There seemed to be a bit of confusion as to the title of this sixth episode of The Expanse, but Retrofit seemed pretty fitting to me. The confusion of the episode title did not take away from how good Retrofit was, I loved every bit of it.
I know I sound like a broken record when I say that the world building on this show is so great. I said in my preview post a few days ago, that the story just keeps expanding on itself, and soon every little piece of the puzzle will fall into place.
Avasarala is up to her usual, in making big power play moves, and that poor man was right, in that she doesn’t care who gets hurt in the process. I understand why she wants a spy on Tycho station, but the way she went about it was ruthless to me. I understand that the OPA killed her son, and that fuels her interest, but you get more with sugar than you do salt.
She is such a political powerhouse/badass, and I know I wouldn’t want to get on her bad side. She just walked away from that poor man with a ‘I’ll just go see about that ice cream while you make the call’, I would have said, ‘Mint Chocolate Chip…it’s the least you could do’!
Well, it seems that Detective Miller really is operating way above his pay grade, and could use a really good sidekick. He was kidnapped by two of Dawes’ henchmen, whom I dubbed ‘Bonnie and Clyde’, they were beating and tasing the hell out of him. I think Miller is more in love with Julie Mao’s shower/water pressure than Julie herself, at least that’s how I see it. Dawes sure did make fun of Miller’s supposed feelings, however, so maybe there is something there. I didn’t read the book series (yet) so I don’t know if that is the case or not. Where is Julie Mao anyway? Is she even alive? Shhhh……don’t answer that bookies!!
I loved the background information we got on Dawes, because it gave the viewers insight as to why he is so into the cause of the OPA. I was surprised that he wanted Miller to die, seeing as he told ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ that they couldn’t rough him up, because he was Star Helix. I guess you could say that Muss ended up being a great sidekick, as she saved his life. Of course, she was pretty shaken up, because she had never killed anyone before.
I did not see Captain Shaddid turning on Miller coming, at all, and my jaw literally dropped all the way to the floor. I was not expecting that, and it was just when he knew he needed more help with the investigation. The investigation just got way more dicey, and now he has no more police resources to help aid that investigation. I wonder who got to Shaddid in the first place!
When we last left our fab four, they were preparing to meet ‘The Butcher’ and boy did they meet him. There was no ‘Hi, welcome to Tycho station’ or any other nice accolade by ‘The Butcher’, instead they were met with an insult from Mr.Cocky.
You’re either some kind of genius Mr.Holden, or you’re the luckiest dipshit in the solar system. -Fred Johnson
Well, one doesn’t have to be a genius to figure out that Johnson cannot be trusted as of yet, and he knew better than to show up unarmed, and alone. He might have been winging everything up until now, but Holden is no dummy. When a man finally lands a decent cup of coffee, he gets his wits about him, not that he didn’t have them before, mind you.
It’s best Holden keeps that wit about him, and the coffee near, because while we see that Johnson appears to be an ally, he could be a snake in the grass, just waiting for his moment to attack. I guess I am just not ready to jump on board the Johnson train yet.
— Cas Anvar @ WWSac (@Casanvar) January 13, 2016
What stood out to me was that our fab four became more of a cohesive unit, despite finding out that Holden is the reason that they are in this whole mess. Who would have thought that logging a simple distress call would have set all this into motion? My favorite scene was watching Amos finish the ‘Retrofit’ of the Rocinate with some pretty swanky artwork. He once knew a woman with that name and she treated him ‘real good’, and so far that Roci has treated them well!
I’m not convinced that the OPA isn’t behind what happened at Phoebe Station, the mysterious testing going on, the Cant, the Scopuli, and the Donnager. I do know that nine times out of ten, it is not the most obvious choice. I wish that I knew who all the major power players were right now, but until then, I won’t trust anyone but the fab four. What did you think of this episode? Sound off below!
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