Director: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: based on the novels by Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham (as James S.A. Corey), written by Robin Veith
Starring: Frankie Adams, Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Cas Anvar, Dominique Tipper, Wes Chatham, Shohreh Aghdashlo, Nick E. Tarabay, Shawn Doyle, Chad L. Coleman, Andrew Rotilio, Elias Toufexis, Athena Karkanis, Paulo Costanzo, François Chau, and more
Episode length: 42 minutes
Exposition was the name of the game in the least eventful episode since the series began, as the mystery of the protomolecule deepens.
Static felt like a pause to let the dust settle after the events of the season 2 premiere episodes. It also served as a way to talk about the details of the show’s narrative and develop the characters. the episode continued the show’s attempt to juggle its time between Earth, Mars and The Belt, but spent most of its time at Tyco station, the site of the construction of the generational spaceship being built for an interstellar journey.
Tensions continue to grow, as the series kept reminding us that the factions are headed for war and it seems almost unavoidable at this point with, it seems, almost everyone seems almost eager for it to come to that instead of a more peaceful solution.Oddly its the militant Martians that seemed to be showing restraint this time around while the Earth officials are being more aggressive. Only Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo) seems determined to prevent war from occurring.
Here’s a recap laced with some comments (*warning spoilers follow*)
We are treated to the sight of some Earth missiles homing in on the Martian moon of Deibos which we learn afterwards got pulverized by them in retalliation for last weeks attack by the martians on an Earth research station. The exterior shots of things that occur in space on this show are always one of my favorite parts of watching this series, it serves as a reminder of the context the show’s story takes place in and they are very nicely done. After all that’s one of the reasons I watch this show because it takes place in outer space and in the future
The aftermath of the raid on the research station finds Miller at odds with his former crew mates on the Martian gunship, after his impulsive act of killing the head scientist following the research station raid, Miller (Thomas Jane) is no longer welcome on the Roci. Holden (Steven Strait) is pissed and is almost ready to attack Miller because the scientist did represent an opportunity to aquire a lot of intel and information regarding the mysterious alien entity/stuff at the center of the mystery. They did mange to find one survivor who they question. Miller doesn’t seem to give a damn but that’s not entirely true. He’s a cop and his cops mind drives him to keep digging to find out the truth. he hallucinates Julie Mao while he’s cleaning up at the station.
Colonel Johnson (Chad L. Coleman) tells Miller he should find a ship that’s leaving and he will get him passage because its time for him to go. Miller’s decision to kill the scientist didn’t make him popular with the OPA leader either but some of his men consider him to be a hero, an assessment Miller doesn’t agree with.
Amos (Wes Chatham) emerges as having more to his makeup than muscle and actually shows he’s a crafty guy when he figures out the lone survivor and the right approach to get him to cooperate. The man talks, and behaves like a religious fanatic when speaking of the alien stuff and he only seems to want to learn more about it and has a cult-like fascination with the stuff and almost seems to worship it.
Alex (Cas Anvar) is obsessed with the gunfight he just went through and keeps running simulations of the battle over and over again to see if there was a way he could have saved to lives of the men that died during the raid.
Naomi (Dominique Tipper) seems as unaffected as Amos compared to the others and emerges as a realist and having a pragmatic let it go attiutde about the whole situation . If anything, she seems elated after the action she was involved in, and gets invited to take part in some local activities and parties. This causes a minor rift between her and Holden.
Between what they can find out from the station’s survivor it slowly becomes apparent that whatever happened at Eros and to Julie Mao was only part of the process of what happens to people once the protomolecule gets a hold of them and transmissions are coming from Eros despite the fact that the place was blown to smithereens.The transmissions seem to be some sort of countdown to something. Something not good.
The mystery deepens. Miller approaches Colonel Johnson and suggests they need to go back and destroy whatever they find there, and use the immense generational ship to do it. A about the same time Holden and Naomi come to an accord to do the same thing. All clues lead back to Eros.
This was not an eventful episode, it was mostly exposition, and although I found it interesting because I am enjoying the mystery that is the show’s narrative unfolding, but the episode felt somewhat like a filler edition, and I have come to expect more from this series. Good, but not great this time around. In any case it looks like we are headed for Eros next week and things should be a bit more exciting.