The Expanse (2020/2021) – Down and Out, and Tribes

Now that Inaros’ (Keon Alexander) attack on Earth and Mars has succeeded and the fallout begins for a number of characters. Down and Out was written by Matthew Rasmussen and first dropped on Prime on 30 December, 2020.

While Naomi (Dominique Tipper) attempts to deal with Inaros, her son, Filip (Jasai Chase Owens) and her past, as well as those who betrayed her for Inaros’ vision, Holden (Steven Strait) attempts to get in contact with her. He’s dealing with issues on Tycho Station following the assassination of Fred Johnson and trying to track Inaros’ protomolecule theft.

Alex (Cas Anvar) and Bobbie (Frankie Adams) are following a lead that may take them to a hidden rendezvous point. They aren’t ready for the discovery they make, and when they get rumbled, the chase is on.

On Earth, Amos (Wes Chatham) is trying to find a way out of the Pit, the prison that is holding Clarissa Mao (Nadine Nicole). He won’t leave her behind, so along with another prisoner, and some prison guards (including Natalie Brown), they struggle to find a way out of the ruin.

And Drummer (Cara Gee)? She’s been contacted by Inaros’ people about a meeting.

Where do Filip’s loyalties truly lie? He abducted Naomi. Was it to keep her safe? He stopped her from attacking Inaros but didn’t reveal it to his father. And in a desperate moment, she gets out a message to Holden that saves his life, and those of everyone on the Roci.

There’s a lot going on in this season, and the character moments, story, and effects continue to be top-notch. It’s amazing, tense, and so incredibly well-crafted. This is arguably one of the best sci-fi shows to ever air on television.

Tribes written by Hallie Lambert debuted on 6 January, 2021, and it just keeps the tension ratcheted throughout.

Chrisjen (Shohreh Aghdashloo) is worried about her husband back on Earth, she doesn’t know if he’s survived the attack, and she is approached by the new AG, Paster (Sugith Varughese) to join his staff.

Amos and Clarissa decide to begin a dangerous cross-country journey to Baltimore following their escape from the Pit, though Amos determines he has to get back to his crew by episode’s end. Alex and Bobbie are able to effect an escape from the MCRN ships controlled by Inaros’ men.

Holden is able to get the Roci’s system booted up, and is ready to launch in pursuit of the protomolecule (and hopefully Naomi), and discovers a message recorded by Naomi for when things go wrong. Monica (Anna Hopkins) joins the chase, demanding a place on the ship, something Holden allows.

Dissension is rising between Inaros and Filip over Naomi, something she is willing to feed because she loves her son, and something even some members of Inaros’ crew (old friends of Naomi’s) may succumb to.

Finally, Drummer and her crew arrive at Inaros’ ship to decide on whether or not they’ll side with him or not. That puts her and Naomi in the same place… something that Filip almost reveals to her before she leaves again, into a dangerous situation.

Wow, this season, this series, just gets more amazing by the minute. Even having read the novels, I can’t help but be caught up in this iteration of the story. Stunning.


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