Wednesday, December 16, 2020

REVIEW: 'The Expanse' - The Rocinante Crew Explores Different Parts of the System During a Mandated Furlough in 'Exodus'

Amazon's The Expanse - Episode 5.01 "Exodus"

Holden tries to convince Fred Johnson to destroy the last sample of protomolecule. Naomi gets an important lead to her son. On Luna, Avasarala begins to hunt for Marco Inaros.

In 2019, the television industry aired 532 scripted shows across numerous outlets. The way people consume content now is different than it used to be. It happens according to one's own schedule. As such, it's less necessary to provide ample coverage of each episode in any given season from a show. Moreover, it is simply impossible to watch everything. As such, this site provides shorter episodic reviews in order to cover as many shows as possible. With all of that being said, here are my thoughts on the season premiere of Amazon's The Expanse.

"Exodus" was written by Naren Shankar and directed by Breck Eisner

The Rocinante crew has served the solar system well. They have brought in a new era of human existence. They have been there for every development so far with the protomolecule. They are constantly pulled into the action. They feel more informed than anyone else in this subject. As such, they are cautious about the developments happening because they fear the species that once destroyed the civilization that made the protomolecule. Ilus was almost destroyed because this matter was desperately seeking answers. That almost came at the expense of humanity. People were left to their own devices and morals in the new realms beyond the solar system. It's a world of opportunity. And yet, the action and drama may always be pulling the Rocinante crew back home. They can't control the actions taken throughout the entire known universe. It's too expansive at this point. Holden senses a growing anger whenever he passes through the Ring. He has a foreboding sense of doom. He tries his hardest to warn people. The protomolecule is dangerous. Every last remnant of it should be destroyed. It hasn't disappeared from this system yet though. People are still actively experimenting with it. All they have are theories about it possibly inviting destruction to the system at some point in the future. There hasn't been any evidence of that being true yet. Holden and Okoye are the only people who feel connected to the mysteries still lurking in the universe. They need to understand it. If they find those answers, then that can better prepare humanity for the fight that comes next. That may not be a fight they have to engage in though. They are entitled to lives outside of this service. The Rocinante crew has scattered at the start of the season. It's not because of some inner turmoil that has torn them apart. They simply are using their mandated furlough in different ways. Amos is returning to Earth for the first time in a long time. He suggests it's to mourn the loss of a friend who shaped him into who he is today. But so much of his past in Baltimore remains an unknown. This season promises to deliver more clarity on that. Alex returns to Mars. He hopes to reunite with his family. He is forever optimistic about that. He wants that love in his life once more. He believes he can fix what has been broken. They have moved on without him. He only wants to see the volatile reaction in the aftermath of his sudden appearance. He believes cooler heads will emerge after a bit. That may never happen because of the damage he has done by leaving. Bobbie may be right when she urges him to accept that he hasn't atoned for his past mistakes. Her family is gone because of how she compromised their safety. In fact, all of Mars may be crumbling because of the glory of new planets to explore. They can achieve their dreams elsewhere. This is no longer a planet worth fighting for. That too is depressing. Alex looks around and sees nothing but vast emptiness. People still live in this world. It's just not a thriving civilization anymore. People hope the exploration of the universe will invite personal accomplishments for them. They have that renewed sense of vigor. Plenty of people are still threatening to tear the universe apart though. Marco Inaros still has his weaponized asteroids. Months have passed and no one has grown any wiser as to the power he wields. He is carefully planning his strategy. Filip is caught up in the middle of it. Naomi will be shortly as well. Restoring that connection is the most important thing to her right now. She sought out these answers. She has them. She can't abandon him now when this fight could easily get him killed. She pulls away from Holden only because she feels that impulse to be elsewhere. Their connection is still full of love. They are fighting for a better future for themselves. It's hard to let power and influence go. People still respect Holden because of what he has done throughout the system. Avasarala is still fighting to make a difference despite being voted out of power. They have these known structures of what to expect from their lives. It's hard for them to reckon with anything else. Now, they may have to address those concerns. How do they live in times of peace? Can they allow the burden to pass on to someone else? Or do they have to remain at the center of the action in the hopes of saving the world yet again? That appears to be the central philosophy of this season. The crew will have different responses. They have the space to find these answers now. But again, the threats are still out there ready to cause damage that will impact the vast majority of lives in the universe even though things seem peaceful and thriving at the moment.