The Expanse - Season 2 Episode Guide

The Expanse - Season 2 Episode Guide

 

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Check out our episode guide for The Expanse below.

  1. 01 Feb 17   Safe
  2. 01 Feb 17   Doors & Corners
  3. 08 Feb 17   Static
  4. 15 Feb 17   Godspeed
  5. 22 Feb 17   Home
  6. 01 Mar 17   Paradigm Shift
  7. 08 Mar 17   The Seventh Man
  8. 15 Mar 17   Pyre
  9. 22 Mar 17   The Weeping Somnambulist
  10. 29 Mar 17   Cascade
  11. 05 Apr 17   Here There Be Dragons
  12. 12 Apr 17   The Monster and the Rocket
  13. 19 Apr 17   Caliban's War

 

01 Feb 17   Safe

At a base on Mars, gunnery sergeant Bobbie Draper and her fellow Marines undergo training, before getting orders that they're about to be deployed. Bobbie takes one last look at the crater around her, then looks at a projection of what it will look like after 100 years of terraforming. "Someday."

Up on the Rocinante, Holden and Miller are still recovering from the radiation poisoning they got in the first-season finale. Holden is still having nightmares about the blue protomolecules, dreaming they infect him and Naomi.

Down on Earth, after speaking on television and placing the blame for the Donnager attack on Fred Johnson, Chrisjen Avasarala nearly gets killed in an explosion on a transport that was meant for her.

The Rocinante crew is still learning about the protomolecule. Like where did it come from, to start. Is it evidence of life from beyond the solar system? They decide to send it out to space to destroy it, but Naomi wants to use it to create a vaccine to save the people of Eros.

On Mars, Draper and her crew get their mission: to secure Phoebe Research Station, which had been reported by the Donnager as having been attacked. Draper is loudly hoping for payback against Earth, but her commanding officer, Sutton, cautions her about the grave danger of a war between Mars and Earth.

On the Rocinante, Miller, finally sprung from sick bay, runs into Amos in the kitchen, and Amos thinks they ought to work out their problems sooner rather than later. Like how Amos shot and killed Miller's pal Sematimba. Amos explains his good reasons, but Miller isn't having it and punches him. Bad idea. Amos loses it and nearly kills Miller, before Naomi shows up and makes the save.

At the UN meeting, Errinwright strongly pushes to have Earth ships head off the Martian vessels that are currently mobilizing (like Draper's ship currently deployed to Phoebe). Dissenting voices say that de-escalation is the way to go, but when a silent Chrisjen is asked, she says she concurs with Errinwright.

Convinced that she is being set up as a scapegoat by Errinwright, Chrisjen recruits an old friend of her son's, Cotyar, for her security detail … and to be her spy inside the UN.

As Naomi and Holden work outside the ship to prep the rocket that will shoot the protomolecule out into an abandoned asteroid field, they go off comms to have a heart-to-heart about how freaked out Holden seems by what they saw on Eros. Later, Holden and Naomi get out of their space suits, and they both look REAL good, so they jump on each other and give in to their attraction.

The ship that Draper and her crew are on fires their missiles (a surprise to the soldiers onboard), while back at the UN, Errinwright presses that the Earth ship, the Nathan Hale, should fire back at the Martians. Chrisjen speaks up, though, and says this sounds like saber-rattling, not an actual attack. It turns out that she's right; the Martians weren't firing on the Hale ... the missiles strike and destroy Phoebe Research Station.

Figuring that the Rocinante crew needs something good, Alex has cooked them a proper lasagna dinner. One by one, they all show up and break bread and tell stories and enjoy themselves. Even Miller.

Sutton explains to Draper that they didn't fire on the Hale because the Hale had them massively outgunned. Draper wonders if the mission to avoid a war with Earth isn't a backwards way of thinking.


01 Feb 17   Doors & Corners

At the UN, Earth officials are arguing about how to respond to the Martians destroying Phoebe Station. Admiral Souther is adamant that Mars won't attack them and that a trade embargo will suffice, but Errinwright (at Chrisjen's nudging, but a nudging that is clearly indicative of a larger move she has planned to get in good with Errinwright) suggests targeting a radar station on the Martian moon Deimos. Souther refuses to go along with this aggression and resigns his post rather than be relieved of it.

