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A podcast dedicated to the Amazon Prime show The Expanse based on the book series by James S. A. Corey. Send in your thoughts and theories each week to feedback@solotalkmedia.com or call 1-805-910-7656

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A podcast dedicated to the Amazon Prime show The Expanse based on the book series by James S. A. Corey. Send in your thoughts and theories each week to feedback@solotalkmedia.com or call 1-805-910-7656

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Live from the Medina

By AcumZav - Aug 21 2018
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The show is a great bridge between the books and the actual TV serie.

Great podcast

By mgatma - May 04 2018
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Love the book knowledge of the host and the insight of the responses.

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Live from the Medina

By AcumZav - Aug 21 2018
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The show is a great bridge between the books and the actual TV serie.

Great podcast

By mgatma - May 04 2018
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Love the book knowledge of the host and the insight of the responses.

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A podcast dedicated to the Amazon Prime show The Expanse based on the book series by James S. A. Corey. Send in your thoughts and theories each week to feedback@solotalkmedia.com or call 1-805-910-7656

Rank #1: 101 Dulcinea – The Expanse Podcast

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Dulcinea

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Welcome everyone. I am so happy that you’ve joined me to discuss The Expanse.

What an amazing start to this series. This pilot episode blew expectations out of the sky. And with 1.5 million views online, before the TV broadcast, you know this will be a hit.

I’m producing this podcast in the same way as all the other podcasts I do here at Solo Talk Media. I start off with the news, followed by my episode discussion, and I finish off with some great feedback contributors from listeners.

News

Dulcinea was written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby and Directed by Terry McDonough.

Syfy has already renewed The Expanse for season 2 so we’re guaranteed at least 20 episodes.

Want to take sides in the political war brewing on The Expanse? You can join one of the following allegiances and print off your very own I.D. badge.

The United Nations Earth
Star Helix Security
Tyco Manufacturing and Engineering Concern
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Want to know more about The Expanse. Follow James S.A. Corey’s official website

You can read Drive, the prequel to The Expanse here.

If you would like to read The Expanse book series you can purchase them via Amazon. USA or Canada.

Or listen to the audio book version through Audible

Episode Discussion

In this week’s episode I talk about the mysterious woman at the beginning of the episode. I then go over the Christen Avasarala, the U.N. Deputy Undersecretary’s brief story before moving on to Miller and Holden.

In my discussion on Miller I talk about his personality and how he doesn’t really seem like a nice guy. We see how he’s not above taking a bribe to look the other way but he also has his limits. To me he seems like a lost dejected soul. The simple “Kidnap job” given to him looks to be taking hold.

I love the look of Ceres station and it’s variety of social classes. Including our first look at the Belters.

We didn’t get a whole lot of Miller but we can already tell that he will be a very deep character.

In my discussion on Holden and the crew of the Canterbury I talk about life in space. The dangers of their job and the condition of their ship. You see the toll that it takes on them, especially when we see the breakdown of the executive officer. It becomes further apparent when the Captain of the Canterbury orders the distress call they received deleted from the data base and tells the crew to get ready to head home.

I talk about how Holden, who can’t let it go, logs the distress call forcing the Canterbury to investigate. Forcing himself, along with Naomi, Amos, Alex and Shed investigate the Scopuli. Onboard the shuttle, Holden confesses to Naomi that it was he who logged the distress call. Something I think will haunt him.

I talk about how they find a planted distress beacon hidden on the Scopuli’s bridge and how they realize it’s a trap. But before they can do anything a mysterious ship appears and fires on them.

I share the grief of the shuttle crew as they see the Canterbury blown up in the nuclear blast, leaving them all alone, millions of kilometres from anywhere.

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I received three feedback submissions this week from J.P., Cain and Chad. I would love to hear from you in future episodes. Please don’t hesitate to send my your thoughts, theories and questions.

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Dec 04 2015

1hr 11mins

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Rank #2: 309 Intransigence – The Expanse Podcast – Tales From The Rocinante

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Intransigence

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[2:34] News
[6:57] Episode Recap
[14:33] Feedback
[none] Book Discussion

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This week we discuss season 3 of The Expanse with the ninth episode titled “Intransigence”.

In this week’s podcast after sharing some news from The Expanse, I talk about the most recent episode. I end the podcast with some great listener feedback.

News

Having sex and reproducing in space comes with serious scientific and ethical problems.

100 Best Sci-Fi TV Shows of All Time

If you would like to preorder season 3 of The Expanse on DVD or Blue-ray you can purchase them via Amazon. USA or Canada.

Or listen to the audiobook version through Audible

Episode Recap

Intransigence

The episode opens on the Behemoth as they’re trying to repair the ship after several systems failed after firing their missile.

Naomi finds herself in a difficult position. She’s upset over the recent actions taken by Ashford and Drummer and Ashford chastises her for not pulling her weight as chief engineer while worrying about the fate of the Rocinante.

Drummer attempts to apologize but Naomi walks away.

Ashford later informs Naomi that her former crew is still alive. They don’t know any more than that so they plan on entering the Ring to get more answers.

He sais her admires her loyalty to her old crew but it’s just nostalgia she’s feeling. She left her old crew for a reason, she’s a Belter and she belongs with Belters.

As the Behemoth is about to enter the Ring, Drummer addresses her crew and gives very motivational speech reminding them that they are Belters, they are strong and it is their right to claim their part of the Ring.

Once inside the bubble, Naomi tries to steal a skiff but she’s caught by Drummer. She tells the captain that it was a mistake returning. Her place is on board the Roci. Drummer is upset that Naomi is leaving her but she understands and allows her to leave.

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On board the Roci the crew is trying to make heads or tails of their predicament inside the Ring. They deduce that there’s a speed limit inside the mysterious bubble of space and anything that goes too fast within it gets snapped up and taken towards an unknown object in the center of the bubble.

While discussing the crippled state of the Roci, Amos comes to the conclusion that Cohen is responsible for the systems failures. The cameraman confesses when confronted but he doesn’t know what he did or who hired him to do it.

A Martian ship, The Shousen enters the Ring and starts testing the limitations of their new environment, complicating matters for the Rocinante. They determine the maximum velocity they can travel and they fire a probe at the bubble wall that simply vanishes upon touching it.

Holden reveals to the crew that he’s been seeing visions of Miller who has been cryptically helping him but not since they’ve entered the Ring. He retires to his stateroom to try and contact the detective but Miller isn’t cooperating.

Amos meanwhile tries to no avail to get more information out of Cohen. He even threatens to kill Monica if the cameraman doesn’t cooperate.

Alex interrupts them as Amos locks Monica and Cohen in an airlock. The mechanic calmly explains that since their com system isn’t working, it only makes sense to space the two in the hopes the Martian ship picks them up. After all, the MCRN isn’t after the documentary crew. And if they make it, they can deliver the message that Holden is being framed.

On their own, Jim, Alex and Amos are in deep. They can’t fix the ship and they’re running out of options. Holden decides their best course of action is to surrender to the MCRN and hope that Monica was able to convince them of the truth. They’ll lose the Roci but at least they’ll survive.

Miller finally shows up after Holden has accepted his fate. The detective tells him they have to go to the nucleus, the station at the center of the Bubble. Only there will they find the answers they’re looking for.

So Jim suits up and heads out.

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On the Thomas Prince, in lieu of recent occurrences, all civilians are being ordered to transfer ships for a return trip home.

Anna and Rev. Cortez are discussing their disappointment at coming so close and now having to leave when they find out the ageing debutant Tilly has a way to bypass the rules and stay on board. Anna quickly asks the woman to help her do the same.

When Anna offers Rev. Cortez a chance to stay as well, he shows his fear and turns down her offer.

Sitting nearby, Melba recognizes Tilly’s laugh and it triggers a memory from her past. We find out that Melba is actually Jules-Pierre Mao’s daughter and sister to Julie Mao.

Julie, the apple of her father’s eye who never appreciated the life she had like Melba did.

At a party in her honour, Julie tells her father that she’s quitting the racing team and heading off to the Belt. When he chides her she tells him off, telling him that she can’t stand being a part of all the corrupt things he’s doing.

When Melba tries to console her father and offers to take Julie’s place on the racing team he tells her that’s absurd and brushes her off.

Melba later confronts Julie about her actions. She tells her older sister that she’s through being humiliated by her. Before walking away, Julie tells Melba that their father is a damaged man and that she’ll never be good enough for him.

Later, with her father, Jules-Pierre Mao confesses to Melba how much more he admires Julie than de does her.

Back in the present, Melba isn’t happy with the way her coworkers are treating Ren’s demise. She’s obviously upset over his death.

Upon hearing the news that Holden is still alive she decides to stay on board the Thomas Prince to finish what she started. She sends a message to her father telling him that she’s going to do for him what Julie never could. Destroy the man who brought him down.

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Jun 09 2018

2hr 5mins

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Rank #3: 301 Fight Or Flight – The Expanse Podcast – Tales From The Rocinante

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[2:17] News
[3:48] Episode Recap
[9:41] Feedback
[1:17:08] Book Discussion

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This week we start season 3 of The Expanse with the episode titled “Fight Or Flight”.

In this week’s podcast after sharing some news from The Expanse, I talk about the most recent episode. I end the podcast with some great listener feedback.

News

No special news to report this week.

If you would like to read The Expanse book series or order season 1 on DVD or Blue-ray you can purchase them via Amazon. USA or Canada.

Or listen to the audiobook version through Audible

Episode Recap

Fight or Flight

The episode opens immediately after the dismantling of the Aberghast above Venus. Not knowing what happened, the entire system braces for war.

The UN Secretary-General want’s to get Mars back to the negotiating table but Errinwright convinces him instead to formally declare war on Mars plunging the system into chaos.

Afraid for himself, Errinwright spins a tale, telling the Secretary-General that Avasarala has been behind everything that has happened on Eros and Ganymede and is in league with Mao in creating the Protomolecule.

He succeeds and the Secretary-General orders him to apprehend her at all costs.

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Back on the Rocinante, the crew is cleaning up after the battle with the Protomolecule monster. While repairing the deck plating in the cargo hold a small sample left behind by the monster goes unnoticed.

Tensions are high in the aftermath of Naomi’s betrayal. She lied to them about destroying their Protomolecule sample and instead gave it to Fred Johnson. Her intentions were well meant but the rest of the crew doesn’t see it that way.

With war now raging throughout the system, Holden decides to hide the Rocinante by changing its transponder and drive signature. At Prax’s suggestion, they rename the ship the Contorta, after a pine tree from Earth.

Naomi suggests the crew goes to Tycho Station where Fred Johnson can help them. Alex and Amos don’t like the idea but concede that it is their best option.

Not sure what’s ahead for them. Alex records and sends a very heartfelt message to his family back on Mars.

After a brief conversation with Prax and a little bit of research, Holden realizes that the Protomolecule is somehow related to Iao, which also has ties back to Jules-Pierre Mao.

Swearing to do what they promised Prax they would do. Holden suggests they go to Iao to look for Mae. Naomi strongly objects but the rest of the crew overrule her.

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Aboard Jules-Pierre Mao’s ship, Avasaraly tends to an injured Cotyar while Bobby tries to take control of the ship.

Knowing that Errinwright will do everything in his power to prevent Christjen’s escape They make plans to leave the ship.

