Dutch finds one of Khlyen’s red boxes in the green. Initially it is empty, but later it contains what appears to be an apple
Aneela, John, and D’Avin re-enter the green to free Dutch. It is understandable why Aneela needs D’Avin on the mission, because he has a unique ability to repel the green goo. And she does try (unsuccessfully) to persuade John to stay behind. (John is quite vulnerable to manipulation from The Lady and therefore completely useless in greenspace.) Remember back in Episode 3.2 when Zeph was the only one to figure out that “fake fire doesn’t burn”? One can’t help thinking that Zeph is the only one who could entirely refuse to accept The Lady’s artificial reality. John almost succumbed to a facsimile of Pawter. Zeph would never believe an artificial-Pip. Continue reading →
Camina Drummer (Cara Gee) reluctantly gives the command to fire on the Rocinante, much like when Will Riker (inset) was forced to fire on Locutus and the Borg in STTNG Episode 3.26 “Best of Both Worlds Part I”
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.”Continue reading →
Theo (David Tompa), locked in a storage compartment at the end of Season Two, finally gets to pilot the ship.
The Rocinante is using a pseudonym, at least for a while. Its transponder now broadcasts the name Pinus Contorta, a name suggested by Prax (Terry Chen) at Naomi’s request.
In the light of Earth’s declaration of war against Mars (which prompted the masquerade) the name choice is intriguing. Prax picks it because that type of pine does very well in low-G (no current data to support that), and because “in order for them to survive, they have to die with fire”. (The heat of wildfires opens the pinecones and spreads the species’ seeds.) Why does Prax suggest that name? Does he subscribe to the notion that violent conflict is necessary for social progress, or does he just have a fondness for that particular plant? Continue reading →