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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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69 Ratings
Average Ratings
53
10
3
1
2

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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The Expanse Podcast - Tales From The Rocinante

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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
Mars Congressional Republic Navy

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.

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 04 2015

1hr 11mins

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Rank #2: 205 Home – The Expanse Podcast

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Home

This episode Timestamps

[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.

News

The Expanse: Tycho Station – Spacedock

The Expanse’s Executive Producer Tells Us Everything That Made Last Night’s Big Moment Work

Decrypted: The Expanse—OK, so we broke a few laws of physics here

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

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

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Fight Or Flight

This episode Timestamps

[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: 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.

Or listen to the audiobook version through Audible

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 #5: 308 It Reaches Out – The Expanse Podcast – Tales From The Rocinante

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It Reaches Out

This episode Timestamps

[3:46] News
[7:30] Episode Recap
[14:36] Feedback
[1:30:29] Book Discussion

I want to hear from you! Send me your feedback at 1-805-910-7656 or feedback@solotalkmedia.com

This week we discuss season 3 of The Expanse with the eighth episode titled “It Reaches Out”.

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

Science of ‘The Expanse’: TV show sticks to space realities (with one big exception)

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

It Reaches Out

The episode starts on the U.N.N. Thomas Prince. Those onboard arguing while they try to figure out what happened to Moneo when he entered the ring.

On board the Seung Un, Melba wakes to what she did to Ren. Pressed for time to return to the Thomas Prince, she shoves his body into an access panel and hastily cleans up the blood and resets the bomb.

Back on board the shuttle, Stanni gets under Melba’s skin by teasing her about his imagined hookup between the new girl and her boss.

Visibly shaken by what she did, Melba almost crashes their shuttle.

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On the Roci, Jim thinks he’s going crazy. He keeps seeing Miller, but the detective disappears whenever someone else is around.

Monica confronts him about his behaviour. She’s there for his story and she feels like he’s holding something back.

Holden brushes her off by telling her he’ll do better, and then heads to the medical bay to run tests on himself. He keeps running them over and over but the results always come back clean.

But it doesn’t prevent Miller from showing up again. The detective is talking nonsense, sputtering about doors and corners.

When Jim tells him he’s dead. Miller says he’s an investigator now and continues talking nonsense.

Amos catches Holden arguing to an empty room and offers an ear if the captain wants to get anything off his chest but Jim politely declines.

Upon reviewing security footage from before Amos showed up, Holden sees that he was always alone in the room.

Amos catches Cohen, Monica’s cameraman wandering parts of the ship he has no reason being in and sends him on his way.

He later spies Amos’s and Alex’s private conversation. The two are concerned about Holden’s behavior. Amos confesses that he looked at Jim’s medical logs, all 35 scans for the Protomolecule he ran, but all of them came up clean. The two agree to keep an eye on Holden.

Meanwhile, Monica is interviewing Holden in private when he asks to see her archived video footage. He compares the moment Moneo entered the ring and the first time he saw Miller. He’s shocked to see the two coincide.

As soon as he kicks Monica out of his quarters Miller is back talking nonsense again. When Holden asks Miller why only he can see him, the detective says it’s because he has a ship.

Miller goes on and on about “it” building the investigator and sending it out to investigate. When it doesn’t find anything it destroys the investigator and then creates the investigator and sends it out again. And so on, and so on until it finds a door that wasn’t there before.

When Holden asks him to explain further, Miller switches back to his story of a brothel in sector 18 and he keeps telling this rookie to watch his doors and corners and how you don’t go rushing into a room.

With everyone distracted, Cohen accesses one of the Roci’s computer panels and swaps out a chip.

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On the Behemoth. Drummer, Ashford and Naomi are discussing Moneo’s fate and wondering how Earth and Mars will blame them for it.

Drummer is feeling out of her league and is doubting her command skills, Ashford’s presence isn’t helping. Naomi reminds her that they all have their place in the new Belter nation. But Drummer being cynical refutes her.

Later, Ashford proposes a toast to Anderson Daws and Fred Johnson for getting them there and to Moneo for foolishly sinking his teeth into the unknown for love. Kicking the door open for all of them.

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Back on board the Thomas Prince, Anna spots Melba and notices something off about the girl. The Reverend asks her if she’s ok, Melba looks hesitant, as if she wants to answer before telling Anna she’s ok and walking away.

Once alone, Melba activates and triggers her bomb destroying the Seung Un, setting off alarms across the sector.

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On the Roci, they’re trying to figure out what just happened. For some reason, most of the ship is locked out to them. Then unexpectedly they start broadcasting a message from Holden taking credit, on behalf of the OPA that they are the only benefactors of the Ring and to prove his point he admits to destroying the Seung Un as a show of force.

Tensions are high. Holden swears it’s not him but the other’s are questioning his recent behavior and aren’t so sure.

With ships targeting them Alex fires off the drive to get them out of there.

Holden comes to a realization and runs from the deck in close pursuit by Amos. The big man tries to stop whatever his captain is about to do but Holden pleads with him to trust him, something he’s never asked of Amos before. Amos concedes to give him one minute alone.

