Holden and crew are taken prisoner aboard the Donnager, the flagship of the Martian Congressional Republic Navy, and begin to turn against each another. While contending with riots on Ceres, Miller connects Julie to the mysterious derelict ship, the Scopuli. Avasarala engages in a nasty game of politics with an old friend.
We begin with Holden's message throwing Mars under the bus for the destruction of the Canterbury being transmitted all over Ceres. There's now major tension brewing between the Belt and Mars … tension that will lead to rioting on Ceres, and Havelock (Miller's partner) being brutally murdered by street thugs.
Elsewhere on Ceres, Miller continues his search for Julie Mao, even though Captain Shaddid has told him to drop the case in light of the situation with the Canterbury. Miller tracks down Anderson Dawes, the charismatic and mysterious Outer Planets Alliance leader on Ceres (The Outer Planets Alliance, or OPA, is a unsanctioned political group fighting for Belter rights), who denies all knowledge of Julie and her being on board the Scopuli.
Meanwhile, the survivors of the Canterbury are being interrogated on board the Martian warship, the Donnager. Lt. Lopez uses a series of intimidation tactics to rattle the crew, making some of them believe that Naomi might be an OPA sleeper agent who helped destroy the Cant. As a former Martian Navyman himself, Alex is especially keen to this theory … a theory that seems all the more likely when a mystery ship is spotted en route to the Donnager, which Captain Yao believes was sent to rescue Naomi.
Ultimately, Mars ends up being cleared of any possible involvement in the destruction of the Canterbury, thanks to Chrisjen Avasarala, who manipulates her old friend and colleague, Franklin DeGraaf, the U.N. Ambassador to Mars. She lies to him that intel indicates the stealth ships that blew up the Canterbury came from Mars. She has Frank monitored. When his calls to Mars indicate that he was inquiring about stealth ships/stealth tech - and reports are that nothing is missing - Avasarala is convinced Mars is innocent in the Canterbury's destruction. After all, if Mars were guilty, why would they secretly check if their stealth was missing? However, when Mars realizes Frank was tracked by Avasarala and in turn secret weapons facilities were exposed, he's banned from Mars. He cuts all ties with his former friend.
So if Mars didn't destroy the Canterbury, who did? "Someone who's trying to start a war," says Chrisjen.
- Thomas Jane as Josephus Miller
- Steven Strait as Jim Holden
- Cas Anvar as Alex Kamal
- Dominique Tipper as Naomi Nagata
- Wes Chatham as Amos Burton
- Paulo Costanzo as Shed Garvey
- Florence Faivre as Julie Mao
- Shohreh Aghdashloo as Chrisjen Avasarala
- Shawn Doyle as Sadavir Errinwright
- Kenneth Welsh as Franklin DeGraaf
- Jay Hernandez as Dmitri Havelock
- Jared Harris as Anderson Dawes
- Lola Glaudini as Captain Shaddid
- Athena Karkanis as Detective Octavia Muss
- Greg Bryk as Lieutenant Lopez
- Brian George as Arjun Rao
- Austin Strugnell as Sensor/Comms Officer
- Bernadette Couture as Belter Marcher #1
- Brett Ryan as Cpl. Mole
- Brian Graham as Angry Dockworker
- Christopher Weedon as Young Dockworker #1
- Daniel Krantz as Mormon Missionary (Elder Murray)
- Dave Lewis as Star Helix #2
- Diana Bentley as Sergeant Grimes
- Duncan McLeod as Belter Goon #1
- Elana Zatzman as Belter Bystander #1
- Goran Stjepanovic as Menacing Belter #2
- Ivan Wanis-Ruiz as Martian Crewman
- James Binkley as Belter Shoekeeper
- Jane Moffat as Brothel Madam
- Jean Yoon as Captain Theresa Yao
- Jeffrey Weedon as Young Docker #2
- John Chou as NSA Analyst
- John McDonald as Martian Marine
- Jordan Van Dyck as Cpl. Dookie
- Jung Yul Kim as Menacing Belter #1
- Kyle Gatehouse as Gaunt Belter
- Marco Bianco as Star Helix #1
- Markus Parillo as Thierry
- Martin Roach as Admiral Souther
- Michael Murray as Detective Cobb
- Moses Nyarko as Muscle Dockworker
- Ryan Stanley as Great Dane
- Sara Mitich as Gia
- Tattiawna Jones as Weapons Officer
- Ted Ludzik as Pock Mark
- Tom Farr as Belter Marcher #2
- Wayne Downer as Belter Bystander #2
- Cast interviews
- Following the airing of "The Big Empty", "Remember the Cant" along with "CQB" premiered online in advance of their respective airdates.
- Except for the catwalk, the Donnager docking bay is the largest virtual set on the show.
- The riot sequences on Ceres enlisted more than 200 background actors.
- The character and storyline of Franklin DeGraaf do not appear in the books.
- Phil Akin appears as Franklin DeGraaf's spouse however is uncredited
- Daniel Krantz's costume included a name badge that read "Elder Murray" from the "Church of Humanity Ascendant" (See more discussion on Mormons in the Expanse)
- "The Church of Humanity Ascendant" appears in Leviathan Wakes and Caliban's War as an entirely different organization from the LDS church.
- The credits misspell John McDonald's role as "Maritan" Marine.
- The credits misspell Diana Bentley's role as "Sergent" Grimes.
- The credits for episode 3 misspell the name of the actress who portrays Donnager's weapons officer. It puts an extra 'a' in to spell "Tattiawana" Jones. The following episode corrects this to "Tattiawna" Jones.
- ↑ http://www.syfy.com/theexpanse/episodes/season/1/episode/3/remember-the-cant
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Fun Facts: Season 1, Episode 3