The Expanse “Intransigence” Review
It is a brave new world in the universe of The Expanse. Right now no one is safe when humanity can’t get out of its own way to save themselves from something that could quite easily overwhelm them in their current mindset. Yet at the same time, someone so bold as to pass through the ring could only happen during a circumstance such as this. The anticipation right now is to see what happens when our crew and guests process where they are now, and how everything went so wrong so fast.
The Rocinante waking up to their new surroundings was as intense as you would expect. On one hand there was figuring out what the heck they just got themselves into, and then there was getting answers about who is screwing with them. The latter I was bracing myself for most because it would have hurt the story if they were not asking the right questions giving the two strangers they have aboard their ship. Even if they didn’t know exactly what happened, there was no reason to rule out that there was foul play involved. For Holden, Alex, and Amos, it was interesting to see how things change when they don’t have Naomi. Someone who puts the effort into keeping everyone on the same page, from crossing lines, or knows how to work tech properly. That led to the reactions you would find predictable for them when faced with problems outside of their depth. Amos made a shocking decision, but even that was something you wouldn’t argue with if you were any of the crew.
Exploration was key here whether it was taken through free will or by force from the UN giving chase. I was not too surprised when this would turn into a thing where the UN was more concerned with finding an enemy than to figure out what they themselves just got into. Just as I consistently say about humanity getting in the way of itself. It only seems natural at this point, and to a fault.
Finding out who this Melba is I’m glad was something to wait for too long. Now with that said, the wait was worth it when you find out what major character she is connected it. That made sense of everything she has gotten herself into. The only question then was if everything she has done recently was really worth it. Her motives took time for all the pieces to fall into place, but it was exactly what you would expect from someone tangled deeper into this conspiracy than you initially assumed. I’m actually more thankful that this third-party wasn’t too big as the last thing we need right now is to be pulled in too many directions.
Now when it came to Anna, I personally enjoyed how she embraces everything you would think that is wonderful about the development of the protomolecules. When others are only seeing war, chaos, or enemies, Ann sees clearly what is the experience of a lifetime. You could not fault her for the lengths she took to stay aboard the Thomas Prince. As a person of faith as well, I love how they broke barriers when saying that faith does not make you ignorant to what is right in front of you.
On the Belter’s end, it was hard to side with anyone after what happened. You could understand why they needed to fire, or why they needed to question what was happening in the moment. That video put everything they were working towards at risk. There was no better time to give them a problem that wasn’t fighting amongst each other. When the anger is set aside, they are able to have real conversations that everyone else is lacking because they are blinded by something else. For Naomi this week, she finally got to decide for herself if it was more important to protect her own people, or her old crew. Ashford on the other hand has caught me off guard. This is a guy who we were led to believe couldn’t be trusted and would be a problem. However, he constantly became that guy who is able to make the right call, the tough call, and engage others on a more personal level. Even Drummer has some stronger moments here as well. Quite empowering when willing to take some risks in order to feel a part of the bigger picture.
The Expanse “Intransigence” continues to push that button when the only way to go is deeper into mystery. Politics and pettiness aside, this is where we want to be for the real sci-fi adventure to unfold.