Holden enters the airlock alone and sees Miller who once again talks about entering a room, and how if you do it too fast the room eats you.

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There’s confusion on the Behemoth, Naomi swears that the message can’t be Holden. Drummer and Ashford are less concerned about the message than what Earth and Mars are going to do next.

To Naomi’s shock, Ashford suggests firing on the Rocinant. It’s the only way to disavow their connection to Holden.

Naomi protests when Drummer orders a missile lock and is forcibly removed from the command deck.

With a lock in place Drummer orders them to fire their missile.

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Back on the Roci, with a missile bearing down on them, Holden orders Alex to fly towards the Ring as fast as they can and then flip and burn and do a massive deceleration before they enter it.

Holden tells Amos that he can’t explain it, but Miller told him what they need to do. Without hesitation, the mechanic tells Alex to follow the Captains orders.

At top speed, they head for the ring, flip and burn before they all pass out.

When Holden awakens all is quiet, The monitors show them within the ring with the missile suspended less than a ship’s length from their bow.

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Jun 02 2018

1hr 33mins

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Rank #6: The Expanse Season 3 Recap

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The Expanse Season 3 Recap

Time Stamps

[10:54] Ep 1: Fight Or Flight

[14.07] Ep 2: IFF

[19:15] Ep 3: Assured Destruction

[25:27] Ep 4: Reload

[29:43] Ep 5: Triple Point

[34:53] Ep 6: Immolation

[40:12] Ep 7: Delta-V

[47:11] Ep 8: It Reaches Out

[53:18] Ep 9: Intransigence

[58:34] Ep 10: Dandelion Sky

[1:03:26] Ep 11: Fallen World

[1:07:18] Ep 12: Congregation

[1:10:53] Ep 13 Abaddon’s Gate

I’ve combined all thirteen of my season 3 recaps into on episode. In just over an hour of listening, you can be back up to speed on where things stand in The Expanse before the premiere of season 4 on December 13.

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Nov 27 2019

1hr 18mins

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Rank #7: 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 #8: 312-313 Congregation and Abaddon’s Gate (Part 2)

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Congregation and Abaddon’s Gate

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[1:53] Feedback
[none] Book Discussion

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This is the second part of feedback for season 3 of The Expanse with the two-part finale made up of “Congregation” and “Abaddon’s Gate”.

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Congregation

The episode opens with all the ships in the slow zone trapped around The Station.

On the Behemoth Holden is being interrogated by the MCRN but refuses to talk until he knows his crew is OK.

When Ashford approaches him in a more civilized manner he opens up. He tells his story and everything he saw.

They have it all wrong about the Protomolecule. It doesn’t care about them. All it wanted to do was build a road. Now that the Ring is open it’s trying to report back, but there’s no one to receive its message. Whoever created the Protomolecule was wiped out.

They fought back, destroying entire solar systems in the process, but in the end, they were defeated by something more powerful then they were.

Ashford is convinced that Holden is insane. Bobbie refutes this but is overruled. Holden will be held for everyone’s safety.

Bobbie and her unit, stripped of their armour escort Jim to his cell. The team is divided on the treatment Holden is getting and Bobbie is visibly torn between her loyalties.

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Clarissa Mao is being held on the Rocinante, her enhancement implant being blocked. Anna and Amos figure out that everything that has happened to them was her fault. Amos thinks the best course of action is to put her down but Anna stops him.

Naomi and Alex manage to get partial communications back online. They learn of the offer from the Behemoth and everyone on board decides to go there to look for Holden.

Upon their arrival, Clarrissa is taken to the same detention block Jim is being held in, and Naomi is arrested for desertion and brought before Ashford.

She wants to see Holden but Ashford won’t let her until she agrees to help them fix their power grid.

Alex and Amos take their supplies to the medical bay where Amos takes an interest in Anna. Something about her behaviour fascinates him.

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Elsewhere on board, Drummer is undergoing a spinal cord regrowth procedure. She goes through a slew of emotions about her predicament. At first, she’s upset, then angry and sorrowful, but then her resolve takes over and she decides to do something instead of just lying there helpless.

Naomi arrives as Drummer is putting together a pair of mech legs to help her walk. The two make quick amends before Naomi asks for Drummer’s help in getting to Holden. The former captain agrees.

They make their way to the holding cells where Naomi is finally reunited with Jim. He tells her what he’s been through. He blames himself for everything that has happened and he’s determined to fix it at all costs. Clarissa, in a nearby cell, overhears their conversation.

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Taking a break from the injured, Anna visits Clarissa. She’s trying to understand Clarissa. She doesn’t understand why she doesn’t care about the Mao girl. She usually cares about everyone. She can’t figure out why someone like Clarissa would do the things she’s done.

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On the Thomas Prince, UN Scientist Kolvood informs Commander Kunis that the Behemoth’s com laser may be powerful enough to send a message through the gate.

The Behemoth crew attempt to send a message but it fails to penetrate the Ring.

Kolvood has a new idea. He wants to detonate a nuke between their ships and the Station. The data collected would help them better understand their predicament. Commander Kunis is sceptical but Ashford agrees to the plan.

