The following are a few notes I took while watching The Expanse Season 3 Episode 7. 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 7, all attention turns to the edge of the solar system as a mysterious new presence emerges. Then, a time jump in the narrative moves the story forward. Meanwhile, Naomi recommits to her roots, and elsewhere a young Belter makes a name for himself.
An interesting jump forward with one minor complaint
The most important thing I can say about this episode right up front is, apparently, six months changes a lot. Time jumps are becoming something we are seeing more of in TV shows, and I think they represent an interesting way of changing the narrative. All too often, in the past, shows would become stale as time went on, so I’m glad writers have found a way around that. In this instance, it was a bit jarring, but it just reinforces my impression of the previous episode as being clearly akin to a midseason finale. So much happened with loose ends being tied up that it definitely wasn’t just any regular episode. Now we know why.
If I had to express any complaint about the way it was handled, it would center on the origins of the mysterious ring. In the previous episode, we were left with the strange protomolecule occurrence on Venus launching itself into space. Somehow, though, it was almost 20 minutes into this episode before I realized it had actually remolded itself into the ring. Maybe that’s my fault for being slow on the uptake. I don’t know. I just know it’s a really cool concept that I wish I had realized from the start.
A cathedral becomes a warship
Something else I really liked about The Expanse Season 3 Episode 7 was the time jump allowing us to drop in on the former Mormon generation ship that has now been converted into the flagship of the new Belter state. I really loved that scene earlier in the season of the Belter fleet salvaging that huge ship. Special effects like that—especially when they are rooted in real science—blow me away. I’m also really into the idea of Drummer getting to play a bigger role in the show. I think this was a great way to accomplish that, and I really enjoyed the uneasy dynamic between her and her new first officer. I’ve thought since the beginning that she was woefully underused, so now I’m excited to see where things go next.
And how about those final moments
Just a word to the wise: now would be a good point to stop reading if you haven’t seen the episode. Pretty specific spoilers are about to rear their ugly head.
First off, the sudden death of the daredevil Belter Neo was a big shock. It was disgusting and at the same time perfectly in line with the science of rapid deceleration. Admittedly, his part of the episode was pretty small in the scheme of things, but it served it’s purpose. In my mind, it was a backdrop that allowed us to catch up on the history of what’s been going on through the eyes of a character. His spectacular ending also did a good job setting up an air of unpredictability when it comes to the ring.
The other part of the shock climax of The Expanse Season 3 Episode 7 involved the reemergence of Thomas Jane as Detective Miller. Regarding that, I’ll have to admit I am equal parts giddy and confused. The last we saw of him was sacrificing himself, persuading the protomolecule-controlled Julie to crash Eros into Venus. It felt like a fittingly-heroic end, saving Earth from catastrophe, so I didn’t expect to see him again. The question we are left with is whether or not it’s actually him? Is he actually alive, in some mysterious way, due to his interaction with the protomolecule? Is Holden simply hallucinating him? I suppose, only time will tell, but it was definitely a pleasant curve ball having him return.