The Expanse, a summary.
JAMES HOLDEN and PROTO-MILLER
THE EXPANSE APPRECIATION WEEK | Day 6: favourite quote
A commission I finished this week! I had so much fun painting Naomi again 😍
Based on the best-selling novel, #TellMeLies premieres September 7 on @Hulu.
Do you remember the first time you called me boss? It was halfway through my first run on the Cant. You’d been there longer. I thought you were fucking with me, putting me in my place. After a while... it meant more than that. Clarissa calls you boss now. I think she means it in the same way.
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I think the showrunners knew they could not deal with both Marco/Belters and Duarte/Laconia/Protomolecule stuff in 6 episodes. So they did just the set up for Duarte - I think we are getting a movie?- and focused on Marco/Belters conflict.
And I am okay with that. They know that the protomolecule stuff build up from season one is important and can’t be dealt with in one episode like how GOT disposed of the White Walkers.
To make the GOT comparison, what they did in the final season would be comparable to Daenerys, Jon, and the rest of the kingdoms uniting against Cersei and the finale being defeating Cersei. And the movie would focus on the Long Night and an united Westeros taking on the White Walkers.
The Expanse did GOT better than GOT. It got the themes right, it got the characters right. There was no subversion of expectations, no unnecessary deaths. There were happy endings, sad endings, bittersweet endings. There were poignant moments. When Naomi pressed that button - that’s a conclusion to a two season arc and we understand her choice and her pain. And she got to do it - not Holden or Amos or Bobbie.
I liked that the show spend time on Naomi and Filip. I liked that Drummer got a big arc this season. As much as I love Amos, I am glad the emotional beats this season were for Naomi and Drummer - they are the characters facing tough choices in a complex conflict that has no easy answers.
We got amazing space battles, Bobbie and Amos being bad-asses.
I loved that Naomi and Amos made up. The talk about Clarissa-Amos being the new Amos-Naomi brought back memories. The new Roci crew eating together mirroring a similar scene in season 2 with Alex cooking Lasagna for everyone. Holden and Naomi just holding hands ❤️ - honestly best TV couple. I noticed Josep and Michio sitting in the front row cheering for Drummer, hope their little polycule got back together.
I liked that this season had a lot of quiet character moments rather than big flashy CGI action scenes. Because for me personally the characters are what makes this show.
Drummer making the points to Avasarala that needs to be made. Equal rights now, no more talking. Drummer just generally being altogether awesome. I wouldn’t mind a spin off of Drummer being the president of the transportation union - and her non stop snark and snide remarks. That would make for a great show! They can also include her polycule - didn’t Drummer want to build things with them?
Looking forward to the movie and the resolution of the Protomolecule/Duarte conflict and how they are going to wind that up. But for now, I am happy.
i love very much that we see amos react to clarissa calling him a hero - you can see the gears turning in his head as he mulls this over, as he considers what she just said. because it’s certainly not a label he would ever give himself. no, holden and naomi, they’re the heroes, they’re the ones who have saved humanity time and time again. amos doesn’t care about humanity as a whole, but he does care about individual people. he cares about the people he’s with, his crew, his family, and he protects them as best he can. it’s not heroic in the way that holden and naomi are, with big decisions impacting life all across the galaxy, but it’s heroism all the same, the everyday kind that touches one person at a time. amos would never call himself a hero, but perhaps there are more ways to be a hero than he would’ve thought.
Jim, on his hand terminal 10 min before giving his speech:
My boy Jim ain’t seen a job he didn’t want to immediately quit. 😂
The Expanse fanart tarot card series, part 3.
Part 1: https://fluorescentwolf.tumblr.com/post/664531145453600768/the-expanse-fanart-tarot-card-series-part-1-part
Part 2: https://fluorescentwolf.tumblr.com/post/664531422669864961/the-expanse-fanart-tarot-card-series-part-2