They detonate the skiff but the results are not what they expected. The Station starts building up power as if it’s getting ready to fire at something. They estimate they have less than seven hours until it happens.

Ashford realizes that Holden may not be as crazy as he suspected.

Abaddon’s Gate

The episode opens with everyone learning about the recent nuclear detonation and the Station’s reactions and wondering what it all means.

Ashford convenes the leaders of the MCRN and UN and explains his theory. He believes that by detonating the bomb they proved themselves as a threat to the Station. And according to Holden when faced with a threat the station responds by obliterating the solar system the threat originated from.

He proposes they save their solar system by destroying the Ring using the Behemoth’s comm laser. It would strand all of them inside but it would save the human race.

The three agree and put their plan into motion.

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In a desperate plea, Holden reaches out to Miller who tells him how he can fix their situation. By detonating the bomb they showed the Station that every reactor is a threat. But if they shut down all their reactors they would show the Station that they are not a threat and it will stand down.

Drummer contacts Ashford telling him they have a plan but he doesn’t want to listen, Instead, Ashford orders Diogo to capture them.

Knowing Ashford’s intent, Alex and Amos enlist the aid of Monica Stewart to spread the word of their plan to power down every ship in the fleet and Amos convinces Anna to help them.

They make their way to a substation where they can tap into the transmitter array. The problem is as soon as they start broadcasting their location will become known.

As they’re waiting, Anna and Amos discuss their limited futures. Anna tells him that both sides think they are right. If they get out of their situation alive everyone on both sides will need to explain to each other why they chose the side they did. It is the only way they can let go of the hate.

Amos is touched by her words and tells her that he won’t let anyone hurt her.

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Holden, Naomi and Drummer make their way to the reactor control station and start the shutdown sequence on the Behemoth.

They learn Ashford’s plan to destroy the Ring but Jim knows that the Station will only view the attack as another treat and kill everyone on both sides of the Ring.

They try to talk Ashford down but he believes that even if Holden’s plan succeeds someone in the future will do something to escalate things again.

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On the bridge, Ashford commissions every available person to help complete the power grid repairs, including Clarissa. When she mishandles a live wire Ashford removes the chemical restraint blocking her implant in order to clear her head.

She asks him if a truly good act at the end of your life would counterbalance all the bad you have done. Ashford believes so.

When he realizes that someone is attempting to shut down the reactor he sends Diogo to stop them.

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Monica starts the broadcast and turns the camera to Anna who explains to everyone in the flotilla what is going on and what they have to do to stop it.

When Grigori questions Ashford the captain kills the man and asks if anyone else feels the same. The MCRN commander orders Bobbie and her team to arm up and stop the broadcast.

The marines make their way to the substation where they engage in a firefight. When Alex realizes they’re fighting with Bobbie he puts down his weapon and asks to talk with her.

He explains Holden’s plan to her. She’s not convinced, saying the Station changed Holden and he’s not the man they knew.

Alex counters that Holden is running around putting his life on the line for others, that’s exactly the Holden he knows.

When the other two Marines attack Bobbie chooses her side and fights her fellow Martians putting one down, taking a shot in the process as Amos kills the other.

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Diogo and his goons, wearing the Martian Marine attack the reactor control room where Holden, Naomi and Drummer barely escape.

They make their way up an elevator shaft. Knowing they are no match for the Marine armour, Drummer takes the grenades from Holden and stays behind to confront Diogo, knowing it’s suicide giving the other two time to escape.

She prepares to detonate the grenades as Diogo passes her position but the young OPA agent is hit by a descending elevator; sent by Naomi, sparing Drummer her fate.

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UN Scientist Kolvood calls Commander Kunis from the Thomas Prince and tells him that if Ashford is right, it won’t make a difference if they all shut down their reactors. But if he’s wrong, shouldn’t they even try?

The Thomas Prince and other flotilla ships start going dark as Ashford prepares to fire the comm laser. Their first shot misses.

Holden and Naomi reach the bridge as they are realigning the comm. The two surrender and try to explain to Ashford and everyone in the command centre that both sides are trying to save lives. The problem is they are both reacting to things they don’t understand. They are reaching for violence because it’s what they know. But just this once, can’t they try something else.

Ashford orders them shot and Clarissa makes a decision. She attacks Ashford and then reverses a relay, something Ren had warned her never to do because it could cause a devastating chain reaction that could overload the system. In doing so the Behemoth’s reactor shuts down.

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As Miller predicted, shutting down all the reactors worked. The Station powers down and releases all the ships from their prisons.

As everyone watches, thousands of Ring Gates start appearing around them. 13,000 habitable systems for humanity to explore. Holden suspects that was Miller’s plan all along. He just doesn’t know if humanity is part of that plan.

With so many opportunities now open to them it’s inevitable that Earthers, Martians and Belters alike will want to reach out. It will be like another gold rush.

Holden is scared. When he was connected to the Ring he saw that the civilization that built the Rings is gone. What could have killed them?

Miller concurs, he want’s to know that as well, and he needs a ride.

Everything starts to wind down and the ships are heading home. The crew is back on board the Rocinante, accompanied by Anna, Bobbie and Clarissa.

