THE EXPANSE – Season 3 Episode 5 – SPOILERS
Naomi (Dominique Tipper) finally explains her real motivation for giving the protomolecule to Fred Johnson. She was once romantically involved with an (unnamed) idealistic Belter with whom she had a child named Filip. When she refused to agree to do something (she does not specify what), he left, and took the child with him. This makes Naomi fit amazingly well with the rest of the Rocinante’s crew. Prax is also looking for a missing child. Amos seems primarily motivated by his unfortunate childhood experiences. Avasarala tells Holden: “You’re not a child. I suspect you never were.” (Avasarala is herself motivated by the child she lost in some previous war.) And Alex’s kid sends him a conciliatory message saying: “I know you only left to protect us. A real warrior has to make sacrifices…I just wanted to tell you, I’m proud to be your son.”
Another episode, another mutiny. Ensign Sinopoli (Atticus Mitchell) returns to the Martian fleet and delivers the Errinwright Tape to his Captain (Krista Bridges). At first Captain Kirino is skeptical, but when she sees the UNN flagship head for Io instead of the much more strategically significant Callisto, she transmits the tape. Thanks to Lieutenant Shaffer (Natalie Lisinska) the tape gets to Admiral Souther. Hence the mutiny.
Officers and crew of naval vessels rarely carry sidearms. The reason is obvious. One is unlikely to encounter hostiles on board ship, and being in space is much like being on the ocean in terms of the isolation. Even the notion of posting an armed guard on a prisoner who is quite adequately restrained seems a bit strange on a spaceship, unless the crew cannot be trusted.
Captain Kirino‘s message to the Martian fleet after the mutiny is worth noting. “All MCRN ships: this is the Captain of the Hammurabi. Hold your fire. I repeat, hold your fire. There’s been a mutiny aboard the Agatha King and UNN ships are firing on each other. If we engage, it will only unite them to turn their weapons on us. If they want to destroy each other, we will let them.”
Meanwhile, Holden and company have arrived on Io just as Mei Ming is being strapped to the table for hybridization. Having learned that his accounts have been unfrozen, Jules Pierre Mao transfers the launch codes for the hybrid pods to Admiral Nguyen. Holden and the gang stop breaking into Mao’s facility long enough to watch the pods launch.
SyFy has announced the cancellation of THE EXPANSE. There is a petition on Change.org to encourage either Netflix or Amazon to pick up the show. The petition, which at this writing has been signed by more than 37,000, reads:
Syfy just announced they won’t be continuing The Expanse after the third season which is a damn shame. Not only because it’s one of the best sci-fi series of the last few years, but also because it’s been getting a lot of good ratings (especially internationally). We, the people of Earth, Mars and the Belt, call upon Netflix or Amazon to secure the national and international rights for this show so the millions of fans can continue to dream of a life in space. Netflix already secured the international rights and is betting heavily on sci-fi series so a complete acquisition would only be logical. Amazon on the other hand is responsible for the streaming rights in North-America and knows a thing or two about sci-fi (series) as well. Let’s do this!
Taki taki and tenye wa diye gut.
Byron Mann (Admiral Nguyen) will be Inspector Wu in SKYSCRAPER, a film about an FBI Agent (Dwayne Johnson), who is on assignment in Hong Kong when the tallest building in the world catches fire and authorities frame him for the disaster. On the run from the police, he must locate those actually responsible, and at the same time rescue his family who are trapped in the building above the fire line. A trailer is available on YouTube. Filmed partly in Hong Kong and partly in British Columbia, SKYSCRAPER will be released in the US on 13 July.
Mann is also Detective Evan Ong, a hero from the ‘Guns and Gangs’ Unit, in the trilungual police drama BLOOD AND WATER. The show focuses on Josephine Bradley (Steph Song), a detective who is dealing, secretly, with a grave medical problem. Jo is a fiercely ambitious woman who won’t allow herself to appear in any way vulnerable. Her nemesis at work is competing detective Al Gorski (played by Peter Outerbridge, who was also Captain Martens on THE EXPANSE). Season One is available on Amazon Video. Season Two will air on Omni TV in Canada later this year.