Bobby enlists the aid of Mao’s Junior electrician. The four of them take over the bridge, only to realize that missiles are en route to destroy them. They have to abandon the ship.

Before leaving Avasaraly has the electrician retrieve copies of all communications to and from the ship. Proof that Errinwright is a traitor.

They make their way to Julie Mao’s racing Pinnace, the Razorback only to discover it’s a two-seater. Bobby and Avasarala narrowly make their escape while Cotyar and the electrician run to the dropship.

Their fate is unknown.

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In the Belt, Fred Johnson sends a message to Anderson Daws letting him know he has the Protomolecule. Since Daws has the scientist that worked for Protogen, Fred is hoping the two can come to terms and share their resources for the betterment of the Belt.

Drummer isn’t happy with Fred’s decisions to include Daws.

Fred asks her to lead a salvage mission to retrieve the Nauvoo. She sees it as a punishment for opposing Fred’s plan to untie the Belt. But she agrees.

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Apr 14 2018

1hr 21mins

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Rank #4: 310 Dandelion Sky – The Expanse Podcast – Tales From The Rocinante

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Dandelion Sky

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[2:15] News
[4:42] Episode Recap
[10:32] Feedback
[none] Book Discussion

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This week we discuss season 3 of The Expanse with the tenth episode titled “Dandelion Sky”.

In this week’s podcast after sharing some news from The Expanse, I talk about the most recent episode. I end the podcast with some great listener feedback.

News

If you would like to preorder season 3 of The Expanse on DVD or Blue-ray you can purchase them via Amazon. USA or Canada.

Or listen to the audiobook version through Audible

Episode Recap

Dandelion Sky

The episode opens with Alex and Amos discovering Holden has left.

When the Shugen launces a skiff after Holden Amos calmly suggest they after them even though there’s no chance of reaching the Marines before they get to Jim.

Alex is scared and he confronts Amos about his calm demeanour. The big man tells him he’s confused but not scared. He hasn’t felt fear since he was five years old.

Alex envies him and says he wishes he didn’t feel fear. But Amos tells him no, you don’t.

Alex is afraid, not only for himself but for all of humanity. Amos assures him that if they are all going to die, he’ll make sure to take Alex along with him.

Meanwhile, on board the Belter skiff, Naomi is unable to connect with the Rocinante. An MCRN ship contacts her saying she’s interfering with a police action and orders her to turn back.

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Outside the Ring, the Thomas Prince prepares for its trip inside. Lieutenant Jordan Nemeroff_ approaches Anna as a member of her faith. Preoccupied with what is going on around them, Anna doesn’t pay much attention to what he has to say and brushes him off when he asks her about God’s will and their being there.

Through the Ring, Anna is enraptured by what they are seeing. She surmises that anything that the Ring sees as a threat, such as objects moving too fast, are isolated like the body does to a cyst. Tilly shivers at the thought that the Ring may be sentient. Lieutenant Nemeroff also seems ill at ease with the thought.

He retreats to his cabin, puts his sidearm in his mouth and pulls the trigger.

Anna is later shocked at discovering the news, recognizing the lieutenant’s earlier plea for help for what it was. She’s blaming herself for what transpired. She’s there to be a minister, not a scientist.

At Jordan’s memorial, Anna comforts his friends, telling them that they are all there for each other and should offer help whenever possible.

Elsewhere on board, Clarissa is trying to figure out a way to get to the Rocinante before it is intercepted by the Mars ship but there are no possible options available to her. As a plan B, she researches how to make the Roci’s reactor core go critical.

When Tilly recognizes and confronts Clarissa offering to help her with whatever problem she’s hiding from.

So close to her goal. Clarissa activates the device in her mouth and attacks Tilly.

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On the Behemoth, Ashford loudly voices his objections to Drummer letting Naomi leave.

Diogo tells Ashford that he should be the captain. Ashford tells his young lieutenant to tread carefully with what he says.

Later, in private, Drummer calls Ashford out for undermining her in front of the crew. She knows things are coming to a head and it’s only a matter of time before there’s a mutiny.

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A dropship with a squad of Marines including Bobby Draper persues Holden towards the Nucleus. Her Lieutenant questions Bobbie’s willingness to apprehend Holden but she assures him she has every intention of carrying out her orders.

When Holden doesn’t acknowledge their attempts at hailing him, Bobbie gives it a try and succeeds. She’s concerned by what she hears. Holden seems to be talking nonsense with someone else. The Marines deduce that he’s cracked. They prepare to go in hot and retrieve their target.

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On his way to the nucleolus, Holden holds a conversation with Miller who is floating, without an EVA suit in front of him. They discuss whether or not Holden’s actions are his own or if he’s following some programming.

When Jim spots the Marines on an intercept course he speeds up. The Nucleus opens up but Holden hesitates to enter. Miller tells him there used to be a civilization there but now it’s just a bunch of locked doors. With the Marines approaching, Jim enters.

Miller tells him there’s something he needs Jim to do. The doors leading to the records are locked and he needs Holden to turn the key.

They reach the center and Miller asks Holden to complete a circuit and unlock the records but Jim is hesitant. What if unlocking it causes harm to humanity.

Miller confides in Jim that he was afraid to die on Eros, but knowing he was with Julie made it easier.

The Marines arrive and order Holden to come with them. When he makes a lunge to complete the circuit the Marines opens fire but their bullets are stopped mid-air. The room itself responds and the Lieutenant fires a grenade. The Nucleolus grabs the lieutenant, tears him apart and absorbs him while also drastically reducing the speed limit within the Ring.

Holden uses the distraction to complete the circuit, showing him a vision taking him back in time. He’s inside a Ring with many openings, each one with a solar system behind it. Some of the solar systems vanish, other’s the ring disappears, and more are taken over by the Protomolecule as it reaches out through the Rings and takes them over.

It’s too much for Holden. He removes his hand and collapses.

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Jun 16 2018

1hr 40mins

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Rank #5: 102 The Big Empty – The Expanse Podcast

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The Big Empty

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Welcome everyone. I am so happy that you’ve joined me to discuss The Expanse.

This was a strong second episode of the series. I continued the plight of the various characters nicely and kept us wanting more.

After sharing some news from The Expanse I divide my episode into three discussion areas. Ceres Station, Earth and The shuttle Knight.

At Ceres Station, I discuss Miller’s continued pursuit of Julie Mao and how it’s almost becoming an obsession for him. We get to know more of his character as he deals with people in authority as well as low life street criminals. We also see how Havelock, being new to the station is naive to the way things work.

On Earth, I talk about how Avasarala and the U.N. Undersecretary-General Cadaver Errinwright argue about the Belter prisoner she’s interrogating. He orders her to go easy on him. And when she gets nowhere with the prisoner she transfers him to Luna. I then talk about how he kills himself on the way to Luna, to the dismay of Avasarala.

On the Shuttle Knight, I talk about Holden’s hot headiness and his desire to go after the ship that destroyed the Canterbury. I discuss Naomi’s strong character and how she is a take charge kind of woman. I go over the various trials the crew are faced with and their rescue at the hands of the Mars military.

I finish off with some great feedback contributors from listeners.

News

The Big Empty was written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby and Directed by Terry McDonough.

Executive Producer Mark Fergus on episode 2: Crew dynamics and more.

Syfy has all the best of The Expanse from San Diego and New York Comic Con panels.

If you would like to read The Expanse book series you can purchase them via Amazon. USA or Canada.

Or listen to the audio book version through Audible

Episode Discussion

In this week’s episode I talk about the mysterious woman at the beginning of the episode. I then go over the Christen Avasarala, the U.N. Deputy Undersecretary’s brief story before moving on to Miller and Holden.

In my discussion on Miller I talk about his personality and how he doesn’t really seem like a nice guy. We see how he’s not above taking a bribe to look the other way but he also has his limits. To me he seems like a lost dejected soul. The simple “Kidnap job” given to him looks to be taking hold.

I love the look of Ceres station and it’s variety of social classes. Including our first look at the Belters.

We didn’t get a whole lot of Miller but we can already tell that he will be a very deep character.

In my discussion on Holden and the crew of the Canterbury I talk about life in space. The dangers of their job and the condition of their ship. You see the toll that it takes on them, especially when we see the breakdown of the executive officer. It becomes further apparent when the Captain of the Canterbury orders the distress call they received deleted from the data base and tells the crew to get ready to head home.

I talk about how Holden, who can’t let it go, logs the distress call forcing the Canterbury to investigate. Forcing himself, along with Naomi, Amos, Alex and Shed investigate the Scopuli. Onboard the shuttle, Holden confesses to Naomi that it was he who logged the distress call. Something I think will haunt him.

I talk about how they find a planted distress beacon hidden on the Scopuli’s bridge and how they realize it’s a trap. But before they can do anything a mysterious ship appears and fires on them.

I share the grief of the shuttle crew as they see the Canterbury blown up in the nuclear blast, leaving them all alone, millions of kilometres from anywhere.

Feedback

I received three feedback submissions this week from J.P., Cain and Chad. I would love to hear from you in future episodes. Please don’t hesitate to send my your thoughts, theories and questions.

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Dec 19 2015

1hr 3mins

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Rank #6: 306 Immolation – The Expanse Podcast – Tales From The Rocinante

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Immolation

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[3:18] News
[11:02] Episode Recap
[18:04] Feedback
[None Book Discussion

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This week we discuss season 3 of The Expanse with the sixth episode titled “Immolation”.

In this week’s podcast after sharing some news from The Expanse, I talk about the most recent episode. I end the podcast with some great listener feedback.

News

Help save The Expanse by signing the petition

Dark Matter: What season 4 episode 1 would have been like. Act 1 Act 2

If you would like to preorder season 3 of The Expanse on DVD or Blue-ray you can purchase them via Amazon. USA or Canada.

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Episode Recap

Immolation

The episode opens with confusion in the U.N. Command centre. The Secretary-General is demanding to know why U.N.N. ships around IO are firing upon each other.

Errinwright looks concerned when they are told that scanners detected a massive launch of stealth ships from IO but they’ve lost track of them.

In his office, Anna confronts the Secretary-General. She’s lost all respect for her old friend wants to show him the proof of Errinwrights role in the war.

When confronted with his treachery Errinwright doesn’t deny it. In fact, he admits he had to do it in order to make up for the ineptitude of the Secretary-General. He fought to save Earth while Gillis fought to save himself.

As Errinwright is taken away in handcuffs Anna is happy that her old friend has come around seen the errors of his way, until that is he thanks her for giving him a scapegoat to pass all the blame from his administration onto.

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Inside the IO bunker, Jules-Pierre Mao is ready to surrender but Strickland convinces him to use the children as shields as they escape on their own ships.

To buy them more time, the doctor releases Katoa, the Protomolecule Hybrid to slow Holden and his team down.

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The Roci team makes their way through the bunker encountering minor resistance until Bobbie spots the Hybrid and charges it. If she can keep it distracted, the rest of the team can complete their mission.

She runs, ensuring the creature follows her to the moon’s surface. The two tangle and fight before Bobbie’s suit runs out of power.

She’s helpless as the creature straddles her but through sheer willpower and her immense strengths she’s able to combat the dead servo motors in her suit, raise her arm and empty her gun into the creatures head, killing it.