As they pass the Ring Gate Holden receives one more vision. Something is coming for them.

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Jul 10 2018

2hr 22mins

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Rank #9: 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.

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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 #10: 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.

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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.

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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 #11: 213 Caliban’s War – The Expanse Podcast – Tales From The Rocinante

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[3:37] News
[7:17] Episode Recap
[12:16] My Observations
[20:31] Feedback
[None] Book Discussion

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This week we finish season 2 of The Expanse with the episode titled “Caliban’s War”.

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 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

The University of Toronto holds Modle UN “Crisis Conference!” based on The Expanse.

Science and Tech in The Expanse

Adam Savage gets 3D scanned for The Expanse.

Episode Recap

Caliban’s War

The episode opens with the standoff on Jules-Pierre Mao’s ship. Neither side willing to stand down.

Bobbie finds a way out for them but Cotyar is shot and too hurt to make the climb. He tells Bobbie that they brought her power armour with them. If she can get to the skiff she can save them so the marine heads off.

She encounters some resistance along the way but manages to make her way to where their skiff is docked. One of Mao’s men stands between her and her armour but she convinces him that dying for Mao isn’t what he wants to do. He agrees and steps aside.

After exchanging fire, Mao’s men ask Cotyar to negotiate. Avasarala coaches him what to say but the conversation is going nowhere. Then Mao’s men offer safe passage to Cotyar if he hands over the Under-Secretary.

Avasarala thinks he’s going to give in to them but he tells her he’s doing what he’s doing because he owes it to her son to keep his mother safe.

Wanting to keep Cotyar safe Chrisjen surrenders to Mao’s men, who receive orders to kill her.

Before they can follow through, Bobbie, dressed in full power armour arrives and takes them out.

——

After making arrangements for the Somnambulist, Naomi and Amos are back on board the Rocinante.

While evaluating the damage sustained by the missile explosion they discover they have a stowaway on board. The monster from Ganymede is in their cargo bay.

Prax is still convinced he can talk to the creature but Holden won’t hear it. Their only course of action is to destroy the monster.

Holden and Amos enter the cargo bay intending to shoot it. They watch as the creature digs out and discards a failsafe device that was implanted in its chest. Not taking any chances they open fire spraying the monster with bullets but they have little effect on it.

In retaliation, the monster rips a magnetic cargo container off the floor and throws it at them hitting Holden and pinning him to the wall.

Amos tries to help his captain but his suit is loosing air so Holden orders him to leave.

The rest of the crew are arguing what to do. Prax still wants to try communicating with the creature but the rest just want it destroyed. Holden calls their attention to the monster’s actions. It’s ignoring Holden and trying to dig its way through a bulkhead.

They realize that it’s looking for food and trying to dig its way to their reactor. If it succeeds they’re all dead.

Every solution they come up with to destroy the creature would also be fatal to Holden.

Amos comes up with the idea to pressurize the compartments around the cargo bay and then blow the hatch. The result will be like a balloon deflating, blowing the creature off the ship. Holden will probably be torn apart if they try but he orders them to get started anyway.

Time is tight so Alex shuts down their drive figuring if it’s off it won’t be as attractive to the creature. It works, but with its food source off it turns it’s attention back on Holden so Alex starts the drive up again.

Figuring he’s a goner, Holden opens up to Naomi but she refuses to see the inevitable.

On his way to help Amos, Prax being the botanist he notices the plants growing on the Roci and comes up with a new plan. Just like the way plants search for water. If they give the creature an easier food source to reach it may leave the reactor alone.

Using one of their nuclear warheads as bait. Naomi and Prax take it outside the Rocinante to attract the creature. It works, sensing an easier meal, the Monster exits the cargo hold and chases them down.

After a slight hesitation, Prax tosses the nuclear core into space and the monster jumps for it. Alex immediately fires up the Roci’s drive frying the creature in its wake.

They manage to free Holden who will need some time to heal.

Knowing he’s safe, Naomi doesn’t want to hold any more secrets from Holden and confesses to hiding their Protomolecule sample. She truly believes that since Earth and Mars have their samples, that the Belt should have one as well. Thinking she was about to die on the Somnambulist she sent a message to Fred Johnson telling where to find it.

——

Around Venus, The Aborgast starts descending to the planet to get better readings. Not to be outdone, the Martian ship also descends at a much higher rate than the science ship.

Suddenly, their descent is halted and everything calms down. The Protomolecule invades the ship and then tears it apart seam by seam, bolt by bolt until every single individual part of it is separated from the next. Killing everyone on board.

——

The season ends with Dr. Strickland loading Mei into some kind of sleeping pod and storing her away.

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May 01 2017

2hr 2mins

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Rank #12: 312-313 Congregation and Abaddon’s Gate (Part 1)

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Congregation and Abaddon’s Gate

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[6:10] News
[9:48] Episode Recap
[20:04] Feedback
[none] Book Discussion

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This week we discuss season 3 of The Expanse with the two-part finale made up of “Congregation” and “Abaddon’s Gate”.

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 Showrunner explains season 3 finale and previews season 4

The Expanse Role-Playing game on Kickstarter

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 the UK

Or listen to the audiobook version through Audible

Episode Recap

Congregation

The episode opens with all the ships in the slow zone trapped around The Station.