At Tycho station, the Rocinante makes its return after going rogue, and Fred Johnson is not happy with them at all. But after everything the Rocinante crew has seen, they  — Naomi and Miller especially — aren't having it. They tell Fred everything that happened on Eros.

Holden tells Fred that the people who carried out the Eros experiment beamed their data to a communication station. If they're ever to avenge Eros, they need to take that station.

After helping introduce some Belter refugees from Eros to their new surroundings on Tycho, Alex grabs a drink with Amos and airs out his guilty feelings about not saving enough people. Amos is stoic, saying they got out and that was enough. Alex has more survivor's guilt to work out, but when he turns back to Amos, he only sees the beautiful woman Amos paid to listen to Alex's moaning in his stead.

Holden and Naomi work on the ship. He's also working out his guilt, while Naomi has some anger she'd like to work out on the people who did this. Holden also wonders if Amos will be okay finding out that he and Naomi are together.

Meanwhile, Fred is having a hell of a time keeping the new Eros Belters in line. He needs to recruit 50 good fighters for the mission to Thoth Station, where they've tracked the bad guys that infected Eros with the protomolecule. But the Belters don't want to follow orders. Fred isn't about to let dissension and treachery tear his operation apart, so he blows one agitator out of an airlock.

Alex is running simulation missions to prepare for the raid on the communication station, but he keeps failing. Meanwhile, Miller volunteers to be part of the assault team. "Somebody's gotta keep these idiots from shootin' each other."

Chrisjen arranges to meet with Admiral Souther at a fairly swanky bar. She explains that Deimos was as harmless a target as they could have hoped to go after, but Souther is in no mood to deal with her. She wants to know about Fred Johnson, though, and Souther tells her that Fred went rogue all those years back because the UN manipulated him into attacking Belters who'd already surrendered. "He's an honorable man who held onto his soul, and that's a tough thing to do in this line of work."

The freighter ship Guy Molinari approaches the Thoth Station, conveniently hiding the Rocinante behind it in its radar shadow. Aboard the ship, the Rocinante crew silently prepare for battle.

Meanwhile, Miller is in with the attack squad in the boarding pod (really just an old FedEx shipping container). Miller hates space and hates people and basically hates his life right now. And that's before the high-spirited Belter named Diogo (remember him from last season?) recognizes him and starts chatting him up. Miller responds by puking.

Well it's a good, old-fashioned firefight as the Rocinante approaches Thoth Station. There is  weapon fire coming from all over the station. Amos has to leave the deck to go fix a breach on the ship's thruster.

After the first of the breaching pods gets destroyed by fire from the station's asteroid cannon, Amos fixes the thruster just in time for the Rocinante to get on the move and take out the cannon and clear the way for the second pod.

Miller's pod lands safely. Seconds after the soldiers emerge, Diogo is shot in the head, much to Miller's dismay. The good news? It was a gel round so Diogo survived unharmed. "Invincible me!"

Miller and his team find a room on the station that houses six people who all seem to have their heads networked together. For what purpose, Miller doesn't know. But when they're unplugged, they go absolutely crazy, and all but one end up shot by the pod team.  Miller manages to keep one of them alive.

Miller finds another room with a man poring over scientific data. It's Dresden, last seen on Eros. Miller arrests him as Fred shows up, but Dresden tries to defend his actions of unleashing the protomolecule on Eros. He says the protomolecule could ultimately unlock all human possibility if they can figure it out.

Dresden offers to switch his loyalties to Fred's organization if he'll let him continue his research. He doesn't much care who owns the project so long as he controls the research. Fred appears to agree, but Miller takes matters into his own hands and shoots Dresden in the head. So. That's one solution.


08 Feb 17   Static

Following UN orders, Earth missiles target and obliterate the Martian moon of Deimos, killing 17. Reacting to the strike, Bobbie Draper's marine unit is on edge and spoiling for a fight. Meanwhile, back on Earth, Chrisjen warns Errinwright not to underestimate Mars' resolve.

