THE EXPANSE – Season 3 Episode 3 – SPOILERS
Jules-Pierre Mao (François Chau) notices that Dr. Strickland is a mad scientist and tells him to stop his experiments. It seems unlikely that Strickland will give up so easily, and Mao must know that. Mao might succeed in saving the remaining five children with the help of Holden’s newly reinforced crew (once they arrive on Io), but Strickland might infect one or more of the remaining children with the protomolecule before he can be stopped. It is uncertain how Mao will react to Avasarala.
Under the influence of Sadavir Errinwright (Shawn Doyle), the Secretary-General blows up some Martian military stuff, and, in return, the Martians blow up a city in South America (Goias Maior, at the tip of Amazonia, probably near where São Paolo is now). It seems likely that there will be further Martian retaliation. Avasarala wakes up on the Rocinante, and is surprised that no one is enthusiastic about helping her.
Avasarala trying to convice Holden to help her stop the war sounds amazingly similar to Errinwright attempting to sell Secretary-General Gillis on attacking Mars. The methodology is the same, even though the goals are different.
Last episode, Alex Kamal (Cas Anvar) sent a conciliatory message to his wife and daughter on Mars. Alex’s wife Talissa (Supinder Wraich) replies, politely but firmly telling him “we don’t need you anymore”. This causes Alex to try to make friends with a puzzled but pleased Naomi, whose pro-Belter stance has alienated her from everyone else on board.
Talissa’s message allows Alex to break free of his attachment to the past (unlike Bobbie Draper, who was really pissed off that someone on the Rocinante had defaced the Martian flag, and is still clinging to her Martian identity). In an interview with Kevin Yeoman of Screen Rant, Cas Anvar described the evolution of his character: “At the beginning he was this very insecure, very introverted guy. He didn’t really know who he was, he was kind of lost…He referred to himself as nothing more than a glorified bus driver because he had not found his true calling… Between seasons one and two Alex discovers who he is. He finds his place. He finds a family that he actually understands and he realizes this is what he’s meant to do; this is what he’s always been meant to do but he’s been denying it.”
Cotyar (Nick E. Tarabay) kills Theo (David Tompa) after their dropship is located by the Agatha King, flagship of the U.N.’s Jupiter fleet. What exactly is he afraid that Theo might reveal? Neither of them know where Avasarala is. Cotyar had quite a bit of time alone in the dropship with Theo. He could have used that time to explain the situation, and make Theo part of the plan.
The episode’s best scene has to be Amos (Wes Chatham) instructing Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo) on how to walk in magnetic boots (not only for the dialogue, but also for Bobbie Draper’s ill-concealed amusement in the background).
AMOS: “If you’re going to walk around the ship, you have to wear the boots. House rules.”
AVASARALA: “What? Do they think I’m just going to float away?”
AMOS: “Okay, lean your foot back to engage it.”
AVASARALA: “Lean back with my weight on my heel?”
AMOS: “Yes, there you go. Now you just walk around like you’re in pumps.”
AVASARALA: “How do you know what it’s like to walk in pumps?”
AMOS: “I didn’t always work in space.”
We need a flashback episode about Amos in Baltimore.
Supinder Wraich (Talissa) is Rita, a first-year vet assistant (and amateur scientist), in seven episodes of CRAWFORD, a CBC webseries about Don (Kyle Mac), a musician who finds he is suddenly able to communicate (perhaps telepathically) with raccoons. Don’s dad (John Carroll Lynch) is an ex-cop who was shot in the head and lost the ability to speak. His mother (Jill Hennessy) is an adwoman specializing in the marketing of breakfast cereal. And someone in their neighborhood is bending street signs. All twelve episodes of CRAWFORD can be streamed on the CBC website. The series is unavailable outside of Canada.
Morgan Kelly (Manusco) will make a third appearance on DESIGNATED SURVIVOR as Simon Day, in an episode titled “Bad Reception” in which President Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) will negotiate with an (as yet unspecified) foreign government for the release of an American citizen. The episode is scheduled to air on 2 May at 10/9c on ABC in the US and on CTV in Canada.
Shohreh Aghdashloo will star along with Louis Gossett Jr. in THE CUBAN, a film about a young Afghan immigrant named Mina (Ana Golja) who is starting her first job at a nursing home. She develops an unexpected friendship with a Cuban resident with dementia (Gossett), who reignites her love of music and changes her life. (Aghdashloo will be Mina’s Aunt Bano, a former doctor who is pushing Mina to go to medical school.) THE CUBAN is currently being filmed in and around Brantford, Ontario.