On the Behemoth Holden is being interrogated by the MCRN but refuses to talk until he knows his crew is OK.

When Ashford approaches him in a more civilized manner he opens up. He tells his story and everything he saw.

They have it all wrong about the Protomolecule. It doesn’t care about them. All it wanted to do was build a road. Now that the Ring is open it’s trying to report back, but there’s no one to receive its message. Whoever created the Protomolecule was wiped out.

They fought back, destroying entire solar systems in the process, but in the end, they were defeated by something more powerful then they were.

Ashford is convinced that Holden is insane. Bobbie refutes this but is overruled. Holden will be held for everyone’s safety.

Bobbie and her unit, stripped of their armour escort Jim to his cell. The team is divided on the treatment Holden is getting and Bobbie is visibly torn between her loyalties.

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Clarissa Mao is being held on the Rocinante, her enhancement implant being blocked. Anna and Amos figure out that everything that has happened to them was her fault. Amos thinks the best course of action is to put her down but Anna stops him.

Naomi and Alex manage to get partial communications back online. They learn of the offer from the Behemoth and everyone on board decides to go there to look for Holden.

Upon their arrival, Clarrissa is taken to the same detention block Jim is being held in, and Naomi is arrested for desertion and brought before Ashford.

She wants to see Holden but Ashford won’t let her until she agrees to help them fix their power grid.

Alex and Amos take their supplies to the medical bay where Amos takes an interest in Anna. Something about her behaviour fascinates him.

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Elsewhere on board, Drummer is undergoing a spinal cord regrowth procedure. She goes through a slew of emotions about her predicament. At first, she’s upset, then angry and sorrowful, but then her resolve takes over and she decides to do something instead of just lying there helpless.

Naomi arrives as Drummer is putting together a pair of mech legs to help her walk. The two make quick amends before Naomi asks for Drummer’s help in getting to Holden. The former captain agrees.

They make their way to the holding cells where Naomi is finally reunited with Jim. He tells her what he’s been through. He blames himself for everything that has happened and he’s determined to fix it at all costs. Clarissa, in a nearby cell, overhears their conversation.

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Taking a break from the injured, Anna visits Clarissa. She’s trying to understand Clarissa. She doesn’t understand why she doesn’t care about the Mao girl. She usually cares about everyone. She can’t figure out why someone like Clarissa would do the things she’s done.

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On the Thomas Prince, UN Scientist Kolvood informs Commander Kunis that the Behemoth’s com laser may be powerful enough to send a message through the gate.

The Behemoth crew attempt to send a message but it fails to penetrate the Ring.

Kolvood has a new idea. He wants to detonate a nuke between their ships and the Station. The data collected would help them better understand their predicament. Commander Kunis is sceptical but Ashford agrees to the plan.

They detonate the skiff but the results are not what they expected. The Station starts building up power as if it’s getting ready to fire at something. They estimate they have less than seven hours until it happens.

Ashford realizes that Holden may not be as crazy as he suspected.

Abaddon’s Gate

The episode opens with everyone learning about the recent nuclear detonation and the Station’s reactions and wondering what it all means.

Ashford convenes the leaders of the MCRN and UN and explains his theory. He believes that by detonating the bomb they proved themselves as a threat to the Station. And according to Holden when faced with a threat the station responds by obliterating the solar system the threat originated from.

He proposes they save their solar system by destroying the Ring using the Behemoth’s comm laser. It would strand all of them inside but it would save the human race.

The three agree and put their plan into motion.

——-

In a desperate plea, Holden reaches out to Miller who tells him how he can fix their situation. By detonating the bomb they showed the Station that every reactor is a threat. But if they shut down all their reactors they would show the Station that they are not a threat and it will stand down.

Drummer contacts Ashford telling him they have a plan but he doesn’t want to listen, Instead, Ashford orders Diogo to capture them.

Knowing Ashford’s intent, Alex and Amos enlist the aid of Monica Stewart to spread the word of their plan to power down every ship in the fleet and Amos convinces Anna to help them.

They make their way to a substation where they can tap into the transmitter array. The problem is as soon as they start broadcasting their location will become known.

As they’re waiting, Anna and Amos discuss their limited futures. Anna tells him that both sides think they are right. If they get out of their situation alive everyone on both sides will need to explain to each other why they chose the side they did. It is the only way they can let go of the hate.

Amos is touched by her words and tells her that he won’t let anyone hurt her.

—-

Holden, Naomi and Drummer make their way to the reactor control station and start the shutdown sequence on the Behemoth.

They learn Ashford’s plan to destroy the Ring but Jim knows that the Station will only view the attack as another treat and kill everyone on both sides of the Ring.

They try to talk Ashford down but he believes that even if Holden’s plan succeeds someone in the future will do something to escalate things again.

——

On the bridge, Ashford commissions every available person to help complete the power grid repairs, including Clarissa. When she mishandles a live wire Ashford removes the chemical restraint blocking her implant in order to clear her head.

She asks him if a truly good act at the end of your life would counterbalance all the bad you have done. Ashford believes so.