Back on Tycho, the surviving crew of Thoth station are brought in as prisoners. Miller is also handcuffed, for killing Dresden. Holden is furious at Miller and tries to attack him, but Fred and Naomi pull him off. Fred tells Miller to pick a ship that's departing Tycho and be on it.

Later, Holden is still fuming to Naomi, saying they fought to take Thoth station for nothing, thanks to Miller. Naomi defends Miller, asking whether they were going to deal with Dresden instead? Holden says they now have to clean up Miller's mess.

Things are tense in Draper's marine unit. Private Travis is taking abuse from Privates Hillman and Sa'id because he was born on Earth (in Texas, specifically). Tensions boil over into fisticuffs, and when Bobbie takes an accidental elbow as she tries to break it up, she punches Travis square in the face on reflex.

Fred wants to interrogate the one surviving researcher they unplugged from the mind-meld data hub. His name is Paolo Cortazar, a specialist in nanoinformatics. Holden tries to make an emotional appeal to him, talking about how hard it must've been for Cortazar to watch his mother die of a degenerative disease.  But Cortazar is practically emotionless. And he pledges his loyalty to Dresden.

Since returning from the mission, Alex has become obsessed with running and re-running simulations from the mission, trying to see how he could have saved that second breaching pod that was destroyed.

Miller's been exiled from the Rocinante, so Diogo offers to let him crash at his place. Which is decorated like a college dorm. Diogo jams out to some hot new EDM-sounding tune that he says is based on a decrypted data stream coming off of Eros. Meanwhile, Miller gives himself a trendy new haircut and is haunted by visions of Julie Mao.

Elsewhere, Samara and Naomi blow off some steam, playing racquetball and then dancing it out at one of Tycho's hot dance clubs.

Bobbie Draper gets a talking to from Sutton after her knockout punch turns out to have injured Travis. He didn't snitch on her, though. Sutton intuits that this wasn't about infighting but about Draper's frustration at not being able to go to war. Echoing Chrisjen's earlier warning to Errinwright, Draper says "We can only be pushed so far.”

Per her request, Cotyar has found Chrisjen a secure channel to send a message to Fred Johnson. He asks her to consider if she's really ready to commit treason.

The message Chrisjen sends to Fred tells him that she was lying all those times she denounced him on TV. She tells him she needs his help, plus any kind of evidence that could avert war. Samara warns Fred that the Black Sky will come after him if they find out he's colluding with anyone at the UN.

It's learned that Cortazar and his fellow researchers were modified so that their brains could no longer feel empathy. Later, Cortazar continues drawing diagrams on the windows of his cell. Amos pays him a visit, and instead of confronting him, he tries to speak logically of what they saw when they found Julie Mao's body. Cortazar explains that the protomolecule was transforming inside her.

Miller prepares to leave Tycho and comes upon the recruiting station for the Nauvoo, the giant ship that's supposed to carry all the Mormons out past the solar system. Perhaps Miller is thinking about converting?

Amos has figured out the key to getting Cortazar to talk: just engage him about the research he was doing. He can't resist talking about it. So Holden engages him by talking about his observations of the protomolecule on the Anubis. He asks Cortazar if he can control it. Cortazar says the only way he can is by getting access to his research.

Fred joins Amos and Holden in interrogating Cortazar. He plays the recording of the data stream that was the basis for the music Diogo was rocking to. It's coming from Eros. It's pulsating voices from Eros, chanting something, counting down. Cortazar thinks they're building something.

Chrisjen gets a response communication from Fred Johnson. No message, just the location of a stealth ship.

Holden tells Naomi about the pulse coming from Eros and says that what they left behind on Eros isn't over yet. And he's going to need her help to do something about it.

After the dustup earlier, Draper extends an olive branch to Travis, and Hillman and Sa'id follow suit. They're all four Martian strong together.

Miller pays Fred Johnson a visit, as they have both managed to come to the same conclusion: Eros needs to be destroyed, for the good of all. But how can they destroy a whole asteroid? Miller got a great idea just today: they're going to use the Nauvoo to do it.


