The Expanse (2016) – Windmills, and Salvage

Chrisjen (Shohreh Aghdashloo) heads to the Holden farm in Montana to speak with Holden’s (Steven Strait) family in an attempt to better understand him and his actions, even as the UN prepares to remove him from the playing field.

Windmills was written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (collectively known as James S.A. Corey, the writers of the Expanse novels) and first aired on 19 January, 2016.

Aboard the Rocinante, Holden, Naomi (Dominique Tipper), Alex (Cas Anvar) and Amos (Wes Chatham) discover Chrisjen’s spy, Kenzo (Elias Toufexis) has snuck aboard, just as they are pinged by a Martian patrol.

The race is on to avoid contact with the Martians, and if they can find the code book on their own Martian ship they may be able to get away without being boarded. Through the course of events, however, Holden becomes increasingly worried about Amos and his violent instincts (not to mention his ability to see matters in black and white and no more).

The tension ratchets higher and higher until codes are revealed. But the matter of dealing with Kenzo remains in everyone’s minds.

Meanwhile, Miller (Thomas Jane), now out of a job, is still unwilling to let the Mao investigation go and decides to follow up one more lead on Eros, meaning he has to leave Ceres behind and venture into, what for him, is an unknown.

OPA, Martian and Earth tensions continue to escalate, and Chrisjen is working to avert a war, which may end up being impossible to do.

Tightly paced, and perfectly acted, this episode, this series honours the novels while doing some of its own things, and looks gorgeous!

Salvage first aired on 26 January, 2016 and was penned by Robin Veith.

While we’re only part way through the events of the first book, it’s very obvious that we are coming up on the end of the first season. Things are ramping up quickly now.

The Rocinante arrives at a remote asteroid, finding it with the information they were provided before leaving Tycho. There they discover the Anubis, the stealth ship that used the Scopuli as bait, and destroyed the Cant.

The crew find a strange living matter in the reactor, something that is spreading outwards when it is given energy, something we will come to know as the protomolecule, and before it can be used as a weapon, the Rocinante nukes the Anubis, before following a trail to Eros, just as Miller arrives there as well looking for Julie.

On Eros things take a turn for the violent, and Miller finds himself paired up with the Roci’s crew as they discover what happened to Julie Mao – she’s dead, infected by the protomolecule.

Everyone seems to want to get their hands on it, but no one really knows what it is. They know it can be used as a weapon though.

Next time we conclude season one, and see what our crew learns about Julie’s death even as the system seems to be ramping up for war.

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