When he realizes that someone is attempting to shut down the reactor he sends Diogo to stop them.

——

Monica starts the broadcast and turns the camera to Anna who explains to everyone in the flotilla what is going on and what they have to do to stop it.

When Grigori questions Ashford the captain kills the man and asks if anyone else feels the same. The MCRN commander orders Bobbie and her team to arm up and stop the broadcast.

The marines make their way to the substation where they engage in a firefight. When Alex realizes they’re fighting with Bobbie he puts down his weapon and asks to talk with her.

He explains Holden’s plan to her. She’s not convinced, saying the Station changed Holden and he’s not the man they knew.

Alex counters that Holden is running around putting his life on the line for others, that’s exactly the Holden he knows.

When the other two Marines attack Bobbie chooses her side and fights her fellow Martians putting one down, taking a shot in the process as Amos kills the other.

——

Diogo and his goons, wearing the Martian Marine attack the reactor control room where Holden, Naomi and Drummer barely escape.

They make their way up an elevator shaft. Knowing they are no match for the Marine armour, Drummer takes the grenades from Holden and stays behind to confront Diogo, knowing it’s suicide giving the other two time to escape.

She prepares to detonate the grenades as Diogo passes her position but the young OPA agent is hit by a descending elevator; sent by Naomi, sparing Drummer her fate.

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UN Scientist Kolvood calls Commander Kunis from the Thomas Prince and tells him that if Ashford is right, it won’t make a difference if they all shut down their reactors. But if he’s wrong, shouldn’t they even try?

The Thomas Prince and other flotilla ships start going dark as Ashford prepares to fire the comm laser. Their first shot misses.

Holden and Naomi reach the bridge as they are realigning the comm. The two surrender and try to explain to Ashford and everyone in the command centre that both sides are trying to save lives. The problem is they are both reacting to things they don’t understand. They are reaching for violence because it’s what they know. But just this once, can’t they try something else.

Ashford orders them shot and Clarissa makes a decision. She attacks Ashford and then reverses a relay, something Ren had warned her never to do because it could cause a devastating chain reaction that could overload the system. In doing so the Behemoth’s reactor shuts down.

——

As Miller predicted, shutting down all the reactors worked. The Station powers down and releases all the ships from their prisons.

As everyone watches, thousands of Ring Gates start appearing around them. 13,000 habitable systems for humanity to explore. Holden suspects that was Miller’s plan all along. He just doesn’t know if humanity is part of that plan.

With so many opportunities now open to them it’s inevitable that Earthers, Martians and Belters alike will want to reach out. It will be like another gold rush.

Holden is scared. When he was connected to the Ring he saw that the civilization that built the Rings is gone. What could have killed them?

Miller concurs, he want’s to know that as well, and he needs a ride.

Everything starts to wind down and the ships are heading home. The crew is back on board the Rocinante, accompanied by Anna, Bobbie and Clarissa.

As they pass the Ring Gate Holden receives one more vision. Something is coming for them.

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Jul 07 2018

1hr 59mins

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Rank #13: 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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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 #14: 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

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.

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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.

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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 #15: 204 Godspeed – The Expanse Podcast

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

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

AfterBuzz interview with Cas Anvar

The Science behind The Expanse

The Expanse Board Game coming this summer

The Expanse isn’t Just Awesome TV-It’s Transforming TV

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Godspeed

The episode starts with the inspection of the mysterious stealth ship Fred Johnson gave Avasarala the coordinates to. She receives confirmation that the drive on the ship came from the Bush shipyards on earth.

According to the DNA profile from all the bodies found on the stealth ship indicates that they were all last employed by Protogen Corporation then their histories just stopped. Protogen is a subsidiary of Mao-Kwikowski Mercantile. A company owned by Jules Pierre Mao.

Avasarala realizes that’s why Fred send her that information. He wants her to connect the stealth ships to Protogen and Jules Pierre Mao.

Putting two and two together she deduces that Mao and Errinwrite are working together. Knowing she can’t use this information without showing her hand, she has her guys push the derelict stealth ship into the established U.N. Shipping lanes knowing it will soon be discovered and the secret will be out.

Once the stealth ship is discovered, it doesn’t take long before word gets out of it’s connection to Protogen Corporation. Jules Pierre Mao isn’t happy and demands a meeting with Errinwright.

At the meeting, Avasarala questions his knowledge of the happenings at Protogen. Mao denies knowing anything. Protogen makes up only a fraction of a present of all their holdings and is very low on his radar. He suspects the company was infiltrated by OPA moles sent by Fred Johnson and they are responsible for building the stealth ships.

He claims that Protogen works autonomously. There were no red flags that would have alerted him or his team of excessive spending.

Avasarala acts amazed that these so called moles could build super-advanced stealth ships and start a war, right under their supervisor’s noses and not go over budget.

She questions Mao about Protogen, it was a biotech research company with a government contract on Phoebe station. She says the Martians were very intent on destroying Phoebe before the U.N. ship could secure it and it makes her wonder what Protogen was working on. He offers to get her that information.

Avasarala oversteps Errinwright and threatens Mao, telling him that the stealth ships were built by his company on his watch and if anything comes of it the people of Earth will hold him responsible.