15 Feb 17   Godspeed

The coordinates Fred Johnson sent to Avasarala last week were to a derelict stealth ship floating in space. After looking into it, Avasarala and Cotyar discover that the ship is connected to Protogen and Jules Pierre Mao. She thinks this is connected to why Mars wanted Phoebe station destroyed. She tells Cotyar to have the ship pushed to where someone will find it.

Fred gathers Holden and Naomi together with Miller to explain Miller's plan to ram Eros with the Nauvoo ship in order to send it careening into the sun and this making sure no one ever gets on Eros again. Fred says they need the Rocinante's help to destroy the docks on Eros. Holden thinks the plan is insane, but Fred insists it's the only way.

The derelict ship gets found and linked to Mao pretty quickly. Both Avasarala and Errinwright have Mao to the UN to grill him about it (even though Errinwright is secretly in league with Mao and Avasarala is secretly plotting against him).

On the pretense of a radiation leak, the Nauvoo is evacuated, though the head Mormon can tell that Miller is up to something. "This is our temple," he practically pleads. "This is part of God's plan," Miller answers.

Miller preps for the space mission. Fred even gives him a gun. Naomi them confronts Miller and asks him if he's doing all this for dead Julie Mao. Miller reminds Naomi that the Roci crew his some of the protomolecule out in space and he hasn't said anything. So they both have their reasons.

And so the Nauvoo is unmoored from Tycho station and sent blasting off on a course for Eros.

That meeting earlier with Avasarala has really gotten under Mao's skin. He tells Errinwright that he thinks she's on to them. Errinwright disagrees, and the two men argue over whether their partnership is worth preserving.

The crew of the Guy Molinari — Miller and Diogo among them — have to space-walk onto Eros and then plant bombs on the docks to ensure that no one can get onto Eros ever again. Miller, as usual, hates space.

Back on the Rocinante, Alex spots a ship called the Marasmus that shouldn't be there. They send a drone to investigate and end up communicating with the crew, a humanitarian mission to care for the victims of Eros. Holden needs to chase them off of Eros before any of them can get on and infect themselves.

On Eros, Miller and Diogo are chatty (too chatty for Miller's liking) as they place the bombs. Miller warns Diogo against placing too much faith in the OPA … or in anyone. Diogo brushes it off, though.

Miller then comes upon a hatch door and sees a body in an air lock. It's one of the doctors from the Marasmus.

On the Rocinante, a frantic Holden orders the Marasmus to turn themselves around and  return with them. They could be infected with the proomolecule, which case the whole sol system is doomed. "Don't make me kill you," Holden pleads to himself.

The Marasmus won't turn around, however, and Holden is forced to give the order to destroy the Marasmus.

Debris from the Marasmus goes hurtling towards Miller and Diogo, and Miller's suit is punctured. After a frantic moment, he's able to patch himself up.

The problem is, one of the bombs was damages in the debris, and now Diogo must hold down the detonator or else it'll explode. If it does, it'll ruin the whole Eros mission. Miller decides to make the supreme sacrifice and takes the bomb from Diogi and sends him to finish the job. Miller's going to go down with Eros.

Miller relays the bad news to the Roci about the bomb and his intentions to stay with it while it detonates. Naomi says they can rescue him, but impact with the Nauvoo is iminent. There's no time.

Miller is resigned to his fate as he watches the Nauvoo approach for impact with Eros. But at the last second, the Nauvoo goes soaring past its target. How did the Nauvoo change course? It didn't. Eros did.


22 Feb 17   Home

Miller and the Rocinante crew are both trying to grapple with the fact that Eros moved to evade the Nauv00. But there's little time to marvel: powered by the protomolecule, Eros is heating up and moving fast.

Back at the UN, everybody's going crazy with the reports that Eros is on the move. Avasarala tries to cool down any notions that Mars is behind it. And things get even more tense when they find out that Eros is on a collision course with Earth.

Seeing that he still has this malfunctioning nuke on his hands, Naomi gets a wonderful terrible idea: Miller can crawl into the bowels of Eros, plant the bomb, and hopefully destroy the protomolecule.

Errinwright wants to order a massive missile attack to take out Eros before it reaches Earth. But what of the "biotoxin" that killed all those people? There's no time to worry about that. Meanwhile, Avasarala wants to make sure Mars doesn't take the missile launch as an act of aggression.