Holden, Amos and Prax discover where the children are and the engineer and botanist take off after them. While Holden takes off after Mao. He tracks the man down and takes him into custody.

Doctor Strickland, his assistant and the kids are cornered at a blocked airlock. To save himself the Doctor kills his assistant and then feigns relief when Prax and Amos show up claiming to have been coerced. He only had the best interest of the children in mind.

Finally reunited with his daughter, Prax introduces her to his best friend Amos and asks her to go with the big man for just a few minutes while he talks to Doctor Strickland.

Alone, Prax draws his gun and points it at the pleading man. But Amos stops him, telling Prax he’s not the kind of man that can take a life like that.

As Prax returns to Mai, Amos turns to Strickland and kills the man.

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On the Rocinante docked on IO, Alex uses the Roci’s point defence cannons to try and shoot down the hybrid pods but there are too many and he quickly runs out of ammunition. The U.N.N. and MCRN ships destroyed some as well but the pods’ transponders are off and they are using stealth technology so once they leave the atmosphere there is no way of tracking where they are going.

Avasarala concludes that the pods are heading to Mars. If they reach the red planet it will turn into another Eros.

As the rest of the crew in the bunker, Chrisjen distracts herself by looking at what’s going on in orbit.

She, Naomi and Alex are shocked to see that the Agatha King was hit by a Hybrid pod and is infected by the Protomolecule.

After discovering the launch codes for the pods are on board the Agatha King, Alex and Naomi risk taking the Razorback to the Flagship to stop the Hybrids before they reach Mars.

They make their way to ICI. There’s no way for them to call back the pods but Naomi believes she can alter their courses but it will take a long time to do it to all of them.

Elsewhere aboard the U.N.N. Flagship, Ensign Larson frees Cotyar from his restraints. Infected by the Protomolecule and knowing what has befallen the ship Cotyar decides to scuttle it. He overloads the engine core that will cause a meltdown ending in a nuclear explosion.

Out of time, Naomi and Alex rush to get off the ship. As a last-ditch effort, Naomi manages to turn all the pods’ transponders back on before leaving. They make it off just in time before the Agatha King detonates.

There’s no way for them to change the trajectory of all the pods but Naomi has another idea. If they give the transponder codes to Fred Johnson he has a chance to destroy them all with the nuclear missiles he stole from Earth. They put it to a vote and Alex, Jim and Amos all agree to her plan.

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Onboard Tycho station, Fred Johnson receives Naomi’s plan. One that would not only save Mars but would strengthen the Belt’s position as an equal player.

Fred agrees and destroys the pods with his missiles.

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As everyone settles back in on the Rocinante, Prax tucking in Mai, Alex tending to Bobbie, Amos watching the other children and Jim and Naomi embraced in each other’s arms, Naomi tells Holden that it’s time for her to leave the Rocinante.

The episode ends with whatever structure the Protomolecule was building emerging from Venus’ atmosphere.

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May 19 2018

1hr 44mins

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Rank #7: 302 IFF – The Expanse Podcast – Tales From The Rocinante

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IFF

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[2:13] News
[4:45] Episode Recap
[10:15] Feedback
[1:21:49] Book Discussion

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This week we discuss season 3 of The Expanse with the second episode titled “IFF”.

In this week’s podcast after sharing some news from The Expanse, I talk about the most recent episode. I end the podcast with some great listener feedback.

News

How does “The Expanse” show differ from the books?

The Expanse takes on TV fail in a new way, by actually using real religions.

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IFF

The episode opens on IO with Prax’s daughter Mae being comforted by Doctor Strickland after waking from a bad dream. She wants her daddy but Strickland deflects her requests.

After sending her to be examined he greets Jules-Pierre Mao who’s arrived to oversee his work.

Mao is not in a good mood. On one side he’s dealing with threats from Errinwright to provide the promised Protomolecule weapon. And on the other side, he’s dealing with the fact that they have no way of controlling the Protomolecule because it keeps breaking down the command and control tech inserted within them.

Mao wants to terminate the program but to his surprise, Doctor Strickland may have a solution. By using the immune deficiency disorder affecting the children they will be able to inhibit the Protomolecule.

If they can fully understand the process at a molecular level it could hold the key to finding countermeasures to the Protomolecule.

Mao is impressed and tells Strickland to do whatever he has to do.

In the examination room, Kotoa tells Mae that the new treatment Doctor Strickland is administering will cure them. He shows Mae the blue pulsing lights in his arm.

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On Earth, a protest rally is taking place outside the U.N. Headquarters. The Reverend Doctor Anna Volovodov witnesses some of the protesters being manhandled by security and comes to their aid.

Later, the Secretary-General gets reacquainted with his old friend Anna. He asked her there to help him write his speech to address the general assembly. She’s reluctant, but gives in and agrees to help him in exchange for support of her Church for a full year.

Unsure of her decision to help her old friend, Anna seeks comfort from her wife Nono and their daughter Nami.

Later at a dinner, it’s revealed that Anna wrote the speech that got the Secretary-General elected to power.

While the ruling council discuss the apprehension of Jules-Pierre Mao and the possibility of getting to him through his family. Anna puts Errinwright in his place by reminding him that collective punishment is a war crime.

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Aboard the Pinus Contorta (a.k.a. The Rocinante) Prax is putting his knowledge to good use by incorporating vegetation panels into the ship to help with air filtration.

The IFF system (Identify Friend or Foe) detects a distress call coming from a Martian marine aboard an unknown ship.

Upon further investigation, they discover that the ship is registered to Julie Mao. Alex is ready to alter course to intercept them when Holden belays the order. He’s determined that the right thing for them to do is to continue their search for Prax’s daughter.

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In the depths of space, a U.N.N. Escort ship under Errinwright’s control is hunting the Razorback.

Aboard the racing pinus, Bobby and Avasarala are hoping to avoid detection long enough to get out of range of their pursuers. They manage to get out of imminent danger before being detected.

Bobby pushes the Razorback but the strain of acceleration is too much for Chrisjen so she slows down allowing the U.N.N. ship to gain ground.

Avasarala convinces Bobby to send a distress call through her suit but the problem is, the inherent encryption means only Martians will be able to receive the call. It’s not the best plan considering Chrisjen is considered a war criminal and Bobby is viewed as a deserter but they have little choice if they want to survive.

Bobby tries to keep the ship at the highest speed possible while not harming the Under Secretary but the sustained acceleration is too much for the older lady and they are forced to slow down.

The U.N.N. ship gets within range and fires on them, right as another unknown ship and launches missiles as well. Bobby does her best to outfly them but there’s no hope.

But then suddenly, the second batch of missiles destroy’s the U.N.N. missiles and the remaining ones take up escort positions around the Razorback.

Aboard the Contorta the crew get ready for battle. Prax broke the tie choosing to help the Razorback. They strap in and enter the fray.

A utility closet that wasn’t properly locked opens and the tools become projectiles threatening Amos and Prax.

During a manoeuvre one of the flying tools dislodges Prax’s air hose. Amos unstraps and goes to his aid saving the botanist.

In a desperate manoeuvre, the Contorta detonates their missiles to act as a screen as they sneak in and shear the thrusters clean off the U.N.N. ship immobilizing it.

The trick saved them and the Razorback but in the process, they declared war on Earth.

After the battle, Prax confides in Amos that he’s afraid of what he will find when they do find Mae. Amos tells him he can’t give up on his daughter because he’s all she has left and she’s all he has left.

The episode ends with Bobby carrying an unconscious Avasarala onto the Contorta and asking for their help.

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Apr 21 2018

1hr 24mins

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Rank #8: 209 The Weeping Somnambulist – The Expanse Podcast

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[4:36] News
[5:59] Episode Recap
[10:43] My Observations
[19:49] Feedback
[1:14:43] Book Discussion

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This week we continue season 2 of The Expanse with the episode titled “The Weeping Somnambulist “.

In this week’s podcast after sharing some news from The Expanse, I talk about the most recent episode. I end the podcast with some great listener feedback.

News

“The Expanse” Actress Shohreh Aghdashloo Is On A Mission

The Mouldy Filters – Songs

Screencaps from Fred showing Drummer and Fred interaction in S2E08

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The Weeping Somnambulist

The episode starts with the Weeping Somnabulist, a relief ship on route to Ganymede, being boarded by Mars inspectors who turn out to be Holden and Amos.

Later on board the Roci, Praxidike tries to send a condolence message to Dorris’ family back on Mars but his transmission is blocked. He’s told he’s not a prisoner so he demands to know what is going on. Amos obliges and tells him about the Protomolecule and their mission.

The commandeer the ship to take them to Ganymede. The Rocinante, being of Mars origin would cause too much commotion if they tried to approach with it. The plan is for Alex to hide behind a nearby moon in case they need a quick getaway. If it comes to that he will rendezvous with them at one of Ganymede’s surface airlocks.

The crew of the Somnbulist are sceptical of the Roci’s crew’s intentions but have no choice but to go along.

During their mission briefing, Holden is upset that Amos told Prax about the Protomolecule but there’s nothing he can do now so they bring the man in.

Prax informs them that Strickland was treating his daughter for a very rare genetic disorder. Without his help, Mae would be dead. However, they still can’t figure out the connection between the girl and the Protomolecule.

The Somnabulist lands on Ganymede. The crew tells Holden and gang that once they land they will be boarded by “inspectors” who will take 10% of their cargo. It’s just the way things work. Holden, Amos, Naomi and Prax debark but Holden and Amos notice some thugs boarding the Somnabulist and go back.

The thugs are demanding all the cargo and the ship, not the normal 10%. Holden and Amos heard enough and come in firing. They eliminate the threat but in the process, one of the Somnabulist crew is shot and killed. They offer to help but Melissa, the survivor screams at them to get off her ship.

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On Earth, an MCRN drop ship containing the Mars delegation for the peace talks lands. Through flashbacks we see Sargent Martens preparing Bobbie for her visit to Earth. The Martians are visibly weekend by their visit to the planet.

With forced niceties out of the way, the proceedings get underway.

Marine Gunnery Sargent Roberta Draper is brought in to recount what happened on the ground. She recounts the events telling everyone that her squad mistook a training exercise as and act of engagement and opened fire first. Placing the blame on Mars.

The Mars delegation offers Private Travis, and Earth-born, Martian Marine as the one who opened fire. They think he was trying to prove his loyalty to Mars by taking out some Earthers. Mars is willing to take the blame and discuss reparations in order to get Ganymede back up and running as soon as possible. During the briefing, Avasarala takes an interest in Bobbie.

Back in her room Bobbi is outraged. She was blindsided with the information about Private Travis which she knows is false but Sgt. Martens informs her it was for the good of Mars.

Elsewhere, Avasarala and Errinwright discuss the convenient blame placed on an Earth-born Martian.

Back at the talks, things are wrapping up when Avasarala demands to talk with Sgt. Draper one more time.

Bobbie is brought in. Avasarala warms her up a bit with some small talk before bombarding her with quick questions to entice a response. Bobbie let’s slip that there was an enemy attacker not wearing a vac-suite. When things calm down and she’s asked to clarify, Bobbie sticks to the original story that Travis opened fire first.

———-

Elsewhere, Errinwright updates Avasarala on the progress of the Arboghast, the research ship they sent to Venus. He tells her that nothing important has been found. When asked to be kept in the loop he tells her her focus would be better spent on other matters. Luckily she has and inside man to keep her informed.

