Director: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: based on the novels by Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham (as James S.A. Corey), written by Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham
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
A daring approach to deal with whatever’s happening on Eros doesn’t go exactly as planned.
This time around The Expanse provided an exciting and entertaining episode as the series shows no signs of losing its appeal or providing less in the way of action and adventure. Most of the action in Godspeed took place outside the shelter of a spaceship or space station providing a splendid opportunity to show off one of the series strengths, its special effects and CGI based exterior shots. It was a dazzling display of what is possible to do these days and even though the depiction I saw was only in 720p it still looked nothing less than splendid on my OLED set. It literally got some oohs and utterances of ‘cool’ out me as the episode unfolded before my jaded science fiction fan eyes. It was delightful.
The episode was also a showcase for another of the series strengths, the discourse between the characters with some nice examples of how nice it can be to listen to some adult conversation instead of the usual more eensored stuff we normally get from network tv where no one ever swears or speaks in a more every day kind of way.It was nice to hear someone actually call some an asshole on tv for a change or drop the F-bomb.
It was a great episode also in terms of narrative and the overriding story arc, as the mystery deepened as to exactly what the frak is going on on Eros.
Here’s a recap. along with some comments (*warning – spoilers follow*)
The relationship between Miller (Thomas Jane), and Col Johnson ( Chad L. Coleman) has been turned on its head as they come to an agreement about what to do about dealing with whatever is going on on Eros station. Instead of being an unwelcome guest, Miller is now the brains behind a daring plan involving the immense generation ship Nauvoo being built for the Mormon church.
The plan involves using the Nauvoo as a sort of cue ball to hit Eros and change its course into a trajectory that takes into the sun, thus guaranteeing its complete destruction. Johnson calls in Naomi (Dominique Tipper), and Holden (Steven Strait), who is still hot under the collar towards Miller, until he is calmed down as the situation is explained. Ironically Miller has gone from being the guy no one wanted around to being the guy in charge of the mission. Holden and Naomi are called in because they are part of the plan to provide security and drop some bombs that are also part of the plan to prevent anyone from getting inside Eros before its dispatched onto its new course.
The Mormons know something is up with their temple which is how they think of the Nauvoo, the gigantic ship they are building for an interstellar journey, but their protests, and they, are quickly put under quarantine by Johnson’s security team.
Meanwhile on Earth, Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo), along with Sadavir Errinwright (Shawn Doyle) are continuing her investigation into what happened on Eros and who is responsible in her efforts to prevent all out war. They interrogate Julie Mao’s father, Jules-Pierre Mao (François Chau) who, on the surface appears to be cooperating, but in reality, is still being evasive and deceitful regarding the truth of his involvement in the situation with the protomolecule and its mysterious properties and experimenting on the inhabitants of Eros with it. Its still not clear to me exactly what his motives are in this situation or what his endgame is involving the mysterious stuff. There is no sign of the Martians this time around.
So, back on Tycho station, preparations are made, it becomes more apparent this mission is a big deal, requiring three ships, one personnel carrier, the gunship Rocinante, and the immense Nauvoo itself. It turns out the loudmouth kid Diogo (Andrew Rotilio) is coming along again because spacers are needed to put the bombs in place and set them once they are deployed. there is a lot of chit chat between Miller and the kid with serves to define their characters more with each exchange.
There is a spectacular depiction of the launching of the Nauvoo involving dozens of drone ships that fly around attaching themselves to the gargantuan vessel as needed to adjust its course and location before the actual launch which is again spectacular in itself. Its part of all the CGI fun in this episode which I really enjoyed, Its so nice to have some science fiction on tv again that actually has depictions of spaceships and stuff going on in outer space.
Of course nothing ever goes exactly as planned in life or on tv, and there are couple of wrinkles in this plan too. After arriving at Eros the Roci discovers that another ship is already there , they find out its a rental called the Mesmerante with a crew that is determined to broadcast what it has discovered there. Its becomes apparent that at least one of their crew has been infected by the protomolecule and they attempt to flee so they can spread the word forcing Holden to fire on them and destroy their ship .
This all occurs while the bombs are being deployed by the spacers including Diogo and Miller. the resulting debris from the destroyed ship ends up causing problems, tearing a hole in Miller’s spacesuit, and damaging one of the bombs so it has to be held manually by someone so it doesn’t go off before it should
Miller decides to play the hero and tells Diogo to get back to the ship. He’s prepared to sacrifice himself in order for his plan to work in order to get rid of the alien substance on Eros. IT looked like the nd for Miller but as I suspected he would be, he is rescued at the last moment by the fact the Nauvoo misses Eros entirely.
It wasn’t human error, the asteroid moved itself from the course of the oncoming juggernaut. The implications of this are obvious, what is that thing and how did it manage to save itself by moving Eros out of the way, and what the frak is going on in Eros, and what exactly IS the protomolecule?
In the last episode the crazed scientist said the transmissions coming from Eros were a countdown. A countdown to what? I love it, the mystery took another turn and it looks lie its going to be harder to get rid of the mysterious protomolecule than expected. What’s next and what’s in store for our friends in this space adventure?
This was an excellent episode. The idea of a rental spaceship was one i thoroughly enjoyed, it provided another hitherto unknown glimpse into the universe that all this is taking place in. The mystery deepens and the action and adventure were delightfully fun. the series continues to make a favorable impression in a story that is unfolding on a grand scale and is very enjoyable. Cheers to the creators of this series, and thanks.