TL;DR – Today we start to see a glimmer of hope amongst all the destruction
Winnipesaukee Review –
When those first asteroids dropped on Earth in Churn, you knew this would be a dark season for the show, which is amplified by the fact that our Roci crew was all spread to the winds when the attack happened. In today’s episode, we get to see the first little hope on the horizon that things might be getting better.
So to set the scene, at the end of last week’s Hard Vacuum, Naomi (Dominique Tipper) had been able to interfere with Marco’s (Keon Alexander) automated message that he set up to lure people into a trap. We see at the start of this week’s episode that Naomi’s plan worked … sort of. On the Screaming Firehawk Bobbie (Frankie Adams) noticed that something was amiss, and even Holden (Steven Strait) on the Roci. But the question is, will they see it for the warning it is or think something has gone wrong and hurry into the trap? Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
Given this is the penultimate episode for the season, you would expect that a lot goes down, and in this regard, you would be correct. We get acts of revenge, large shifts in power, made rushes to freedom, and desperate moves to save the people we love. But more than this after spending a whole season alone and away for each other, for the first time we see those forces of separation coming together again.
On Luna, Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo) is finally coming to terms with the fact that her husband Arjun died when the New York sea walls failed. In this heartbreak, she discovers that new Security-General David Paster (Sugith Varughese) went behind her back to Admiral Delgado (Michael Irby) who recommended an attack on Pallas Station. Even with this betrayal, Chrisjen is still willing to work with the administration to help set the narrative until she hears that this is not a once-off but the start of an escalation. This is one of those catalyst moments where you have to decide what your principles are. For Chrisjen this meant resigning from the place of power that she desperately wants to be in. it turned out to be the right move, but there was no guarantee about that. It also gave her the time to greave her loss appropriately. Shohreh Aghdashloo is such a powerhouse in this episode that you love to see.
On the Chetzemoka, Naomi feels relief after her message made it out, but there are still problems. How does she communicate with the outside, and what does she do about her dwindling supply of oxygen that gets less and less each time she uses the airlock to access the parts of the ship in a vacuum. However, her warning went out, but for most all it did was speed up their arrival, not knowing that a proximity trigger on the ship would kill them if they got too close. The wave of despair that rolled over Naomi when she saw the Screaming Firehawk comes closer was palpable, and I thought at that moment that she was going to trigger the bombs early just to save everyone. It is a testament to the show that even though I know the outcome from the books, the acting and staging are so strong that I get carried away with it all.
On the Dewalt, Camina Drummer (Cara Gee) and the crew have been tasked by Marco to rendezvous with a bunch of ships to destroy the Rocinante. However, Drummer can smell bullshit when it is served up to her on a silver platter and knows that something is afoot even in Marco’s lieutenant Karal (Olunike Adeliyi) denies everything. It takes Oksana (Sandrine Holt) revealing that Naomi might be alive for it all to fall into place. You do really feel for Drummer here because she is stuck between a rock and a hard place. She was to save Naomi, but she wants her family to thrive. However, if she saves Naomi, her and her family will be killed to send a message. While this is bad, if I were Karal, I would not be backing her into a corner because I would bet of Drummer any day of the week.
Finally on Earth, we arrive at the titular part of today’s episode in Winnipesaukee Lake. After flying around, they find a shuttle that has yet to be taken The staff from the house are still there and let Amos (Wes Chatham), Clarissa (Nadine Nicole) and Erich’s (Jacob Mundell) crew know that the shuttle has not flown in years. While the gang secures the house, the three start trying to fix the shuttle because food is beginning to run out. For most of this season, Clarissa has been just tagging along with Amos, understandably given the circumstances. However, this week she starts to assert herself into the proceedings. First, by letting the winter staff come, the broader servants left over on the island, and finally, she saved the lives of the private security that arrived to attempt a shakedown. This frustrates everyone, but she points out that they are stronger together than apart, which is just their tribe growing.
This episode’s climax comes when after a heart-to-heart with Hutch (Amanda Cordner) about starting again, he works out why the shuttle is not starting. They start to prep to leave when those private military arseholes come back looking to take revenge for the slight. It is at this point where three important things happen. The first is that we get to see the outcome of what Clarissa can do with her implant, and it is terrifying. Then we get an extended action scene following everybody’s retreat back to the shuttle. This included two sequences filmed in the style of long single takes that climax with a wounded Amos (because of course, he needs to get shot at least once a season) dragging a wounded Hutch on board the shuttle as she screams and fires her pistol at her pursuers. It was here when the third important thing happened when we find out why you don’t engage your fusion engine inside an atmosphere.
In the end, do we recommend Winnipesaukee? Absolutely. Everything about this episode shows just how much the series has grown over the years. From the acting, to the locations, to the action, and even the emotion. Frankly, I am not ready for what we get next week.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of The Expanse
Directed by – Breck Eisner
Written by – Ty Franck, Daniel Abraham & Naren Shankar
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, Michael Irby, Anna Hopkins, George Tchortov, Olunike Adeliyi, Jacob Mundell, Sugith Varughese, Amanda Cordner & Somkele Idhalama