“He was a good man. Period.”
This season of The Expanse isn’t letting up.
Title: “Down and Out”
Cast and Crew
Director: Jeff Woolnough
Writers: Matthew Rasmussen
Adapted from the novels by Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham (as James S.A. Corey)
Steven Strait as Jim Holden
Cas Anvar as Alex Kamal
Dominique Tipper as Naomi Nagata
Wes Chatham as Amos Burton
Frankie Adamsas Roberta “Bobbie” W. Draper
Cara Gee as Camina Drummer
Nadine Nicole as Clarissa “Peaches” Mao
Keon Alexander Marco Inaros
Jasai Chase Owens as Filip
José Zúñiga as Bull
Natalie Brown as Rona
Sandrine Holt as Oksana
Brent Sexton as Cyn
Bahia Watson as Sakai
George Tchortov as Leveau
Olunike Adeliyi as Karal
Arnold Pinnock as Morris
Thomas Mitchell as Sullivan
Boomer Phillips as “Tiny” Konecheck
Samer Salem as Josep
Stephen Tracey as Bertold
Vanessa Smythe as Michio
Wilex Ly as SergeMatthew Rasmussen
Carmina is not happy about Inaros, but she is willing to meet.
Naomi tries to escape her captivity, and makes a desparate attempt to save Holden and the current crew of the Roci, who don’t realize they’re in danger.
Draper and Kamal locate the Belters’ Free Navy.
Amos Burton, Julie Mao, some prison staff, and an enhanced criminal try to escape the ruins of the underground prison.
You don’t need a whoosh in space to make the story exciting, and an asteroid belt can look like an actual asteroid belt, and not a videogame. You do need a good story, rooted in the characters, and yes, appropriate effects can enhance that.
The Expanse delivers.
Amos behaves more-or-less in character, but I do wonder whether he needed to deliberately irritate Konecheck, given how much relied on him completing his task. It’s a tiny point, but a valid one.
Acting: 5/6 The Expanse gives us strong principals, but it sometimes lags, just a little, with some of the extras. The prison sequences work—they’re certainly suspenseful– but the new characters (some of whom don’t stay around for long) could have been a little better-performed.
Dominique Tripper gives a nuanced performance, capturing Naomi’s situation.
Emotional Response: 6/6
Story: 6/6 This episode does an excellent job of handling the various plots.
In total, “Down and Out” receives 38/42
Happy New Year! We’ll be back in 2021 with reviews of Star Trek: Discovery and Doctor Who:”Revolution of the Daleks.”