The Expanse “It Reaches Out” Review


THE EXPANSE — “It Reaches Out” Episode 308 — Pictured: (l-r) Steven Strait as James Holden, Anna Hopkins as Monica Stuart — (Photo by: Rafy/Syfy)

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These past few episodes have changed the entire landscape of The Expanse. All it took was stopping the child experiments and the clump of protomolecules on Venus finally breaking free to commence with their grand plan. As someone who hasn’t read the books, this ring was a shocking development. It creates so many questions, and causes so much tension when everyone fears the unknown all the same.

Holden, Amos, and Alex have gotten a bit more than they bargained for when they were forced to agree to this documentary to keep the ship. One tolerates the journalists’ existence, one would rather not deal with them, while the other you hope doesn’t choke someone out for crossing boundaries. Now with that said, the big focus this episode was the sudden haunting of Holden by Miller of all people. That I did not see coming, but it also make sense that this is now in the realm of possibility. The initial idea was that Miller and the other died with the collision course on Venus, but obviously that couldn’t have been all to their fate. When we are dealing with the protomolecules, it is safe to assume that death is only the next step so to speak. Holden’s reaction to this was extreme, but who wouldn’t when making contact with protomolecules is practically a death sentence. It was expected the cryptic messages would make sense over time and they handled the process very well through suspense and challenging Holden’s sanity throughout.

The journalists only make me cringe because it does not feel like the crew is taking them as seriously as they should. No matter what deal was made, I wouldn’t be so quick to drop my guard as they have. A bit too much room to roam on their own, and not enough pressure put on them when they are not where they are supposed to be. Of course there is a line they cannot cross, but that does not excuse how careless they have been so far. Then again this could jut be them a bit aimless without someone like Naomi trying to push them in some direction to keep them active.

THE EXPANSE — “It Reaches Out” Episode 308 — Pictured: (l-r) Dominique Tipper as Naomi Nagata, David Strathairn as Klaes Ashford — (Photo by: Rafy/Syfy)

This mysterious low-level tech aboard the Thomas Prince activating was one heck of a way to escalate this situation. No matter how this story gave the impression that exploration was more important, that never quite meant that others could or would not have plans of their own to either take advantage of this ring formation or stir up some trouble. With that said, this was also the spark to take us to a new frontier. This season is taking us places we wouldn’t have thought possible (unless reading the book), and how this in the end involved the ring was thrilling.

The problem that is human nature plays its biggest part here as well. When you have a common threat like the protomolecules creating this mysterious ring, wouldn’t the idea be that all petty squabbles are set aide to tackle one goal for the sake of everyone’s survival? Nope, not at all. That would be too easy for people fresh out of a war and still caught up in that mindset that everyone is out for themselves. For the Belter’s story, Naomi really finds herself put on the spot when I would say her situation fits someone who sees the bigger picture than someone caught up in the past. Fitting in is the least of her worries when there remains an argument about the future of the Belters between their own people. Now the trouble she finds herself in now, that shook things up since it is the first time she has ever truly felt powerless to help or influence. She walks on eggshells, more so than the rest on the Roci, and that always means a time will come where she is thrown outside of her comfort zone.

The Expanse “It Reaches Out” lived up to the name and much more through a roller coaster of emotions and seeing everyone handling this anomaly that is the protomolecules so differently. 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.

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