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The Expanse - 2.05: Home

ctg

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The wonder and disbelief will leave humankind alone. They will stick with us until the last member of our race. With Eros moving "unimaginable" speed off the course everything seem to fall apart. Nothing we know and nothing they know can really explain the impossible.

But that's the thing. We often cannot explain something even though things do break the logic and reasoning. And instead of embracing the event, we get scared just like Avasarala's command at the UN.

Man, if I'd been part of the conspiracy that made the protomolecule study possible, I would have spilled my beans instead of blaming Mars for something they clearly cannot posses.

If vessels could move the speed Eros moved across the solar system, the people in the Expanse would have long time ago head out into the deep space without a fear getting trapped at the sub-light velocities. It just wouldn't happen. But someone out there could have developed a technology that enables protomolecule. And that is the thing, because in the Expanse universe, there are no aliens. No news about exoplanets or new discoveries in the infinite space.

What is funny is how same ideas about nuking the bloody asteroid develops in all corners of expanse universe. Personally, if I'd been in Detective Miller's magnetic boots I would have found a way to chuck the nuke and the bail out in the empty space, hoping for rescue within the limit of my oxygen tank.

Miller's demise is that he already punctured his space suit and lost part of air supply. So without a refill a rescue is nearly impossible and using Eros machines is highly questionable.

The moment, he were still in the Eros casino and heard the nuke's were heading in the target ... man, just another impossible situation and just like Japanese in the Second World War, Miller couldn't give in.

And neither could Holden do much else at Eros second acceleration. Like Captain Ahab doing 50 000 g burn is something you never do because the weight just would crush you, magical juice or not.

Most people lose their consciousness at under 6 g.

Not them.

Luckily I'm willing to accept Detective Miller's depiction of the events than lose this series to a disbelief. Sometime you just have to give into the fiction and let it float on it's own impossibility.


In fact, watching the Expanse is like reading best of Asimov's production. You just accept the visuals as the truth. This is best SciFi the small screen can offer. So watch it, if you can.
 

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The wonder and disbelief will leave humankind alone. They will stick with us until the last member of our race. With Eros moving "unimaginable" speed off the course everything seem to fall apart. Nothing we know and nothing they know can really explain the impossible.

But that's the thing. We often cannot explain something even though things do break the logic and reasoning. And instead of embracing the event, we get scared just like Avasarala's command at the UN.

Man, if I'd been part of the conspiracy that made the protomolecule study possible, I would have spilled my beans instead of blaming Mars for something they clearly cannot posses.

If vessels could move the speed Eros moved across the solar system, the people in the Expanse would have long time ago head out into the deep space without a fear getting trapped at the sub-light velocities. It just wouldn't happen. But someone out there could have developed a technology that enables protomolecule. And that is the thing, because in the Expanse universe, there are no aliens. No news about exoplanets or new discoveries in the infinite space.

What is funny is how same ideas about nuking the bloody asteroid develops in all corners of expanse universe. Personally, if I'd been in Detective Miller's magnetic boots I would have found a way to chuck the nuke and the bail out in the empty space, hoping for rescue within the limit of my oxygen tank.

Miller's demise is that he already punctured his space suit and lost part of air supply. So without a refill a rescue is nearly impossible and using Eros machines is highly questionable.

The moment, he were still in the Eros casino and heard the nuke's were heading in the target ... man, just another impossible situation and just like Japanese in the Second World War, Miller couldn't give in.

And neither could Holden do much else at Eros second acceleration. Like Captain Ahab doing 50 000 g burn is something you never do because the weight just would crush you, magical juice or not.

Most people lose their consciousness at under 6 g.

Not them.

Luckily I'm willing to accept Detective Miller's depiction of the events than lose this series to a disbelief. Sometime you just have to give into the fiction and let it float on it's own impossibility.


In fact, watching the Expanse is like reading best of Asimov's production. You just accept the visuals as the truth. This is best SciFi the small screen can offer. So watch it, if you can.
Yeah, it's a little weird how they all automatically blamed Mars and potentially the OPA.
 

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Yeah, it's a little weird how they all automatically blamed Mars and potentially the OPA.
Well, it's typical if you look at TV tropes. But it is also loyal to the book storyline. Even though I've read, I still don't know most of the power players in the Expense Universe, because as soon as you think you know, you're pulled back and given more. In this case, the OPA has cleaned the table each and every time, even though they should be the weakest.

What surprised me is that Fred Johnson's XO has more power than he has. The Butcher said nothing. He didn't even blink, when the XO decided to confiscate those nuclear weapons. And Aravasala did the same thing.

She just laid on roof of her house, watching Eros speeding by to its destruction.

I do not believe at this moment anything has been wiped out, because of protomolecule's being able to change known laws of the universe. It just doesn't happen everyday, but I suspect that as soon as they get a wiff of what is going under that yellow cloud, it's panic again. All over the Expanse universe.

I do hope Miller somehow survived the impact.
 

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Over on YouTube Molly Bee has a video essay about Episode 5 of Season 2, one of the more unique TV science fiction sequences I have ever seen.

 

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Well, that was almost a beautiful ending to a main story arc, spoiled by casual misogyny - because when a young woman wakes up scared and confused, what she really needs is for a strange middle-aged man to kiss her? I was hoping to show this series to the family, but they'll all object to that. :(

Also - when Eros hit that atmosphere the clouds looked orange, which made me wonder if they hadn't gone to Venus after all, though it would have been nice for this to have been mentioned which planet had actually been struck!

Either way, here's hoping for a sentient planet developing later in the series. :)
 
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