Miller climbs up into the bowels of Eros station. He has a close call with re-setting the nuke timer, and then he starts hearing voices. He's also starting to see pieces of the protomolecule floating all around.

As both Fred Johnson and the Rocinante crew look on with worry, Earth launches their massive missile strike towards Eros. But as the missiles make their way across space, suddenly Eros disappears from radar. Chaos descends again.

The UN is freaking out, but Fred sends them a message: Eros is off the radar, but the Rocinante still has visual on it. It's still there. They can guide the missiles to it, but Earth must give Fred the controls for the missiles. At the UN, Avasarala advocates for Fred and wants to communicate with the Rocinante crew.

Holden relays a message back to the UN, asking Avasarala to trust him with this mission. The request works: Avasarala vouches for Holden to the Security Council.

On Eros, Miller is getting closer to the center, and the protomolecule is all around him. With a ticking clock now on them, Naomi tells Miller he better move his ass.

As the missiles and the Rocinante start to give chase, Eros starts accelerating again. The Roci can't afford to lose a visual, so Alex kicks on the afterburners. He warns the crew that if they keep increasing the Gs, they're all going to end up unconscious (or worse). Holden gives the order: full speed ahead.  As Avasarala observes from Earth: They're going to stay with Eros even if it kills them.

Everyone on Earth is evacuating the planet. Avasarala gets on the phone with her husband, and they fight through the comm delays to say what might be their last goodbyes to each other.

On Eros, Miller starts to make out the voices he's hearing. It's Julie Mao. As her "catch me if you can" echoes in his ears, he comms to Naomi that he thinks Julie's consciousness is still alive in the ship. He thinks when the protomolecule infected her, she infected it back. He thinks SHE'S the one steering the ship right now.

Miller wants Alex to "tap the brakes on the Roci" and stop chasing Eros. Eros will find a way to evade the missiles regardless. Miller thinks he can get "Julie" to stop Eros herself. Alex assents and taps the brakes. As Eros speeds away, Fred agrees to trust what Holden is doing and sends the Earth missiles out into space.

Miller makes it to the Blue Falcon, where Julie was first infected with the protomolecule. There he finds Julie - or rather her consciousness inside a body made of protomolecules. He wakes her up and makes a proper introduction.

Miller tries to convince Julie to steer the ship off someplace safe. Julie doesn't think she can control it. She just wants to go home, only she can't. Miller tells her she's not alone, places her hand on the nuke, and takes off her helmet. He kisses her, and they wait in each other's arms.

Avasarala on Earth, Fred Johnson on Tycho, the crew aboard the Rocinante - everyone looks on as Eros guides inself into a collison with Venus. With Miller and Julie Mao aboard, the asteroid station explodes upon impact with the planet.


01 Mar 17   Paradigm Shift

137 years ago, back when Mars was just a colony under UN control, an engineer named Solomon Epstein was tinkering with the jalopy of a space ship that he owned. Initially just trying to marginally improve fuel efficiency, Epstein hits the drive button and immediately begins traveling far faster than he ever imagined. Narrating the flashback, Epstein says his discovery changed everything.

Back in the present, the UN security council is grappling with what Eros has done. Colonel Janus thinks it was a test of a new Martian fuel drive, a notion that Avasarala scoffs at. Whatever it is, Janus says, Eros represents the "greatest technological leap since the Epstein drive." They plan to send a team to Venus to investigate.

Holden sends a message home to his mother, telling her he's okay and how proud he is of his crew (especially Naomi). Later, he and Naomi continue to debate over whether or not they should destroy their sample of the protomolecule.

Holden and Naomi stand in front of the rest of the Rocinante crew and make the big announcement that they're seeing each other. After a pregnant pause, Amos and Alex erupt into laughter and say that Alex lost the bet. Amos is surprisingly cool with all of this.

Alex then pulls Holden aside to point out that 30 of the nukes that Earth sent have not been shut down. Where are they now? Well, they see that they've been caught by a giant space net. Guess whose net it is...

137 Years Ago: Epstein's fuel-burning breakthrough was great for mankind but kind of terrible for him, as he's now speeding off into space at Gs that will surely kill him. He tries to reach the panel to turn off the burners but he can't.

