Martin Roach as Avasarala-friendly Admiral Souther, and Natalie Lisinska AS Shaffer. (Lisinska was Aynsley Norris in Season One of ORPHAN BLACK, and Collette in the LOST GIRL episode “The Mourning After“.)
Jules-Pierre Mao (François Chau) notices that Dr. Strickland is a mad scientist and tells him to stop his experiments. It seems unlikely that Strickland will give up so easily, and Mao must know that. Mao might succeed in saving the remaining five children with the help of Holden’s newly reinforced crew (once they arrive on Io), but Strickland might infect one or more of the remaining children with the protomolecule before he can be stopped. It is uncertain how Mao will react to Avasarala.
Under the influence of Sadavir Errinwright (Shawn Doyle), the Secretary-General blows up some Martian military stuff, and, in return, the Martians blow up a city in South America (Goias Maior, at the tip of Amazonia, probably near where São Paolo is now). It seems likely that there will be further Martian retaliation. Avasarala wakes up on the Rocinante, and is surprised that no one is enthusiastic about helping her. Continue reading →
Amos (Wes Chatham) asserts that he is not a homicidal maniac. Prax (Terry Chen), who has led a sheltered existence, is quietly amazed at the short-sightedness of those around him. Errinwright (Shawn Doyle) admits his involvement with Mao and the protomolecule. And no one at all is killed in this episode.
Alex is alone and bored and monitoring things from Cyllene. We find him surrounded by empty floating beer cans and singing along to Hank Williams’ I’m So Lonely I Could Cry. (One wonders if there are any whippoorwills left in the time of The Expanse.) His zero gravity somersault in pursuit of beer droplets is interrupted by the Martian announcement of a no fly zone over Ganymede. Even if Holden manages to locate Strickland and Prax’s daughter, The Rocinante won’t be much help to them.
Avasarala and Draper at the seaside, with Cotyar standing guard. .
Bobbi Draper, in some disfavour with her superiors after her testimony at the peace talks, escapes from her quarters at the Martian Compound and goes looking for the ocean. On her way she meets Nico (Milton Barnes) who trades her directions to the water for her calcium supplement. Nico is an engaging fellow, and seems like someone who should turn up again in future episodes. Avasarala finds Draper at the edge of the ocean, shows Bobbi evidence that what she saw on Ganymede was real, and proposes that they work together. (The evidence Avasarala shows Draper came from Errinwright. We see a picture of a humanoid creature labeled Project Caliban. Caliban is the name of the half-human son of the witch Sycorax in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.)
Draper sees the ocean for the first time.
The best line of the episode is from Cotyar (Nick E. Tarabay) who tells Avasarala: “I’d forgotten how it felt to be fighting for the good guys again. I like it. It’s nice.”
Naomi is not quite sure which side she’s fighting for these days. She admonishes Holden: “Every shitty thing we do makes the next one that much easier, doesn’t it?”
The title of the episode comes from this conversation between Prax and Amos, and is very relevant to present day problems.
Sarah Sahr as a cheerefully optimistic nurse on Ganymede.
AMOS:“What’s the cascade?” PRAX:“In real nature there’s enough diversity to cushion an ecosystem when something catastrophic happens. Nothing that we build, our ships, our stations, has that depth. Now, in an artificial ecosystem, when one thing goes wrong, there’s only a certain amount of pathways that can compensate for it. Eventually, those pathways get over-stressed, and then they fail. Which leaves fewer pathways, and then they’ll get over-stressed, and then they fail.” AMOS:“So it’s not the thing that breaks you that you need to watch out for.” PRAX:“Exactly. And Ganymede is a simple, complex system. Because it’s simple, it’s prone to cascades, and because it’s complex, you can’t predict what’s going to break down next, or how.”
The writers might be pointing out that industrial agriculture has caused the Earth to lose about 75% of plant genetic diversity since 1900, and that the introduction of genetically modified organisms threatens to intensify the problem. A simple, but complex, artificial ecosystem is being created right now.
Ryan Blakely (Basia) will be Marc Desjardins in the miniseries BAD BLOOD, based on the book Business or Blood: Mafia Boss Vito Rizzuto’s Last War, by Antonio Nicaso and Peter Edwards. Filmed in Montreal and Sudbury, the series deals with events following Rizzuto’s arrest in 2004, and the revenge killings that followed his release from prison in 2012 and led to Rizzuto’s own death a year later. BAD BLOOD will be broadcast in the fall in English on CityTV and FX, and in French on Radio-Canada.
Roma (Steven Yaffee) helps Prax (Terry Chen) find out that his missing daughter has been taken by Dr. Strickland to the oldest part of Ganymede Station. . .
Allison Hossack (Umea) is the newly elected Mother Superior of the Abbey in the thriller SOMETIMES THE GOOD KILL. One of her first acts as Mother Superior is to assign Sister Talia (Susie Abromeit) the job of discretely investigating a murder. Nora Mclellan (KILLJOYS) and Amanda Brugel (ORPHAN BLACK) are among others in the cast, and a trailer is available on Vimeo. SOMETIMES THE GOOD KILL should be released in Canada later this year.
