The following are a few notes I took while watching The Expanse Season 3 Episode 10. Warning: mild spoilers may be included, though I’ve tried to stay away from including anything too glaring. Either way, consider yourself warned.
In The Expanse Season 3 Episode 10, Holden sees the past, present, and future. Meanwhile, a ghost from Melba’s past threatens her mission. And, Bobbie struggles to trust an old friend as she leads a group into uncharted territory.
All I can say is this: I have no idea what I just watched. Don’t get me wrong, I mean that in the best way possible. Frankly, The Expanse still reigns as the best thing on TV, as far as I’m concerned, but episodes like this aren’t for the faint of heart. That being said and the uncertainty of Holden’s trippy experience notwithstanding, I do feel like I’m beginning to understand. Notice my emphasis on the word ‘feel’ in that previous sentence, because it’s difficult to be sure. Toward that end, I’ll talk more specifically about my thoughts later, but for now let’s touch on some other things.
An old friend gets some welcomed screen time in The Expanse Season 3 Episode 10
So far, the back half of Season 3 has been a little light on Bobbie Draper for my tastes. Thankfully, The Expanse Season 3 Episode 10 corrected that oversight somewhat. The staunch Martian marine, turned reluctant defector, has been one of the best parts of the show since the second season, in my opinion. Her character arc has seen her evolve quite a bit, and she’s provided both kickass action and comedy in turn.
Since the change in direction after Episode 6, however, we haven’t seen as much of her. In fact, I was a little bothered learning she had returned to her old job, despite it making sense from a character perspective. Selfishly, I didn’t want her removed from the action, and so it was great getting her back in the mix. Of course, I’m not sure Holden would agree, considering she was part of the marine detachment sent to capture him. Her conflicting loyalties, attempting to do her job while reaching out to a friend, made for some great drama, though. I was very much glued to the screen during those scenes.
The Belter storyline is still providing a lot of great slow-burn suspense
All is not well aboard the Behemoth. That much is easy to see. I mentioned after last week’s episode that I’m intrigued by Ashford, but I’m also quite wary. He’s so obviously a plant for the more radical OPA Belter faction, but part of me really likes him. He’s got a lot of gravitas and wisdom, and he’s obviously quite loyal to his own particular cause. The Expanse Season 3 Episode 10 also subtly managed to give us a little more vague background on his character. This, of course, occurred during his dressing down of the young Belter talking about mutiny, making him even more interesting. He’s obviously got a pretty colorful history.
I absolutely adore Drummer, but she’s more of a hothead, and if the situation were any different having him as her first officer would probably be the best thing for her. My only problem is I’m still waiting with bated breath during every scene, expecting him to turn on her. I really feel like that is inevitable, even though I wish it weren’t. One wonders if we are approaching that crossroads inexorably after their confrontation tonight, the two of them alone. I guess I’ll just have to wait for next week with my blood pressure rising.
Okay, so, now let’s talk about the craziness…
I’ve been very open about the fact that I’ve never read the novels upon which The Expanse is based. Don’t get me wrong, I want to read them. I’ve heard great things. I’ve just never gotten around to it. Frankly, it’s difficult to find time between writing myself, producing this blog, doing all of my own social media promotion, etc. This, however, is one of those times when I really wish I had read them, just so I would understand what the Hell happened tonight. As it stands, I am at a complete loss when it comes to what is going on with Holden. I’m also extremely intrigued, though, so I guess there’s that. In the end, what we saw in The Expanse Season 3 Episode 10 struck me as something that probably lost a lot in the transition from book to screen. I guess I’ll just have to wait around for next week to see if it gets cleared up a bit.
At the same time, this episode did give a few hints as to the true nature of the protomolecule. That part I am definitely feeling like I’m starting to understand better. Apparently, the structure in the center of the Ring (and the protomolecule itself) are leftovers from some past alien civilization. On its own, that’s both shocking and also a really cool concept that could take the show in any number of different directions. So, the structure Miller has brought Holden to is sort of like some kind of hall of records with information trapped behind “locked doors.” The protomolecule needs Holden, physical being that he is, to help open those doors. As a result, it’s manipulating his mind and firing synapses to make him see Miller, using him as a tool.
That’s what I think anyway. Hell if I know if I’m right or not, but it sure is fun trying to figure everything out.