A discovery pushes Naomi and Holden apart and sets the Roci crew against each other.
On Earth, Undersecretary Errinwright spends time with his young son. He is seemingly haunted by the testimony he is going to have to give to the panel on Eros. As he tries to impart lessons about growing up, a sense of suicidal thoughts appears. Still, he assures his son that everything is going to be okay.
The Rocinante — with Holden, Alex, and Prax aboard — takes off from Ganymede and begins scanning for the human-protomolecule hybrid that escaped. They find it in the agricultural dome, and while Holden wants to eliminate it, Prax thinks it could be his daughter. The two men argue, but Holden does not want to hear dissent. Alex is forced to take evasive maneuvers to avoid MCRN detection, though, and they lose the signal on the hybrid.
Avasarala tries to assure Errinwright that the hearing will be okay. She also tells him about her upcoming meeting with Jules-Pierre Mao. Errinwright tells her to make him a peace offer, as it may be their only chance for the UN to remain a superpower. He believes the MCR will use the protomolecule to destroy Earth, and he tells Avasarala to convince Mao of the same.
On Ganymede, Melissa, the captain of the Weeping Somnambulist, is trying to herd refugees into ships, when Naomi approaches with an offer to fix the Somnambulist. Eventually, Naomi convinces Melissa that she is needed.
Avasarala — along with Draper and Cotyar — prepares to leave for her meeting with Mao. She is nervous about traveling off-planet, and Cotyar teases her. Draper is angry about being there in the first place. Cotyar distracts her with his misgivings about this meeting with Mao.
Meanwhile, Errinwright is in his office and signs what appears to be a suicide note, then lingers over a vial of what appears to be poison.
Having evaded detection, the Roci approaches the agricultural Dome. Alex tries to maneuver the ship inside the crumbling structure, and Holden tells him to keep pushing. They see the hybrid and fire upon it. They miss, but Prax is enraged. He and Holden have another argument, and it is seen that Holden is crazed about eliminating the hybrid before it can do any more damage.
On Ganymede, Melissa is having trouble controlling the crowd of refugees, who try to overrun her. Amos tries to help with crowd control, but they ultimately have to shut the doors. Still bleeding, Amos requires a shot of painkiller. Melissa informs Naomi that the ship can hold 300 people, but they only have air enough for 52. There are over 100 refugees, and they are all going to rush onto the ship once the doors open. Naomi affirms they can take off with 100 and then send the overflow to the Roci when they rendezvous, but Melissa does not agree. Sbe does not believe they can open the doors at all, but Naomi is adamant.
Martian Defense Minister Korshunov meets with Errinwright in his office, where they attempt to negotiate over what to do about Bobbie Draper and her defector status. Korshunov makes the case for new technology as a game changer. He notes that it could shave a century off of their terraforming efforts, if nothing else. But, while the meeting appeared to be civil, Korshunov suddenly drops to his knees, clearly having been poisoned by Errinwright, who monologues about a poison they discovered that only affects low-gravity physiology.
The unrest on Ganymede continues. The big muscle guy whom Melissa hired for crowd control is turning on her, and the hordes might bust down the door. On the ship, Amos tells Naomi that Melissa is right: they cannot open the doors.
While Draper and Cotyar continue to bicker, she catches on to the fact that he served in the military. They talk about his secret ops service, and he says it was because of him that Avasarala's son died.
Meanwhile, Captain Malick greets Avasarala and welcomes her to Mao's ship. It's very ornate, and Avasarala makes sure to mention it. Jules-Pierre Mao soon joins them, and while he starts with small talk, Chrisjen interrupts, demanding that he get to the point.
The Roci continues to search the agricultural dome for the hybrid. They are also tracking the MCRN ship Karakum when it suddenly disappears from RADAR. Alex concludes that someone must have blown it up.
On Ganymede, there are explosions outside, as something big has fallen out of orbit. Crisis and panic sets in, and Melissa tells Naomi to prepare for lift-off.