Steven Yaffee (Roma) will be Mikhail Demidoff in two episodes of THE MIST, a re-imagining of the Stephen King tale that will include several distinct story lines set in a variety of locations (as opposed to the single storyline and location used in the novella and in Frank Darabont’s 2007 movie). Filmed in Bedford, Nova Scotia, the ten episode series will premiere on SPIKE TV in the US on 22 June.
Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo) preparing to unleash her sweetly phrased wrath on Sadavir Errinwright.
Naomi Nagata is up to something. She pretends to follow Holden’s orders and send the sample of protomolecule (the one The Rocinante had previously hidden) into the sun. In actuality, the sample remains hidden, and only Naomi knows that. She visits Fred Johnson, and persuades him to release the story of Miller and Julie (without any mention of the protomolecule). Later, she volunteers to help Drummer (Cara Gee) reprogram the twenty-nine interplanetary thermonuclear missiles that Fred hijacked. One suspects Naomi might leave a back door open in the programming so that, if the necessity arises, she can control those missiles.
The Martians were very suspicious about Naomi when they interrogated Holden and his crew in Season One, just before The Donnager was destroyed.
Errinwright reading about Miller and Julie
In a long and fiery speech, Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo) gives Errinwright (Shawn Doyle) the word that Jules-Pierre Mao needs to turn himself in and help the UN understand what’s going on. Promising to rain hellfire on Mao, his family, and friends, Avasarala makes this cogent comment: “Government is more powerful than any corporation, and the only reason they think it tilts the other way, is because we poor public servants are always looking for some fat, private-sector payoff down the road.” She leaves Errinwright little choice but to co-operate when she tells him she is looking for no such payoff.
Avasarala cites Fred Johnson’s story about the adventures of Miller and Mao as conclusive proof that J.P. Mao was behind the Eros Incident. (Avasarala seems incorruptible at the moment. But remember that she actively endorsed torture at the beginning of Season One, so she’s not entirely on the side of the angels.)
Earth is getting a ship ready to head for Venus and find out if there is anything left of Eros. It is implied that even with a refit, the ship will not be able to get to the surface of Venus, but it will get close enough to make observations.
After Holden finds out that Johnson hijacked the missles, the two have this exchange:
JOHNSON:“We want the same things, you know. We’re on the same team.” HOLDEN:“That’s the thing with all of you. Earth, Mars, The Belt, The OPA, it’s all bullshit. There shouldn’t be any teams.” JOHNSON:“That’s a beautiful dream, son. And I hope I’m around to see it come true. But in this world that we live in, in order to survive, you have to pick a side.”
Sam Huntington as Solomon Epstein, the discoverer of the drive that bears his name, looking very pleased with his discovery. Huntington was werewolf nurse Josh Levison in the 2011 SyFy series BEING HUMAN .
Meanwhile, Martian Marines, led by Bobby Draper (Frankie Adams) have been sent to guard the agricultural station on Ganymede (which is a joint Earth/Mars operation). It is impossible to tell who attacks whom at Ganymede, but another Martian ship bites the dust in the battle. Among the Marines on the ground, Draper seems to be the only survivor. An unarmed drone scans the battlefield, locates the wounded Marine, and summons a strange looking humanoid creature who is apparently not wearing a space suit. The creature hauls Draper to safety. Are Ganymede’s attackers the same stealth ships that destroyed The Canterbury and The Donnager? Is Jules-Pierre Mao in league with extraterrestrials, or has he used the protomolecule to create people who can work unprotected in vacuum?
Bobbie Draper on Ganymede
Several flashbacks show us the accidental discovery of the Epstein Drive. (It was discovered by a Martian, and led to, among other things, Martian independence.) Are the flashbacks just an informative red herring? Or are they intended to suggest that whatever turned Eros into a spaceship and modified its population was the result of an accidental discovery made by one of Mao’s scientists at the research station on Phoebe?
Shawn Doyle and Anna Paquin on BELLEVUE (Mondays at 9pm on CBC)
Shawn Doyle (Errinwright) will star opposite Daniela Vlaskalic in the world premiere of Sean Dixon‘s play THE ORANGE DOT in Toronto. The play is about two city workers who are called to remove a large tree infested with termites. The equipment they are meant to use is stuck in traffic, so they wait. They talk, argue, and flirt as they pass the morning together armed with smartphones, a stethoscope, an ancient arrowhead, and a large dose of existential dread about what the world is coming to. The play is described as “…a blend of absurdity and realism that delves into the dynamics of power, the nature of partnerships and the modern human condition.” THE ORANGE DOT will run from 16 March to 1 April at Streetcar Crowsnest Theatre, 345 Carlaw Ave., Toronto. Tickets are now on sale.
Athena Karkanis as Agent Khalida Massi in the 2008 series THE BORDER
Rhett Allain, Associate Professor of Physics at Southeastern Louisiana University, wrote an article for WIRED titled Let’s Do the Physics of Knocking an Asteroid Into the Sun. In it he discussed what would have happened had The Nauvoo actually crashed into Eros. He demonstrates rather conclusively that The Nauvoo could not have caused Eros to crash into the sun.
Athena Karkanis (Octavia Muss in seven Season One episodes) has joined the cast of ZOO, the CBS summer series based on the James Patterson novel about a violent, worldwide wave of animal attacks against humans. Karkanis will play Abigail, an operative who does not shy away from dangerous situations and has a surprising connection to the show’s protagonist, Jackson Oz. Season Three of ZOO will likely premiere at the end of June.
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