Avasarala has dinner with Dr. Michael Iturbi, who was present at the earlier UN meeting. The two of them seem to have some kind of romantic history, but she shuts that down quickly. He's fascinated by what's happening with Eros, and his theory as to why it did what it did is essentially what actually happened, so he's on the ball. He asks Chrisjen to find a way to get him onto that transport to Venus. He offers to be her eyes and ears there if she does.

On Tycho station, the Roci crew gets a heroes' welcome. They see that Diogo has already begun evangelizing Miller as the hero to the Belter masses.

Holden and Naomi speak to Fred Johnson about the 30 missing nukes. Fred doesn't so much see it as a problem because he's got them. Holden thinks they ought to jettison the missiles and tell Earth and Mars about the protomolecule. Fred counters that the nukes can be good bargaining chips, and as for the protomolecule, the safest thing they can do is keep Earth and Mars in the dark.

Alex, enjoying his hero status, chats up a lady but runs afoul of her husband. This starts a brawl, but Amos shows up out of nowhere and beats the husband down. He's bunking at the brothel next door, see.

137 Years Ago: Epstein makes a last-ditch effort to signal his wife, but he can't reach the signalling device. Things are looking grim.

After Fred tells Holden that he's going to need to pick a side as things escalate, Naomi goes to see Fred as well. She thinks they should tell the people everything about what Miller and Julie did on Eros. Not the protomolecule stuff; just how an Earther/OPA member and a Belter came together to save humanity. That story has value. Fred agrees.

Later, the Roci crew debates whether they should destroy their protomolecule sample. Alex says they should give it to Mars, which earns him a heap of side-eye from Belter Naomi. Ultimately, Naomi drops her objections and agrees with Holden and Amos that they should kill it.

Naomi launches the protomolecule out on a torpedo on a course to the sun. Alex tracks its movements according to plan, but we see the torpedo suddenly power down, unbeknownst to anyone.

137 Years Ago: Epstein is about to die - of a stroke, most likely. But he voices over about his discovery and how it would allow Mars to finally break free of its colonial limitations, travel out into space, mine the asteroids, and colonize the belt.

Avasarala finally confronts Errinwright about Mao, and how she knows Errinwright is working with him. She says they need to know what Mao knows and cut a deal with him. Avasarala goes OFF on Errinwright, saying that she will threaten to ruin Mao's family if they don't bring him forward.

On the Roci, Alex comes upon Amos defacing the Martian flag (erasing Deimos since it's not there anymore) and starts beef with him. He's still mad about the bar fight and Amos treating him like some damsel in distress. Amos matter-of-factly says he does see Alex as weak and in need of protection. Alex, as you might imagine, objects to that assessment.

Naomi gives Drummer a hand in disabling the countermeasures on the pilfered nukes. They bond some more over being Belters.

On the shared US/MCR station of Ganymede, Bobbie Draper and her marines patrol the border zone. While in a communication blackout, they spot gunfire on the UN border line. Suddenly, the marines' comms are jammed, and six marines appear to the charging at them. If it's a battle, Draper has been ready for this for a while. But upon closer look...is something chasing the UN marines?

Suddenly, there's gunfire everywhere. Ganymede station is attacked by unknown parties. Everyone in Draper's unit gets gunned down, as does her commanding officer. Draper's the only one left to see the approach of the attacking figure … and its looks alien.

08 Mar 17   The Seventh Man

As bloody snowflakes fall, with everyone around her dead, Bobbie Draper is rescued from the massacre on Ganymede by Martian forces.

On Earth, the UN is getting choppy reports of the attack. With UN and MCRN forces both having fired, it's all being treated as a humanitarian crisis. Naturally, the UN council thinks it was a Mars attack, though Avasarala argues for communication and de-escalation. The Secretary General asks her why she never ran for office. Avasarala: "I like getting shit done, and I like having my head attached to my neck."

On Tycho station, where they're taking in refugees from Ganymede, Naomi and Holden look on as Anderson Dawes shows up, loudly proclaiming that all refugees are welcome on Ceres. Holden and Naomi appear to disagree on whether Dawes is a good guy or not.

