TL;DR – Across the Solar System, everyone is trying to find their place in this new world
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Tribes Review –
When the rocks fell on Earth, the world of The Expanse changed forever. There are obvious things like the death and damage, and the fact that more death and damage are yet to come. But in the sense of things, how the Solar System works just shifted like pulling a rug out from underneath everyone’s feet.
So to set the scene, the carnage from Marco’s (Keon Alexander) attacks in Gaugamela have continued to reverberate across the Solar System. However, in last week’s Down and Out, we found the first wrinkle in his plan. He expected the Roci to explode and take Tycho Station with it. Marco is on the back foot for the first time, but maybe it won’t be long as he tries to bring Camina (Cara Gee) back into the fold. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
This is the week where we get the most evident sense of who Marco is as a person. He talks about colonialism, and even says some of the right things, looking at how to extricate The Belt from some of the ways it has been oppressed. But in the end, what drives Marco, is not the freedom of the Bealter people, what drives Marco, is Marco. He is entirely self-centred, all wins are his no matter who made them, and all losses are someone else’s fault even if he is the cause of them. Indeed Naomi (Dominique Tipper) sums it up the most when she says that “He wouldn’t die for you, but he’d let you die for him”.
But in The Belt is not the only place where things are changing. Back on Luna, Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo) has been brought back into the fold by the new acting-Security General David Paster (Sugith Varughese) the former transportation minister. However, this is also the only time we have seen her truly vulnerable as she still has not heard a word from her husband, who was in New York when the attacks happened. Camina has to decide with her family which side to take, but they have not been given an option in reality. Though this does lead to the best line in the episode with “Your temper proceeds you.”
Everything is changing upwell, but things are just as bad if not dramatically worse back down on Earth. Society has started to fall apart as aid and support cannot keep up with the demand, and the fragile balance of civility is on the cusp of collapse. Amid this Amos (Wes Chatham) and Peaches (Nadine Nicole) are trying to make their way back to Baltimore. While there have been many changes to the narrative in the transition from the books to the screen (which I should point out that I am completely fine with). This section is pretty much beat for beat with how it appears in the books. It gives both Wes and Nadine a chance to shine in their characters, and to show how much the subtle shifts have changed them all.
In the end, do we recommend Tribes? Absolutely. In this part of the season, we see a world come apart at the seams, and people fraying around the edges. And just like the rest of the season, I can’t wait for next week’s episode.
By Brian MacNamara: You can follow Brian on Twitter Here, when he’s not chatting about Movies and TV, he’ll be talking about International Relations, or the Solar System.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of The Expanse
Directed by – Jeff Woolnough
Written by – Hallie Lambert
Created by – Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby
Based on – The Expanse by James S. A. Corey (Ty Franck & Daniel Abraham)
Production/Distribution Companies – Alcon Entertainment & Amazon Studios
Starring – Steven Strait, Cas Anvar, Dominique Tipper, Wes Chatham, Frankie Adams, Cara Gee, Nadine Nicole, Keon Alexander, Jasai Chase-Owens & Shohreh Aghdashloo with José Zúñiga, Sandrine Holt, Brent Sexton, Anna Hopkins, George Tchortov, Olunike Adeliyi, Somkele Idhalama & Sugith Varughese.