The Expanse (2018) – Immolation, and Delta-V

Things ramp up again not only for the crew of the Rocinante but the entire system in Immolation. Written by Alan DiFiore, this episode first debuted on 16 May, 2018.

As Holden (Steven Strait), Amos (Wes Chatham), Bobbie (Frankie Adams) and Prax (Terry Chen) explore the Mao facilities on Io, the hybrid pods that were launched into space find an occasional target among the UNN fleet in the system.

Fred Johnson (Chad L. Coleman) is offered a seat at the table when he puts the nuclear arsenal he has to good use.

Amos saves Prax from taking an action that would scar the man for life, only to undertake it himself when the group finally finds Mei (Leah Madison Jung) and Dr. Strickland (Ted Atherton). Holden is able to deliver Mao (Francois Chau) directly to Chrisjen (Shohreh Aghdashloo) while on Earth, Sadavir (Shawn Doyle) is arrested as a traitor by Sec-Gen Gillis (Jonathan Whittaker) but Volovodov (Elizabeth Mitchell) discovers a truth she didn’t know.

While all this is playing out, including Bobbie taking on a hybrid one-on-one, something is happening on Venus, something no one was ready for, and it rises out of the atmosphere leaving the entire system stunned and wondering what is going to happen next.

An insanely well-scripted and shot episode, this is a fulcrum on which the entire series is about to turn if it sticks remotely close to the arcs of the novels. Every moment has impact, every character gets a moment to shine, and we’re just gearing up for what is to come.

Delta-V gives us a leap forward in time, a shift in locations for some characters and introduction of new ones. Written by Naren Shankar, The Expanse’s universe opened up again on 23 May, 2018.

The thing that came out of Venus is out at the edge of the system. It grew into an incredibly large ring, and now fleets from Earth, Mars, and the OPA are on their way there to investigate it. Amingst them is the Roci, crewed by Alex (Cas Anvar), Amos and Holden. They’ve been joined by a documentary team led by Monica (Anna Hopkins) who are working on a piece about the crew and their actions.

Naomi has become the chief engineer aboard the Behemoth (formerly the Nauvoo), and captained by Drummer (Cara Gee), who is less than happy about her new first officer, a fellow OPA warrior, Ashford (David Strathairn).

Bobbie is back with the Martian Marines, Prax and Mei are on Ganymede, Chrisjen is back on Earth, and Volovodov is part of the UN delegation to the Ring.

Weaving, literally, through the fleets and the story is Maneo (Zach Villa) a slingshot racer, using gravitational wells to gain speed and race. He makes a poor life choice over a woman and decides to race right for and through the Ring.

And just as the late Miller (Thomas Jane) makes an appearance to Holden, Maneo cross through the Ring, bloodily and brutally discovering what will be known as the Slow Zone.

Lots of changes in this episode, and wow!

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