THE EXPANSE – Season 2 Episode 12 – SPOILERS
Holden goes full Ahab on the escaped hybrid, over the repeated objections of Prax and Alex. Only when Naomi calls for help does he break off his pursuit. Everybody talks tough in this episode, and not much actually happens, but we do learn some things.
Avasarala has not been off-planet for a long time, and does not enjoy space travel. Cotyar once was in military intelligence, and became Chrisjen’s assistant after somehow getting her son killed. Errinwright drinks Scotch. Bobbi Draper is fond of cucumber sandwiches. Earth developed (some years previously) a contact poison to use against Martian soldiers, but it was banned. The poison can be tailored for a specific genetic profile. (This we know because Errinwright uses some of it to kill Korshunov, the leader of the Martian delegation to the peace talks.)
Before he dies, Korshunov (Jeff Seymour) makes the second reference in the show to the inferiority of Martian music (as compared to Earth music). We have heard no music from Mars, so it is impossible to make a judgement on that, but both Draper and Korshunov agree that Martian music is crap. Perhaps musical expression is restricted there, either by the government, or by a general lack of leisure time.
Naomi does a heroic thing. Holden also does a heroic thing (reluctantly). Errinwright thinks he’s being heroic but he’s really just trying to save his ass. The truly amazing thing is that, while life support on Ganymede Station is shutting down, no one is making an effort to rescue those trapped there, despite the fact that the moon is surrounded with orbiting military vessels from Mars and Earth.
For just a brief minute, Naomi sounded a bit like Scotty from the Enterprise (minus the Scottish accent) when she took over repairs on the Weeping Somnambulist.
NAOMI: “What the hell are you doing? That doesn’t go there.”
ENGINEER: “Who the hell are you?”
NAOMI: “Please put those down and step away from the panel.”
ENGINEER: “The hell I will.”
NAOMI: “Station power’s failing. There’s no time for this shit. Move!”
The Martian ship that was destroyed remotely by Errinwright was intended to be the Project Caliban hybrid’s transportation off Ganymede, but in the final frames of the episode we see something (the hybrid?) clinging to one of the external ladders on The Rocinante. Melissa and Naomi are heading for Europa, and so, very possibly, is the hybrid, because The Rocinante is likely to follow them there.
— Julien Coquet (@JulienCoquet) April 17, 2017