THE EXPANSE – Season 2 Episode 11 – SPOILERS
Holden and the gang make their way into the depths of Ganymede Station, and locate some of Strickland’s people, but they find neither Dr. Strickland, nor Prax’s daughter. Someone tosses a grenade into the room with them. Amos picks it up, opens the door it came through, and tosses it back. (Why the original grenade thrower failed to lock the door is unknown.) The grenade kills a bunch of Strickland’s people and severely wounds his assistant Umea, who begs Holden for help. But instead of rendering assistance, Holden interrogates her until she dies. This is the last straw for Nagata, who shortly thereafter announces that she will no longer be part of Holden’s quest.
NAGATA: “Jim, I’m not going with you.”
NAGATA: “If the protomolecule was here, it could be in fifty other places by now, too.”
HOLDEN: “Then we’re just gonna have to find all of them.”
NAGATA: “We have to do good where we can, when we can. I’m going back to make sure the Somnambulist is up and running, and I’m going to help Melissa get as many people off this station as we can before it dies.”
HOLDEN: “If we don’t catch that thing out there, a lot more people will die.”
NAGATA: “People die every day. I wanted to believe we could stop this. We can’t.”
The grenade also allowed one of those Caliban creatures to break free, and escape to the surface of Ganymede. Holden decides to hunt it. It is possible that the creature that escaped was the same one that attacked Draper’s platoon, or it could be Prax’s daughter modified by the protomolecule. (There were a bunch of flashbacks of Mei earlier in the episode, and the purpose of that might have been to create sympathy for what she’s become.) Based on what happened to Sgt. Draper, the creature most likely could have killed Holden and the rest had it chosen to. Instead it fled to the surface. Holden, Prax, and Alex are certainly no match for it. (Amos left with Naomi.)
It is still a mystery why the creature that attacked Draper’s platoon made a point of saving Draper. Could it have been a hybrid created from someone Draper knew?
Captain Martens (Peter Outerbridge) arrogantly admits his lies, and is outraged that Draper refuses to go along with them.
DRAPER: “You lied to me about Ganymede. You all lied about Travis. You’ve been lying to me this whole time.”
MARTENS: “That’s what’s bothering you? You may have jeopardized the future of Mars, but all you can think about is your peace of mind. You, your whole generation, you’re soft. You’re spoiled. I remember we had drill raids in school every day because back then every Martian child knew that Earth’s fleet was ready and waiting to attack us. To destroy us. To destroy everything that we had worked so hard to build.”
Draper (understandably) punches Martens many times, and he tells her all about Project Caliban. It turns out that the Ganymede incident was a field test for the Project, and the report refers to the creature as a “Version One Hybrid”. (Presumably that means a human/protomolecule hybrid.) Why it was necessary to put Ganymede Station at risk in the process is a bit of a mystery. One would think that the Martians could have arranged for Draper and her fellow marines to encounter the creature in some more isolated location.
After defecting to Earth, Draper gives Avasarala details of Mars’ involvement with Project Caliban. Possibly because of this, Jules Pierre Mao (François Chau) contacts Avasarala and arranges to meet with her somewhere in neutral space.
Meanwhile, on Venus, the protomolecule is building something.
Ted Atherton (Dr. Strickland) is Jennings in TRENCH 11, a thriller set in 1918 France during the final days of World War I. The Germans lose control of a highly contagious biological weapon that turns its victims into deranged killers, so The Allies send a shell-shocked Canadian tunneler (Rossif Sutherland) into an underground bunker behind enemy lines to find and destroy the weapon. Production began last November in Winnipeg, and a trailer is available on DailyMotion.
THE EXPANSE has been nominated for a Hugo Award in the category of Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form for the final episode of Season One, “Leviathan Wakes”. Other nominees in that category are: Black Mirror: “San Junipero” — Doctor Who: “The Return of Doctor Mysterio” — Game of Thrones: “Battle of the Bastards” — Game of Thrones: “The Door” — and Splendor & Misery [album], by Clipping. Winners will be announced at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention in Helsinki, Finland, on 11 August.
Thomas Jane (Joe Miller) will be Wilfred James in a Netflix adaptation of the Stephen King story 1922. In King’s novella (published in 2010 as part of the collection Full Dark, No Stars), Wilfred confesses to murdering his wife, Arlette (to be played by Molly Parker), and comes to believe that her vengeful spirit is haunting him. The story is told in the first person, leaving readers to wonder whether Wilfred is descending into madness or really telling the truth. Jane has previously starred in two other Stephen King films: DREAMCATCHER (2003), and THE MIST (20007). Production began in Vancouver last November.