Errinwright quickly steps in and comes to Mao’s defence assuring her that the man will cooperate fully with their investigation.

Later, Mao and Errinwright are talking. Mao suspects Avasarala knows they are working together but the Deputy Secretary assures him it’s just wild speculation on her part. Not taking any chances Mao cuts ties with Errinwright.

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On Tycho

Holden is upset when he discovers that Fred and Miller are working together to eliminate the threat on Eros. The ban has been lifted on the station and it’s only a matter of time before someone either goes there to collect samples or gets infected.

The more he hears of their plan to commandeer the Nauvoo and use it as a battering ram and to slag the landing docks by detonating bombs the crazier he thinks they are.

Unfortunately, he can’t come up with a better idea. Simply blowing up the asteroid is too dangerous since they can’t guarantee that the protomolecule will be completely destroyed.

Reluctantly, he agrees to go along with their plan.

A radiation leak alarm on the Nauvoo forces everyone off the ship. Once there’s nobody on board, Fred’s team remotely launches the ship on a collision course with Eros.

Naomi questions Miller’s motives, whether he’s doing this for Julie. She asks if he told Fred about the Protomolecule they hid. Miller tells her he didn’t, that’s her and the Roci’s problem.

As they approach Eros, Alex spots U.N. and Martian ships heading their way. Holden isn’t concerned. They’ll be long done by the time they arrive. They drop their cargo, the bombs to slag the docks, and take up protective orbit around the asteroid.

They do a survey of the docks to make sure nobody but the Rocinante made it off of Eros. It doesn’t look like any other ships made it off the asteroid but whatever is still there is generating a lot of heat.

Naomi discovers a ship tethered to Eros and investigate. They send in a drone only to discover that the ship, the Marasmus, isn’t abandoned. They are hailed by the ship. The man tells them he and his crew are doctors and they came to Eros to offer aid but they’ve been unable to find an operating airlock to enter the station.

Pretending to be a Martian gunship, Holden orders them to prepare to be boarded. He hopes that the scare will cause them to leave. They can’t tell them the truth, but since they never got into Eros they’re free to go.

He orders Alex to target lock the ship and then tells them to leave Eros or they will be fired upon. The ship concedes and lifts off.

Aboard the Guy Molinary the detonation team make the jump to Eros. Miller is nervous, this being his first space walk but Diogo walks him through it.

Miller and the kid start placing their bombs at the predetermined position along the docks. Millers unfamiliarity with space walks is slowing them down. They’re the last team still on Eros with a couple of bombs left to deploy.

The ex-detective notices a breached airlock and investigates. Inside he finds a protomolecule infected body from the Marasmus. The doctor on the ship was lying, they had been on Eros and they’re possibly infected.

Holden confronts the Doctor on the Marasmus who confesses to being on Eros. The protomolecule was everywhere and attacked them. There was nothing he could do for his colleague so he got out.

The Marasmus tries to reach the other side of Eros where the doctor wants to broadcast the truth to the entire system. Holden orders them to turn around or he will fire on them but they don’t comply.

With much pain, Holden launches a missile and destroys them.

On the station, Miller receives Naomi’s warning that high-speed debris from the destroyed ship is heading his way. He and Diogo just manage to take cover as it passes by. However, they don’t go unscathed. Miller’s suit is breached and he looses a lot of oxygen before he’s able to patch it. And the bomb Diogo was working on got damaged. A 60-second countdown detonation timer has been activated and the only way to prevent it from blowing up is to keep pressing the reset timer button.

Knowing that if that bomb goes off before the Nauvoo hits Eros their plan could be ruined Miller decides to stay on the station and hold the button.

When the crew of the Roci discover that Miller is still on Eros they’re mortified. They want to help but Miller tells them there’s no time. The Nauvoo is almost upon them.

Miller watches his fate as the generation ship closes, only to see it miss and fly by Eros. He calls the Rocinante wondering how the heck the Nauvoo could change course like that and miss. But to everyone’s astonishment, it wasn’t the Nauvoo that moved. Eros did.

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Feb 18 2017

1hr 1min

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Rank #16: 102 The Big Empty – The Expanse Podcast

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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.

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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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Dec 19 2015

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Rank #17: 104 CQB – The Expanse Podcast

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Welcome everyone. I’m thrilled that you’ve joined me today to discuss The Expanse.

What an exciting action packed episode. It seems like the Canterbury’s survivors really know how to get themselves into the thick of it.

In this week’s podcast after sharing some news from The Expanse, including the season 2 renewal announcement, I talk about the four locations of the episode. Ceres Station, Earth and Tycho Station and the MCRN Flagship Donnager.

We don’t get a whole lot at Ceres Station this week, Miller investigates the dead body he found. The I.D. comes up as Bizi Betiko but we soon learned that it’s an assumed name and that’s pretty well it. Other than the fact that Havelock is till alive, but we’ll have to wait until next episode for his status.

On Earth we get even less this week, Avasarala has a short conversation with Admiral Souther about the battle taking place with the Donnager. And then we get a small scene with her on her roof and a one sided conversation by her grandson.

