Solomon Epstein: [voiceover] Mars had been a colony for a long time, and it was filled with the best scientists and technologists humanity had to offer. We were ready to govern ourselves and start a new nation of our own, but everything we built, or mined or made, was still the property of old Mother Earth. I was a fusion-drive engineer. My wife, Caty, wanted to start having babies, like all good Martians do, but I convinced her that we should buy a second-hand yacht for me to tinker around with instead. She liked to indulge me. I'd been modifying the engine to boost fuel efficiency. I wasn't expecting much, maybe four percent better, tops, and I was taking it out for a test run....My name's Solomon Epstein. And I changed everything.
Colonel Janus: The consensus, is that Eros was a test of a new Martian zero-inertia drive. They've been pumping R&D into that project for over a decade. It's the single most plausible explanation. It is, of course, possible that it was something else. Like a massive relativistic field generator o ...
Colonel Janus: The one thing we do understand is that Eros was a wake-up call. Whatever it was, it's clearly the greatest technological leap - since the Epstein Drive. And if it is a weapon, given the depleted state of our missiles, it's a weapon that will conclusively tilt the balance of power in favor of Mars.
Colonel Janus:We've commandeered a civilian survey vessel and are refitting it with our best sensors and probes. We're also reinforcing the hull to allow us to get closer to the surface. If there's anything left of Eros down there, we'll find it. We'll be on our way to Venus in a week.
Solomon Epstein: [voiceover] Way better than I ever expected. Fuel efficiency was through the roof. A hundred times better than anyone had even thought possible. A once-in-a-generation breakthrough. And that was the whole problem. See, a high-G burn hurts like hell. I felt like someone was standing on my chest. It was getting harder for me to breathe or talk. Shut down main drive. Not that talking would have made any difference. The acceleration was making my body so damn heavy, it was getting hard to even move. Oh, that was bad enough, but it wasn't the worst part. Because the most dangerous thing about being in a high-G burn is that if it goes on too long, it'll kill you.
Michael Iturbi: The problem with Colonel Janus, as a scientist, I mean, his personality disorders are obvious, but his problem is that he lacks imagination. It's true. He can only conceive the world in terms of things he's already seen.
Chrisjen Avasarala: His job is to explain science to politicians.In that regard, it's a useful skill.
Michael Iturbi: But it's of no use here. Eros Station was under quarantine, the result of a mysterious bio-weapon unleashed by Mars, which Mars believes was unleashed by us, which we did not Did we?.
Michael Iturbi: Ah, I never doubted that for a moment. Suddenly, Eros, the entire asteroid, moves In a way that practically defies every single known law of physics. Now, Janus thinks that means there's a new Martian weapon, some staggering breakthrough on an incredible scale of a technology they've been pursuing utterly unsuccessfully for years.But ask yourself this question Does it make any sense at all that Mars would want to test their ground-breaking technology in a bio-hazard zone, that they themselves created?
Michael Iturbi: So what if this bio-weapon isn't a bio-weapon after all? What if it is responsible in some way we can't yet fully understand, for Eros moving? I believe Eros was infected by an entirely new order of technology, something from somewhere else, somewhere beyond the reach of our species.I believe the Eros incident was our first contact with alien life.
Chrisjen Avasarala: I have a file with 900 pages of analysis, and contingency plans for war with Mars, including 14 different scenarios about what to do, if they develop an unexpected new technology. My file for what to do if an advanced alien species comes calling? It's three pages long, and it begins with, "Step one: find God."
Michael Iturbi: I need to get to Venus. You can pull the strings and get me on that ship.I will be your eyes and your ears, I'll be your own private back channel to everything we find, unfiltered by Janus and Errinwright. Please, let me prove I'm right.
Alex Kamal: Right? Megatons of thermonuclear ordinance, state-of-the-art guidance systems, and, somehow, 30 of them didn't get that self-destruct message. They just kept on going. Who knows where. Kind of an unsettling thought, don't you think? Yeah, it is.
Fred Johnson: You'd think helping to save Earth would balance things out, but the Mormons don't think like that. They've filed a lawsuit over the Nauvoo against the Tycho Corporation and myself. Basically, I'm in some deep shit.
Jim Holden: Well, we have one more thing for you to worry about.These aren't rock-hopper mining nukes. These are planet busters. Designed to evade the best defense systems.If the wrong person picks 'em up, it could be a problem.
Naomi Nagata: Especially if they're smart enough to remove the countermeasures.The missiles could be re-targeted, and sent right back at the Inners, or anyone else in the system, for that matter.
Jim Holden: This doesn't seem to be bothering you. Why is that?
Drummer: After the UN gave us guidance control, our techs were able to lock out some of the abort codes and override the drives.We scooped 'em up and brought 'em back to Tycho, inside gas freighters and ore ships.We could use some help removing the countermeasures.
Jim Holden: What are you planning on doing with them?
Fred Johnson: Nothing. Sometimes that's the best plan of action.
Jim Holden: The only thing those weapons are good for is first strike.
Fred Johnson: Hell, they're good for a lot of things.They can be used as deterrents, or a bargaining chip.
Jim Holden: Earth and Mars are still in the dark about the protomolecule. We need to tell them everything we know about it. We need to tell everyone.
Fred Johnson: And exactly what should we tell them? That it's alien technology that we barely comprehend? That would cause a system-wide panic.Until we get more information, we need to keep this under wraps. Eros changed everything. Earth and Mars are scared. And whenever that happens, Belters always lose. Our first priority is to protect ourselves. And that means, we're gonna take advantage of every edge we've got.
Solomon Epstein: [voiceover] At the rate my drive was burning, my fuel was going to last for weeks, which I have to say was amazing. Aside from the fact that I'd be dead long before then. The only thing I could do was to try to signal for help. Even though I couldn't talk, Caty would realize that I was in trouble. She'd figure out a way to help me.It was my only hope. My last chance.
Naomi Nagata: I think we should let people know about Miller and Julie Mao.Not all the details, nothing about the protomolecule, just about them. A Belter and an Earther who was an OPA member, that sacrificed themselves to save the cradle of humanity. The Inners need to hear that.
Jim Holden: If any side believes they have a strategic advantage by using the protomolecule, then eventually someone will.And then we're going to have another Eros or worse. The only way to prevent that is to destroy it. All of it. While we still can.
Naomi Nagata Dresden wasn't working alone. Do you seriously believe we've got the only remaining sample in the system?
Jim Holden: We just might.When Dresden's people lost the Anubis, it stopped the project dead in its tracks.Which tells me, protomolecule samples aren't easy to come by.We vaporized the Anubis.Phoebe, the original source was destroyed.We broke Dresden's station down to the bolts, nothing was there.And Eros burned up in Venus.We're this close to getting rid of it, once and for all.
Amos Burton: We should kill it.Drive it into the goddamn sun.
Solomon Epstein: [voiceover] Sooner or later, it happens to us all.Me, you, everyone we love.Maybe you see it coming.Maybe it surprises you.But in a sustained high-G burn, what usually kills you is a stroke. Lying there, on my death bed, all I could think about was "What happens next?" I'd never give Caty a child.But she had the plans for my drive. They'd make her rich for the rest of her life. Because with my drive, the Epstein Drive, Mars would be able to move outward. Mine the asteroids. Colonize the Belt. And remake the Solar System. My drive would give us the edge we needed to finally break free from Earth. And build a new world for ourselves. That's the wonderful and terrible thing about technology. It changes everything