The Big Empty
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Welcome everyone. I am so happy that you’ve joined me to discuss The Expanse.
This was a strong second episode of the series. I continued the plight of the various characters nicely and kept us wanting more.
After sharing some news from The Expanse I divide my episode into three discussion areas. Ceres Station, Earth and The shuttle Knight.
At Ceres Station, I discuss Miller’s continued pursuit of Julie Mao and how it’s almost becoming an obsession for him. We get to know more of his character as he deals with people in authority as well as low life street criminals. We also see how Havelock, being new to the station is naive to the way things work.
On Earth, I talk about how Avasarala and the U.N. Undersecretary-General Cadaver Errinwright argue about the Belter prisoner she’s interrogating. He orders her to go easy on him. And when she gets nowhere with the prisoner she transfers him to Luna. I then talk about how he kills himself on the way to Luna, to the dismay of Avasarala.
On the Shuttle Knight, I talk about Holden’s hot headiness and his desire to go after the ship that destroyed the Canterbury. I discuss Naomi’s strong character and how she is a take charge kind of woman. I go over the various trials the crew are faced with and their rescue at the hands of the Mars military.
I finish off with some great feedback contributors from listeners.
The Big Empty was written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby and Directed by Terry McDonough.
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In this week’s episode I talk about the mysterious woman at the beginning of the episode. I then go over the Christen Avasarala, the U.N. Deputy Undersecretary’s brief story before moving on to Miller and Holden.
In my discussion on Miller I talk about his personality and how he doesn’t really seem like a nice guy. We see how he’s not above taking a bribe to look the other way but he also has his limits. To me he seems like a lost dejected soul. The simple “Kidnap job” given to him looks to be taking hold.
I love the look of Ceres station and it’s variety of social classes. Including our first look at the Belters.
We didn’t get a whole lot of Miller but we can already tell that he will be a very deep character.
In my discussion on Holden and the crew of the Canterbury I talk about life in space. The dangers of their job and the condition of their ship. You see the toll that it takes on them, especially when we see the breakdown of the executive officer. It becomes further apparent when the Captain of the Canterbury orders the distress call they received deleted from the data base and tells the crew to get ready to head home.
I talk about how Holden, who can’t let it go, logs the distress call forcing the Canterbury to investigate. Forcing himself, along with Naomi, Amos, Alex and Shed investigate the Scopuli. Onboard the shuttle, Holden confesses to Naomi that it was he who logged the distress call. Something I think will haunt him.
I talk about how they find a planted distress beacon hidden on the Scopuli’s bridge and how they realize it’s a trap. But before they can do anything a mysterious ship appears and fires on them.
I share the grief of the shuttle crew as they see the Canterbury blown up in the nuclear blast, leaving them all alone, millions of kilometres from anywhere.
I received three feedback submissions this week from J.P., Cain and Chad. I would love to hear from you in future episodes. Please don’t hesitate to send my your thoughts, theories and questions.
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