311 Fallen World – The Expanse Podcast – Tales From The Rocinante
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This week we discuss season 3 of The Expanse with the eleventh episode titled “Fallen World”.
In this week’s podcast after sharing some news from The Expanse, I talk about the most recent episode. I end the podcast with some great listener feedback.
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The episode opens in the Nucleus. The Lieutenant is dead and Holden is in a catatonic state.
The remaining Marines are preparing to bug out when Bobbie orders one of them to fire a rocket up the entrance shaft. The projectile is instantly stopped showing them the new reduced speed limit within the Ring.
They grab Holden and cautiously head back to their dropship.
Bobbie is concerned for Holden health but the other two Marines blame him for their L.T.s death. But that’s the least of their worries. Throughout the Ring, every ship underwent a massive deceleration causing thousands of casualties.
But that’s not the worst of their problems. With most of the ships caught and being pulled towards the Nucleus, it only leaves skiffs to evacuate people. However there are not enough of them to rescue everyone and with the reduced speed limit, it will take seven months to exit the Ring.
Holden finally wakes up. He’s confused. He tells Bobbie that he saw something, a vision, a vision of the end of everything.
On board the Behemoth, Drummer and Ashford are pinned within a freight lift and nobody knows they are there.
The two, still at odds, try to figure out ways to free themselves but every option doesn’t work or would end up further injuring one of them.
In pain, Ashford starts signing to keep his mind steady. The two exchange stories of their previous close calls with death and then discuss their hopes that one day, Belters will be viewed as equals to Earthers and Martians.
When Ashford realizes he’s bleeding internally and doesn’t have much time, Drummer decides to take action. She tells him that he finally got the captaincy he wanted and then activates the lift, further crushing herself in order to free him.
In order to save the many injured, Ashford orders the drum spun up on the Behemoth.
It’s a tense moment but the Belter built ship responds as it was intended and spin gravity is achieved.
Ashford sends out a wide beam message to all ships in the area inviting everyone to bring their wounded to the Behemoth where they will be welcomed.
A shocked Anna wonders the Thomas Prince witnessing the devastation the deceleration caused. She offers help those with minor injuries but she’s told there’s nothing she can do. In zero G blood can’t drain, it clouts where it is, meaning any internal injury is a death sentence.
Searching the corridors for more injured Anna stumbles upon Melba who has a broken arm.
Anna receives a call from Tilly and tracks her down. Tilly is too far gone to save, before she succumbs to her injuries she manages to tell Anna that Clarissa attacked her and is trying to kill James Holden.
While being treated, Clarissa learns that all ships within the Ring are converging near the center of the Ring. Including the Rocinante.
She leaves the medical bay and finds an airlock. She dawns an EVA work mech and ejects herself right as Anna arrives.
Naomi regains consciousness on the Belter Skiff. When she tries to push the small ship towards the Rocinante the electronics start to melt down. She quickly dons her EVA suit, abandons the skiff, and makes her way to the Roci.
She arrives on board to find Alex and Amos injured and Jim missing. Amos questions whether she’s back for good or only to help. She tells him that she finally figured out that they are her family and it’s where she belongs. He accepts that.
While tending to her two crewmates Naomi responds to an alarm in the cargo bay. She goes to investigate and is attacked by Clarissa.
With the worker mech, Clarissa easily overpowers Naomi and is about to kill her when she is attacked from behind by Anna who shocks her into unconsciousness.
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