THE EXPANSE – Season 3 Episode 7 – SPOILERS
Six months have passed since the last episode, and there have been a few changes. Prax (Terry Chen) has gone to Ganymede with his daughter Mei to help rebuild the station there. Naomi (Dominique Tipper) has taken a leave of absence from the Rocinante and is now Chief Engineer on the Behemoth (formerly the Nauvoo) under the command of Camina Drummer (Cara Gee). Avasarala has become UN Secretary-General, following the resignation of Sorrento-Gillis. That jellyfish thing that the protomolecule built on Venus (Volovodov thought it looked like a squid) has traveled to a spot outside the orbit of Uranus and constructed a ring shaped thing that shows no signs of activity and emits “no radiation or signals of any kind”. Curious Martians and Earthers hover in the vicinity of the ring, trying to figure out what it might be.
We very nearly find out some stuff about Amos. Reporter Monica Stuart (Anna Hopkins), who is filming a documentary about James Holden aboard the Rocinante, says to him (just before Amos swats away the recording drone): “You don’t seem to have any official government records at all, apart from a birth certificate and a registered win with the Apprenticeship Lottery when you were fifteen. I did talk to some locals, though, and they told me about a guy who was also named Amos Burton who was some sort of mob boss. But that couldn’t be you, right, ’cause you left the city when you were fifteen.” Both Stuart and her cameraman (Brandon McGibbon) offer Amos sex in an effort to make him more communicative, and he responds to both in the same way, saying “I don’t shit where I eat.”
Meanwhile, Manéo Jung-Espinoza (Zach Villa), a twenty-fourth century equivalent of Evel Knievel, is dumped by his girlfriend Evita (Bo Martyn) via vidphone as he is busy setting speed records somewhere among the outer planets. His record setting is being upstaged by news of The Ring, and this gives him an idea (a bad one as it turns out). He decides to be the first to fly through the alien artifact. Though she has given up on their relationship and begun seeing Maneo’s brother, Evita likes this idea and flashes her boobs at him as encouragement.
In the Expanse universe, discoveries tend to be made inadvertently. As Holden tells Monica Stuart, “It’s better to be lucky than good.” Right after Manéo flies the Y Que into the center of the ring and, unluckily for him, discovers the “slow zone“, Holden has a vision of Miller sitting on his bed. “There are no laws on Ceres,” says the Miller apparition, “just cops”.
Melba Koh (Nadine Nicole) is part of a three person crew sent to repair the UNN ship Seung Un. Melba hates James Holden. She plants explosives on the Seung Un, and kills her superior Ren (John Kapelos) when he discovers what she did. Melba is actually Julie Mao’s sister Clarissa. (Her true identity is not specifically revealed in this episode, but she makes use of illegal implants just like those possessed by Clarissa in the books.)
season, which will air in 2019.
Cas Anvar (Alex Kamal) will play the romantic lead opposite Diane Kruger in THE OPERATIVE, the story of Rachel (Kruger), a rogue spy from Mossad, who vanishes without a trace while attending her father’s funeral in London. The only clue to her whereabouts is a cryptic phone call she made to her former handler Thomas (Martin Freeman), who is then summoned to Israel by Mossad. Thomas must retrace Rachel’s steps to determine how much of a threat she poses to their operations, while at the same time working to protect her. THE OPERATIVE is adapted from Yiftach Reicher Atir’s best-selling novel “The English Teacher“. Filming will begin in June in Israel and Bulgaria.
Nadine Nicole is Emily in the pilot episode of MAGNUM P.I.. The reboot follows Thomas Magnum (Jay Hernandez), an ex-Navy SEAL, who attempts to put the skills he acquired in the military to use as a private investigator in Hawaii. With help from fellow vets T.C. (Stephen Hill) and Rick (Zachary Knighton), as well as disavowed MI:6 agent Julia Higgins (Perdita Weeks), Magnum takes on the cases that no one else will, helping those with nowhere else to turn. A trailer is available on YouTube. MAGUNM P.I. will premiere Mondays at 9/8c this fall on CBS.