Welcome to our next installment in the episode-by-episode series review of The Expanse Season five. Today I’ll be talking about Episode 9, Winnipesaukee, so if you’re not up to where we’re up to, fire your adjusters, hit the juice, and burn hard in the other direction, now.
We start on board the Free Navy as news is received of an engagement between allied Belters and some MCRN and UN ships. Karal reports to Marco that the signal from the Chetzemoka was changed and then stopped. He’s not happy.
Alex and Bobbie are en route to the Chetzemoka in the Screaming Firehawk and Alex wonders aloud if the change in the signal really seems like random comms interference. A similar conversation is happening between Holden, Bull, and Monica on the Rocinante.
On the Chetzemoka, Naomi is making dangerous runs into the atmosphereless part of the ship to get a few drops of water from the crippled ship’s systems. When she returns to the bridge, she collapses but from her position on the floor, sees a break in one of the wires connecting the ship-wide bomb together.
Amos, Clarissa, and Eric, accompanied by some toughs from Baltimore make it to one of the big houses on Winnipesaukee island (which is in New Hampshire, so a fair distance from Baltimore) on a copter and look to steal the spaceship there. They meet the winter staff in the hanger, who’d assumed any raiders would go to the house. They know Clarissa from her previous life. It turns out the ship’s reactor isn’t working so Amos goes to investigate.
Crisjen is walking through the UN offices on Luna when she sees a news report that Pallas station has been attacked. She calls out Delgado who defends his advise to the Secretary-General. They come into a security council meeting where strikes against Belter connected bases on Callisto and Tycho are being discussed – despite them being a Martian facility and Earther-owned. David Pastor says he’s expanding the ‘Pallas initiative’ and Crisjen says they should be concentrating on spinning the attack as a legitimate military response and they are not ‘at war with the belt.’
Delgado says that Inaros attacked civilian targets, so why shouldn’t they and Crisjen responds that Inaros is not a role model and his claims that the Belters are a nation are false and they can exploit that by allying with anti-Inaros factions.
Pastor shuts her down and says their–his–job is to make their people safer and reduce the enemy’s ability to hurt them. Crisjen is totally heartsick but appeals to the council that she wants, dreams about punishing Inaros for murdering her husband but connects her grief to that of those who are now grieving losses from Pallas station. Every partisan killed makes ten more.
Pastor says they can’t make emotional decisions and have to be rational (you patronising son of a bitch.) Delgado suggests hitting Ceres as it’s the major base in the belt and would force Inaros to the outer planets to resupply. Crisjen appeals tp the sheer number of people, of children on Ceres but she is talked over, so she resigns. Fully half the council follows her in walking out.
Karal and Oksana are discussing what to do regarding the Chetzemoka and Karal says they will not tell Drummer and will obey Marco’s orders when they are received. Tense.
Amos, Clarissa, and the Baltimore crew are having a good feed in the big house, but without the reactor working they’re going to get cold and not go anywhere. Eric is a bit negative but Amos points out that he and Clarissa can handle any mechanical or electronic fault, but Eric’s software skills would be useful.
A bunch of refugees from other houses arrive thinking they are relief services. Eric just wants them to go away and Amos is, quite practically sorry that they can’t help. Clarissa however, offers them a ride up to Luna. Amos eventually decides to agree with Clarissa but tells the islanders that they’re not waiting.
Marco sends a message to Drummer’s fleet telling them to engage and destroy the Rocinante. They meet this with a less than enthusiastic response, causing Karal to dress them down and Drummer to debate the sense of the order. Karal asks if they’re breaking their oath to Marco and Drummer shares a long look with some of her crew before saying no, they’ll do what needs to be done.
Karal goes to speak to Marco and Oksana coms up behind Drummer and asks for her gun. Drummer says there is no need, but Oksana says then there is no need not to.
Crisjen puts her husband’s name onto the memorial at the core of the UN facility on Luna. An officer comes up and offers her condolences, then advises Avasarala that three more cabinet ministers have resigned and a vote of no confidence has been lodged against Pastor. Will Avasarala be willing to serve again?
She asks Delgado to be in her cabinet because he’s experienced and he’s not afraid of her. He says he’s transferring to a strike cruiser. She a