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 →
The Reverend Doctor Anna Volovodov (Elizabeth Mitchell), an old friend of the dangerously weak Secretary-General Gillis (Jonathan Whittaker) is summoned to the UN to help Gillis write a speech. (And possibly because the Secretary-General suspects that his grasp of the situation leaves something to be desired and needs someone around that he can trust to help him figure things out.) The first thing we see Volovodov do is take a billy club to the head while protecting an anti-war protester. When Errinwright and Gillis start talking about making Mao cooperate by threatening action against his family, Volovodov reminds them that “collective punishment is still a war crime”. It is good to know that the Geneva Accords are still in force in this future.
Dr. Volovodov on the phone with her wife Namono (Raven Dauda) and her daughter Nami (Loreva Joy).
The Rocinante (alias Pinus Contorta) receives an anonymous Martian distress call, prompting a philosophical debate among the crew. Holden says ignore it, because “people are dying all over the system”, and they need to head for Io to rescue Prax’s daughter. Alex, himself a Martian, is not happy with the decision, and says that he swore an oath and just because he’s not in uniform anymore doesn’t change that. Naomi (Dominique Tipper) sides with Alex with hopes of ending her political isolation, and the cynical Amos (“You can’t save everybody. It’s a waste of time to try.”) allies himself with Holden and his new obsession. Prax (Terry Chen), perhaps remembering when his fellow refugees were ruthlessly spaced in Episode 2.8, casts the deciding vote in favour of responding to the distress call.
On Io, Prax’s daughter Mei (Leah Madison Jung) is alive, and (at least physically) well. Because she is an important part of Dr. Strickland’s experiments, she seems to be in no immediate danger. Errinwright (Shawn Doyle) wants the weapon that Jules Pierre Mao (François Chau) promised him, and the Hybrid pods are ready to launch, but Mao will not give them to Errinwright until his family is released from custody and his accounts are unfrozen. Mao suggests that the hybrids should be dismantled, but Strickland (Ted Atherton) disagrees. 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 →