The Expanse, “Fallen World,” was all about action and aftermath, with a wonderfully jolting twist toward the end. I thought this was a strong, tense episode, that perfectly sets up next week’s two-episode finale.

(Spoilers ahead.)

We already knew that sudden deceleration does terrible things to you, but this week we get to see that in stark, gory terms. Unlike last week’s suicide subplot, I thought this damage was handled perfectly, with an appropriate amount of horror and grief from the survivors, and while the show explored the grim realities of cleaning up zero G injuries, it didn’t feel like exploitation.

 

Meanwhile, With The Martian Away Team

In the heart of The Ring, Bobbie figures out what’s happened. She picks a seemingly-dead Holden up, and orders her two remaining crewmates to proceed slowwwwwly back to their ship. They’re both (understandably) ready to kill ...

Existentialism in SPAAAAACE: The Expanse, “Dandelion Sky”

This was a surprisingly talky episode of The Expanse! “Dandelion Sky” touched on free will, determinism, the nature of consciousness, the nature of fear…there was a lot going on as our intrepid space people drew ever closer to The Ring. There are spoilers below, obviously, but also a content warning as I’ll be talking about suicide, specifically how it was depicted in this episode, so if you need to tread carefully or simply not read that part I’ll drop another warning in when we get there. (And if you haven’t seen the episode yet, note that it shows a suicide, in a blunt, graphic scene, so if that’s something you don’t want in your head, just read a recap for this one.)

First of all… HOLY SHIT HE LEFT A NOTE. Holden actually left Amos and Alex a note. I’m proud of him. I’m going to go ahead and ...

Bursting Space Bubbles: The Expanse, “Intransigence”

So THAT’S Melba’s deal. Well I should have guessed that! I feel so silly now.

This week’s episode of The Expanse, “Intransigence,” continued the dangerous trajectory the Roci started last week. It tied some loose threads together, gave me one of my favorite scenes yet, and set up what I’m guessing will be an absolutely terrifying hour of television next week.

Join me in spoiler territory!

Meanwhile, on the UNN Thomas Prince

Anna! Anna hasn’t come all the way to the ring only to wimp out and go home. she lurks around the Thomas Prince trying to come up with a way to stay, and then latches onto The Expanse’s version of Margaery Tyrell, Miss Fagin. Miss Fagin, who describes herself as an aging socialite, has blackmailed the captain into letting her stay. (Hey, she has to find some way to stay relevant and fascinating at dinner parties....

I’m Your Venus, I’m Your Fire—The Expanse: “Immolation”

The Expanse may have been cancelled, but we still have seven episodes left! And I for one am still hoping that if enough of the audience watches the show live (gasp!) and tweets along, either Syfy itself or a Streaming God will hear our pleas. This week’s episode, “Immolation,” gave us some amazing action, a few resolutions, and—dare I say it?—at least one happy ending.

At least, it’s happy for now.

 

Meanwhile, on Io

Gosh there’s a lot here.

Realizing the jig is up, Jules-Pierre Mao thinks they should pull the plug and surrender, but Strickland decides to take the kids and bolt.

The Pinus Away Team watch helplessly as the hybrid pods launch—but not for long! They charge into the lab, with Holden growling that they’ll find abort codes inside. The take a freight elevator down with no idea what they’ll face when the doors open. So ...

Venus and the Protomolecule on The Expanse
Cotyar on The Expanse

Always Beta Test Your Mutiny! The Expanse: “Triple Point”

This is an all-space episode—don’t look for Earth, cause you won’t find it. Also, after several character building episodes, “Triple Point” is just action and tension alllll the way down. There are three threads: The UNN Agatha King menaces the Martian ship Hammurabi, and they, along with the Pinus Contorta crew, converge over Io. Meanwhile Jules-Pierre Mao and Dr. Strickland work on their nefarious plot below.

Come talk about it with us, won’t you?