After Errinwright departs, Cotyar informs Avasarala that he’s found no indication that the under-secretary has had any communications with Jules Pierre-Mao.

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On board the Arboghast, Dr. Iturbi and Colonel Janus are at odds, both thinking the other will interfere with their mission.

On their approach to Venus, they discover a MCRN ship waiting for them. The ship doesn’t respond to any hails. Colonel Janus broadcasts on all frequencies that they are an unarmed scientific research ship and any acts of aggression against them will be considered an act of war.

The Martians and not interfering but they are matching every move the Arboghast makes.

While examining the planet they discover the Eros impact crater and signs of life where none should be possible.

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Mar 24 2017

1hr 19mins

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Rank #9: 206 Paradigm Shift – The Expanse Podcast

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[3:04] News
[6:19] Episode Recap
[12:06] My Observations
[26:20] Feedback
[1:32:37] Book Discussion

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This week we continue season 2 of The Expanse with the episode titled “Paradigm Shift”.

In this week’s podcast after sharing some news from The Expanse, I talk about the most recent episode. I end the podcast with some great listener feedback.

News

Drive (The Expanse Prequal)

Nick Farmer, Creator of The Expanse Belter language, talks the art of language invention

Science And Tech In Syfy’s ‘The Expanse:’ The Spectacular Launch Of The ‘Nauvoo’

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Paradigm Shift

The episode starts 137 years ago above the United Nations Mars Colony long before it became The Martian Congressional Republic.

Solomon Epstein is testing the new modifications he made to his yacht’s fusion drive. In the process, he turned off the problematic voice controls leaving only touch controls available.

The new drive worked much better than anticipated, boosting efficiency by over 100 times more than anyone thought possible.

Unfortunately, Epstein’s breakthrough was also his downfall. The high Gs he experienced made his body so heavy that he couldn’t reach out to press the abort key.

As his ship reaches speeds never before dreamed of he’s comforted in the knowledge that his wife has the plans for his new drive system and it will set her up financially for life. As the G force finally overcome him, he imagines that his invention will allow Mars to travel outward, colonize the belt and beyond. His drive will finally give Mars the edge they need to break away from Earth. That’s the wonderful and terrible thing about technology. It changes everything. And with those final thoughts, Solomon Epstein perishes,

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On Earth, the U.N. Council is debating what happened to Eros and they can’t come to a consensus as to who, what or why it acted like it did. They plan on sending a research ship to Venus to study the impact area and see if anything from Eros survived.

They also mention that of the 150 missiles they launched, 121 are confirmed aborted and destroyed, but the remaining 29 are nowhere to be found.

Later, Avasarala has dinner with Dr. Michael Iturbi to discuss his thoughts on Eros. His theory is that Eros was infected by something alien. He tells her he needs to get to Venus to study the matter. If she can arrange it, he would be her own personal eyes and ears reporting all his findings directly to her.

Later, Avasarala goes to see Errinwright about Jules-Pierre Mao. She wants him to convince Mao to come in so they can learn what he knows. She’s willing to cut the man a deal because of the stakes involved. However, if he doesn’t come in, or if his family doesn’t help them, she tells him, in a quite articulate way that she will rain fire down on the Mao family and make them regret the day they ever crossed her and the people of Earth.

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On board the Rocinante the crew is contemplating the events of the past week. When they arrive back on Tycho they are treated like heroes.

When they tell Fred about the missing earth missiles he informs them that he has them. He’s not sure what he’s going to do with them but he’s going to hold onto them for safekeeping.

Holden tells Fred that they need to let everyone know about the Protomolecule but Fred disagrees. All that would accomplish is system-wide panic. For now, they should keep what they know under wraps, although it seems he’s more interested in looking out for the belters than he is for humanity as a whole.

Fred confronts Holden about an anomaly in their flight logs from their original trip back from Eros. He wants to know why they stopped for 5 hours. James tells him about Miller’s friend Semba and giving him a proper burial. Fred doesn’t think Holden is being straight with him. If they’re going to continue working together they need to be on the same team. But to Holden’s thinking, there shouldn’t’ be any teams.

Later Naomi tells Fred she wants to tell everyone about Miller and Julie’s story. She thinks it would help everyone to see how a Belter and an Earther/OPA member came together to save humanity.

Back on board the Roci, after some debate, the crew vote to destroy their sample of the Protomolecule. Naomi sets up the flight path to fly the missile with the sample into the sun, but she fools Holden by showing him is a simulation of the launch. The actual missile is still right where they hid it and she’s the only one who knows.

Elsewhere, Alex runs into some trouble at a Tycho bar when some guy doesn’t appreciate him flirting with his woman. Alex takes a beating before Amos, out of nowhere, comes to his aid.

Later, back on board the Roci, Alex finds Amos defacing a Martian flag and confronts him. The two have some words, Alex is not mad because Amos bailed him out at the bar, he’s mad because 25 belters died in their landing pod because he was trying to protect Amos.

Back on board Tycho, Naomi offers to help Johnson’s second in command to hack into the recovered nuclear missiles. She tells the woman that Belters need to help Belters.

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At Ganymede Agricultural Station, a joint U.N.+M.C.R.N. Facility, Bobby Draper and her team are patrolling the border between the Martian and U.N. zones.

After Lt. Sutton on board the Scirocco disappears behind Ganymede’s shadow for 48 minutes all hell breaks loose.

The perimeter alarm goes off on the ground and the Martian Marines see the U.N. troops heading their way guns hot. Before they can report the activity their comms are jammed.

They notice a firefight has erupted in orbit but without communications, they have no idea who is attacking whom. Bobby orders her men to form up and hold their line against the U.N. Forces.

The scene cuts to several minutes later and the aftermath of a fierce ground battle. The Martian Marines are down. Roberta Draper regains consciousness only to see something alien standing over her.

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Mar 04 2017

1hr 40mins

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Rank #10: 207 The Seventh Man – The Expanse Podcast

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The Seventh Man

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[1:57] News
[4:01] Episode Recap
[10:12] My Observations
[18:15] Feedback
[1:09:45] Book Discussion

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This week we continue season 2 of The Expanse with the episode titled “The Seventh Man”.

In this week’s podcast after sharing some news from The Expanse, I talk about the most recent episode. I end the podcast with some great listener feedback.

News

Let’s do the physics of knocking an asteroid into the sun.

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The Seventh Man

On Earth, the U.N. council is trying to make heads or tails of what happened on Ganymede. Errinwright wants to choose an appropriate Martian target and respond. But Chrisjen wants instead to invite Mars to a peace summit. She believes that neither side really wants a war but with tension so high between them it’s just a matter of time before it comes to that. She convinces the Secretary General to call a summit.

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Bobbie Draper regains consciousness on Ganymede after what looks like a fierce battle took place. Martian troops arrive and retrieve the injured Marine.

Back on board the M.C.R.N. Scirocco, Commander Thorsen informs Bobbie that she’s the only survivor from her unit. She’s having trouble recalling the events from the battle. She remembers 6 U.N. Marines charging their position but then thinks there may have been a seventh.

Later, Commander Thorsen records Bobbie’s official statement of the incident. As she tries to remember the accounts of what happened, Thorsen tries to put words in her mouth, or at least swing the story in Mars’ favour.

She keeps repeating that 7 U.N. Marines were charging their position firing. But Thorsen keeps repeating that they were firing on the Martian Marines. He wants her to say that the U.N. started the fight. Still confused she concedes that the U.N. started the war.

Later Bobbie is visited by Captain Martens, an M.C.R.N. Chaplain. He tells her that M.C.R.N. command will need her full cooperation regarding the mission on Ganymede but she can talk off the record with him.

He asks her what really happened. She mentions the drone that flew over their position but Martens tells her they have no record of any drone there. When pressed why it’s so important she tells him she can’t remember.

When her interrogation continues she takes a stimulant to improve her focus and help her remember things better. With Captain Martens watching remotely, Thorsen continues to question her.

Bobbie realizes that the U.N. Marines were not firing on them, they were running away from the seventh man while firing back on him. When she recalls seeing the seventh man, the monster, not wearing a vac suit, Martens orders the interrogation terminated.

Later, Thorsen presents Bobbie with the Purple Heart and informs her that she’s to attend an emergency summit. Her first-hand account of what happened on Ganymede will be vital to the proceedings. She’s to tell them that in the confusion, her team opened fire first on the U.N. Marines. She’s shocked and furious but concedes to the chain of command. But then all thoughts are pushed aside as she learns that to tell her account, she’s going to Earth.

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On Tycho, refugee ships from Ganymede are arriving. As the crew of the Roci are handing out care packets, Anderson Dawes makes a grand entrance. Holden and Naomi each have a different view of the man’s methods and motives.

After being called out for his rough behaviour by a child. Amos goes to visit Dr. Cortozar to learn more about the procedure that was done to him. The doctor tells him not to seek out those lost feelings from his past. Instead, stomp them out and he’ll be free of them to move forward. He offers to help Amos if he wants.

Fred addresses the Belters on Tycho. He wants a unified OPA to send a representative to negotiate with Earth and Mars for the benefit of them all. He thinks it should be a born Belter and suggests Anderson Dawes.

Dawes is honoured at the appointment but he doesn’t share Fred Johnson’s ideas. He believes that if Earth and Mars formed a peace they would both turn their sights on the Belt and view them as possessions, animals for their experiments. They’ve done it before, they’ll do it again.

Fred interrupts him saying there is no more threat against the Belt. Whatever happened on Eros has been destroyed and the people behind it killed. Earth knows that what happened there originated from their backyard and they don’t want anything like that to happen again either.

As Dawes retaliates, Holden interrupts, telling them that the threat from Eros is over. And the missiles they have, they should give them back as a sign that the Belt wants peace as well.

Dawes thinks them both ideologists, but he does agree about the missiles. Keeping them is an act of war and using them would offer the same results. That’s why they should be sent back.

After the gathering, Naomi tells Holden he should have stayed out of it. By taking Fred’s side all he did was show the crowd two Earthers trying to tell Belters how they should run the Belt. She leaves him quite upset.

Later, Dawes visits the Rocinante. He wants to know what they and Fred are leaving out of the Eros story. He knows Fred is a tactical thinker. He wouldn’t send Dawes to negotiate with Earth and Mars plus send back their missiles if he didn’t have another card to play. Earth doesn’t trust Fred’s past, and after the Nauvoo incident, he won’t be long on Tycho. So whatever weapon Fred is hiding will soon become vulnerable.

Annoyed with his accusing manner, Holden kicks the man off his ship.

Anderson Dawes runs into Fred’s second in command on the promenade. The two obviously know each other. He asks her to come back to Ceres with him to help run things, but she prefers it on Tycho. If she won’t come back with him, he asks if she would at least tell him what Fred’s secret weapon is.

Elsewhere, Fred tells Holden that Cortazar is somehow getting information from the Protomolecule. He doesn’t know from where, but he’ll soon find out. Once they have it in their possession Cortazar will help them to understand it better. Fred believes that if the Belt has the Protomolecule, no one will ever use it against them again.

When Diogo arrives back home Anderson Dawes is there waiting for him. The older man turns up the charm and soon learns that Fred is holding Cortazar prisoner.

