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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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57 Ratings
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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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The Expanse Podcast - Tales From The Rocinante

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Rank #1: 311 Fallen World – The Expanse Podcast – Tales From The Rocinante

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Fallen World

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[3:47] News
[7:20] Episode Recap
[11:41] Feedback
[none] Book Discussion

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This week we discuss season 3 of The Expanse with the eleventh episode titled “Fallen World”.

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

News

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

Or listen to the audiobook version through Audible

Episode Recap

Fallen World

The episode opens in the Nucleus. The Lieutenant is dead and Holden is in a catatonic state.

The remaining Marines are preparing to bug out when Bobbie orders one of them to fire a rocket up the entrance shaft. The projectile is instantly stopped showing them the new reduced speed limit within the Ring.

They grab Holden and cautiously head back to their dropship.

Bobbie is concerned for Holden health but the other two Marines blame him for their L.T.s death. But that’s the least of their worries. Throughout the Ring, every ship underwent a massive deceleration causing thousands of casualties.

But that’s not the worst of their problems. With most of the ships caught and being pulled towards the Nucleus, it only leaves skiffs to evacuate people. However there are not enough of them to rescue everyone and with the reduced speed limit, it will take seven months to exit the Ring.

Holden finally wakes up. He’s confused. He tells Bobbie that he saw something, a vision, a vision of the end of everything.

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On board the Behemoth, Drummer and Ashford are pinned within a freight lift and nobody knows they are there.

The two, still at odds, try to figure out ways to free themselves but every option doesn’t work or would end up further injuring one of them.

In pain, Ashford starts signing to keep his mind steady. The two exchange stories of their previous close calls with death and then discuss their hopes that one day, Belters will be viewed as equals to Earthers and Martians.

When Ashford realizes he’s bleeding internally and doesn’t have much time, Drummer decides to take action. She tells him that he finally got the captaincy he wanted and then activates the lift, further crushing herself in order to free him.

In order to save the many injured, Ashford orders the drum spun up on the Behemoth.

It’s a tense moment but the Belter built ship responds as it was intended and spin gravity is achieved.

Ashford sends out a wide beam message to all ships in the area inviting everyone to bring their wounded to the Behemoth where they will be welcomed.

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A shocked Anna wonders the Thomas Prince witnessing the devastation the deceleration caused. She offers help those with minor injuries but she’s told there’s nothing she can do. In zero G blood can’t drain, it clouts where it is, meaning any internal injury is a death sentence.

Searching the corridors for more injured Anna stumbles upon Melba who has a broken arm.

Anna receives a call from Tilly and tracks her down. Tilly is too far gone to save, before she succumbs to her injuries she manages to tell Anna that Clarissa attacked her and is trying to kill James Holden.

While being treated, Clarissa learns that all ships within the Ring are converging near the center of the Ring. Including the Rocinante.

She leaves the medical bay and finds an airlock. She dawns an EVA work mech and ejects herself right as Anna arrives.

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Naomi regains consciousness on the Belter Skiff. When she tries to push the small ship towards the Rocinante the electronics start to melt down. She quickly dons her EVA suit, abandons the skiff, and makes her way to the Roci.

She arrives on board to find Alex and Amos injured and Jim missing. Amos questions whether she’s back for good or only to help. She tells him that she finally figured out that they are her family and it’s where she belongs. He accepts that.

While tending to her two crewmates Naomi responds to an alarm in the cargo bay. She goes to investigate and is attacked by Clarissa.

With the worker mech, Clarissa easily overpowers Naomi and is about to kill her when she is attacked from behind by Anna who shocks her into unconsciousness.

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Jun 23 2018

2hr 16mins

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Rank #2: 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 #3: 301 Fight Or Flight – The Expanse Podcast – Tales From The Rocinante

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Fight Or Flight

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

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

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

News

No special news to report this week.

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

Or listen to the audiobook version through Audible

Episode Recap

Fight or Flight

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Their fate is unknown.

