We (finally) Review The Expanse SN02 EP10 – “Cascade”

Hey, y’all! Getting closer to having the whole of Season 2 for you! Let’s get into “Cascade”.

Episode 9 Recap

In “The Weeping Somnambulist“, the team arrived on Ganymede, albeit with a bit of tragedy, while Bobbie Draper arrives on Earth to give her report of the battle at Ganymede. She’s hiding something and Avarasala quickly picks up on that. While all of that’s going on, the research ship, U.S.S. Arbogast, arrives in Venus orbit to find they’re not alone and there’s something strange taking place on the surface.


The events of this episode take place in only two places: Ganymede and Earth.


We pick up right where Episode 9 ended. Holden, Naomi, Meng, and Amos have just been kicked off The Weeping Somnambulist.

As they explore Ganymede and try to figure out what to do next, they find that Meng’s (Terry Chen) daughter and her doctor, Dr. Strickland, are not listed amongst the dead. The crew sets off to find them.

They eventually get to the section of the station where Meng worked and find it was destroyed during the battle.

While Holden (Steven Strait) and Naomi (Dominique Tipper) begin asking around for Dr. Strickland and information on the protomolecule, Amos (Wes Chatham) and Meng begin looking through Meng’s work.

The two eventually come across one of Meng’s old co-workers who tells them of someone who may be able to help locate Mei, Meng’s daughter.

They immediately meet up with Roma, the guy who can help them. Roma is not helpful…until Amos helps him see why he should be, in a really cool and satisfying way.

As Roma searches video camera footage, Holden and Naomi’s relationship continues to deteriorate while Amos and Meng seem to begin to understand each other. To calm himself, Meng begins working on the plants that are left.

He also tells of “the cascade effect” that happens when plants die in an ecosystem.

Ganymede is doomed.

Finally, Roma finds Mei and Dr. Strickland. Just as that happens, we get to see Alex (Cas Anvar) in a cool gravity scene. He gets an alarm that the MCRN has instituted a “No Fly Zone” around Ganymede. He has no way to the crew up now.


Events on Earth also pick up where they left off in Episode 9. It’s just after the meeting where Draper told her story. Avarasala (Shohreh Aghdashloo) wants to question Draper more, but the Martians won’t allow it.

Draper is threatened with being court-martialed for almost letting the truth about Ganymede slip. Not being able to take it anymore, she escapes from her room through the window. Avarasala’s comments from Episode 9 about how tough Martian soldiers are is true…you’ll see why.

As Draper is escaping, Errinwright is worried about the protomolecule spreading and finally confesses his involvement with J.P. Mao. Avarasala finally pieces everything from the beginning of the show together.

Just then, Avarasala is told about Draper’s daring escape. She spots a chance.

Meanwhile, Draper is seeing what Earth really looks like. Just wanting to see the water, she finally meets someone who’s willing to help her get there.

We get to see what it would be like for someone not from Earth see an ocean for the first time. Draper tears up and enjoys a few moments before Avarasala arrives. She quickly questions Draper on what really happened on Ganymede and then disappears just as the Martians arrive to take Draper back to captivity.

Stay tuned to Pop Culture Pipe Bomb for he next episode and all news on The Expanse.

The Good
  • The writers put a lot of thought into what life would be like on Earth for someone from another planet
  • Finally get to see Amos kick some ass
  • Parts of the plot come full circle
  • We see why Draper is so important
The Bad
  • A lot of characters to keep up with, but not our favorite ones
4 Great

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