That night, Holden wakes and goes to see Cortazar only to find the man is gone. He informs Fred but they’re too late. Dawes’ ship just took off. Holden orders the Roci with Alex and Naomi to pursue.

They manage to shoot out the ships engines but when they board her all they find is Diogo on board. Dawes and Cortazar are gone.

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Mar 11 2017

1hr 16mins

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Rank #11: 111 Season 1 Finale Listener Feedback – The Expanse Podcast

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Critical Mass, Leviathan Wakes, Feedback episode

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Welcome everyone. This is a special feedback only episode of The Expanse Podcast for the two hour finale of The Expanse which comprised of the episodes titled Critical Mass and Leviathan Wakes.

I received some wonderful feedback from some great listeners talking about what their expectations for this series were and if season 1 met them. They also talk about what they hope to see in season 2 that will air in January 2017, as well as if season 1 has enticed them to read or in some cases re-read the books the series is based on.

I want to thank my listeners for all the wonderful support and love I’ve received over the course of this season. I can’t wait to connect with you again for season 2 and beyond.

Enjoy the rest of 2016

Mark Des Cotes

NASA travel posters link provided by listener Andy.

The Expanse Season 1 to be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on April 5.

Killjoys DVD and Blu-Ray Season 1 to be released on May 10

Orphan Black Season 4 moves to Thursdays at 10pm starting on April 14

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Feb 29 2016

1hr 14mins

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Rank #12: 208 Pyre – The Expanse Podcast

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Pyre

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[2:27] News
[7:58] Episode Recap
[14:20] My Observations
[24:08] Feedback
[1:20:03] Book Discussion

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This week we continue season 2 of The Expanse with the episode titled “Pyre”.

In this week’s podcast after sharing some news from The Expanse, I talk about the most recent episode. I end the podcast with some great listener feedback.

News

What are those High-G “Juice” Injections?

Alex Kamal’s Lasagna Recipe.

Belter Creole

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Pyre

The episode opens on Ganymede as during the battle as one of the orbital solar mirror crashes down, destroying a bio-dome garden.

An unknown time later Praxideke Meng wakes up on board a refugee ship for Ganymede survivors. He finds his friend Dorris who tells him that his daughter Mei is dead. Half the mirror came down on sector 4 where Mei was at a clinic for her doctor’s appointment.

Things are rough on the refugee ship. With Ganymede no longer an option, Parx and Dorris make plans to start over on Mars. The ship rendezvous with another ship to unload all refugees from Earth and Mars.

Prax follows Dorris as they load all the “innards” into the airlock but he’s denied access because he’s a belter. As Prax watches, the outer airlock door opens and the Earth and Mars refugees are ejected into space.

When he arrives on Tycho Station he tries to report the crime but he doesn’t know the names of the refugee ship he arrived on or the name of the person who opened the airlock.

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At Tycho, Naomi and Alex return with Diogo but the kid won’t give up any information on Anderson Dawes whereabouts.

They discover that a four man skiff left Tycho from the opposite side of the station at the exact time as Dawes’ ship did. Diogo was a diversion. To bypass station security they needed an inside man.

Dawes sends Fred a message. Fred is his protégé but they must now part ways. Fred told Dawes the Protomolecule was destroyed but he still had Cortazar held away. Anderson thinks Fred was vying for power all for himself and not just for the belt. So Dawes took Fred’s secret weapon and will share it will all the belt.

One of the belters from Fred’s command centre secretly recorded Dawes’ message and shows it to his Black Sky contacts.

Fred and Holden discuss their options. Fred isn’t worried. They have all of Cortazar’s notes and data. The drives Dawes took with him are useless without the security codes. Holden is more concerned with the fact that Cortazar was getting messages from the Portomolecule.

Naomi is shocked but offers a solution to pinpoint where Cortazar was looking. Before implementing her plan, she returns to the Rocinante to verify on the hidden missile only she knows about. From what she can tell, nobody else has approached it.

She then accompanies Drummer to an antennae array that Cortazar had used. Along the way, Naomi learns how loyal Drummer is to Fred Johnson. She used to work with Anderson Dawes. When Dawes found Fred she and Johnson started talking and he gave her a new perspective on life so she followed him to Tycho. Once they access the antennae they are able to pinpoint where his Protomolecule signal came from. A message was sent from Ganymede at the same time that Earth and Mars started shooting at each other.

Holden wants to set out for Ganymede to stop it’s spread. Fred on the other hand accepts that the Protomolecule is out there and they’re just going to have to live with it.

Back on the Roci, Holden and Naomi use the knowledge that Cortazar used to work for Protogen to look up anyone on Ganymede with a similar past. They narrow it down to anyone with an advanced degree and come up with the name of Dr. Lawrence Strickland a paediatrician. They continue their search and discover that Praxideke Meng, one of the refugees from Ganymede currently on Tycho Station is associated with Strickland.

They track him down in the refugee area, he thinks they are there to silence him about what happened on the ship that brought him there, but he’s surprised when they ask him about his daughter’s doctor.

Prax tells them that Strickland is his daughter’s doctor. She was with him when the mirror fell and the clinic was wiped out.

Naomi gets him to show her the last footage of Mei which shows Strickland taking her out of the clinic an hour before it was destroyed. Meaning Prax’s daughter may still be alive.

Holden concludes that Strickland knew the battle was coming and went back for Mei. When it becomes evident that they are going to Ganymede Prax asks to accompany them.

——–

In Tycho’s command centre, Black Sky burst in guns blazing and take over in order to gain access to the nuclear missiles. They can prep them but they can’t launch them without the codes. When Fred refuses to give them the codes they start shooting people. When Drummer, a fellow Belter sides with Fred they shot and wound her as well.

Elsewhere on Tycho, Alex asks a zoned out Amos for help fixing some hand terminals for the refugees but Amos says no and walks away.

Later, back on board the Roci, Alex interrupts Amos as he’s searching for information on Lydia Maalouf of Baltimore.

The pilot tells Amos that his problem is he only thinks of himself. Alex can’t figure out why Amos doesn’t want to help the people on the station in need. He presses him more so Amos asks him why he isn’t helping his family on Mars. Alex takes affront and confronts Amos who instantly retaliates before realizing what he’s doing and backs off before he hurts the pilot.

They are interrupted by a beeping and discover that someone is trying to access the nukes on Tycho. They contact Holden with the news.

—–

In the command centre, Fred refuses to cooperate with Black Sky. It doesn’t matter, they are close to breaking the codes themselves. Outside the station, Amos cuts off oxygen to the command centre causing everyone inside to black out.

Once everyone is down, Holden leads a team in to rescue the hostages. On her way out, Drummer kills the Black Sky leader and the Command centre trader.

——

Later, on board the Roci, Amos shows Prax around, he’s not a prisoner, but he will be restricted to his room.

Elsewhere, Naomi questions Holden’s motives in going to Cortazar’s cell. Jim confesses that he was going to kill the man to prevent another Eros.

Naomi is upset. Jim is not a murder, it’s not who he is. He wants her to keep reminding him who he is.

——

When the Roci is denied leave of the station, Holden calls Fred. Fred wants him to bring back whatever he finds but when Holden refuses, Fred tells him they are no longer welcome on Tycho. Holden isn’t concerned. He doesn’t think Fred will still be in charge of Tycho when they return.

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Mar 18 2017

1hr 26mins

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Rank #13: 201-202 Safe – Doors & Corners – The Expanse Podcast

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What a great start to season 2 of The Expanse. The first part “Safe” was a bit slow however things really picked up during the second half “Doors & Corners”

In this week’s podcast after sharing some news from The Expanse, I talk about the double episode premiere. I end the podcast with some great listener feedback.

News

THE EXPANSE Season 2 delayed outside the USA

GETTING THE SCIENCE RIGHT MAKES THE EXPANSE A BETTER SHOW

How Prop Makers Engineer the Weapons and Gear of The Expanse!

The Expanse’s Frankie Adams on her new role in the Syfy epic. Bobbie Draper

The Expanse Showrunner Naren Shankar Teases Season 2

The Expanse Origins Comic Book by BOOM! Studios.

If you would like to read The Expanse book series or order season 1 on DVD or Blue-ray you can purchase them via Amazon. USA or Canada.

Or listen to the audiobook version through Audible

Episode Recap

Safe

The episode starts on Mars. A team of Marines led by Bobbie Draper successfully complete a training mission before getting orders that they’re shipping out to Phoebe Station.

Later On board the M.C.R.N. Scirocco en route to Phoebe Station the Marines learn of their mission to secure Phoebe until a science team arrives to investigate

Gunny, Bobbie Draper and her team are eager to engage any U.N. Forces in the area to pay them back for what happened to the Donnager. But Lieutenant Sutton orders Draper to cool her head until they know exactly what happened.

When the U.N.N. ship Nathan Hale appears on a vector that will beat them to Phoebe Sutton orders the Marines to prepare to drop. However, the Scirocco instead fires its missiles towards their U.N. Counterpart.

——

On Earth

U.N. Undersecretary Errinwright and Jules-Pierre Mao discuss the Martians investigation of Phoebe Station. They must deter anyone from looking into it or Eros until their plans come to fruition.

Elsewhere, After deflecting questions about the stealth ships towards Fred Johnston Avasarala narrowly escapes an attack on the plane she was about to board.

Errinwright tries to get her to take a break and skip the upcoming meeting of the U.N. Assembly.

At the meeting, there is much dispute over what actions the U.N. should take. Some think they should put up a show of force while others think they should wait to see what Mars does first.

Avasaraly, still trying to figure out who all the players are in this new game she’s playing sides with those wanting to deploy the U.N. Fleet.

She later secretly meets up with a man named Coytar, an ex-black ops spy. She asks him to join her security detail. She knows she’s being set up to be a scapegoat and needs his help.

When word reaches earth that the Martian ship approaching Phoebe has fired on the U.N.N. Nathan Hale the U.N. Assembly try to decipher the action. Many want to retaliate but Avasarala convinces the Secretary-General to hold off until they know for sure what is happening. They are later told that the missiles were not intended for the Nathan Hale, their target was Phoebe Station which was destroyed and the fragments spiralled into Saturn.

Back on the M.C.R.N. Scirroco Lt.Sutton informs Drapper of why they changed their tactics. She’s upset. It’s obvious that Bobbie won’t be satisfied until she finally has the battle she’s been training for.

On the Rocinante, Holden, while undergoing medical treatment for radiation exposure envisions himself and Naomi infected by the protomolecule before waking with a start.

Both he and Miller will have to undergo regular treatments for the rest of their lives.

The two of them discuss what happened on Eros Station. Holden wants truth and justice whereas Miller just wants everyone responsible dead.

Meanwhile, Under Naomi’s supervision, Amos opens up the safe they found on the Anubis. Inside they discover frozen samples of the Protomolecule. As well as Anthony Dresden’s video lab notes of the devastation that transpired on Phoebe Station when they released the Protomolecule. And his desire to see what happens if they release it in a larger controlled environment such as Eros.

After much debate on whether or not they should destroy or hold onto the sample of the protomolecule in their possession, they decide to hide it by putting it inside a missile and parking it in an abandoned asteroid mine.

The events of the last few days finally catch up with them and Holden and Naomi finally give into the feelings they’ve been holding back for each other.