Draper has been picked up by the MCRN ship Sirocco, under the command of a man named Thorsen. He wants to know what happened on Ganymede. Draper recalls the six UN soldiers running towards them … and then there was a seventh. Draper gets too upset as she recalls the attack and needs to be sedated.

While handing out relief supplies, Amos gets shoved by a kid protecting his mom, and he's thrown for a loop. He visits Cortazar and asks about the brain procedure that removed his empathy. Cortazar thinks Amos should do it; stamp out that last bit of vulnerability (and humanity).

On Tycho, Fred Johnson convenes an OPA conclave. He says Belters must unify in the face of the Earth/Mars conflict. They can finally have a seat at the table if they make themselves instrumental in the peace process. He suggests Anderson Dawes, a born Belter, as their representative. But when Dawes speaks, he pivots away from Fred's ideas. He says Inners will always subjugate Belters in peace.

During the meeting, Holden spoke out in support of Fred. Later, Naomi tells him he should've stayed quiet. She says the sight of Holden and Fred, two Earthers, trying to lead the Belt is a bad look.

Draper's out of sick bay, but she's still being questioned by Thorsen about what she saw. She can't make sense of that seventh man, running behind the other six. She then remembers the drone that flew obverhead before the attack. Thorsen clearly wants Draper to say that Earth initiated the attack, and Draper is definitely willing to lay this on Earth's doorstep.

Dawes meets with Naomi and Holden. He tells them that Belters will never unite under Fred Johnson; his days on Tycho are numbered. Dawes also tries to appeal to Naomi's Belter nature to get her on his side.

Draper is visited by a Captain Martens, the ship chaplain. He tells Bobbie he served with her father, then tries to get her to talk about what she saw. She mentions the drone again, but Martens says there is no evidence of any drone.

Dawes continues his sweet-talking tour of Tycho's Belters by sidling up to Drummer, with whom he appears to share a romantic past. He's trying to get her to tell him about this secret weapon that he thinks Fred has.

One more attempt to get Draper to remember. She's hooked up to brain sensors as Thorsen questions her again. This time, Martins observes unseen from another room. Now, Draper remembers that the seventh man was chasing the other six. They were shooting at him. She says the seventh man wasn't wearing a space suit.

Fred comes to Holden and tells him that Cortazar is getting new data streams, meaning that there is more protomolecule out there. Fred wants to get his hands on it so he can hold it as an advantage.

Dawes meets with Diogo in his little dorm room. He flatters Diogo and his Belter nature, so Diogo eagerly spills about the scientist they captured on the research station. Dawes is more than intrigued.

Draper is awarded a purple heart for her bravery, but there's more: Thorsen tells her she needs to go to Earth to testify at the Earth/Mars summit. And he instructs her to say that Mars fired first. And no more talk about that seventh creature either.

Holden investigates a strange noise and sees that Cortazar has been dragged away by Dawes's delegation (including Diogo). Dawes' ship takes off, and Alex and Naomi, who are already on the Roci, give chase.

Alex skillfully shoots out Dawes' thrusters, but Naomi is reluctant to attack a fellow Belter as they prepare to board the ship. Only Dawes isn't there. Diogo walks out as a decoy. Dawes is gone, with Cortazar in tow.

15 Mar 17   Pyre


22 Mar 17   The Weeping Somnambulist


29 Mar 17   Cascade


05 Apr 17   Here There Be Dragons


12 Apr 17   The Monster and the Rocket


19 Apr 17   Caliban's War

 

 



137 years ago, back when Mars was just a colony under UN control, an engineer named Solomon Epstein was tinkering with the jalopy of a space ship that he owned. Initially just trying to marginally improve fuel efficiency, Epstein hits the drive button and immediately begins traveling far faster than he ever imagined. Narrating the flashback, Epstein says his discovery changed everything.

Back in the present, the UN security council is grappling with what Eros has done. Colonel Janus thinks it was a test of a new Martian fuel drive, a notion that Avasarala scoffs at. Whatever it is, Janus says, Eros represents the "greatest technological leap since the Epstein drive." They plan to send a team to Venus to investigate.