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

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

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

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Apr 14 2018

1hr 21mins

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Rank #4: 307 Delta-V – The Expanse Podcast – Tales From The Rocinante

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Delta-V

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

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

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

News

Help save The Expanse by signing the petition

The Physics of accelerating spacecraft in The Expanse

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

Or listen to the audiobook version through Audible

Episode Recap

Delta-V

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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May 26 2018

1hr 32mins

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Rank #5: Congregation and Abaddon’s Gate – Double Take – S3E12-13 – The Expanse Podcast

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Congregation and Abaddon’s Gate –  Double Take – S3E12-13 – The Expanse Podcast

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Deadline to submit your feedback this week is Tuesday, 9am Eastern time.

Welcome to The Expanse Podcast Double Take. In this episode, I give you my first impressions right after seeing the season 3 two-hour finale titled “Congregation and Abaddon’s Gate”. I’m creating these short posts to encourage listener feedback by asking questions about the episode.

This week’s questions are…

1) What does Holden’s vision at the end represent?

2) Is that the last we hear of “The Station”?

3) Were you satisfied with the season 3 finale?

Bonus) Do you want season 4 to be a weekly show or drop all at once?

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Jun 28 2018

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Rank #6: 213 Caliban’s War – The Expanse Podcast – Tales From The Rocinante

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Caliban’s War

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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IFF

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

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

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

News

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

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

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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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.

——–

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.

——–

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Apr 21 2018

1hr 24mins

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Rank #8: 303 Assured Destruction – The Expanse Podcast – Tales From The Rocinante

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[1:50] News
[7:19] Episode Recap
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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.

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Railguns and Plasma, oh my!

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Assured Destruction

The episode opens on board the Rocinante. Avasarala is in rough but stable condition.

Tensions are high as the crew wants answers from Bobbie, but she’s obviously holding information back.

Holden is unperturbed and decides to simply continue with their mission to IO. Bobby opposes saying the Under-Secretary has vital information that could end the war, but Jim puts her in her place saying they don’t owe her anything and she’s free to get back on the Razorback and leave any time she wants.

When Naomi scolds Holden for the way he’s acting he tells her, she can leave the ship as well if she doesn’t like it.

Amos and Prax continue their bonding over small talk. Amos is convinced they will find Mae, Prax isn’t as sure.

Later, Naomi fixes the Razorback’s comm system, and for a brief moment contemplates heeding Holden’s suggestion that she take the ship and leave for Tycho.

Alex confronts her about it later. He says he’s still angry that she gave the Protomolecule to Fred Johnson but he admires her commitment to the Belt. He wishes he had her strength.

When Chrisjen regains consciousness, she finally meets Holden face to face. She tries to convince him to let her contact Admiral Souther on the Agatha King, but he won’t hear of it.

When she tells him she’s trying to prevent the Protomolecule from falling into the wrong hands he tells her he’s heard it all before. Including from himself.

On their way to IO Alex receives a message from his wife. They thought he was dead for so long. They’re happy he’s alive, but that they’ve moved on and don’t need him anymore.

With everyone gathered, Chrisjen finally comes clean and tells them all what she knows about Jules-Pierre Mao, Errinwright and the Protomolecule. She tells them she believes Errinwright plans on using the hybrids to lay waste to Mars and she needs their help to stop it.

Holden then tells them about their own encounter with a Hybrid and how they believe they are being created on IO using the kids.

He then drops a bombshell by telling her that Fred Johnson already has a sample of the Protomolecule.

She confronts Naomi about what she did and then surprises them all when she agrees that they should simply nuke IO and destroy the Protomolecule.

When Naomi later confronts the Under-Secretary accusing her of wanting to go to IO to get the Protomolecule for Earth. Avasarala neither confirms or denies the accusation.

—–

On Earth, The ruling council is discussing the Martian stealth ballistic missile platform their spy satellite detected.