Much to Miller’s dismay, who wants to chase down those responsible for what happened on Eros, the crew of the Rocinante instead head to Tycho Station to enlist the help of Fred Johnson.

Later, Miller and Amos come to uneven blows over the shooting of Miller’s friend Semi. Amos being Amos, impassionately explains how things went down. Miller takes offence and strikes at Amos only to be laid flat by the powerful engineer. Naomi intervenes and stops Amos from killing Miller. She tries to explain Amos to him but Miller doesn’t want to hear any of it. He tells her of his thoughts and visions of Julie Mao.

While on route to Tycho. Alex prepares a meal for the crew to share. They bond with Miller over a story about contraband cheese on Cerise Station.

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Doors & Corners

On Earth, The U.N Assembly is debating why Mars destroyed Phoebe Station. The general consensus they need to retaliate. They decide to destroy a small Mars space station as a show of force. Admiral Souther won’t hear any of it and steps down as fleet commander.

Later, Avasaraly meets him at a bar. She managed to get him his old job back, however he’s not grateful. She explains that one way or another, the U.N. had to put on a show of force against the Martians. She presses him for information on Fred Johnston and he tells her the true story of what happened on Anderson Station and how the former colonel was used.

After hearing the story, she asks Coytar to send a message to Fred Johnson saying she wants to talk. Nobody can know because talking to him could be considered an act of treason.

On Tycho Station, Fred Johnston is not happy to see the Rocinante return without Lionel Polanski or that they were missing without any communications. He’s shocked to learn that they were on Eros. They explain to him what they saw and what is happening. They ask for his help in attacking an abandoned research station where the masterminds behind the Phoebe and Eros attacks are held up. But before they can land an attack force they need to deal with a stealth ship that is guarding the place.

Holden, in his strange idealistic way, feels responsible for what is happening but he doesn’t want to put his crew at risk. Naomi shoots him down saying that she, Amos and Alex can make their own decisions and they choose to fight.

Meanwhile, Fred Johnston recruits belters to make up the ground force to attack the station. A Black Wind member challenges his OPA authority, being a human ordering belters around but Fred makes short work of him, ejecting him out an airlock.

He then inspires the belters to join the cause.

Alex runs through simulation after simulation but he can’t defeat the stealth ship. When Holden tells Miller he doesn’t want him along for the assault the ex-detective tells him he’s going to be part of the ground forces anyway. Someone has to keep the belters in line. Holden tells Miller there’s a space on the Rossi for him when they get back.

Near an unregistered Spin Station in the belt, the Freighter Guy Molinary piloted by Fred Johnson approaches the station with the Rocinante hidden in their wake. Two freight containers attached to the freighter contain the belter assault force. On board with Miller is Diogo who we last saw floating in space after being ejected by his uncle. For some reason, the Ceres degenerate takes a liking to Miller.

Once close enough to the spin station, Fred orders the Rocinante to disengage act like dislodged cargo container giving the Freighter an excuse to pursue it closer to the station.

When the Rocinante is within range Alex fires up the engines and they make a run to engage the stealth ship while the Freighter launches the two breaching pods.

The discovery of defence cannons on the station puts the pods at risk and the Rossi has to evade the stealth fighter as she takes out the cannons. They manage to destroy it but not before it takes out one of the breaching pods killing half the landing force.

Close quarter combat proves too much for the stealth ship and the Rocinante takes her out.

Meanwhile, the remaining breaching pod lands on the station and the belters encounter minimal resistance. The station security are equipped with weapons more suited to guarding prisoners than repelling a boarding party.

Searching the station they find a cluster of scientists all neurally hooked up to to a machine completely oblivious to their presence. When Miller shuts it off they all start screaming which causes the belters to open fire on them killing them all except for one.

Miller continues alone and finds Anthony Dresden.

Holden and Fred Johnson arrive to take control of the station and Dresden tries to negotiate a deal with them in order to continue his work. They discovered an organism that can repurpose other life forms and use them to evolve. They are trying to figure out how and why. He believes that they can harness that power to turn themselves the into gods and remake themselves into anything they want.

They believe the protomolecule was sent there for a purpose. Earth was its target. It intended to use humans for its own ends.

He doesn’t care who controls the project, just as long as he gets to continue his work. He pleads with Johnson. Fred agrees, providing Dresden gives him the names of everyone involved with setting up the experiments. The scientist agrees but is cut off by a bullet to the forehead. Much to Fred and Holden’s surprise, Miller shot him.

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Feb 04 2017

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Rank #14: 211 Here There Be Dragons – The Expanse Podcast – Tales From The Rocinante

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Here There Be Dragons

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[1:54] News
[9:23] Episode Recap
[14:44] My Observations
[17:42] Feedback
[1:37:36] Book Discussion

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This week we continue season 2 of The Expanse with the episode titled “Here There Be Dragons”.

In this week’s podcast after sharing some news from The Expanse, I talk about the most recent episode. I end the podcast with some great listener feedback.

News

Let’s Do The Science

Loosing Science In Drama

The Scientist who keeps science fiction real

A planet of their own? Mormons’ spaceship finally comes in – on TV

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Episode Recap

Here There Be Dragons

The episode opens with a flashback on Ganymede Station before the mirrors fell. Dr. Strickland and an accomplice escort May to an isolated part of the station.

They make it to their destination right as the orbital battle begins.

Strickland straps Mei down along side other children in order to include her in the experiment he’s performing on the other kids.

—–

Back in present day. Holden and crew are following the same path that Strickland and Mei took. They venture into the old part of the station where nobody lives anymore.

Naomi tries to prepare Prax for what they might find ahead but he blurts out that she has no idea what he’s going through. To his surprise, she tells him she does understand. Her son was taken from her and she tried very hard to get him back but she failed. It took her a long time to accept that it wasn’t her fault.

They find a clue showing they’re on the right track to find Mei and make their way to a room where a group of scientists and their security force are eating a meal. One of the guards flinches and a firefight breaks out. During the chaos, the scientists escape out a back door and Amos takes a bullet.

In a side room, Prax discovers the body of a young child infected with the Protomolecule. Not taking any chances, Holden incinerates the body to prevent another Eros incident.

The back door to the room they’re in opens and a grenade is tossed in. A quick thinking Amos grabs it up and tosses it back through the door where it explodes. In the aftermaths of the explosion, they hear a large commotion including screaming and gunfire and the brief sound of an alarm before it shuts off.

When everything settles down the team goes in to investigate. Everyone is dead. They find some kind of cell. Whatever was inside it obviously broke out. The alarm they heard was caused when something tore right through the outer airlock door.

One of the scientists isn’t dead but is barely holding on. Before she dies she tells them they succeeded in making the Protomolecule into their image and there’s a lot more where it came from.

Meanwhile, aboard the Rocinante Alex is trying to figure out how he’s going to circumvent the no-fly zone to get his people. He intercepts an MCRN communication clearing a landing path down to a remote section of Ganymede. He figures it’s a black ops mission and decides to get down there before the Mars ship does.

After doing some calculations Alex decides to use a slingshot manoeuvre in a gravity assisted path to Ganymede. He has a close call and is almost discovered by an MCRN ship but he makes it to the surface unobserved.

He finds his team just in the nick of time to rescue them. Before leaving, Naomi informs Holden that she’s staying behind to help the people of Ganymede. He’s reluctant to let her go but does give in and asks Amos to go with her.

Alex calls their attention to someone or something walking on the surface of Ganymede without a vac suit. Holden orders Prax to suit up, they’re going hunting.

——–

On Earth, Errinwright has a way to get to Jules-Pierre Mao. He suggests putting pressure on his family and then using the man’s kids to plead with him to talk.

Avasarala informs Errinwright that because of his connections with Jules-Pierre Mao the U.N. Security Council plans on targeting him during their investigation into the Eros incident. He’s not surprised. She tells him to come clean and atone for his sins.

Meanwhile, Bobbie is reprimanded by Sgt. Martens for her recent escapades. She tries to get the truth out of him about Ganymede but he won’t comply. Instead, he tells her that she’s a disgrace to her uniform and that when she gets back to Mars she will not be a soldier anymore.

When the time comes to depart they are informed that due to an OPA threat their shuttle has been postponed until further notice.

Later, Bobbie requests an audience with Martens. She presses him again for the truth but when he refuses to answer she assaults him. To stop the beating he gives in and shows her Project Caliban.

Knowing the truth and feeling betrayed, Bobbie makes a run for U.N. zone outside the Martian Embassy and seeks political asylum on Earth.

Bobbie later informs Avasarala that she was correct about the monster. It was a weapons test for something Mars badly wants to acquire. She provides the U.N. with the data she took from Martens for them to study.

After Bobbie leaves, Avasarala receives a message from Jules-Pierre Mao asking her to meet him. He wants to explain his side to her in the hopes they can come to an accommodation. Cotyar tells her it’s a trap and she shouldn’t go but it’s too late, she already accepted Mao’s invitation.

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In orbit above Venus, the U.N.S. Arboghast tries to launch probes to investigate the Eros crash site but the atmosphere is so corrosive that the probes are destroyed before they can send back any data.

They decide to cannibalise one of their two remaining probes to reinforce the last one in the hopes it wakes the surface.

Their plan succeeds and the probe makes it to the surface. It only survives for a few seconds, but it’s enough time to send back a strange image of a blue glowing crystalline structure growing on the surface.

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Apr 09 2017

1hr 43mins

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Rank #15: 210 Cascade – The Expanse Podcast – Tales From The Rocinante

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Cascade

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[0:50] News
[4:15] Episode Recap
[10:24] My Observations
[15:52] Feedback
[1:27:22] Book Discussion

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This week we continue season 2 of The Expanse with the episode titled “Cascade”.

In this week’s podcast after sharing some news from The Expanse, I talk about the most recent episode. I end the podcast with some great listener feedback.

News

Sci-Fi Show ‘The Expanse’ Preps Us For The Future

Why Is Earth’s Unemployment Rate So High On ‘The Expanse’?

Why Are There So Many Mormons On ‘The Expanse’?

Why Can’t The People Of Mars Handle Earth’s Atmosphere On ‘The Expanse’?

Only You Can Stop The Expanse From Becoming the Next Canceled Sci-Fi Classic

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Cascade

The episode opens on Ganymede. While Alex is passing away the time aboard the Rocinante, Holden and crew start looking for Doctor Strickland and Mae, Prax’s daughter. The botanist is questioning his decision of following the group in the aftermath of the shootout on the Weeping Somnambulist but he sticks with them.

There’s a gleam of hope in that Mae and Strickland are not listed amongst the dead or missing on Ganymede. They track down some of Strickland’s co-workers from the paediatric clinic to ask for his whereabouts but nobody seems to know where he is.

Holden and Naomi are questioning whether or not the events on Ganymede are linked to the Protomolecule. So far there’s no evidence to say they are.

Prax recognizes someone he knows. A friend who’s missing son Katoa is suffering from the same disorder Mae has. The man directs them to Roma, a man with eyes and ears all over Ganymede and their best chance of finding the missing children.

On their way to see Roma they notice how dire the situation is on the station. With a lack of food, people have taken to eating the plants intended for air purifications even though they have no nutritional value.

They find Roma, the belter wants to extort them for his own gains. He doesn’t care about finding a sick girl but he’ll do it in exchange for food, particularly chicken. No chicken, no girl.

