A Shot in the Dark, once again, elevates the trouble and the tension that is happening in The Expanse universe. Written by Dan Nowak, and dropping with the rest of the season on Prime on 13 December, 2019, we learn that there is trouble brewing on Ilus in a big way.
Holden (Steven Strait), Amos (Wes Chatham) and the rest of the settlers and UNN troops are still hiding out in the alien structures as they wait for the flood waters to recede. But that may not happen fast enough. They apparently don’t have enough supplies to last more than a couple of days, and there seems to be a strange infection spreading through everyone but for Holden.
And the discovery of what that infection actually is? There is trouble on Ilus.
In orbit above the planet, Alex (Cas Anvar) and Naomi (Dominique Tipper) are trying to find a way to help one of the other floundering ships in orbit seeing as ship reactors no longer work thanks to whatever was triggered on the planet.
And back on the Earth side of the gate, Chrisjen (Shohreh Aghdashloo) continues to deal with her political campaign even as she orders UNN forces to track down Marco (Keon Alexander) an increasing threat to safety and peace in the system. This encounter doesn’t go well.
The further we get into this season, the more I remember my experience of reading the novels and seeing how they’ve adapted it to the screen. I love what has been done with the show so far and can’t wait to watch more and more!
The One-Eyed Man was written by Dan Nowak, and plunges the residents of Ilus into blindness from the green infection in their eyes, and the deadly slugs that when the right light is used are revealed to be everywhere, threaten their stay in the ancient alien structures.
For some reason, Holden is unaffected by the infection, and if they can figure out what it is, they could save everyone.
The Sol system continues to rock under the increasing tensions between the OPA and the inners, and Chrisjen’s campaign may have locked everything up, after a brief stumble, though it may cause a temporary problem in her marriage to Arjun (Michael Benyaer).
On Mars, Bobbie (Frankie Adams) is having some problems in her own relationships, and trying to figure out what to do with her own life. Especially now that the possibility of countless ready-to-settle worlds could permanently derail the terraforming of Mars.
Naomi and Alex are able to save the other ship in orbit above Ilus, and everything seems to be improving. That is until Miller (Thomas Jane) appears out of nowhere to Holden, but there’s something wrong with the connection and that can only mean there’s more trouble coming.
Next week, we finish season four of The Expanse!