209 The Weeping Somnambulist – The Expanse Podcast

Posted by on March 24, 2017 in The Expanse Podcast - Tales From The Rocinante | 5 comments

The Weeping Somnambulist

The Weeping Somnambulist

This episode Timestamps

[4:36] News
[5:59] Episode Recap
[10:43] My Observations
[19:49] Feedback
[1:14:43] Book Discussion

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This week we continue season 2 of The Expanse with the episode titled “The Weeping Somnambulist “.

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.


“The Expanse” Actress Shohreh Aghdashloo Is On A Mission

The Mouldy Filters – Songs

Screencaps from Fred showing Drummer and Fred interaction in S2E08

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Or listen to the audiobook version through Audible

Episode Recap

The Weeping Somnambulist

The episode starts with the Weeping Somnabulist, a relief ship on route to Ganymede, being boarded by Mars inspectors who turn out to be Holden and Amos.

Later on board the Roci, Praxidike tries to send a condolence message to Dorris’ family back on Mars but his transmission is blocked. He’s told he’s not a prisoner so he demands to know what is going on. Amos obliges and tells him about the Protomolecule and their mission.

The commandeer the ship to take them to Ganymede. The Rocinante, being of Mars origin would cause too much commotion if they tried to approach with it. The plan is for Alex to hide behind a nearby moon in case they need a quick getaway. If it comes to that he will rendezvous with them at one of Ganymede’s surface airlocks.

The crew of the Somnbulist are sceptical of the Roci’s crew’s intentions but have no choice but to go along.

During their mission briefing, Holden is upset that Amos told Prax about the Protomolecule but there’s nothing he can do now so they bring the man in.

Prax informs them that Strickland was treating his daughter for a very rare genetic disorder. Without his help, Mae would be dead. However, they still can’t figure out the connection between the girl and the Protomolecule.

The Somnabulist lands on Ganymede. The crew tells Holden and gang that once they land they will be boarded by “inspectors” who will take 10% of their cargo. It’s just the way things work. Holden, Amos, Naomi and Prax debark but Holden and Amos notice some thugs boarding the Somnabulist and go back.

The thugs are demanding all the cargo and the ship, not the normal 10%. Holden and Amos heard enough and come in firing. They eliminate the threat but in the process, one of the Somnabulist crew is shot and killed. They offer to help but Melissa, the survivor screams at them to get off her ship.


On Earth, an MCRN drop ship containing the Mars delegation for the peace talks lands. Through flashbacks we see Sargent Martens preparing Bobbie for her visit to Earth. The Martians are visibly weekend by their visit to the planet.

With forced niceties out of the way, the proceedings get underway.

Marine Gunnery Sargent Roberta Draper is brought in to recount what happened on the ground. She recounts the events telling everyone that her squad mistook a training exercise as and act of engagement and opened fire first. Placing the blame on Mars.

The Mars delegation offers Private Travis, and Earth-born, Martian Marine as the one who opened fire. They think he was trying to prove his loyalty to Mars by taking out some Earthers. Mars is willing to take the blame and discuss reparations in order to get Ganymede back up and running as soon as possible. During the briefing, Avasarala takes an interest in Bobbie.

Back in her room Bobbi is outraged. She was blindsided with the information about Private Travis which she knows is false but Sgt. Martens informs her it was for the good of Mars.

Elsewhere, Avasarala and Errinwright discuss the convenient blame placed on an Earth-born Martian.

Back at the talks, things are wrapping up when Avasarala demands to talk with Sgt. Draper one more time.

Bobbie is brought in. Avasarala warms her up a bit with some small talk before bombarding her with quick questions to entice a response. Bobbie let’s slip that there was an enemy attacker not wearing a vac-suite. When things calm down and she’s asked to clarify, Bobbie sticks to the original story that Travis opened fire first.


