The current season of The Expanse comes to a powerful but uncertain conclusion– rescues, mutinies, an unexpected death, an inspirational speech, a Rocinante reunion, a new role for the protomolecule, and… whatever happened to that Martian ship.
Title: “Nemesis Games”
Cast and Crew
Directed by Breck Eisner
Written by Naren Shankar, Daniel Abraham, Ty Franck.
Adapted from the novels by Ty Franck and Daniel Abraham (as James S.A. Corey)
Steven Strait as Jim Holden
Dominique Tipper as Naomi Nagata
Cas Anvar as Alex Kamal
Wes Chatham as Amos Burton
Frankie Adams as Roberta “Bobbie” W. Draper
Cara Gee as Camina Drummer
Nadine Nicole as Clarissa Mao
Keon Alexander as Marco Inaros
Jasai Chase Owens as Filip
Shohreh Aghdashloo as Chrisjen Avasarala
José Zúñiga as Bull
Sandrine Holt as Oksana
Tim DeKay as Admiral Sauveterre
Jacob Mundell as Erich
Anna Hopkins as Monica Stuart
George Tchortov as Leveau
Olunike Adeliyi as Karal
Lara Jean Chorostecki as Lt. Babbage
Alex Hatz as Secretary Yilmaz
Andrea Davis as Tesfaye
Carlos Gonzalez-Vio as Cortazar
Christine Sahely as Dahane
Joyce Rivera as Secretary Cebotari
Sam Kalilieh as Clarke
Samer Salem as Josep
Stephen Tracey as Bertold
Tommy Matejka as Diplomat
Vanessa Smythe as Michio
Wilex Ly as Serge
After a daring rescue, a mutiny, battles in space, and some casualties, most of the main cast reunite on the moon, and Clarissa Mao joins the crew of the Rocinante.
With the help of some renegade Martians, Inaros’s forces take the Ring.
Then matters grow very complicated.
The show successfully maintains the tension of recent and current story arcs. “Nemesis Games” may not be as consistently engaging as last week’s episode, but it remains a strong dramatic story which cheats us of the ending we want– precisely because the story hasn’t ended.
I appreciate that The Expanse tries different approaches to certain kinds of scenes, but the handling of the battle scenes results in unnecessary confusion regarding what exactly happened.
Originality: 4/6 The episode gets a point for the conclusion and, although it is an adaptation, another for killing a character who survived the same events in the novels.
Effects: 6/6 The Expanse sets the current standard for SF F/X on TV.
Acting: 5/6 Between the intensity of much of the episode and that beguiling conclusion, we get to experienced some relaxed moments among cast members. Wes Chatham as Amos Burton continues to give us the Guy You Want in Your Corner. Even when he leverages the role to his personal advantage, you still like the guy.
Emotional Response: 5/6
Overall: 6/6 I guess we wait another year to find out what the heck just happened.
At least October should bring us a space-opera fix in the form of Dune.
In total, “Nemesis Games” receives 37/42