Mao demands that Avasarala stop persecuting his family and unfreeze his assets. He wants to keep the UN and MCR in balance, giving them both access to the protomolecule, to which Avasarala notes that what Mao truly desires is to keep himself wealthy in the middle of the two superpowers' rivalry. Suddenly, there is a video message from Errinwright, who announced both Minister Korsunov's death and the destruction of the Karakum over Ganymede. Errinwright threatens to destroy Mao where he sits, but he also turns to Avasarala, telling her he feels betrayed by her. He orders Mao to handle the situation and return to Earth alone so they can resume their partnership. Mao's people draw their guns on Avasarala, Cotyar, and Draper, as Mao exits.
On the Somnambulist, Naomi wants to try talking to the refugees. Amos tries to stop her, shooting him up with a double dose of painkillers. Naomi strides out to the doors and opens them; the hordes stream in. The muscle Melissa tried to hire tries to choke her out, but she tells him they need to get only 52 people on the ship or none will survive. She affirms she did not do enough before she left Eros, and that this is her chance to atone. He agrees to help, and they manage to get the Belters to put their women and children onto the ship first, followed by an orderly procession thereafter. Naomi offers the crowd-control guy her place on the ship, but he pushes her aboard.
The Roci continues to maneuver inside agricultural dome when the hybrid resurfaces. Prax wants to go make contact, but Holden denies his request. Alex says they need to rendezvous with the Somnambulist and defend it.
The Somnambulist gets a final no-fly warning from the MCRN, and then the Martians fire a torpedo at the ship. Before the torpedo can reach its target, the Rocinante manages to intercept it. More targets are now locked on the Roci, but Holden gets on an open channel and demands that the MCRN vessels remove their target locks, or the Roci will unleash its full arsenal. Consequently, the Martians remove their target locks.
Melissa tells Naomi they did well as the Somnambulist and the Rocinante fly off together. Unbeknownst to the crew, the human-protomolecule hybrid was able to secretly board the Roci before its departure from Ganymede.
Main Cast Edit
- Steven Strait as Jim Holden
- Cas Anvar as Alex Kamal
- Dominique Tipper as Naomi Nagata
- Wes Chatham as Amos Burton
- Florence Faivre as Julie Mao (credit only)
- Frankie Adams as Bobbie Draper
- Shawn Doyle as Sadavir Errinwright
- Shohreh Aghdashloo as Chrisjen Avasarala
Guest Starring Edit
- Terry Chen as Praxideke Meng
- François Chau as Jules-Pierre Mao
- Nick E. Tarabay as Cotyar
- Jeff Seymour as Pyotr Korshunov
- Curtis Caravaggio as Captain Malick
- Gage Munroe as Jefferson Errinwright
- Ana-Maria Alvarado as Silje
- Cyrus Aazam as Geir
- Geoff Scovell as Stunt Refugee
- Gugun Deep Singh as Champa
- Isaiah Jonas as Refugee's Son
- Michael McLachlan as Swarthy Refugee
- Robert Fulton as Station Engineer
- Patrice Henry as Mother With Baby
- Tyler Blake Smith as JPM Bodyguard
- Valerie Buhagiar as Melissa Suputayaporn
- Aaron Cunningham-Adegaboruwa as Baby
- Ganymede unrest as station shuts down
- Avasarala to the Guanshiyin
- Errinwright's betrayal power play
- The opening scene where Errinwright is escorting his son to school, was filmed outside Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall. Filming in the interior of the building, serves as the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations
Cast credits on-screen Edit
- ↑ http://www.nerdspan.com/expanse-monster-and-the-rocket/https://what2vue.com/2017/04/04/promotional-photos-the-expanse-episode-12-the-monster-and-the-rocket/http://www.spoilertv.com/2017/04/the-expanse-episode-212-monster-and.html
- ↑ Inclusion of credit was based on ending of prior episode ""Here There Be Dragons" and on appearance in Syfy promo video for the next episode, "The Monster and the Rocket".
"Safe" • "Doors & Corners" • "Static" • "Godspeed" • "Home" • "Paradigm Shift" • "The Seventh Man" • "Pyre" • "The Weeping Somnambulist" • "Cascade" • "Here There Be Dragons" • "The Monster and the Rocket" • "Caliban's War"