The Expanse may be saved by Amazon, and we may yet see another season. If we don’t, at least we have the remainder of Season Three, which plays like the start of a new season. Months have passed since the events depicted in “Immolation,” humans are trying to work together, our ragtag band of heroes have been, to some degree, separated, multiple new characters appear, and the protomolecule’s machinations have fabricated a vast and bewildering mystery object.

Title: “Delta V”

Cast and Crew

Director: Kenneth Fink
Writer: Naren Shankar
Adapted from the novels by Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham (as James S.A. Corey)

Steven Strait as James R. Holden
Cas Anvar as Alex Kamal
Dominique Tipper as Naomi Nagata
Wes Chatham as Amos Burton
Frankie Adams as Bobbie Draper
Shohreh Aghdashloo as Chrisjen Avasarala
David Strathairn as Commander Klaes Ashford
Cara Gee as Drummer
Nadine Nicole as Melba Koh
Raven Dauda as Namono “Nono” Volovodov
Anna Hopkins as Monica Stuart
Zach Villa as Maneo
Brandon McGibbon as Monica’s Cameraman
John Kapelos as Ren
Ari Millen as Stanni
Paulino Nunes as Reverend Doctor Hector Cortez
Elizabeth Mitchell as Reverend Doctor Anna Volovodov
Thomas Jane as Joe Miller

Premise

Chrisjen Avasarala re-establishes herself as the head of the UN, a stunt pilot flies crazily towards The Ring, now in stable orbit beyond Uranus, the repurposed Nauvoo (The Behemoth) heads more cautiously in that direction, with a crew that includes Naomi Nagata, other Belters, and some former pirates. A documentary crew chronicles the exploits of the Roci; a terrorist takes action of an uncertain nature.

We meet many new characters—and an old face unexpectedly returns.

High Points

The show will continue to deal with power and technology, but its new direction seems more intriguing, dynamic, and thought-provoking than the recent space-war and diplomatic shenanigans. An uncomfortable alliance of human societies confront something we do not—and perhaps cannot—comprehend.

Low Point

We’re finally getting to know the show’s original principals, and another army of characters turns up. The Expanse gives us some opportunities to know these characters, but not enough time gets devoted to revealing who these people are and why we should care about them.

To my mind, Amos Burton seems too young to have the past this episode indicates. Does anyone else feel this way?

The Scores:

Originality: 2/6 Humans confront a Big Dumb (?) Object in space, one that has been constructed by an ancient alien intelligence.

Effects: 5/6

Acting: 5/6

Emotional Response: 5/6 I’m hoping this season is not the last.

Story: 5/6

Production: 6/6

Overall: 5/6 This episode gives the series a fresh start, and asks two key questions: What is the Ring, and how long before they get the band back together again?

In total, “Delta V” receives a score of 33/42