THE EXPANSE – Season 2 Episode 3 – SPOILERS
It may be that organized religions are more well suited than governments to organize projects with long term goals (like space exploration). Governments must show short term results to stay in power. Religions are less concerned with immediately practical matters (provided there is a separation of church and state), and more inclined to accept necessary sacrifice and risk. What if acceptance of religious dogma was required to travel to the stars? One supposes it would depend on the religion.
This came to mind because the Mormons are the only ones planning anything worthwhile in The Expanse, and ex-cop Joe Miller is planning to hijack their under-construction, multi-generational, interstellar ship, The Nauvoo. He will attempt to use it to destroy Eros. Fred Johnson, who is building the Mormon ship, has apparently agreed to help. It is interesting to note that Johnson and Miller each executed someone without trial last episode. Johnson tossed a Belter out an airlock to win an argument and Miller assassinated an unarmed scientist. Now they are working together.
We got some description of the Mormon vessel from Elder McCann, when Joe Miller pretended to be a potential convert.
ELDER MCCANN: “Ten levels of environmental engineering, crew quarters, schools, wastewater treatment, machine shops, forges, and at the center a piece of Earth curved back on itself. Our Eden.”
MILLER: “Well, I’ve never been to Earth, but it kinda looks like a big huge metal rock tunnel to me.”
ELDER MCCANN: “The cylinder will be sealed, and after the initial acceleration, the body will begin to spin. All this will be farmland. It’s designed to give the illusion of light and heat that is as gentle and warm as a summer’s day.”
McCann called The Nauvoo “our Eden”. Our ancestors (or at least some of them) might have originally arrived on Earth in such a vessel thousands of years ago. It would explain the Eden myth.
Chrisjen Avasarala contacts Fred looking for a way to stop Mars and Earth from going to war. She tells him that all the bad things she’d been saying about him were lies. Avasarala is basing her good opinion of Fred on what Admiral Souther told her last episode, but based on what has transpired recently, one must conclude that Fred is not a nice man. He did send Avasarala some information (probably data on the actual fate of The Donnager) that might help her if she can figure out how to use it.
The following will almost certainly not happen (but it would be cool if it did). Miller and Johnson take the Mormon ship to Eros, and attempt to destroy the place, but the proto-molecule takes over The Nauvoo and uses it to travel the solar system delivering the good news about what embracing the proto-molecule can do for people. As demonstrations of its power, Martian Marines are turned into pacifists, conspirators are made honest, and Julie Mao (still alive but transmogrified) appears to Miller. She asks for the return of her necklace, and demands that he stop following her.
This episode was written by Robin Veith, who was three times nominated (with Matthew Weiner) for a Prime Time Emmy for her work on MADMEN. She has written three other episodes of THE EXPANSE. (The other twelve episodes that have aired thus far have all been written by men.) No episode of THE EXPANSE has been directed by a woman.
Alden Adair (Staz, one of the guys Miller meets in the bar after being kicked off The Rocinante) is Marvin Grimes (Marvin the Manager) in five episodes of the comedy WORKIN’ MOMS, which airs Monday nights on CBC. He’s also Josh, Delorme’s husband, in all six episodes of the mini-series CARDINAL (Wednesday nights at 10pm on CTV).
Cara Gee (Drummer) will be Jenny in the comedy SUNDOWNERS, a film that writer/director Pavan Moondi told Filmmaker Magazine is about “…two guys who are hired to film a destination wedding at a tropical vacation resort and things go very badly. It stars stand-up comedian Phil Hanley and Luke Lalonde from the band Born Ruffians, both making their acting debuts. Tim [Heidecker] plays their boss. It’s a bit more overtly comedic than Diamond Tongues, [Moondi’s previous film] but there’s quite a bit of underlying darkness we delve into.” SUNDOWNERS is Moondi’s third feature and was filmed primarily in Santa Marta, Colombia. It is due to premiere sometime in 2017.