The following are a few notes I took while watching The Expanse Season 3 Episode 12. 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 12, survivors arrive aboard the Behemoth as dueling factions form over how to handle a life or death threat. Meanwhile, Holden grapples with what he has seen and the choices he must make.
This episode, by necessity, feels a bit incomplete. Not surprising, since it’s actually the first part of a two-parter. Rather than review them together, however, I’m going to stick with the pattern I’ve held up till now and do each episode separately. Don’t worry, though. I’ll be posting both articles tonight.
No good guys. No bad guys. Just people, trying to do what’s right.
First, let me say I really like the way the two factions mentioned in the opening paragraph can’t really be looked at as the good guy versus the bad guys. When Ashford was first introduced, I can’t imagine I was alone in thinking he was going to be a villain. Hell, maybe he still is, but if so they are doing a really good job of making the audience understand his motivations. What it boils down to is that both groups of characters are trying to do what they think is right. In fact, from their different perspectives, this episode is setting it up so that each thinks they are saving humanity. The thing is only one of them can be correct. What’s great is The Expanse Season 3 Episode 12 allows that central question to hold over until the finale.
A heaping helping of doubt for everybody
Of course, even with pieces moving all over the proverbial board, it wouldn’t be this show if they didn’t work in time for some great character moments. The Expanse Season 3 Episode 12 accomplishes that by having multiple characters questioning their worldview.
Melba, revealed as the other daughter of Jules-Pierre Mao, has been a woman on a mission. James Holden has been her target, blaming him for essentially taking down her entire family. Yet, this episode finds her imprisoned in a cell alongside his, overhearing everything said, and you can see the doubt emerging.
Meanwhile, Amos—a conundrum of a character since the beginning—seems more confused than anything else. To say he sports a simple way of seeing the world would be an understatement. A huge one, in fact. As evidence, one need only look at his suggestion of simply shooting Melba. He’s no fool. He even pieced together that she was likely responsible for the terrorist act that set off this whole powderkeg. He simply sees getting rid of her as the most expedient and least risky option, and he’s not wrong. It’s not like she doesn’t deserve it. What’s interesting, though, is that then (and several times later) he seems genuinely confused about Pastor Anna’s way of doing things. Might she be able to finally scratch beneath the surface?
Speaking of Pastor Anna, she must be part of this conversation as well. Up to this point, she’s been one of the few who is pure in their convictions. The Expanse Season 3 Episode 12, however, perhaps revealed the first chink in that armor. I guess we’ll have to wait and see. She definitely wouldn’t be the first character to evolve away from how she started on this series.
Drummer is alive and continues her pattern of rampant badassery
There’s not really much to say here, other than to reiterate that Drummer might be the coolest chick in the universe. I’m really glad she survived after last week, even though it’s rough to think of her as being paralyzed. I doubt any of us pictured her being the type to feel overly sorry for herself, though. That, quite frankly, seems contrary to her nature. In fact, this chick isn’t even willing to stay in bed long enough for them to grow her a new spinal cord. Instead—and in true Belter fashion—she hooks herself up with robotic legs. What a badass! It also couldn’t have been more perfect that she didn’t use some sort of medical device, but rather an exoskeleton meant for loading cargo, etc. I honestly can’t think of anything more fitting.