We Review The Expanse SN02 EP09 – “The Weeping Somnambulist”

Yes…I know, I know! The Season 2 finale has come and gone and I’m still trying to catch up on the episode reviews. Here’s the deal, if I know Expanse-rs, you’re going to go back and watch the whole season a few more times before season 3 hits in 2018, right? So feel free to read this, share it with other fans, and to comment or correct anything I say. Without further ado, let’s get into episode 9.

Episode 8 Quick Recap

“Pyre” was the episode that started the buildup to the season finale. We meet a new character, the OPA rears it’s ugly head again, we said goodbye (for now) to a series regular, and our heroes set off on yet another mission to save the galaxy from itself.

The Weeping Somnambulist

Using more detailed graphic and sound effects, we see the relief ship where we first met Dr. Meng (Terry Chen) in EP07 is being boarded by what we think are Mars troops. We soon find out the troops are really Amos (Wes Chatham) and Holden (Steven Strait) in disguise.

While Alex (Cas Anvar) monitors things from The Rocinante, Naomi joins the two on The Weeping Somnambulist. Their plan is to use the ship to get onto Ganymede without any problems.

They’ve also discovered that Dr. Meng’s daughter and her doctor, Strickland, have something to do with the protomolecule arriving on Ganymede. They suspect Strickland was going to use the protomolecule to help Meng’s daughter overcome a disease she has.

We get another scene where the writers give us a glimpse of what’s to come as the crew discusses a plan. The writers use this technique frequently to keep the watcher engaged in the plot. I like it. I’m totally gonna steal that technique for my screenplay…when I write a screenplay.

As they finally approach Ganymede, they sign off contact, leaving Alex alone on The Rocinante. This becomes important later.

Finally, The Weeping Somnambulist is cleared to dock with Ganymede. The Captain of The Weeping S is happy to have them leave, but as Holden and crew leave the ship, they notice someone else immediately board it.

Holden, Naomi, and Amos rush back on but it’s too late. Tragedy strikes.

The U.S.S. Arbogast

The Arbogast is where Avarasala’s friend and spy, Dr. Iturbi,  has taken a position as a researcher. The ship is heading to Venus to investigate the protomolecule left there after the Eros crash.

As they approach Venus, they find they’re not the first ones there.

Scared and put off by the presence of others, the Captain of The Arbogast debates whether to move forward with the mission, until they make a startling discovery.

Bobbie Draper’s Adventures on Earth

Earth actually sucks for those who weren’t born here. The gravity. The air. The sunlight. It’s difficult for Martians, as we hear while Draper’s transport approaches. In the background, we hear instructions on how to deal with the higher gravity.

You may recall Draper (Frankie Adams) is on Earth to assist the Martians in the peace negotiations after the Ganymede incident. She’ll be expected to tell a version of the events she and her team experienced.

In a well-acted scene, Draper recounts the events the way she’s told to. In the end, the situation is blamed on one of her friends. Mars accepts responsibility and offers reparations to Earth.

Later, Draper is furious that her good friend is being blamed for everything, but she’s told it was done to stop a war. Avarasala (Shohreh Aghdashloo), however, is too smart for that and quickly suspects the story Draper told was not the actual truth.

Avarasala asks to question Draper further and we’re once again shown Avarasala’s guile. She gets Draper to drop her guard and start to elaborate on the real events on Ganymede. Just before she goes into full detail, Draper catches herself.

But it was enough for Avarasala, who is now sure there is more to the story than the Martians are saying.

Another slow moving episode that serves as the setting for big events to come. If you’ve seen the whole season, I’d love for you to comment. Leave them here or over on our Facebook page or Twitter feed. 

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The Good
  • I'm liking that the SFX are still looking good
  • consistent writing from the show-runners keeps the plot moving at a good pace
  • well acted scenes by Shohreh Aghdashloo and Frankie Adams.
The Bad
  • Not a con, but the episode does move a bit slow...however, this is normal for the show.
3.5 Good

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