THE EXPANSE – Season 3 Episodes 12 & 13 – SPOILERS
Science Officer Kolvoord of the Thomas Prince screws up. His data-gathering nuclear test explosion causes Ring Station to shift into planetary destruction mode. The test does, however, inadvertently succeed in getting Miller’s attention. Again, the depiction of scientists on THE EXPANSE is less than favourable, and any beneficial results of their experiments are shown to be accidental. When the station begins to look threatening, the three Captains (Ashford, Lucas, and Kunis) decide that their only option is to destroy The Ring, forever cutting themselves off from home and protecting the solar system from attack.
Clarissa Mao is released from the brig and enlisted by Ashford to help channel more power to the Behemoth‘s com laser (a process which must be done from the bridge, since engineering has been captured by Holden and company). Mao decides to atone for her past sins by abruptly switching sides. She attacks Ashford and prevents him from firing the laser at The Ring. Then the reactors on the Behemoth are powered down. (Miller suggested this as a method of convincing the station that humans and their ships are not threats.) The purple haze lifts, and all ships exit through the undamaged ring.
Ring Station also opens gateways to about 1300 habitable star systems. The sudden ready availability of uninhabited worlds might cause Martians to give up the notion of terraforming their planet. In the books, the population of Mars is around four billion, so a mass migration would need a lot of ships. Mars might become a place focused on mining shipbuilding materials.
The civilization that created the protomolecule is dead, so perhaps there are planets full of that civilization’s decaying technological legacy. Miller doesn’t know what killed the people who created the protomolecule, and whatever alien species or disease that killed them is likely still out there somewhere.
Holden accuses Miller of being less than honest with him. “There’s something you’re not telling me,” Holden says. “After all the pain and death, you just flip a switch and we’re free to go. Just like that. Nice try. I think you were trying to open the ring gates from the beginning. That was the plan. And what I want to know now is, are we, I mean is humanity, part of that plan? I don’t believe you did it out of the goodness of your heart.” (Holden speaks that last bit while we watch Anna Volovodov approach Clarissa Mao and attempt to comfort her, and this might be intended to suggest that Clarissa’s act of contrition was less than sincere.) “It was never about helping us,” Holden continues. “We know all of our divisions, all of our hatreds didn’t just magically disappear the moment you set us free.”
The interaction between Drummer, Naomi, and Holden leaves little doubt that Drummer is in love with Naomi, and that Naomi is in love with Holden, but still has feelings for Drummer. It is interesting that the lesbian relationship is implied, while the heterosexual relationship is explicit. Also, we learn that Cohen, the gay cameraman who sabotaged the Rocinante was cut in half by a door on the Xuesen when it decelerated, and, though Drummer was not killed, she suffered a similar fate. Her injuries leave her without feeling below the waist. “Back aches pretty bad,” Drummer tells Naomi, “right down to the spot where I can’t feel anything at all.”
Drummer’s love for Naomi drives her decision to help Holden. “I’m not here for you,” she tells him. “Naomi believes you’re right. She would die for you. I’m here to make sure she doesn’t.”
The ending shows a nude Holden talking to Miller on a deserted shoreline. (This likely takes place inside Holden’s mind.) Miller says that he’s going to need a ride, indicating that he will probably inhabit the Rocinante on interstellar trips. Then it appears that Holden is scanned for some purpose, possibly to in some way modify or enhance him, so that Miller and Holden can share the same brain. (The protomolecule’s disassembly of Lieutenant Mayer in Episode 3.10 might have given it enough information about how humans are put together to do that.) Having Miller inside his head all the time might eventually cause Holden some relationship problems.
Lola Glaudini (Captain Shadid in “Remember the Cant“) will be Ellen in SHE’S IN PORTLAND, the story of Wes and Luke, two guys in their thirties who reconnect at a college reunion and decide to head for the California coast in an attempt to find Maggie, the girlfriend that each of them think was the “one who got away”. Wes (Tommy Dewey) is a charismatic East Coast banker with a boring, but stressful marriage. Luke (Francois Arnaud), is an unsuccessful, lonely, single “creative” from LA. Directed by Marc Carlini, and filmed in California and Oregon, SHE’S IN PORTLAND should be released in the US early in 2019.
Glaudini will also be Anita Novak, an attorney and New York City mayoral candidate (backed by Sam Winslow), in the next season of RAY DONOVAN. Ray (Liev Schreiber) will help Novak’s campaign get out of a difficult situation. Season Six will premiere on Showtime later this year.
Conrad Pla (Colonel Janus in “The Weeping Somnambulist“) will be Agent Santana in THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT, a film written and directed by Kim Nguyen, which centers on Vincent (Jesse Eisenberg) and Anton (Alexander Skarsgård), two cousins from New York who do High Frequency Trading for a living. (Anton is the brains; Vincent is the hustler.) The two hatch a multi-million dollar plan to build a fiber-optic cable between Kansas and New Jersey. Salma Hayek plays their brilliant and ruthless former boss, Eva Torres. THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT will be released in Russia on 28 February 2019.
Peter Outerbridge (Captain Martens in “Cascade“) will be Calix Niklos, an “elegant, malicious science expert”, in the upcoming Netflix vampire drama V-WARS. The ten-episode series will star Ian Somerhalder as Dr. Luther Swann, who enters a world full of horror when a mysterious affliction transforms his best friend, Michael Fayne (Adrian Holmes), into a vampire. Swann races against time to understand the spreading disease, while Fayne rises to become the underground leader of the vampires. No release date has been announced.