…for in such dangerous things as war, the errors which proceed from a spirit of benevolence are just the worst.
–Carl von Clausewitz, On War, Chapter One
(trans. J.J. Graham)
“Here we are, still trying to kill our way to a better tomorrow.”
–James Holden, “Redoubt.”
Earth and Mars take the war to Marco Inaros, Holden makes a controversial decision that stirs dissent among his crew, and Drummer issues a challenge.
Titles: “Force Projection” and “Redoubt”
Cast and Crew
Directed by Jeff Woolnough, Anya Adams
Written by Dan Nowak, Julianna Damewood, Glenton Richards
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” Draper
Nadine Nicole as Clarissa “Peaches” Mao
Keon Alexander as Marco Inaros
Jasai Chase Owens as Filip Inaros
Shohreh Aghdashloo as Chrisjen Avasarala
Cara Gee as Camina Drummer
Kathleen Robertson as Rosenfeld Guoliang
Anna Hopkins as Monica Stuart
Joanne Vannicola as Nico Sanjrani
Samer Salem as Josep
Ted Dykstra as Gareth
Stuart Hughes as Liang Walker
Gabriel Darku as Yoan
Vanessa Smythe as Michio
Conrad Coates as Admiral Sidiqi
Krista Bridges as Admiral Kirino
Craig Arnold as Lt. Hannu
Daniel Jun as Gary
Dianne Aguilar as Dot
Emmanuel John, Kristian Kadirgamar as Pella Officers
Emma Ho as Cara
Ian Ho as Xan
Jai Jai Jones as Sergeant Ebron
Dylan Taylor as Admiral Duarte
Mikael Conde as Dewalt Crewman
Nathaniel Bacon as MMC Marine
Douglas Netter Roman Pesino as Santiago
Tim Dowler-Coltman as Laconia Ensign
Virgilia Griffith as Tynan Crew Member
Vieslav Krystyan as Owain
Joe Perry as Tadeo
Chantele Francis, Siddhartha Sharma as Laconian Civilians
Adrienne Kress as Distraught Mom
Ava Cheung as Distraught Daughter
Strange doings continue on Laconia after the accidental death of Cara’s brother.
In our system, Earth and Mars take the war to Inaros, Avasarala boosts the propaganda front, and James Holden makes a decision that troubles his crew.
The inhabitants of Ceres wonder who they can trust.
Rosenfield makes unauthorized adjustments to Inaros’s orders, Filip gets reassigned, and an angry Camina Drummer calls out Inaros.
Despite its scope, the show always remains focused on the characters. Several of these– most significantly, those in leadership positions– make flawed but credible decisions that have real repercussions for everyone. I don’t agree with Holden’s decision but I understand why he made it. The riffs between Inaros and his son, and his second-in-command, stem from character flaws that he shares with too many real-world people in positions of power.
I look forward to the Laconian plot every week.
I do wonder whether, however, with only two more episodes, we will get a worthwhile payoff for the time spent on it. It sets in motion more than the final season can address. That aside, they do an excellent job of making the themes of the plot connect to those of the main plots.
Acting: 5/6 The lead actors remain very strong as they try to communicate the rationale behind difficult and not always logical decisions.
Cara Gee as Camina Drummer, meanwhile, kills it as a captain facing challenges and in her rhetorical middle finger salute to Inaros.
Emotional Response: 6/6
Story: 6/6 These episodes benefit from strong parallels among the plots. Is benevolence ever wrong? Or, as Von Clausewitz insists, in battle, is it usually wrong?
In total, “Force Projection” and “Redoubt” receive 38/42
The final two episodes “Why We Fight” and “Babylon’s Ashes” will be reviewed together on January 15.