We have a shorter review than usual this week, but much to discuss, as two small ships ponder taking on a navy, and a couple of characters bid “oyedeng.”
Director: Marisol Adler
Writer: Dan Nowak
Adapted from the novels by Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham (as James S.A. Corey)
Steven Strait as James R. Holden
Dominique Tipper as Naomi Nagata
Sandrine Holt as Oksana
Cas Anvar as Alex Kamal
Frankie Adams Roberta “Bobbie” Draper
Keon Alexander as Marco Inaros
Brent Sexton as Cyn
Bahia Watson as Sakai
Jasai Chase Owens as Felip
José Zúñiga as Bull
Olunike Adeliyi as Karal
George Tchortovas Leveau
Anna Hopkins as Monica Stuart
Hayley Pace as Pella Crew #1
Emmanuel John Malok as Pella Crew #2
Phi Huynh as Pella Crew #3
Wilex Ly as Serge
The familial relationships on board Inaros’s ship become strained, and we learn more of Naomi Nagata’s backstory.
The Rocinante and the Razorback explore certain problems. Can the proto-molecule be retrieved? And why would factions on Mars secretly support and arm Inaros?
Naomi’s final decision in this episode requires significant resolve and some unpleasant sacrifices. I was wondering how plausible (or even possible) her maneuver would be, but it appears to be within the realm of possibility.
The first half moves at a slower pace than most, without being consistently interesting enough to justify that pace. The second half pays off.
Emotional Response: 5/6 The episode gives us uncomfortable insight into Inaros, and the conclusion packs a powerful punch.
Overall: 5/6 We have another episode that sets up the pieces (to borrow a metaphor), while exploring characters. It is strong, but not as strong as the previous week’s installment.
In total, “Oyedeng” receives 36/42