Amos snaps and attacks Roma. Prax pleads with the big man to stop. Roma can’t help them find Mae if Amos bashes his head in. Terrified, Roma agrees to help them.

Amos tries to justify his actions to Prax by telling him about bullies where he came from and what they did to children.

Prax in turn, confesses that a small part of him was relieved when he thought Mae was dead. Because of her genetic disorder, he feels helpless in caring for her.

The botanist goes for a walk and discovers that Ganymede is dying. He explains to Amos that in any artificial ecosystem there are only so many pathways to compensate when something goes wrong. As they become over stressed and begin to fail there are fewer and fewer pathways to take over. He calls it the cascade. It’s already begun on Ganymede. The station is already dead, they just don’t know it yet.

Roma manages to track down Mae and Stickland to an old part of the station that doesn’t have camera feeds. None of them knows what’s down there but it’s where they need to go to find the girl.

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On Earth, the U.N. delegation has deemed Bobbie Draper’s testimony as a lie but they see no point in questioning her again since she was just following orders. The Mars delegation just wants to get things over with and leave the planet.

Afterwards, Errinwright reviews the report on Bobbie Draper’s armour. By all accounts, the suit corroborates the story put forth by the Martians. Unsatisfied, he orders the analysis team to go over the armour again looking for any biological agents that shouldn’t be on Ganymede.

Later Errinwright confesses to Avasarala his involvement with Jules-Pierre Mao but she already knew. He’s had no recent contact with the man but he was aware of Mao’s weapon’s research. It all started out as a quest for peace but had he known what the protomolecule was capable of he would have put a stop to it and Jules-Pierre Mao.

He realizes his career is over but he wants to help put and end to it all before what happed on Ganymede spreads and becomes unstoppable.

Later when questioned by Cotyar as to why she hasn’t turned Errinwright in she says the man is more useful to her where he is, for now.

In her quarters, Bobbie get’s reprimanded by Sgt. Martens and starts questioning if what she saw on Ganymede was real or not. She wants to see the ocean before she heads back to Mars but Martens informs her she’s under restrictions and will be shipped out the day after tomorrow.

Left on her own, Bobbie manages to disengage the glass pane from the window and escapes from her quarters.

Earth isn’t what she thought it was. As she makes her way towards the ocean she sees the poverty the citizens are forced to live in.

She encounters an Earther who recognizes her as a Martian. In exchange for her bone density drugs, he’ll direct her to the ocean. He tells her how he put his name on the vocational training list to become a doctor when he was 17 years old. He’s 52 now and he’s still waiting for his slot. In the meantime, they do what they do to survive.

Bobbie makes her way to the ocean and steps in it fulfilling a lifelong dream.

——–

When Cotyar informs Avasarala about Bobbie’s disappearance they make a point to find her before the Mars embassy does.

They track her down to the ocean’s edge.

Avasarala shows Bobbie proof that what she saw on Ganymede was real. It was a new type of weapon being tested by Mars.

Bobbie is upset at the thought and doesn’t believe the woman.

Avasarala presses saying she needs Bobbie’s help if she’s going to get to the bottom of what’s really going on and who is doing it. They can’t afford to be enemies anymore.

Before Bobbie can respond. Avasarala and Cotyar are forced to leave before the Martians arrive for Bobbie.

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Apr 01 2017

1hr 32mins

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Rank #16: The Expanse Season 2 Audio Recap – The Expanse Podcast S3E0

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Welcome to The Expanse Podcast – Tales From The Rocinante. I’m Mark Des Cotes, host of the podcast and I hope you join me each week as I discuss my thoughts and theories on this amazing show.

This episode of the podcast is comprised of my thirteen episode recaps from season 2. I thought it would be an easy way for you to refresh yourself on what happened last season if you don’t have a chance to watch all thirteen episodes again.

The Expanse Podcast is a spoiler-free podcast. I have read the books the series is based upon, listened actually since I prefer audiobooks, but unlike some of the other podcasts, I do not spoil anything from the books for those who haven’t read them yet or for those who simply want to enjoy the TV show for what it is. Whenever I feel strongly about something book related I save it for the end of the podcast once all the TV Talk is over and I give you ample warning to turn off the podcast before diving in with my fellow readers.

I encourage listener feedback for the podcast. I want to hear your thought and theories. If you are not sure what to submit I make it easy for you by putting out a short Double Take episode soon after each week’s TV airing. The Double Take episodes contain my brief impression after my first viewing but most importantly, I share three questions about the episode I want to hear your thoughts on. You can submit your feed by calling 1-805-910-7656. You can email me an audio file at feedback@solotalkmedia.com.  Or you can leave a voicemail directly on the website by clicking the “Send Voicemail” tab on the right-hand side of the site. I can’t wait to hear from you.

This episode Timestamps

[0:00] Intro
[4:18] S2E1 Safe
[8:48] S2E2 Doors and Corners
[13:49] S2E3 Static
[19:44] S2E4 Godspeed
[26:44] S2E5 Home
[32:01] S2E6 Paradigm Shift
[37:44] S2E7 The Seventh Man
[43:52] S2E8 Pyre
[50:10] S2E9 The Weeping Somnambulist
[54:52] S2E10 Cascade
[1:00:04] S2E11 Here There Be Dragons
[1:05:21] S2E12 The Monster And The Rocket
[1:11:08] S2E13 Caliban’s War
[None] Book Discussion

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Mar 13 2018

1hr 16mins

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Rank #17: 307 Delta-V – The Expanse Podcast – Tales From The Rocinante

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Delta-V

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[5:03] News
[8:02] Episode Recap
[15:58] Feedback
[None Book Discussion

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This week we discuss season 3 of The Expanse with the seventh episode titled “Delta-V”.

In this week’s podcast after sharing some news from The Expanse, I talk about the most recent episode. I end the podcast with some great listener feedback.

News

Help save The Expanse by signing the petition

The Physics of accelerating spacecraft in The Expanse

If you would like to preorder season 3 of The Expanse on DVD or Blue-ray you can purchase them via Amazon. USA or Canada.

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Episode Recap

Delta-V

The episode opens with Chrisjen Avasarala addressing the United Nation. As we see the Protomolecule vessel that emerged from Venus transform into a giant ring in a stable orbit beyond Uranus.

She encourages the people of Earth to choose peace and to unite together with citizens from Mars and The Belt for the purpose of facing the unknown together.

A panel of civilian religious leaders, artists and intellectuals are sent out to investigate the Ring.

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In the depths of space, Moneo, a Belter Slingshot racer aboard the Y Que sends a message to his girl after setting a new course record for his Jupiter Six run.

A few months later, still setting records while shooting past Saturn Moneo receives a reply from Evita she’s tired of waiting for him and has hooked up with Moneo’s brother.

To try and win her back he alters his trajectory around Uranus so that he will pass through the Ring, becoming the first Human to do so.

——-

187 days after the formation of the Ring, the assembled fleet of Earth and Mars ships is finally approaching it.

On board the Roci, Holden, Amos and Alex are joined by a film crew documenting the life of the Roci and it’s crew.

Monica, the reporter interviewing them is getting under their skin and they are reluctant to cooperate with her, but since her company is funding the legal costs in their fight against Mars over ownership of the Rocinante they put up with her questions.

She probes into each of their lives showing some knowledge of their backgrounds. About Alex’s family back on Mars, about Amos’ miraculous luck being an Earther on Basic to winning the lottery to place him in an apprenticeship program. She probes deeper about his history in Baltimore and how there’s no record of him growing up there, although there is a record of a mob boss by the name of Amos Burton. Amos shrugs it off as coincidence and then gets defensive when she won’t let up.

Monica tries to apologize and even tries to flirt with him but he blows her off.

She later spies on Alex while he’s communicating with Bobbie who has been reinstated into the M.C.R.N. He mentions that his wife has filed for divorce. He’s visibly upset but understands it’s for the best.

Monica’s cameraman has a conversation with Amos. We find out that Prax and Mae have returned to Ganymede where he’s helping to rebuild the station. Amos misses the Botanist. The cameraman also flirts with the mechanic but he gets turned down as well.

Later after another failed attempt to get a rise out of Holden Monica heads off to do some editing while her cameraman, left alone, makes his way to the bridge and accesses a control panel.

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On board the O.P.A.S. Behemoth, head engineer Naomi Nagata interrupts a drug transaction between two Belters. She tells the dealer she doesn’t want to see that sort of thing anymore.

She joins Captain Drummer to welcome aboard the OPA Naval officers lead by Commander Klaes Ashford who is to be Drummers first officer. The two have a rocky history together. She works for Fred Johnson and he works for Anderson Daws, both of whom have come to terms and are tentatively working together for the betterment of the Belt.

The retrofit of the Behemoth is still underway, transforming the generation ship into the biggest battleship in human history. It sounds impressive but many of the ship’s systems were not built to withstand the rigours of battle.

When a construction skiff goes astray Naomi manages to gain control of it and bring it back on board. The pilot, who she recognizes as the man he saw buying drugs earlier is dead.

When Naomi confronts Drummer about the skiff pilot and the drug deal the Captain takes matters into her own hand. She confronts the pixie dust supplier and is about to space him, to Naomi’s protests, when Ashford stops her.

He reminds her that they are not rock hoppers anymore. They are now part of a legitimate society and they have to obey the laws of that society. If they want to be treated like equals by Earth and Mars they need to start acting the part.

Furious, Drummer addresses the assembled crowd telling them they have one standard shift to put any contraband they possess into the airlock without repercussions. She then starts to tell them what will happen to anyone caught with contraband after that time but Ashford interrupts her and announces that anyone caught afterwards with contraband will be put in the brig and sent back to Ceres station where they will be incarcerated.

The airlock quickly fills up with contraband but Drummer isn’t happy. She tells Ashford that it’s not who they are.

When he questions Naomi why she is there, she tells him she thinks it’s time for the Belt to stand up and show everyone who they really are. He tells her she should tell that to Drummer.

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On the U.N.N. Thomas Prince, Reverend Anna Volovodov, part of the civilian delegation questions whether or not the Protomolecule is a life form or not. Although nobody knows for sure, she’s told it’s technology created by an extremely intelligent intelligence.

A repair team from the Thomas Prince heads over to the Seung Un, Ren, the team leader orders newbie Melba to perform some simple tasks while he works on something else. He reassures her that the first long-haul trip like this is always the hardest. If she has any questions or just wants to talk she can come to him.

Once alone, she opens a neighbouring panel and activates a mysterious device inside. She seems nervous when Ren returns but he doesn’t take much notice, chalking it up to her being a rookie.

On their way back to their skiff, Ren realizes he forgot his flask where Melba was working. He notices something amiss with the compartment next to where she was working and discovers the hidden device inside.

She tells him she really wishes he hadn’t looked, then she does something in her mouth and attacks the larger man, easily overpowering and killing him before collapsing herself.

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On board the Y Que, Moneo powers back on his systems and receives a message from Evita, She’s impressed by what he’s attempting and tells him she was wrong and that she will be eagerly waiting for him when he gets home.

As he approaches the ring he is warned off my M.C.R.N. ships. He tells them he’s complying but that it will take him a minute to power up his drive.

At a ballistic speed enters the Ring, only to be stopped almost dead as he breaks the plane. The force of the instantaneous deceleration reduces Moneo’s body to a pulp as his ship enters the Ring.

