As worlds fall apart, our characters move closer to each other.
Title: Hard Vacuum
Director: Marisol Adler
Writer: Dan Nowak
Adapted from the novels by Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham (as James S.A. Corey)
Dominique Tipper as Naomi Nagata
Steven Strait as James R. Holden
Wes Chatham as Amos Burton
Nadine Nicole as Clarissa Mao
Cara Gee as Camina Drummer
Olunike Adeliyi as Karal
Sandrine Holt as Oksana
Cas Anvar as Alex Kamal
Frankie Adams Roberta “Bobbie” Draper
Keon Alexander as Marco Inaros
Shohreh Aghdashloo as Chrisjen Avasarala
Michael Irby as Delgado
Bahia Watson as Sakai
Jasai Chase Owens as Felip
José Zúñiga as Bull
Sugith Varughese A David Paster
George Tchortovas Leveau
Anna Hopkins as Monica Stuart
Jacob Mundell as Erich
Alex Hatz as Secretary Yilmaz
Amanda Cordner as Hutch
Andrea Davis as Tesfaye
Christine Sahely as Dahane
David Rosser as Cordner
Joyce Rivera as Secretary Cebotari
Sam Kalilieh as Clarke
Samer Salem as Josep
Stephen Tracey as Bertold
Vanessa Smythe as Michio
Amos and Clarissa reunite with an old acquaintance and propose a plan to get off-world, Holden contemplates a rescue, Drummer questions her deal with the Inaros faction, and the U.N. considers a violent response. In the most remarkable plot….
…Naomi, still recovering from the effects of her dramatic escape, finds herself on board a ship being used to lure and destroy the Rocinante. The character’s situation and her response to it, supported by an outstanding performance by Dominique Tipper, makes for compelling viewing.
The UN one suffers by comparison. They are considering some very real and serious issues. It’s not easy to determine the best response to an attack. Their dry approach is honestly the one political leaders should take, and its contrast with more personal situations may be quite deliberate. It isn’t bad by any means; it’s just not as consistently interesting as the other stories.
Effects: 6/6 The Expanse has become the current standard for f/x on T/V.
Emotional Response: 6/6
Story: 6/6 “Hard Vacuum” appear to be pulling most of our principal characters back together.
Overall: 5/6 Bonus: Some
salvagers scavengers take a moment to suck bubbles.
In total, “Hard Vacuum” receives 38/42