They’ve detected two of the five known platforms, and if they can find the other three before Mars moves them, they’ll be able to eliminate them with their planetary rail guns.

A preemptive strike would have to be perfect, or else Mars would retaliate, and the casualties would be enormous.

The possibility of casualties causes the Secretary-General to hesitate, but Errinwright is pushing him to attack.

Later, Anna is helping the Sec-Gen to write his speech, but his mind isn’t on it. He asks her a hypothetical question about facing fear to try and settle the upcoming decision he has to make regarding the Mars missile platforms.

She asks him how many sacrifices he can tolerate and still tell himself he’s doing God’s work. The answer she says is as few as possible.

When the 5th platform is discovered, and he’s told there is an 82% chance to successfully destroy them he backs down, saying the chances of casualties are too great.

In private, Errinwright confronts the Sec-Gen about his choice. He manages to convince him that if he wins the war, he will be remembered as the man that united humanity in the face of first contact.

The plan works, and the Secretary-General orders a strike on the Mars Missile Platforms. A glitch in one of the railguns delays its firing and the Missile platform manages to launch a missile before it’s destroyed.

The missile strikes Earth in South America killing 2 million people. The railgun misfired due to a glitch caused by the earlier power up and power down.

In the aftermath, Errinwrite tells Anna that all the casualties could have been prevented if only the Secretary-General hadn’t wavered earlier in the day. Putting the Unspoken blame on her.

—–

In the depths of space, the U.N.N. Agatha King detects the Mao dropship. Before they can intercept it, they receive a message from Admiral Nguyen that he’s on his way and whoever is on the dropship is to be detained without debriefing.

On the dropship, Theo, the Mao electrician is panicking, not sure what to tell the Agatha King once they’re rescued. To protect himself and Avasarala’s mission, Cotyar kills the man.

Later with Cotyar in custody, Admiral Nguyen briefs Admiral Souther on his orders to bring in Under-Secretary Avasarala on suspicions of treason.

They interrogate Cotyar but don’t get anything from him. He spins a story that Chrisjen is dead and that Bobby escaped on the Razorback.

They don’t believe him when he tells them the Guan Chin was destroyed by a U.N.N. Gunship and that it’s Errinwright who has been working with Jules-Pierre Mao and who is the true traitor.

After the interrogation, Admiral Souther creates a diversion to talk to Cotyar alone. He knows Chrisjen is not a traitor and he gets the true story out of the spy.

Suspicious, Admiral Nguyen relieves Admiral Souther of command and takes over the Agatha King and heads towards IO.

—–

On IO, Katoa shows off some of the new abilities he’s developed from Doctor Strickland’s new treatments.

Later, Mao meats Mae and he’s taken in by the young girl’s charm. When Katoa collapses, Mao seems genially concerned for the children.

Doctor Strickland sees it as a simple setback, but Mao orders him to stop the experiments. He wants the torture of the children to end.

Strickland protests but Mao tells him it’s not up for debate. The experiment is over, shut it down.

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Apr 27 2018

1hr 30mins

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Rank #9: 205 Home – The Expanse Podcast

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

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

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

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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

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Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

—–

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 #10: 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.

News

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

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

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

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

Or listen to the audio book version through Audible

Episode Discussion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dec 19 2015

1hr 3mins

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Rank #11: 305 Triple Point – The Expanse Podcast – Tales From The Rocinante

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[3:17] News
[11:32] Episode Recap
[17:01] Feedback
[None Book Discussion

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

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

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‘The Expanse’ To End On Syfy With Season 3

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

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Triple Point

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

——

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

—–

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

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

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

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May 11 2018

1hr 37mins

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Rank #12: 306 Immolation – The Expanse Podcast – Tales From The Rocinante

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[3:18] News
[11:02] Episode Recap
[18:04] Feedback
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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

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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.

——-

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.

——-

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 #13: 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.

