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 →
Morgan Kelly as Bruce Lippe in the psychological thriller BLOOD HONEY. The film is currently available on VOD in Canada, and will be released in the US on 1 February.
Morgan Kelly (Alvis Akari) and Kimberly-Sue Murray (Louella Simms) star as Elle and Tyler in the made-for-TV thriller TWISTED, about Kara (Elisabeth Harnois), who has spent months getting her boyfriend Tyler back on his feet after a turbulent time in his life. The two are planning to marry and everything is perfect until Tyler’s ex, Elle, returns from rehab and wants her old boyfriend back. Elle is sexy, outspoken, and daring (and Kara is none of those things). What starts off as one woman’s desire to hold on to her fiancé turns into a twisted game of cat and mouse, as Kara tries to survive Elle’s jealous wrath. Written by Barbara Kymlicka (who wrote TINY HOUSE OF TERROR), and directed by Philippe Gagnon, TWISTED began filming in Montreal in October. There is no word yet on when it will air.
Kelly will also be a character named Manusco in Episodes 3.3 and 3.5 of THE EXPANSE. No information is available on Manusco, but another character, Katoa Merton (Jaeden Noel), who will also appear in both those episodes, is a friend of Prax’s daughter Mei-Meng. Both Katoa and Mei were being treated by Dr. Strickland for Myers-Skelton Premature Immunosenescence on Ganymede, and the two are assumed to have been kidnapped by the doctor, and subjected to the influence of the protomolecule. One might speculate that Manusco will somehow help Prax locate Dr. Strickland and his experimental subjects. Continue reading →