THE EXPANSE – Season 3 Episode 8 – SPOILERS
Miller, or something that looks like Miller, has been appearing to Holden (though it is not visible to cameras, or to other people). Holden runs multiple brain scans and tests himself for protomolecule contamination, all with negative results. Then he notices that Miller’s appearance happened at exactly the same time that Manéo Jung-Espinoza crashed into the ring, and he accepts that Miller is, at least in some sense, real. Let’s look at four bits of conversation between Miller and Holden, and see if we can figure out some stuff.
MILLER: “It’s those damn doors and corners. I mean, that’s where they get you. You don’t walk into the middle of a crime scene without knowing there’s not somebody there to put you down. It’s the thing you don’t see coming. That’s what it is.”
HOLDEN: “What’s with the hat?”
MILLER: “Keeps the rain off my head.”
Miller was born on Ceres, and likely has never been to Earth, which is the only place in the solar system where it currently rains water. (He’d need more than a hat to keep Titan‘s rain off his head.) “It’s the thing you don’t see coming” is reminiscent of what Amos said in response to Prax’s description of the cascade on Ganymede in Episode 2.10: “It’s not the thing that breaks you that you need to watch out for.”
MILLER: “There’s this rookie down in Star Helix. Kid never learned to clear a room. Kept telling him, I said ‘There’s doors and corners, kid, and if you don’t clear the room; if you don’t come in slow, that room will eat you.”
HOLDEN: “Why are you telling me this?”
MILLER: “Ssh. I’m supposed to think about this. Ah, this could mean something.”
HOLDEN: “Detective Miller crashed into Venus with Julie Mao. They died together. That’s how it ended.”
MILLER: “I don’t want to talk about Julie.”
HOLDEN: “It happened to Miller, too. You’re dead.”
MILLER: “I’m just an investigator now. I find things.”
HOLDEN: “Okay, what are you trying to find?”
MILLER: “Loca Greiga, they were running this unlicensed brothel down in Sector 18. Coriolis so bad down there it really made you sick.”
Miller is “supposed to think about this”. He is being encouraged by someone or something to understand what’s going on, so he can better communicate with Holden. Julie, at last report, was being used to control Eros when it was traveling the solar system, and before it crashed into Venus. Though there is no direct evidence of this, it would not be unreasonable to assume that she might be controlling the operation of The Ring in a similar way, so Julie may be a taboo topic of conversation for security reasons. Why he mentions the Loca Greiga, a Belter crime syndicate (and why the brothel had any success despite coriolis-induced nausea) is unclear.
MILLER: “Have we talked before?”
HOLDEN: “Do you even know you’re here?”
MILLER: “Yeah, sometimes. When I exceed my boundary conditions, that’s when they kill me.”
HOLDEN: “Who are they? Why me. Why am I special?”
MILLER: “Cause you have a ship. See, you’re a tool that goes places. I’m a tool that finds things. We’re tools.”
Miller seems to be alive conditionally. There are some things he is not allowed to do, and if he “exceeds his boundary conditions”, he is killed by unknown entities (and later reconstructed when needed). His use of the the pronoun “they” seems to indicate that living intelligences are present in the ring.
HOLDEN: “You showed up at the exact moment that the ring woke up. Is it using you to get to me?”
MILLER: “It reaches out. 113 times a second. It reaches out but nothing answers. So it builds the investigator, and the investigator looks but he does not find, so it kills the investigator, over and over, and then it builds the investigator again and again until…”
Now Miller is using the pronoun “it” and seems to indicate that the entity that is killing and reconstructing him is singular and not alive. Does this mean that Miller “exceeded his boundary conditions” by implying that his rebuilders were living things? At the end of this exchange, Miller notices he casts no reflection in the bathroom mirror, then suddenly he does. This, along with Miller’s efforts to discourage Holden from touching him, might mean that the Miller apparition is composed of a protomolecule derivative. One wonders if, after his reflection becomes visible in the mirror, he became visible to humans other than Holden.
Camina Drummer (Cara Gee) is placed in an awkward position. After Melba’s destruction of the UNN Seung Un , Stuart’s cameraman (Brandon McGibbon) makes a fake recording of Holden claiming responsibility for the attack and also claiming the ring for the OPA. To escape its own destruction, the Behemoth must fire on the Rocinante. Drummer’s decision to fire brought to mind a similar situation faced by Riker at the end of “Best of Both Worlds Part I” (the final episode of STTNG Season Three).
Genelle Williams (Tilly Fagan) will be Sarah Sutton in CHRISTMAS CALENDAR, a film about Abby Sutton (Kat Graham), an aspiring photographer who finds herself trapped in a dead-end job. Abby inherits a magical advent calendar from her late grandmother that seems to predict her future, and point the way to a new romance. When her current relationship falls apart just before Christmas, she realizes that the calendar has actually been pointing her toward her best friend, who has been the constant in her life all along. CHRISTMAS CALENDAR will be on Netflix this December.
Williams will also be Laura Carnwright in the first three episodes of the third season of CARDINAL. The third season is set in the fall, and Cardinal (Billy Campbell) and Delorme (Karine Vanasse) investigate a doomsday cult in connection with a gruesome double murder. At the same time, Cardinal launches his own investigation into a much more personal and dangerous case. Season Three is expected to premiere this fall on CTV. The first two seasons can be streamed on Hulu.
Paulino Nunes (Rev. Dr. Hector Cortez) will be Prosecuter Kirhner in GEORGETOWN, based on a New York Times Magazine article by Franklin Foer, which centers on Albrecht Muth (Christoph Waltz), an eccentric social climber who seduced and married a wealthy older widow, Viola Drath (Vanessa Redgrave). Muth and Drath threw lavish events, with Muth lying extensively about his background. Then Drath was found murdered at their home in Georgetown. The film was directed by Christoph Waltz and filmed in Toronto in the summer of 2017. No release date has been announced.