Anna Volovodov (Elizabeth Mitchell) and Science Officer Kolvoord (Chris Owens)
After the Thomas Prince passes through The Ring, Science Officer Kolvoord (Cris Owens) and Anna Volovodov (Elizabeth Mitchell) notice that Jung-Espinoza’s ship, an MCRN probe, as well as the torpedo that the belters fired at the Rocinante are now in orbit around Ring Station, equidistant from one another. (Their configuration looks like they are orbiting at Lagrange points.) Volovodov also notices a purple glow surrounding the orbiting objects and suggests: “Maybe the purple glow is like a cyst. When you get a splinter, your body builds around it, isolating it. Infections can develop cysts. Maybe it’s interpreting these objects as threats, and that’s how it isolates them.”
Nadine Nicole as Melba (aka Clarissa Mao)
The torpedo’s engine is still burning, the probe is still sending back data, and both of them are in stationary orbit. Kolvoord deduces from this that an object that exceeded the speed limit inside the ship would not be slowed. (What happens to the exhaust gasses from the torpedo’s engine? Do they accumulate inside the “cyst”?) Continue reading →
Holden (Steven Strait) gets impatient with Miller’s crime scene metaphors, and demands a clear explanation of what’s going on. “Oh,” says Miller, “so you wanna talk about the non-local quantum hologram, the phase-conjugate adaptive waves, resonating in micro-tubules in the brain which of course requires some closed timeline curves and Lorentzian manifold and — you catch up. I’ll wait.” Miller’s technobabble doesn’t make any sense to Holden, but it seems to contain a great many hints about the nature of consciousness. The theologically inclined (such as the Reverend Doctor Anna Volovodov) will find it fascinating. 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 →