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“The Expanse” Actress Shohreh Aghdashloo Is On A Mission

The Mouldy Filters – Songs

Screencaps from Fred showing Drummer and Fred interaction in S2E08

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The Weeping Somnambulist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 #14: 103 Remember The Cant – 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 good character building episode of The Expanse. We learned a lot of background on the Canterbury’s survivors.

In this week’s podcast after sharing some news from The Expanse I divide my episode into three discussion areas. Ceres Station, Earth and The MCRN Flagship the Donnager.

At Ceres Station, I discuss the effects of the James Holden video and how everyone reacts to the reported act of war by Mars on the Canterbury. During all the unrest Miller just can’t let the Julie Mao case go, even when told to drop it by his captain. Miller questions Anderson Dawes, the OPA leader about Julie and is told by Dawes that he’ll look into it.

On Earth, Avasarala, believing Mars is about to start a war, turns to an old family friend Franklin Degraff, the U.N. Ambassador to Mars. She lets it spill that the U.N. captured an OPA agent with Mars stealth components and how this proves that Mars and the OPA are working together. Degraff insists that Mars wouldn’t do that but he contacts his counterpart on Mars just the same causing some panic as Mars’ High Command sends urgent communications to it’s 9 MCRN facilities, 3 more than Earth were aware of, checking their inventory for missing components. This proves to Avasarala that Mars knows nothing about the attack on the Canterbury.

On the MCRN Donnager, Holden and crew are questioned about the attack on the Canterbury as well as Phoebe station, a restricted base that they all state they’ve never been to. During the interrogations the seed is planted that Naomi is an OPA agent leading them all to question just how much they know each other. Holden is given an ultimatum, Recant his broadcast story and tell everyone that Naomi Nagata is responsible or face the consequences.

I finish off with some great feedback contributions from listeners.

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Authors Talk Space’s Epic Size and Crazy Sci-Fi Tech

Forbes: The Expanse and the Physics of Stealth in Space

Forbes: The Expanse gets General Relativity Right

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Dec 27 2015

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Rank #15: 304 Reload – The Expanse Podcast – Tales From The Rocinante

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Reload

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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

Cas Anvar Joins Diane Kruger in Spy Thriller ‘The Operative’ 

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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.

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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

1hr 25mins

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Rank #16: 107 Windmills – The Expanse Podcast

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

This was another great plot building episode. That was a tight call for the crew of the Rocinante there. And did we just see where Jim Holden get’s all his charm?

In this week’s podcast after sharing some news from The Expanse, I talk about the three storylines of the episode. Earth, Ceres Station, and the Rocinante.

A visit to the Holden farm by Christen Avasarala reveals some background about James Holden and why he was so far out in the belt hauling ice. I get the feeling that Avasarala is beginning to understand the man responsible for their brush with war and I think she’s growing soft on him.

On Ceres station, Miller is mourning his lost career. After doing some soul searching he decides that the Julie Mao case is all he has left and decides to pursue his leads on Eros. I’m really looking forward to see what happens there.

And one the Rocinante, the crew discover a stowaway on board and don’t know what to do with him. Things get worse when a Mars military ship wants to inspect them. I wonder what would have happened if that spy wasn’t found because it’s his plan that saves the day.

After recapping and discussing these points from the episode I finish off with some great feedback contributions from listeners.

News

The Expanse gets simulated gravity right

The Expanse and the Physics of Stealth in Space

Understanding the factions in The Expanse (UN, Mars, OPA, Belters)

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Jan 22 2016

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Rank #17: 210 Cascade – The Expanse Podcast – Tales From The Rocinante

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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 #18: 211 Here There Be Dragons – The Expanse Podcast – Tales From The Rocinante

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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.

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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 #19: 108 Salvage – The Expanse Podcast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rank #20: 201-202 Safe – Doors & Corners – The Expanse Podcast

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Safe – Doors & Corners

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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.

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Episode Recap

Safe

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

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

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

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

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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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