The Expanse “The Monster and the Rocket” Review


THE EXPANSE — “The Monster and the Rocket” Episode 212 — Pictured: Dominique Tipper as Naomi Nagata — (Photo by: Rafy/Syfy)

Aliens are walking among us. I did want to scream aliens last week and that is the best feeling ever for a show like The Expanse. They push boundaries every week and this development alone in physical form is a driving force for a call to action. I mean what do you do when you thought destroying Eros would stop the spread only yo find out that the threat is already here and now free?

Hard to see the Roci crew split like this. A lot of things happened last week, but they are the core of this universe. While I do want to see where this humanitarian effort of Naomi will take here, my anticipation truly lied with the hunt that has now begun for this alien. It goes without saying that Holden is leading himself down a dark path at the moment. Has this zero tolerance approach to everything he does now and that messes with your perspective of what is right, wrong or simply humane. Fred was a solid example of what it means to make those kind of calls, but Holden takes things a step further. Someone had to push that envelope and at this time he is the right guy. Especially when you are looking for someone who will take the fight to the threat of these protomolecules. Tensions are running high and they really did challenge how far you can risk tossing yourself into the abyss.

With that said, you also look forward to this journey with Naomi and Amos because you need heroes who put the people before the mission. From the minute they spring into action they are doing what they do best and that brings about a change in atmosphere. Still easier said than done to save all these people, but you are drawn in for the effort alone to make this happen. This was one of the most touching scenes to follow this season. For a show like The Expanse you can’t forget how important it can be to recognize these people who are caught in the middle of the chaos. If there was any reason to root for a character like her above anyone else, they nailed it.

THE EXPANSE — “The Monster and the Rocket” Episode 212 — Pictured: (l-r) Frankie Adams as Bobbie Draper, Shohreh Aghdashloo as Chrisjen Avasarala, Nick Tarabay as Cotyar — (Photo by: Rafy/Syfy)

The bit of exploration through Errinwright has been something I looked forward to. This is a complicated man who we have been slowly peeling back the layers to. He is the answer to what would happen if Avasarala were to ever cross that line for what she believes to be saving Earth. Errinwright has come quite a way since the guy you simply looked at as the guy you feared working behind the scenes. He has a clear conscience and after everything going on currently we are starting to see him more vulnerable for the human mistakes he is coming to accept that he made. This isn’t to say this is a guy who goes down without a fight because by the end of the episode we once again circle back to the fact that this is a complicated man. The move he decides to make changes everything about this political game.

Avasarala, Draper and Cotyar make quite the interesting dynamic. The banter between Avasarala and Cotyar is usually enough for entertainment, though when you toss in Draper things turn a bit  more because of the way their personalities and views clash. It was without a doubt worth the wait getting these three together. It’s a slow crawl on their end, but the dialogue makes up for any feelings of a lack in action. Now the meeting between Avasarala and Jules-Pierre Mao went exactly as one would hope. From the start she established her presence, though I’m glad that this once it wasn’t enough to get the result you were hoping for.

The Expanse “The Monster and the Rocket” was a whirlwind of emotions. So many fights on different fronts and all of them fought with such intensity towards what they believe to be right. Just when you think you know what you’re preparing yoruself for, things change on a dime and you have to appreciate the thrill of expecting the unexpected.

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