If The Expanse was more popular there would be a million Holden one eye peek memes by now
Her name is not Melba Mao rest assured.
JaimieT said:Does anyone know what that rich rady meant when she asked Protestant pastor lady, "Aren't you married?"
Hoo boy, I had a lot of issues with this one, which is unusual for this show.OK - what the hell is with all these ships flying willy nilly into the Ring? I mean Holden and crew had both desperation and a reason to think it would be okay. They pretty much had to. But Mars flies a ship inside just to go after them? What? And then the Belters fly the freakin' Nauvoo into it? Isn't this by far their biggest ship? With high ranking leaders on board? Now the UN is flying one of their big ships in? Is everyone insane? Send a unmanned probe in, and then, if you have to, a manned probe in for god's sake. I realize a ship poked in and back out, but still found this very reckless on everyone's part. This is a protomolecule door leading to who knows where. I'm really curious how the book describes all this. Not just the action, but the space inside the ring.At some point, I just acquiesced and was able to sort of enjoy the madness of it all. The Mao flashbacks felt a bit shoehorned in and uninteresting, though I liked seeing Julie again. I had liked Melba up until I realized this was about impressing her Dad, and now I just think she's kind of pathetic. (I'm wondering if Melba's supervisor/mentor comes back somehow, a la Miller. Nobody mentioned it, but that actor has been in tons of stuff going back to the 80's. I bet his IMDB page is a mile long. He was the "cool janitor" in the Breakfast Club.)Felt like an inordinate amount of time was spent on the pastors deciding what they were going to do, and I didn't care about it.The documentary crew stuff was a little confusing too. One minute Amos is threatening the woman, and then we come back and he's got them suited up in an airlock. Then they just ... send them out? Again into this unknown nebulous thing they're inside, hoping they get picked up so they can send a message? They know one of these people was possibly sabotaging them. Why even trust them? Seems like at this point it might be better to keep them and have them record their side of things, and then surrender.I was just getting used to Naomi being with the Belters and kind of digging it, and now she's leaving them. She seemed shocked by the Belter's enthusiastic chanting, and I wasn't sure why. What did she think this was going to be like? Then she deserts them as a fairly high ranking officer and Drummer just lets her go. Wasn't really surprised by the latter, but more the way it happened - that Naomi didn't just go to her and explain herself. Didn't seem like her to just take off.
@JaimieT I would “hope” no book spoilers make it to these threads (if so they “should” be properly tagged/hidden). It becomes a slippery slope and one place I visit I rarely check The Expanse thread as it is heavily populated by book readers who mention the book often.
Melba is her undercover name and she has a better real name in the books so hopefully they use it.I loved the creepy visuals inside the ring and the more “fully operational” version of “Miller.”They all went in ultimately because of politics. Mars rushed it because, you know, they’re Martians and they really want to nail Holden and get their stolen/salvaged ship back. Then they let everyone know that it was survivable inside, and that you could get back out as well, so the UN and Belters couldn’t accept leaving this possibly-valuable alien phenomenon to Mars uncontested. if one faction gets in and sets up shop, then they’re obviously going to claim ownership or at least squatter’s-rights.Sure the protomolecule is scary and dangerous, but what’s worse than whatever it could be is your opponent having access to something scary and dangerous that you don’t have access to.These are military folks and you don’t cede or potentially-valuable ground to the enemy, even if you’re operating under an uneasy truce.
I feel like they might have used Melba's real name last night in the family scenes, but I don't recall now.Yeah, the speed thing confuses me a bit. The missile is clearly slowed, but I missed the specifics on what Alex was able to do with the ship. Naomi didn't seem too hampered in heading to the Roci though. So is there a flat maximum speed or is everything slowed down relative to the amount of propulsion it's using? I wonder how that affects Holden and the other two floated out of the Roci.
I don’t know about that, I wouldn’t know one of Jeff Bezos’s kids if they came up and hit me in the face.