The Expanse “Pyre” Review


THE EXPANSE — “Pyre” Episode 208 — Pictured: (l-r) Steven Strait as James Holden, Dominique Tipper as Naomi Nagata — (Photo by: Rafy/Syfy)

The system is on the edge. It really is anything goes from here in The Expanse with so many people and factions looking to make a power move for the sake of their future. Our journey into the unknown is far from over and it is a good thing that this has so strongly acted as the catalyst for many who would have still fallen to the background to now take action. For better or for worse this is what it looks like when unrest takes over

If you thought just losing Dawes was bad, it was certainly what he had to say after which raised some hairs. Part of what’s so great about characters like Dawes is that everything is about what they say rather than what you do. During a time where everyone is afraid to make the first move, he creates a sense of urgency to act when he could not only become the end of two planets, but then end of everyone messing with forces outside of their control. Though more than that, reaching a point like that comes with the build up of fear that Dawes manages to stir up through what he believes is speaking up for the sake of all Belters. Especially for what Johnson and company have to deal with next. It felt like the next logical obstacle they would have to deal with having dissent among the ranks.

The extremist mentality creates a stir of emotions that really puts you at the edge of your seat. Again at a time like this it only takes one person bold enough to start a war, and what escalation breaks loose here really brought us close to that point. I know personally that war just may be inevitable, but it doesn’t make you anymore prepared for a moment like that to come. Not when war regardless of the size involves a massive loss of lives. The extremist mentality doesn’t care about this and it plays well into keeping everyone at the edge of their seats for the worst.

Understanding Dawes better through characters such as Drummer was a wise choice. Its pretty much taking out two birds with one stone. Both characters for as much as we have seen of them still come off hollow. We haven’t gotten that little bit which helps peel off the layers that they want you to see rather than what’s beneath.

THE EXPANSE — “Pyre” Episode 208 — Pictured: Terry Chen as Praxideke Meng — (Photo by: Rafy/Syfy)

How this episode of The Expanse began was a bit unexpected. This character Meng is a character from the books, though not someone you really expect to run into following everything already going on. Certainly a treat for whoever reads the books, but this will be someone for viewers to warm up to. Until then those of us just now being introduced to Meng see this guy who lost everything due to the attack on Ganymede which at the very least ties him to something going on relevant.

Luckily what character exploration Amos was going through last episode wasn’t just a one-shot thing. The pressing of his habits makes interactions with him scary even when he is with people he’s supposed to care for. Something definitely happened during the time he was out of the picture and you have to wonder just what changed because there is something horribly cold about his stare. Even more than usual. Holden and Naomi are great on the other hand when they work together. Clearly things aren’t perfect between them, but there is no arguing what these two are capable of when they are on the same page about the things that they need to do. For the Roci crew as a whole, I’m happy that the end of this episode saw to a new direction for them. They could only hang around the Tycho Station for so long before branching off into something different. Who knows what they will find with their next destination, but this move came out of necessity for them.

The Expanse “Pyre” was a solid episode that gave us a new character, tied up some loose ends, and set our main characters on a new path where we can continue to expect the unexpected. There was more focus on just the Belt this time around and sometimes you need that kind of focus to get the best quality out of the characters and their stories. The action we got out of this was more memorable for how much time there was to let the intensity and fear sink in from it.

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