Ugh, Mutiny

Captain Kirino of the Hammurabi actually listens to Ensign Sinopoli, hears him out, and watches some of that weasel Errinwright’s treasonous message. Despite needling from her #1, she considers a path that might lead to peace…or at least truce. Unfortunately, over on the UNN Agatha King, Admiral Souther has been completely squished by Admiral Nguyen. Nguyen, whom I’ll remind you is firmly in that weasel Errinwright’s pocket, now has a network of ...

Aftermath in SPAAAACE! The Expanse: “Reload”

This week’s episode of The Expanse, “Reload,” was another connective tissue episode. There were a few spikes of pure action, but for the most part this episode was about the ever-cascading consequences of “IFF.”

Plus, spoiler alert: Errinwright still hasn’t been kicked in the shins. What the heck, show? Hurry up and kick that jerk already.

Meanwhile, in Space

Let’s begin with the Pinus. They come across the remains of a Martian fleet, and stop to scavenge enough fuel to make it to Io. Alex and Bobbie are very unhappy about this—but just wait, the situation’s going to get much worse. Meanwhile Avasarala is still trying to get holden  to let her open a channel so she can shiv that weasel Errinwright. Avasarala thinks she can talk him into it, but Bobbie has her doubts.

Of course they find survivors on the Martian ship. And of course they ...

Can We All Just Agree to Ignore the Biggest Threat in the Universe? The Expanse: “Assured Destruction”

OK show, I have but one request: can Pastor Anna kick Errinwright in the shins next week?

This week’s episode of The Expanse, “Assured Destruction,” gave us the War Room of the UN, the protomolecule labs on Io, and two different hints that Amos has the most interesting backstory of anyone on the show. It also featured two of the Game of Thrones-iest sequences yet. But before I get into that, a quick recap.

Meanwhile, In Space

Avasarala has somehow cheated death again, and is in the Pinus’ sick bay. Bobbie, momentarily happy to be aboard a Martian ship, flies into a rage when she sees that the Martian flag has been defaced. This kicks off a fun dance between Bobbie (full of adrenaline, used to military discipline and hierarchy), Alex (the opposite of that), Amos (amused and probably down to wrestle), and Holden (the captain, technically, ...

Can We All Just Agree to Ignore the Biggest Threat in the Universe? The Expanse: “Assured Destruction”

OK show, I have but one request: can Pastor Anna kick Errinwright in the shins next week?

This week’s episode of The Expanse, “Assured Destruction,” gave us the War Room of the UN, the protomolecule labs on Io, and two different hints that Amos has the most interesting backstory of anyone on the show. It also featured two of the Game of Thrones-iest sequences yet. But before I get into that, a quick recap.

Meanwhile, In Space

Avasarala has somehow cheated death again, and is in the Pinus’ sick bay. Bobbie, momentarily happy to be aboard a Martian ship, flies into a rage when she sees that the Martian flag has been defaced. This kicks off a fun dance between Bobbie (full of adrenaline, used to military discipline and hierarchy), Alex (the opposite of that), Amos (amused and probably down to wrestle), and Holden (the captain, technically, ...

Can We All Just Agree to Ignore the Biggest Threat in the Universe? The Expanse: “Assured Destruction”

OK show, I have but one request: can Pastor Anna kick Errinwright in the shins next week?

This week’s episode of The Expanse, “Assured Destruction,” gave us the War Room of the UN, the protomolecule labs on Io, and two different hints that Amos has the most interesting backstory of anyone on the show. It also featured two of the Game of Thrones-iest sequences yet. But before I get into that, a quick recap.

Meanwhile, In Space

Avasarala has somehow cheated death again, and is in the Pinus’ sick bay. Bobbie, momentarily happy to be aboard a Martian ship, flies into a rage when she sees that the Martian flag has been defaced. This kicks off a fun dance between Bobbie (full of adrenaline, used to military discipline and hierarchy), Alex (the opposite of that), Amos (amused and probably down to wrestle), and Holden (the captain, technically, ...