THE EXPANSE – Season 2 Episode 8 – SPOILERS
Dr. Praxidike ‘Prax’ Meng (Terry Chen) is encouraged by the suggestion that his daughter might still be alive.
Amos has apparently acquired a new purpose in life, that being to locate Lydia Maalouf, the woman who cared for him after his mother died. He attacks Alex over his inattention to his family on Mars, and expresses approval of Prax’s return to Ganymede to find his daughter. Family has suddenly become very important to him. (This shift in motivation for Amos, even if puzzling, is a good thing, and it is reinforced by the addition of a new character, Prax, who is on a similar quest. A search for lost family members is much more compelling than the pursuit of phantom conspiracies.)
Amos (Wes Chatham) looks a bit spaced out in this episode, and is newly fixated on finding his family.
Prax the Botanist wakes up on a freighter with many other refugees from Ganymede, and finds out that his daughter, Mei, is not with him on the ship. He encounters a friend named Doris (Grace Lynn Kung) and explains to her that his daughter was visiting her pediatrician when the dome was breached. Doris tells him that the part of the dome where Dr. Strickland had his office was destroyed.
Leah Madison Jung as Prax’s daughter Mei. Two cartoon characters, Misko and Marisko, are shown on her backpack, so there are still cartoons in THE EXPANSE universe. Jupiter seems too large in Ganymede’s sky.
Doris offers Prax a bit of hope for the future when she persuades him to come with her to Mars and start over, and Prax decides at the last minute to go with her. It is announced that all refugees going to either Mars or Earth will be transferred to another ship, but, though he tries, Ganymede native Prax can’t pass for a Martian and is prevented from entering the airlock. Then, in what is certainly the most memorable and tragic scene of the series thus far, he watches as Doris and her fellow Inners are unceremoniously and graphically spaced. “Inners wreck Ganymede,” says the crewman operating the airlock. “Belter life first from now on. You lucky, beltalowda.”
Much to Naomi’s relief, Cortazar was talking to protomolecule on Ganymede, and not the sample that she has hidden among the asteroids. She and Holden come to believe that Dr. Strickland, Mei’s pediatrician, is involved with that, and that Mei is also connected because Strickland moved the girl to safety before the attack. Prax comes aboard The Rocinante to help Holden find Strickland, and to search for his daughter.
Strickland the Geneticist (Ted Atherton) is seen escorting Mei to safety before the attack on Ganymede. Holden and Nagata suspect that the girl might be a subject in Strickland’s experiments.
Later in the episode, a bunch of rebellious Belters on Tycho, inspired by Dawes’ rhetoric, attempt a takeover of the station so they can launch Fred Johnson’s stolen missiles back at Earth, just to stir up trouble. The rebels are subdued through oxygen deprivation. Drummer, who has been shot in the attempted coup, pauses on her way to the infirmary to calmly execute two of the rebels.
Belters are a murderous lot, and one wonders if prolonged exposure to not enough gravity and/or too much radiation might be responsible for that. Martians are exposed to similar environmental conditions, and seem to use military discipline to control their homicidal tendencies. Prax seems quite normal and that could be because he spent his entire life on Ganymede in structures that shielded him (and the plants he was working with) from radiation.
Tannis Burnett as the
station doctor on Tycho
Holden, an Earther who has spent perhaps too much time in space, reveals to Naomi that on the night when Cortazar was kidnapped, he was on his way to the scientist’s cell to kill him. Naomi points out to Holden that he is “not a murderer”, a questionable assertion after his destruction of the medical ship in episode 2.4.
THE EXPANSE has been renewed by SyFy for a third season.
Brianna Goldie (stunt refugee #1) was Melanie Liburd‘s stunt double on DARK MATTER, and Dominique Tipper‘s double in the first season of THE EXPANSE.
Grace Lynn Kung is a “hard-edged” character named Claire in CULT OF CHUCKY, the seventh Chucky film, which stars Fiona Dourif and Jennifer Tilly. The story finds Nica Pierce (Dourif) confined to an asylum and convinced that it was she, not Chucky, who killed her family. Then her psychiatrist introduces her to a “good guy doll” to help with her therapy, and a string of grisly deaths begin at the facility. Filmed in Winnipeg, CULT OF CHUCKY will be released in the US on 20 October. — Kung will also be Mae Yoshida in episode 1.15 of DESIGNATED SURVIVOR, which is due to air on ABC 5 April at 10pm.
Terry Chen appears as a Chinese politico in xXx: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE, the third Triple X movie, in which Cage (Vin Diesel) comes out of self-imposed retirement to recover a mysterious weapon known as Pandora’s Box. (Diesel opted out of the second film in the franchise and Cage was replaced by Darius Stone.) Parts of the movie were filmed in Toronto, and among Toronto locations shown are Balzac’s Coffee Shop on Market Street, and the Walmer Road Baptist Church. THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE was released last January, and is currently playing in US theatres.