The Expanse (2017) – The Weeping Somnambulist, and Cascade

While the scientific expedition to Venus makes a surprising and worrying discovery, the crew of the Rocinante and the politicians of Earth and Mars delve deeper into the incident on Ganymede.

The Weeping Somnambulist was written by Hallie Lambert and first aired on 22 March, 2017.

Holden (Steven Strait), Amos (Wes Chatham), Naomi (Dominique Tipper) and Meng (Terry Chen) board a supply ship, The Weeping Somnambulist, en route to Ganymede as a way to sneak down to the orbiting stations, and surface, to figure out what happened. As noble as their actions are, this isn’t going to go as smoothly as they want.

In the meantime, Alex (Cas Anvar) slips the Roci into an impact crater on one of Ganymede’s moons to stay out of sight, but ready for a split-second rescue should the calvary be needed.

On Earth, Chrisjen (Shohreh Aghdashloo) and Sadavir (Shawn Doyle) are meeting with the Martian delegation for a summit about what happened on Ganymede, and the Martians trot out Draper (Frankie Adams) to testify and to use her team as a scapegoat instead of revealing the strange encounter on the planet.

Chrisjen doesn’t buy it and almost flushes the truth out. They definitely know now that there was something more going on than they initially believed.

This is a tightly paced and written episode, moving easily between the interweaving storylines, advancing them all, but still delivering fantastic character beats, and taking the story further and further along.

Smart, well-written, and well-produced, The Expanse is rocking it!

Cascade first aired on 29 March, 2017 and was written by Dan Nowak.

On Ganymede station, Holden and the crew help Meng track down a lead on his missing daughter, and the doctor that abducted her. Amos is a little more violent in his way of helping, and that enables Naomi and Holden to talk about the ethical lines that are being crossed and how easy it is to do it.

Something is going on at Ganymede, we and Draper learn from Chrisjen that it is called Project: Caliban, that it may be overseen by the Martian government, and that being that killed the UN Marines, as well as Draper’s own team may have been made by her own people.

The Martian Navy puts the space around Ganymede on lockdown, something that catches Alex’s attention, and Draper, unsure of what to do, except for her desire to see the ocean, escapes her room at the embassy and makes for the coast.

While there is a lot of compression of the novels into things that are happening, I still love that this version of The Expanse is taking its time to explore its characters and the worlds they inhabit. Having said that we are racing towards the conclusion of season two, and there are lots of things to be explored yet. What’s going on at Venus? What is really happening at Ganymede? And it happens in the books… when does Draper join up with the Roci crew?

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