THE EXPANSE – Season 3 Episode 6 – SPOILERS
Save The Expanse Campaign — Thomas Jane in A.X.L.
Amos (Wes Chatham) executes a (mad?) scientist, bringing back memories of Miller and his execution of Anthony Dresden (the scientist in charge of researching the protomolecule on Eros) in “Doors & Corners” (Episode 2.2). Afterward, Miller said that he killed Dresden, “not because he was talking crazy, but because he was making sense.” Scientists have not fared well on THE EXPANSE. Those that went to Venus to investigate following the impact of Eros on that planet, were killed when their ship was disassembled by the protomolecule (which itself seems mad-scientist-like, often showing a disregard for the well-being of living things). Interestingly, the scientist who remains alive is Paolo Cortazar, who had his capacity for empathy surgically removed. He is still (so far as we know) in the custody of Anderson Dawes on Ceres.
Dr. Strickland (the guy Amos executed) may seem like the worst of the worst, but have a look at what’s happening on Earth. Anna Volovodov (Elizabeth Mitchell) confronts the Secretary-General with evidence of Errinwright’s treason. Sorrento-Gillies has his deputy arrested, then calmly tells Anna: “My legacy was going to be a catastrophic war, with millions dead. That’s all on Errinwright now.” How will Anna respond to the revelation that her friend the Secretary-General is dangerously self-centered and vain? She might tell the press that in his protest days, Sorrento-Gillies betrayed his followers. (They discuss this betrayal earlier, before she shows him the Errinwright Tape.)
Avasarala did not get her protomolecule sample. Bobbie Draper (Frankie Adams) kills Protokatoa in a grudge match on the surface of Io (which has about 18% Earth gravity). Avasarala tries to talk her out of doing that, and Draper tells her to “shut up for a change”. Protokatoa is about to kill Draper when it appears to be distracted by something (possibly a communication from protomolecule HQ?). Draper asks “What are you waiting for?”, and then finds the strength to destroy it. Could Draper have been intentionally spared by the hybrid on Ganymede as well?
Alex shoots down a bunch of the hybrid pods launched by Admiral Nguyen, and the remains of the UNN fleet shoot down some more, but a couple dozen get through and head for Mars. The Agatha King is struck by one of the pods and infected with protomolecule. Long story short, Cotyar gets free and blows up the Agatha King before it can infect anything else. Avasarala would have tried to talk him out of it, but Cotyar only allowed one-way communication, effectively telling Avasarala to shut up, which is exactly what Bobbie Draper told her earlier.
Naomi (Dominique Tipper) saves the day, again. She convinces Holden, Amos, and Alex to send the hybrid pods’ transponder codes to Fred Johnson, and convinces Fred to destroy the remaining pods using the missiles he took from Earth. She probably would not have been able to do that had she not supplied Johnson with a sample of protomolecule. Naomi should be put in charge of everything.
Mei Ming (Leah Madison Jung) is safe and reunited with her father. One wonders where they will go now. As Amos and the rescued children have breakfast (while watching the news), the thing the protomolecule built rises from the Venusian atmosphere. It looks like a giant jellyfish.
Jamillah Ross (belter woman in “Back to the Butcher“) has a podcast called VIEWS FROM THE 6IX, in which she and her friend Claire Brosseau “talk, learn, laugh and sometimes cry, while they get high”. In each episode, the two women discuss literature, politics, social constructionism, sports, tons of things they know a little about, and a few things they know a lot about. Ten episodes of VIEWS FROM THE 6IX are available on iTunes.
The petition to save THE EXPANSE now has more than 127,000 signatures. After fans of the show had a banner flown over Amazon headquarters in Santa Monica, Newsweek picked up the story. The campaign has been endorsed by Wil Wheaton, Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen, and George RR Martin, who tweeted: “Just saw online that SyFy has cancelled THE EXPANSE. It’s a damn shame, especially for fans of space science fiction…of which I count myself one. It was the best space show on television, far and away. I hope its producers can find another home for it.” This episode (3.6) was the first to air since SyFy’s cancellation announcement and it drew an audience of 609,000, up from 550,000 the week before.
Thomas Jane (Joe Miller) will be Chuck Hill in A.X.L., which stars Alex Neustaedter as Miles, a teenage bike rider who comes across a weaponized robotic dog called A.X.L. in a junkyard. A.X.L. (the meaning of the acronym has yet to be revealed) was created by rogue American military scientists and they want him back, because the robotic canine is equipped with state-of-the-art artificial intelligence. Miles enlists the aid of Sara (Becky G) to help protect his new best friend. A trailer is available on YouTube. A.X.L. will be released in the US on 24 August.