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Back on the Roci, Holden is in his stateroom washing up when he hears a voice, he looks to his bunk and sees Miller sitting there. Not believing what he sees his blinks his eyes and Miller is gone.

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May 26 2018

1hr 32mins

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Rank #18: 108 Salvage – The Expanse Podcast

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Welcome everyone. Can you believe this is the penultimate episode of Season 1 of the Expanse. I know that’s not technically true since the two hour finale consists of two episodes. So maybe I would be more accurate saying this was the penultimate week of The Expanse.

This was another great episode. We got the excitement on the Anubis and finally the meeting between Miller and the Rocinante crew.

In this week’s podcast after sharing some news from The Expanse, I talk about the various storylines of the episode.

On Earth we find out that the U.N. has sent a battleship to Thycho Station to catch Fred Johnson in the act of manufacturing stealth technology. Avasarala pleads with Errinwright to cancel the black opps team sent to eliminate Holden but he wont hear of it.

On Tycho Station, Fred has his tech decode the MCRN chip from Lopez which gives him valuable insight into who is behind the stealth ships attacks.

At asteroid BA-834024112 the crew of the Roci find a stealth ship hidden in a crevasse. They board it only to find no sign of the crew. They do discover a mysterious blackish substance feeding off the reactor core. They decide to leave and destroy the ship in their wake.

On Eros station, Miller gets a lead but ends up in jail. His old friend Inspector Sematimba gets him out and tells him where he can find Julie.

Kenzo guides the Rocinante crew through Eros to the Blue Falcon, the last known location of Lionel Polanski. In the lobby, they are attacked by the U.N. Black Opps team but are saved my Miller. Together, they break into the room registered to Polanski and find Julie Mao, dead in the shower with a blackish substance, similar to what was on the Anubis covering her body.

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Jan 30 2016

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Rank #19: 205 Home – The Expanse Podcast

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[4:30] News
[7:52] Episode Recap
[13:13] My Observations
[23:00] Feedback

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This week we continue season 2 of The Expanse with the episode titled “Home”.

In this week’s podcast after sharing some news from The Expanse, I talk about the double episode premiere. I end the podcast with some great listener feedback.

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Home

The episode picks up right after last week’s. Eros has dodged the Nauvoo and is now moving fast sunward.

The U.N. Council on Earth is starting to panic. The asteroid is heading in their general direction. They saw the generation ship almost collide with Eros and aren’t sure what to make of it. Fred Johnson is claiming it’s an engine test gone wrong but they believe he’s lying, plus the Mormons are saying he stole the ship from them. Either way, they don’t have an explanation as to how Eros is moving like a ship.

Mars is just as confused as Earth is and denies any knowledge of what is happening. The asteroid has once again changed trajectories and is now on a collision course with Earth. If it hits it will cause an event larger than the one that killed the dinosaurs, 7-10 billion dead plus another 10 in the aftermath.

Their only option is to launch their planetary defenses at it in the hopes of blowing it up.

After informing Mars of their intentions the Secretary General and Errinwright launch half their missile arsenal.

Almost immediately everyone looses radar contact with Eros. The rock is still there, it just can’t be seen. And if it can’t be seen the nukes have no way of hitting it.

The U.N. Council is at a loss as to what to do when they receive a message from Tycho Station. Fred Johnson has a solution. Use an OPA ship to paint a laser lock to guide in the nukes. All they need to do is give him control of their missiles.

After some debate, Avasarala decides to send a message to the OPA ship directly. To everyone’s surprise, it’s James Holden that replies. He vouches for Fred Johnson and prays they all trust each other. On Avasarala’s word that Holden can be trusted, the Secretary General concedes and they give Fred control.

When Eros speeds up again, Avasarala is surprised that the Roci try to keep up with it, even at the risk of their own lives.

Later, Cotyar informs Avasarala that the rest of the council has evacuated the planet but she refuses to leave. She calls her husband Arjun on Luna. After a very touching conversation she tells him that it’s her duty to stay in order to protect Earth. Arjun doesn’t expect anything less.

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On Eros the laws of physics are being rewritten. At the speed it maneuvered Miller should have been crushed, but he didn’t feel a thing and he still feels gravity even though the asteroid is no longer spinning.

Naomi manages to deactivate all the bombs on the surface but the damage to Miller’s bomb prevents her from accessing it.

The Roci crew notice a temperature increase from Eros and speculate it’s waste heat from what’s making it move. Without warning, it starts to speed up again. They theorize that if Miller is able to detonate his bomb where that heat is being generated they might be able to stop the asteroid in it’s tracks.

Miller agrees and takes his pet nuke for a walk while Naomi tries to figure out a way to get him off the rock. It will be dangerous but she’s determined.

The ex-detective enters the station and starts making his way to the heat source. It’s hard going. The bomb is heavy and he has to press the reset switch every 60 seconds.

He notices along the way that the Protomolecule only affected the living. It’s leaving the dead alone.

Time is running out, he needs to set the bomb and get out of there before Earth’s missiles arrive.

Whether by random chance or because of the nuclear threat, Eros speeds up again, forcing the Roci to push it’s limits to keep the target lock.

Miller realizes that he’s heading towards the Blue Falcon, the place where Julie Mao died. Along the way he starts hearing voices that are unmistakably Julie. He deduces that somehow, her conscience is still active and thinks it’s on her ship the Razorback. The Protomolecule must be using her conscience and everyone else’s to grow and power itself. But that also means that a part of Julie could still alive.

Miller believes he can reason with her but only if the Roci backs off so the missiles are no longer a treat. After some debate, Holden makes the hard decision to stop pursuing Eros.

Without explanation Holden contacts Fred and tells him to direct the nukes away from Eros. Johnson is between a rock and a hard place. Without knowing Holden’s plan he could jeopardize it if he doesn’t listen to the man, however, redirecting the nukes will look bad in the eyes of Mars and the U.N.

Miller reaches his destination and finds Julie. Or what the protomolecule has made of her. After an awkward introduction he tries to convince her to stop Eros from going to Earth. Julie can’t stop the Asteroid, the work needs to continue.

Miller tells her that he came all this way to find her because he believes in her. She’s a fighter. But all she wants to do is go home. He tells her that whatever she does, wherever she goes, she wont be alone. He’ll be with her.

The ex-detective removes his helmet and gloves, exposing himself to the Protomolecule. Whatever happens, happens to both of them. The two embrace.

His actions and words must have gotten through to her, because Eros veers off from it’s collision course with Earth and instead crashes into Venus.

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Feb 25 2017

1hr 28mins

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Rank #20: 305 Triple Point – The Expanse Podcast – Tales From The Rocinante

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[3:17] News
[11:32] Episode Recap
[17:01] Feedback
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This week we discuss season 3 of The Expanse with the third episode titled “Triple Point”.

In this week’s podcast after sharing some news from The Expanse, I talk about the most recent episode. I end the podcast with some great listener feedback.

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Triple Point

The episode opens with the crew of the Rocinante discussing their approach strategy for IO.

Chrisjen comes clean to Holden, telling him he can’t nuke IO because she does indeed need the Protomolecule. Mars has it, The Belt has it and she wants it for Earth. Not as a weapon, but as a means to save the entire human species.

He tells her that he’s already tried to save the world but all he did was make it worse. She tells that at least he tried and he can’t stop trying now. He’s not a child so he should stop acting like one.

While checking the coms, Alex receives a message from his son Melas. The boy tells him that he’s proud to be Alex’s son and that one day he wants to fight for Mars, like his dad.

In the cargo hold, at Prax’s request, Amos teaches him how to use a firearm. The tough man isn’t sure how to interpret this new side of the normally peaceful botanist. When Amos later tells him he has his back no matter what they find on IO, Prax tells him he’s fully prepared whether they find his daughter or not.

Bobby is prepping her armour for the mission. She asks Alex to explain to her how they killed the Protomolecule Hybrid they faced. The plan is to run if they see one but she’s preparing to face it should it happen.

When Naomi and Jim have a moment together, she tells him the true reason why she gave their Protomolecule sample to Fred Johnson.

She used to run with the OPA, she had a child with one of the high ranking members and he took her son away when she refused to do what he wanted her to do.

She signed up on the Canterbury to forget her past. But after Eros and Ganymede and all the Belters who suffered there, she wanted to do what she could to help the Belt.

She’s sorry she lied, but she’s not sorry for what she did.

Holden tells her that he will never like what she did, but he can’t hate her for doing what she thought was right.

The Rocinante finally lands on IO and they prepare to breach the compound.

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On route to the Jupiter A.O. Ensign Sinopoli shows the video Avasarala gave him to captain Carino of the MCRN Hammurabi. They find his story hard to believe but decide to take action when they discover the U.N.N. Agatha King has diverted to IO.

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On board the U.N.N. Agatha King, questions are raised as to why they are going to IO when the war is taking place at Calisto but Admiral Nguyen doesn’t offer an explanation.

Lt. Shaffer and Manusco, both loyal to Admiral Souther report to him that Nguyen has been communicating with IO off the record. They’re suspicious of the Fleet Admiral’s actions and suggest that should Souther want to take back his ship there are many on board who would back him.

When Lt. Manusco intercepts a communication from the MCRN Hammurabi addressed to Admiral Souther he and Lt. Shaffer secretly show it to him.

The Admiral verifies the message with Cotyar before deciding on his course of action.

Back on the control deck the Agatha King prepares for engagement with the Hammurabi but is confused when the Martians don’t fire upon them.

The captain of the MCRN ship doesn’t use her advantage and instead orders her ship to slow down its approach. She’s hoping to avoid thousands of lives lost on both sides if it can be avoided.

When Admiral Nguyen orders his ship to fire upon the Hammurabi Admiral Souther and those loyal to him try to retake their ship.

Souther broadcasts to all ships in the area to stand down, that they are fighting an illegal war and he has proof.

Before he can complete his message, Nguyen’s men retake the room and the Fleet Admiral kills Souther and arrests those loyal to Souther.

When Nguyen addresses the fleet and orders them to engage the Martians some of them refuse. He destroys one of the retreating U.N.N. ships, igniting a shooting battle amongst the U.N.N. Fleet.

The captain Carino of the Hammurabi orders all MCRN ships to stand down and let the U.N.N. Fleet destroy themselves.

She then contacts the U.N.N. Fleet informing them that any of their ships that declares their peaceful intentions will not be fired upon by Mars and even offers assistance should they need help.

When Shaffer and Manusco try to retake the control centre a firefight breaks out and both are killed and Nguyen injured.

In a desperate move, the Fleet Admiral uses his newly acquired launch codes to launch the Hybrid pods from IO.

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On IO, Katoa is close to being fully transformed. Jules-Pierre Mao is trying to get information from him as to what the Protomolecule is up to, but communication is difficult. Strickland tries to slow down the transformation process but it doesn’t work as intended. Before the boy is too far gone they do manage to discover that the Protomolecule has an objective and whatever work it’s doing is almost complete.

Mao is determined to learn more and orders, Strickland, to attempt the same process on Mae.

Jules-Pierre receives a message from Admiral Nguyen telling him his family assets have been unfrozen and demanding the launch codes for the Hybrid pods. Mao complies.

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May 11 2018

1hr 37mins

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