Elsewhere, Errinwright updates Avasarala on the progress of the Arboghast, the research ship they sent to Venus. He tells her that nothing important has been found. When asked to be kept in the loop he tells her her focus would be better spent on other matters. Luckily she has and inside man to keep her informed.

After Errinwright departs, Cotyar informs Avasarala that he’s found no indication that the under-secretary has had any communications with Jules Pierre-Mao.


On board the Arboghast, Dr. Iturbi and Colonel Janus are at odds, both thinking the other will interfere with their mission.

On their approach to Venus, they discover a MCRN ship waiting for them. The ship doesn’t respond to any hails. Colonel Janus broadcasts on all frequencies that they are an unarmed scientific research ship and any acts of aggression against them will be considered an act of war.

The Martians and not interfering but they are matching every move the Arboghast makes.

While examining the planet they discover the Eros impact crater and signs of life where none should be possible.

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  1. HI Mark regarding your question about Monsanto, they are a biotech company. One of the first to introduce and patent genetically engineered foods.
    They are also remembered for producing DDT, PCBs, and Agent Orange.
    I thought the similarities of the fictional Mao-kwikowski Mercantile was an example of Art imitating life and very glad the proto-molicule is only fiction.

  2. I definitely remember those products you mentioned. I can see what you mean be the similarities.

  3. Regarding Bobbie’s agoraphobia and the experience of inadvertently leaving the UN building (30 minutes into your podcast,

    the latest “Inside season 2” at 1minute 35seconds, https://youtu.be/fUI6TRjxWiw?t=1m35s

    They may have outdone the book version in this case.
    there are bits in the sneak peek but the additional scenes in the “inside” series lets you

    You forgot a lot of details from the books.

  4. Power armor plays a role in the book Caliban’s War.
    It has a potential of playing a larger role in the TV adaptation. We still don’t see any video data extracted from the armor

    Dr. Michael Iturbi from the television adaptation is the analog of Dr Michael-Jon de Uturbé but there’s no book equivalent of Col. Janus who only appears in the TV adaptation. They invented a new character to introduce a new dynamic which you like many are amused with. Col Janus would be ridiculously funny if they make his first name something like psfenkta :), Colon Psfenkta Wrekdahm Anus! It so strange that Iturbi doesn’t get mentioned in the closing credits.

    I haven’t seen Terry Chen credited as Praxideke Meng (as opposed to “Praxidike”) in the closing of the show even though the spell the name onscreen differently from the books. trend? avoiding conflict in naming for social reasons or are there contractual reasons

    the naming of Melissa and Santichai is another example of a changed name. also a very different character Supitayaporn versus Suputayaporn. “Church of Humanity Ascendant” members versus crew of “Weeping Somnambulist”. I would’ve liked at least some mention of the humanist organization.

    I expect the tenth episode will lead to a comparison between book and TV versions of Prax versus of Basia.
    and the character Roma, the Ganymede hacker, who doesn’t get a name in the books.

    I don’t know if you discuss it on the podcast but sometimes I listen and wonder if you have a slight case of dyslexia and it leads to some amusing pronunciations. LOL I won’t fault you though. after all, the production team spells things slightly differently from the books. sometimes, you could attribute it to simplification for the sake of sensibilities of the audience or that of the medium.

  5. I want to thank the listener who shared Ars Technica Decrypted “well this is off to a good start”
    It really made me appreciate the actor’s commitment to the role. The character wasn’t ever my favorite (primarily because of the role not because of the performanc) but the actor has become my favorite cast members.

    as far as the guy who thinks this show is moving slowly, i think the show is still moving faster than the books. they are introducing certain specific aspects unique to the television adaptation to emphasize the character personalities and the dynamics of the factions.

    Not sure that you want to list all my comments.. Too long if you merge them together but too much “stream of consciousness” as i listen to the podcast again. Feedback on your podcast is more like a conversation than what i see in other reviews. I’m not sure whether you’ve ever experimented with live feedback as a dialog.

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