I'm not going to say it all works, but enough of it's working that I'm happy to be along for the ride. The grenade scene was perfect. Amos and Holden exchanging looks while listening to the protomolecule soldier going ham was priceless.
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Normally, the wonderful way they tricked the audience into thinking that Errinwright was going to kill himself only to reveal it was part of a plan of revenge would have been my favorite part of the episode. But, no. That goes to the way I went from thinking "Fuck you, Naomi" when she took down Amos, to being amazed that she was actually pulling it off, to being hit in the feelz when she's pushed back onto the ship and told that she's not finished yet.
Yeah, the stuff on the Somnambulist worked better than I thought it would. But damn if I didn't want Draper to go apeshit on Mao's ship. We still haven't seen book Bobbie yet at all, 11 episodes into the season, and time's running out.
This is why reading the books afterward is a win for me. I really like TV Bobbie; even more so now she's paired with Cotyar and Chrisjen, and giggling at their bickering. Talking of which, I adored Chrisjen telling Mao to just get to the fucking point. Girl don't give a fuck.
We did see her go to town on those cucumber sandwiches, though. Which was adorable.
She'll have her moment in the finale, I'm sure.
I do wonder if they'll get to a point where each season isn't straddling two books. I genuinely thought that they'd be finishing Caliban's War this season, but there's a ways to go yet.
Oh man, what a good episode. Holden's Ahab routine seems just a little out of left field. Naomi's story with the big fella hit me right in the feels. Bobbie was all kinds of cute smiling and giggling at those two on the ride, and getting her cucumber on. And, my speculation is that Errinwright was bluffing about being that mad at Chrisjen, so Mao believed he would shoot them out of the sky, er space, whatevs. I think he's gonna hand Mao right over to Chrisjen. I'm probably wrong about that.
Roci still has a shitload of torpedoes I believe. And the fleets didn't want to risk the damage his suicide run would do. He was pretty much doing the space version of threatening to pull the grenade pin. Also, I doubt anyone really wanted to be blamed for wiping out a ship full of refugees. Not worth the trouble. He was also doing the same thing he did after the Cant blew up and broadcasting everywhere so people would KNOW the fleets wiped out innocent people.
GREAT fucking episode this. That was a great speech by Holden. Naomi's Sophie Choice moment was played incredibly well (and FUCK that big dude was a bro of bros) and oh god, Bobbie with the cucumber sandwiches was just the best. I have a maaaaaaasive crush on Frankie Adams...
I don't want this season to be over :'(.
Although I guess that would give me time to catch up on the books...
Cool fact I found out today: Apparently the authors hung out with Andy Weir at a convention once and they all decided that The Martian takes place in The Expanse's universe. Apparently one of the later books has a ship named the Mark Whatney. :D
Yeah, it was essentially a 'Don't be first' play. The Roci is a top of the range Corvette from the Martian Flagship, so she's going to be good. Not enough to take everyone down, but enough to take out a ship or two and do some major damage to a few more. With things as finely balanced as they were between Earth and Mars around the planet, who wants to risk that kind of loss?
Earth would be hoping Mars would take a shot and lose a few ships, Mars would be hoping Earth would do the same. Neither would want to shoot at a ship of refugees without orders and the instructions would probably take 15 minutes or so to get back to them from the inner planets. Net result, no-one does anything.
And then binge the whole series again quickly. Many of these I've only seen once so I can rewatch it all as one piece. Easily my favorite show this season.
Didn't end with the final line I expected it to end with, but it still works. The tinkering with the books vs. series seems to be working well, though I still wish we had gotten more badass Draper this season. Looking forward to seeing Bobbie & Chrisjen's adventures to open S3, and the eventual meetup with the Roci.
The EP explains on what happened last night.
One of the few shows I watch which hasn't, in my eyes, had a bad episode yet. In fact, this second season has been even stronger than the first and it's always a good sign when I reach the end of a finale and instantly want more. I really enjoy these characters and this universe.
Even as someone who hasnt read the books, its pretty clear that they've split these seasons up a little awkwardly.
There will be a reveal when we get back to them next season, but they are relatively safe on the ship as long as Bobbie is around.
What happened to the Arborghast is exactly what happened in the book, but it was just a report that Avasarala received as a video feed showing the ship taken apart. Having the experience build up and be with the crew through each step (Hello Adam Savage sans glasses!) made the final effect all the more awe inspiring. LOVED the look on the scientists face, even as he was about to die he still had a small smile of wonder.
And I didn't put it together on the live watch, but the Arborghast was only taken apart immediately AFTER the hybrid was blasted by the Roci's engine plume. There was communication between the hybrid and Venus. Another aspect that was clear in the books but not overly stated on the show. But it is clear once it was pointed out.
Next year can't come fast enough. Hope we all survive until then.
I'm late to the party, but this was a great show.
And I will echo that Chrisjen didn't give two craps about anyone and was hardcore with everyone.
I am surprised at the amount of "fucks" that were thrown around on a network show. Even an "m'fer" was through out there.
Good show all around, a lot of action and espionage going on.
Hopefully the show stays on long enough to finish the story they are telling here.
MCRN uniforms are tiiiight.
I'm not sure I commented on the finale but that was one hell of an Alien montage. Prax is a fantastic addition to the crew and Bobbie is bae.
Gonna use this wait for the next season to read the books.