[This is a review of The Expanse season 1, episode 7. There will be SPOILERS.]
These weekly reviews are beginning to sound like a broken record, but The Expanse keeps getting better with every episode. The story continues to expand (no pun intended) with each new place we visit, yet still remains coherent and never feels like it's getting too big for its own britches.
There were many wonderful moments this week, but let's start with Chrisjen meeting Holden's mother Elise (Francis Fisher). This is a well crafted scene with great dialogue that shines more light one who Holden is and why he became the man he is today. Chrisjen simplifies Elise's story of her son as having "mommy issues," but there's something deeper there that perhaps we'll never truly understand. Shohreh Aghdashloo proved once again why she's a force to be reckoned with in the acting world when she shares the story of her son and his military service. Both mothers connect on some level and even though Chrisjen is a excellent manipulator, her pain is still believable.
'Windmills' is an episode all about what drives us to do the things we do. Amos may be the character we learn the most about when he tells Holden about "the churn" and how that philosophical belief has guided him through life. In a way, Amos may just be the most sane person in the galaxy. Maybe his beliefs are a little too simplistic, leaving no room for grey areas - but in a gun fight, there's no one else you'd rather have at your side. Letting go of Amos would be a detriment to the team. Crazy or not, he's a valuable ally.
Unlike Amos, Holden's sense of morality is all over the place. He wants to be the good guy in a galaxy that won't let him. You have to admire his courage and Steven Strait is doing some of his best work in years. There may be tension now, but it seems that Amos and Holden will be good buddies down the road. You know, one of those friendships forged by fire.
Detective Miller is still a leaf on the wind who continues his chase for the lovely Julie Mao. He's finally embraced his true Belter heritage by leaving his old school detective hat behind. Now that he's off of Ceres, those conversations between him and Dawes will be missed. Hopefully, their paths will cross again.
With only three episodes left you can begin to see how the paths of our would-be heroes are most likely to converge. Miller is getting closer to Holden and his crew as he approaches Eros, and even though Chrisjen might never leave Earth, the black ops team that her boss sent after Holden has placed her closer to her target. Now she must find a way to save him while she's millions of miles away. Should be a fun ride as we approach the season finale. Stay tuned to see what happens next!
The Expanse continues with 'Salvage' next Tuesday @10pm on Syfy. Check out a preview below: