The Expanse (2017) – The Seventh Man, and Pyre

While Mars and Earth teeter on the brink of war, Anderson Dawes (Jared Harris) reminds the OPA that it’s the best place for the Belters to keep them. At the same time, Draper (Frankie Adams) begins to recall what really happened during the attack on Ganymede, remembering that the UN forces weren’t firing on her and her fellow Martian marines, but on a seventh man pursuing them, a seventh man who didn’t need a vac suit.

Written by Georgia Lee, The Seventh Man first debuted on 8 March, 2017.

The Roci crew has returned to Tycho Station, to find themselves embroiled in the political maneuverings of both Dawes and Johnson (Chad L. Coleman). It shows that despite the fact that they are a crew, and at this point family, Holden (Steven Strait), Naomi (Dominique Tipper), Amos (Wes Chatham) and Alex (Cas Anvar) don’t all share the same political views. Holden is an idealist and keeps to the line ‘we’re all in this together,’ refusing to be drawn out by the maneuvering.

When Dawes makes off with the recovered Phoebe station scientist it just adds more fuel to the fire.

Things aren’t going very well for Draper either, as her superiors are sending her to Earth to apologize for the shooting at Ganymede and to keep any reports about the seventh man to herself. It never happened.

Mars suspects Earth, Earth suspects Mars, and Dawes, the beloved OPA leader seems ready to swoop in and use these events to put the Belters at the top.

Pyre is exactly that, a huge fire as things begin happening. The knowledge that there is more protomolecule out there, on Ganymede, is just the beginning of the major events that play out in this episode.

Written by Robin Veith it first debuted on 15 March, 2017. While Amos deals with his personal issues, Dawes completely cripples Johnson’s powerbase and causes him to lose control of the OPA, as members grab control of Tycho Station.

Refugees from Ganymede are being transported to Tycho, including a botanist, Prax Meng (Terry Chen), who as a Belter, sees the horrific airlocking of Inner planet refugees, and learns that his young daughter may have survived the attack on Ganymede. He may have information that Holden and Naomi need.

As the OPA members attempt to access the missiles that Johnson has, the only people who may be able to stop it may be the crew of the Rocinante.

Was Ganymede attacked on purpose then, or was the intelligence that is inherent in the protomolecule creating, changing and growing? Continuing its work? Will the scientist Dawes has possession of lead them to it?

Prax comes aboard the Roci, and they head out to Ganymede to figure out what is going on, leaving Johnson wondering if he has any power in the OPA left.

There are fantastic personal moments for each of the Roci crew in this episode. We’re seeing the impact of system-wide events on personal levels, something I’ve always loved about the series.

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