The Expanse (2018) – Dandelion Sky, and Fallen World

Things are escalating quickly as Holden (Steven Strait) and The Investigator/Miller (Thomas Jane) arrive on the central node at the heart of the bubble that is the Slow Zone. Written by Georgia Lee, Dandelion Sky first aired on 13 June, 2018.

He’s not the only one on his way there, however. It seems a Martian skiff has launched from one of the warships and Bobbie Draper (Frankie Adams) is one of the Marines aboard. The mission’s commander is none other than Simu Liu in the role of Mayer.

While Holden tries to figure out what Miller is trying to tell him, and what this station (?) is, Naomi (Dominique Tipper) continues her journey back to the Rocinante.

Aboard the UNN vessel Thomas Prince, Volovodov (Elizabeth Mitchell) is consumed by the wonder around her as they pass through the Ring, but her wonder causes her to miss a soul in need, something that redirects her efforts.

Melba’s (Nadine Nicole) identity is getting close to being rumbled and Ashford (David Strathairn) and Drummer (Cara Gee) continue to spar on the bridge of the Behemoth.

The Marines attempt to attack Holden and the station, and it defends itself, decreasing the speed of the Slow Zone, something that affects all of the fleets converging on the station, violently. And it shows Holden… something.

I was absolutely delighted to see all the gates show up in Holden’s vision, because, of course, having read the books, I know what is really going on here, but seeing it on the screen was pretty damned amazing.

Fallen World first aired on 20 June, 2018 and was written by Dan Nowak.

Naomi is able to finally get aboard the Roci, and discovers that both Amos (Wes Chatham) and Alex (Cas Anvar) were injured during the speed change of the slow zone. They aren’t the only ones, aboard the Thomas Prince, there are a number of injuries, and Volovodov learns that Melba is in fact Clarissa Mao, and she has an endgame in progress, to kill Holden.

Holden, meanwhile, is taken back to the Martian ship by Bobbie, and tensions around the fleet are ratcheting everywhere.

On the Behemoth, both Ashford and Drummer are stuck, pinned by a piece of Mormon farming equipment that remained on the ship when it was originally taken over by the OPA. As the pair struggle to work together, it becomes clear that only one of them may survive…

Back on the Roci, Naomi is stunned to be attacked by Clarissa, and is within moments of dying when Volovodov saves her, setting the stage for the final two episodes of the season!

This feels like a bit of a slower episode, but I think it’s a big, slow, deep breath before diving into the season finale which, once again, should be a huge game changer for the series.

THE EXPANSE — “Fallen World” Episode 311 — Pictured: Steven Strait as James Holden — (Photo by: Rafy/Syfy)

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