The Expanse (2017/2018) – Caliban’s War, and Fight or Flight

Season two of The Expanse roars to its conclusion with Caliban’s War. Written by Naren Shankar alongside Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham (collectively known as James S.A. Corey the authors of The Expanse novels), the season closed out on 19 April, 2017.

While Chrisjen (Shohreh Aghdashloo), Bobbie (Frankie Adams) and Cotyar (Nick E. Tarabay) try to get off Mao’s ship, with violence ensuing, the crew of the Rocinante discover they have problems of their own.

Holden (Steven Strait), Naomi (Dominique Tipper), Amos (Wes Chatham) and Alex (Cas Anvar) are shocked to discover the hybrid creation Holden was hunting has found its way aboard the Roci. Confronting the creature, Holden is trapped in the loading bay with it while the rest of the crew, including some unconventional thinking from Meng (Terry Chen), tries to figure out a way to eject the creature but save Holden.

They are able to rescue Holden and destroy the hybrid but Naomi clues him in on the changed state of the system, Mars has the protomolecule, Earth has the protomolecule, oh, and that sample Holden had thought Naomi had destroyed, after the events with the Somnambulist she left information that led Fred Johnson (Chad L. Coleman) straight to it, meaning the OPA has the protomolecule now too.

We’re left to ponder what that means even as we process that Meng’s daughter is still out there, along with countless others, infected, or waiting to be infected, with the protomolecule, and the Venus expedition to the Eros impact site ends bizarrely.

Let’s see where we go for season three!

Which opened on 11 April, 2018 almost a year after the previous episode. Fight or Flight opened the season, and was written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby.

Chrisjen and the rest try to figure out a way to get off of Mao’s ship and escape back to Earth, even as war threatens to spread out from Ganymede where Earth and Mars ships already seem to be clashing.

On the Roci, tensions are high as everyone tries to reconcile their feelings of betrayal about what Naomi has done with the protomolecule. As repairs are underway the general belief is that they should head back to Tycho station, and from there they may end up going their separate ways.

But Holden reminds them that they made a promise to Prax Meng to find his daughter. Until now, they’ve done everything but, but when the Venus incident happened, at the same time as the hybrid’s destruction on the Roci, a third event seemed to spike on Io.

Naomi is shocked to learn that everyone sides with Holden to go to Io to investigate even as Chrisjen and Bobbie escape in the oft-talked about racing pinnace Razorback.

There are tensions everywhere as war and personal conflicts seem to be on the rise across the system. What will the Roci discover on Io? What’s happening on Venus? And how will the three governing powers of the system put their protomolecules to work?

The series continues its diverging from the novels while still feeling very much of the same world. Bring on the season!

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