We are introduced to a new location this week. Tycho Station and the man in charge there, Fred Johnson. We learn that Tycho is building the L.D.S.S. Nauvoo, a Mormon generation ship. Because of his ties to the OPA, Fred is asked to step down as project leader but through a bit of blackmail and treats he manages to retain his job. There’s more to Fred we don’t know, as he orders the Nauvoo’s vast sensor array pointed towards the Donnager and demands a full report of what’s going on.

And now on the MCRN Donnager, Holden refuses to convict Naomi for a crime he knows she didn’t commit. The mysterious ship that the Martians think is coming for Naomi splits into 6 vessels and attacks without warning. The Donnager, the most powerful ship in the Mars NAVY is out gunned and is boarded.

The Donnager’s captain orders Officer Lopez to get Holden to MCRN Command because he’s the only one who can corroborate that Mars was not responsible for the destruction of the Canterbury. Holden refuses to leave without his crew mates and manages to get away to find them, only to discover that Shed is dead. The survivors, along with Lopez manage to work their way to the Tachi, a smaller ship and escape the attack. Right before the Donnager captan scuttles the ship.

Wow, again, what a great episode.

I finish off with some great feedback contributions from listeners.

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Jan 02 2016

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Rank #18: 302 IFF – The Expanse Podcast – Tales From The Rocinante

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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.

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Episode Recap

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 #19: 304 Reload – The Expanse Podcast – Tales From The Rocinante

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[2:35] News
[5:14] Episode Recap
[9:53] Feedback
[None Book Discussion

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This week we discuss season 3 of The Expanse with the third episode titled “Assured Destruction”.

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

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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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Reload

The episode opens in the depths of space. Drummer and her armada of Belter’s salvage ships catch up with the unmanned L.D.S.S. Nauvoo.

After launching a fleet of drones and subsequently boarding the behemoth, they manage to secure the ship and begin their retrofit.

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En route to IO, the Rocinante stops in a debris field, the aftermaths of one of the war’s battles, in order to salvage some desperately needed supplies from what remains of the destroyed ships.

Avasarala is frustrated at being cut off from everything happening in the system and plans to user her speaking skills to convince Holden to allow her to send her message to Admiral Souther.

At first, Holden is steadfast in his refusal. Sending a message would alert every ship in the system to their whereabouts.

But Chrisjen assures him that a message to the right person could change the tides of the war. She wants to contact Anna Volovodov since she’s an outsider who’s communications are probably not screened and she has direct access to the Secretary-General.

To Naomi’s disapproval, he gives in and agrees to send the message. When she tells him he can’t trust the Under-Secretary he retorts that he can’t trust Naomi. At least he knows who Avasarala is.

Elsewhere on the ship, Prax is having moral conflicts as to what extremes he might go to save someone.

They board the Kittur Chennamma, a Martian vessel with similar specifications to their own.

While retrieving the supplies they need they discover 3 Martian survivors and transfer them to the Rocinante.

When the Martians discover they are aboard the stolen Tachi they take matters into their own hands by attacking Alex and trying to take over the ship.

Naomi tries to diffuse the tense situation but things get worse when Holden arrives pointing a riffle on them.

Things are coming to a head when Bobbie calmly walks in and contrary to an earlier statement she made to Avasarala about being a shooter, not a talker she manages to convince the Martians to peacefully give up.

One of the Martians is later surprised to be introduced to the U.N. Under-Secretary which just confuses him more.

She explains that the war is a sham, started by people within her own government. They are patching up the Kittur Chennamma enough to get them back to their fleet. When they arrive Avasarala wants him to relay a message to Admiral Souther for her.

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On Earth, the Secretary General addresses the general assembly. His speech, the one Anna wrote for him about facing the unknown, about humanity coming together and working together in the face of the alien threat is going well, but then he diverges from her script, saying he doesn’t think Mars and Earth can see eye to eye and that the only way to end the war and move forward is to put Mars in its place and unite all humanity under the U.N. Flag.

This deviation was clearly Erinwright’s doing.

Anna later confronts Sorrento and strongly expresses her disappointment in him, saying she thought there was some decency within him but she was obviously wrong. She storms out of the room done with him.

Frustrated and upset, Anna talks to her wife while packing to leave. Anna just wants to go home. Upon ending the call she receives an anonymous message with the incriminating video proving Errinwright’s involvement in starting the war.

——-

On IO the shutdown is well underway but Doctor Strickland is secretly continuing his research on Kotoa who is continuing to transform into a Protomolecule hybrid.

When Mae is being troublesome Jules-Pierre Mao tries to calm her but she runs away. He follows her to a locked remote room where she tells him that Katoa is being kept.

Doctor Strickland is summoned to open the door and inside they find a transforming Kotoa in the process of dismembering and cataloguing all the internal organs of one of the workers he killed.

When Mao realizes that Kotoa is communicating with the other Protomolecule infestations and that he is the key to everything he orders Doctor Strickland to continue his research.

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May 05 2018

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Rank #20: 309 Intransigence – The Expanse Podcast – Tales From The Rocinante

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[2:34] News
[6:57] Episode Recap
[14:33] Feedback
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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.

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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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