Holden sends a message home to his mother, telling her he's okay and how proud he is of his crew (especially Naomi). Later, he and Naomi continue to debate over whether or not they should destroy their sample of the protomolecule.

Holden and Naomi stand in front of the rest of the Rocinante crew and make the big announcement that they're seeing each other. After a pregnant pause, Amos and Alex erupt into laughter and say that Alex lost the bet. Amos is surprisingly cool with all of this.

Alex then pulls Holden aside to point out that 30 of the nukes that Earth sent have not been shut down. Where are they now? Well, they see that they've been caught by a giant space net. Guess whose net it is...

137 Years Ago: Epstein's fuel-burning breakthrough was great for mankind but kind of terrible for him, as he's now speeding off into space at Gs that will surely kill him. He tries to reach the panel to turn off the burners but he can't.

Avasarala has dinner with Dr. Michael Iturbi, who was present at the earlier UN meeting. The two of them seem to have some kind of romantic history, but she shuts that down quickly. He's fascinated by what's happening with Eros, and his theory as to why it did what it did is essentially what actually happened, so he's on the ball. He asks Chrisjen to find a way to get him onto that transport to Venus. He offers to be her eyes and ears there if she does.

On Tycho station, the Roci crew gets a heroes' welcome. They see that Diogo has already begun evangelizing Miller as the hero to the Belter masses.

Holden and Naomi speak to Fred Johnson about the 30 missing nukes. Fred doesn't so much see it as a problem because he's got them. Holden thinks they ought to jettison the missiles and tell Earth and Mars about the protomolecule. Fred counters that the nukes can be good bargaining chips, and as for the protomolecule, the safest thing they can do is keep Earth and Mars in the dark.

Alex, enjoying his hero status, chats up a lady but runs afoul of her husband. This starts a brawl, but Amos shows up out of nowhere and beats the husband down. He's bunking at the brothel next door, see.

137 Years Ago: Epstein makes a last-ditch effort to signal his wife, but he can't reach the signalling device. Things are looking grim.

After Fred tells Holden that he's going to need to pick a side as things escalate, Naomi goes to see Fred as well. She thinks they should tell the people everything about what Miller and Julie did on Eros. Not the protomolecule stuff; just how an Earther/OPA member and a Belter came together to save humanity. That story has value. Fred agrees.

Later, the Roci crew debates whether they should destroy their protomolecule sample. Alex says they should give it to Mars, which earns him a heap of side-eye from Belter Naomi. Ultimately, Naomi drops her objections and agrees with Holden and Amos that they should kill it.

Naomi launches the protomolecule out on a torpedo on a course to the sun. Alex tracks its movements according to plan, but we see the torpedo suddenly power down, unbeknownst to anyone.

137 Years Ago: Epstein is about to die - of a stroke, most likely. But he voices over about his discovery and how it would allow Mars to finally break free of its colonial limitations, travel out into space, mine the asteroids, and colonize the belt.

Avasarala finally confronts Errinwright about Mao, and how she knows Errinwright is working with him. She says they need to know what Mao knows and cut a deal with him. Avasarala goes OFF on Errinwright, saying that she will threaten to ruin Mao's family if they don't bring him forward.

On the Roci, Alex comes upon Amos defacing the Martian flag (erasing Deimos since it's not there anymore) and starts beef with him. He's still mad about the bar fight and Amos treating him like some damsel in distress. Amos matter-of-factly says he does see Alex as weak and in need of protection. Alex, as you might imagine, objects to that assessment.

Naomi gives Drummer a hand in disabling the countermeasures on the pilfered nukes. They bond some more over being Belters.

On the shared US/MCR station of Ganymede, Bobbie Draper and her marines patrol the border zone. While in a communication blackout, they spot gunfire on the UN border line. Suddenly, the marines' comms are jammed, and six marines appear to the charging at them. If it's a battle, Draper has been ready for this for a while. But upon closer look...is something chasing the UN marines?

Suddenly, there's gunfire everywhere. Ganymede station is attacked by unknown parties. Everyone in Draper's unit gets gunned down, as does her commanding officer. Draper's the only one left to see the approach of the attacking figure … and its looks alien.