THE EXPANSE – Season 2 Episode 5 – SPOILERS
DRUMMER: One hundred and fifty live thermonuclear missiles under your control. I believe that makes you the most powerful man in the system right now.”
JOHNSON: “Really? Then go get me a cup of coffee.” (Drummer’s reaction is pictured.)
Joe Miller (Thomas Jane), sitting on a catwalk on the surface of Eros, says two very interesting things. First he says: “If Eros stopped rotating that quick, I’d be dead as a bug on a windshield.” Then later: “If Eros isn’t spinning anymore, then how can I still have gravity?” Eros is roughly cylindrical, so Miller must be on a circular catwalk on the end of the cylinder where the docking ports are located. Otherwise, he would not feel the effects of pseudo-gravity on the outside of Eros, even if it was spinning.
Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo) on the roof of her home, contemplating the end of the world
Here’s a theory. It is possible that the protomolecule absorbed and redirected the spin of Eros. If the energy of rotation along with the orbital momentum were somehow channeled into a propulsive force, some of which could be stored for future acceleration, that process might generate the waste heat described by Naomi and would likely be sufficient to account for the asteroid’s acceleration. It would work kind of the way Star Trek‘s inertial dampers work, only on a much larger scale. It would also explain why Miller doesn’t feel any acceleration when Eros speeds up. He is inside a giant inertial damping field.
Having dodged The Nauvoo, protomolecular Eros puts itself on a collision course with Earth. We get a hint of Earth’s total population when estimates of casualties from the projected impact are 7 to 10 billion immediately, and another 10 billion from lingering environmental effects. That means there are more than 20 billion people on Earth and to sustain that level of population one might speculate that they must be using some Soylent-Green-like approach to the food supply.
Earth fires half of its planetary defense missiles at Eros. We learn from how quickly they get out of the Earth’s gravity well that those missiles must be equipped with fusion drives. Eros decides not to reflect radar anymore, and the missiles become useless, unable to track the target.
Eros impacts Venus. Interestingly, Eros took on a slow, end-over-end rotation
as it approached.
As a last resort, Miller does the sensible thing. He carts his pet nuke (long story not worth telling) inside Eros and finds what’s left of Julie Mao. He has reasoned out that Julie’s intelligence, being the first absorbed, is serving as the control center for the protomolecule. He locates proto-Julie and finds out that she is steering the asteroid to Earth because she is homesick. When Miller tries to get her to stop, she says: “We can’t stop the work.” Miller quickly adapts, saying: “Ok, we can’t stop the work. But we don’t have to go to Earth, right? Why don’t we go to Venus?”
Later, Drummer does bring Fred
a cup of coffee.
Proto-Julie makes a course correction. Earth is saved. Venus, which has apparently been completely ignored by humans in their colonization of the solar system, is selected as the place for the protomolecule to do its “work” (whatever that might be). Miller and Julie kiss, and Eros crash-lands.
Jean Yoon (Captain Theresa Yao in episodes 1.3 and 1.4) received an ACTRA Toronto award for outstanding performance by a female for her role as Umma in the CBC comedy KIM’S CONVENIENCE. Accepting the award, Yoon said, “I’m really proud to be working on a show about immigrants in a time of nationalist intolerance.” Cara Gee (Drummer) tweeted that “For all my new pals from The Expanse, @jean_yoon (Captain Yao) once played my mom on stage in The Rez Sisters. And I love her.” (“The Rez Sisters” is a 1986 play by Tomson Highway.)
Billy Merasty, Cara Gee, Jani Lauzon, Kyra Harper, Djennie Laguerre, Pamela Sinha, Michaela Washburn & Jean Yoon in The Rez Sisters at Toronto’s Factory Theatre, (2011)
Shawn Doyle (Sadavir Errinwright) is Police Chief Peter Welland in the TV drama BELLEVUE In the first episode, (which aired 20 February), a transgender teen, who is also the best hockey player in town, goes missing. Co-showrunner Jane Maggs, speaking to Stephanie Beaumont of Sea and Be Scene described the series as: “a complex human drama dressed up as a thrilling mystery. It’s about loss, pain, rage, mistakes and outsiders. And at its core it’s about love – desperate love and the way that love can take us over, can drive us to our most extreme selves and can blind us.” BELLEVUE airs Mondays at 9pm on CBC.
Sadavir Errinwright having a drink in his office at the UN.
Doyle is also Owen in AWAY FROM EVERYWHERE, which co-stars Joanne Kelly and Jason Priestley, and is about a love triangle involving a struggling writer, his brother, and his brother’s wife. The film will be in theatres in St. John’s, NL (Scotiabank Theatre) on 1 March, Ottawa on 3 March, and Toronto on 4 March. A trailer is available on Vimeo.