|Books character||TV character|
Camina Drummer, as of season 5, she has begun a journey as lead of a pirate fleet taking over the Sohiro territory and collecting a cut of all pirate activity. She commands the Dewalt with her family accompanying her in a small fleet.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Background[edit | edit source]
Like many of her fellow Belters, Drummer has spent much of her life toiling in space and living in many different settlements, where she has made a wide net of contacts and friendships; She has a long past with Naomi, who hails from Pallas; It has also been mentioned that she met Ashford while working the docks on Ceres, and that she used to run with Anderson Dawes' OPA faction. At some point, Drummer made her way to Tycho Station, where she became a good friend and loyal supporter of Fred Johnson, eventually being chosen as his second-in-command.
In Season 2, she mostly operated on Tycho Station under Fred Johnson's command. She first becomes involved in the narrative by helping the Rocinante's crew deal with the raid on Thoth Station, after which she establishes a strong friendship with Naomi.
Throughout the series[edit | edit source]
In "Doors & Corners", Drummer serves as Fred Johnson's XO aboard the Guy Molinari in the raid of Thoth Station. She can be seen giving the boarding team a pep talk and directives, in particular, warning Miller to avoid puking and giving the former Ceres cop his helmet.
In "Static", she reviews the tremendous damage to the Rocinante with Alex and Naomi. She is awestruck. Sensing Alex' sadness, she lets him know that she's actually quite impressed with him and that she will treat the Rocinante as if it were one of Tycho's own. She invites Naomi to handball and then to a club.
In "Godspeed", Drummer relays Fred's order to launch the Nauvoo on its hastily revised mission.
In "Home", she comments to Fred Johnson when he has guidance control over the Earth's nuclear weapons that it makes him the most powerful man in the system, to which he sarcastically retorts then she should bring him a cup of coffee. Later, when the Rocinante breaks off its chase of Eros, she is the one to take those nuclear missiles on a "long ride".
In "Paradigm Shift", Holden and Naomi confront Fred Johnson with an alarm about missing nuclear missiles after Eros. Johnson is not surprised because he reveals he has them. Drummer asks Naomi for help in disabling the countermeasures.
In "The Seventh Man", Anderson Dawes attempts to charm Drummer and perhaps seduce her. It soon becomes obvious that he was attempting to learn about the secret weapon that Fred had alluded to during his OPA conclave.
In "Pyre", she takes a blast of small arms weapon fire in the gut from Staz after she insists on backing Fred Johnson when a group loyal to Anderson Dawes take the Tycho command center and try to gain control over the nuclear missiles, the same missiles which she and Fred confiscated from the UN while Tycho had guidance control. After the Rocinante crew rescue Fred and Drummer, before Alex can assist her to medical, she takes his weapon and executes Staz and Edin.
In the third season's opening, "Fight or Flight", Drummer is practicing hanging inverted low-g crunches in a stunning exercise of strength while reminding us of the injuries she sustained in her last appearance only a little past mid-season. She receives a notification from Fred informing her to meet where he shares with her the revelation of the protomolecule given to him by Naomi. Shockingly, Fred tells her that he's chosen to share the protomolecule with Anderson Dawes, a revelation that infuriates Drummer. Fred finds her drowning her rage at Tycho's Blauwe Blome bar. Despite her continued outrage, Fred has an assignment for her of utmost importance - to retrieve the Nauvoo. Not to return it to the Mormons but to refit it as an OPA battleship.
as "Reload" begins, Drummer leads a fleet of belter ships as they intercept the Nauvoo, use drones to flip the orientation of the Mormon ship's main drives before deploying an infiltration team.
She was captaining the Behemoth when the Ring Station appeared and was one of the first to enter the Slow Zone. Along with Klaes Ashford, she tried to expand the influence of the Belt over the the other factions.
In "Tribes", she and her family are faced with the choice of joining the Free Navy or being doomed to certain death.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Cammina Drummer is a strong-willed, pragmatic, and no-nonsense Belter captain. Having a strong connection to her roots and her cultural identity, Drummer is a Belter through and through: She is resilient and adaptable, treats her crew with respect and equality, and is committed to the Belter way of life, which involves hard work, communal life shared with others, and not taking anything for granted. Having grown up without a stable government, but instead observing the numerous OPA factions govern themselves with their own independent rules and coexisting in a chaotic whole, Drummer values the diversity and individuality of the Belter people, and likes to preserve it, as she is against such things as uniforms or the concept of the Belt as a unified nation with only one supreme leader.
Drummer has a practical and utilitarian approach, and she is often shown suppressing her pride and making difficult choices, such as cooperating with her enemies, making heavy compromises to ensure unity among the Belt's factions or even trying to sacrifice herself on multiple occasions to protect the interests of Belters. This has caused her to occasionally clash with the more idealistic Naomi, such as their disagreement on the Belter settlers of Ilus's risky decision to live on an alien planet.
Another of Drummer's defining traits is her sense of integrity. As she tells Bertold, she never looks away or hides from her actions or their consequences, and this has earned her a reputation among her fellow Belters. When she is displeased, she speaks up, and she refuses to become involved in something that she doesn't align with, as seen in her quitting her prestigious position as captain of Medina Station over her disagreements with Fred Johnson. She is very proud, but is not above following orders if the person in charge is someone whom she trusts and respects. When that is not the case, Drummer has a hard time conforming and being ordered around and, as seen in her interactions with Marco Inaros, who forces her into compliance by threatening her loved ones, she ultimately values her freedom and her principles more than anything else.
Drummer is notorious for her short temper; She has been shown multiple times to express her anger or resentment through sarcastic jabs, threats, and even physical violence, such as when she greeted Fred Johnson with a punch in the face for giving information to the Earth that she believed the Belt should handle by itself. In extreme cases, Drummer has been known to exert swift and lethal punishment, such as when she killed her former allies Staz and Edin in retaliation for their coup against Fred, or when a skiff driver's drug selling put her crew's lives at risk, to which Drummer responded by almost spacing him. However, Drummer can also be gracious and forgiving, and capable of recognizing her own mistakes. This is evidenced in her relationship with Ashford, which started out as antagonistic, but Drummer eventually almost sacrificed herself to save Ashford, recognizing that it was the only way forward, and forgiving him for his misguided actions.
Despite her often crude and standoffish demeanor, Drummer is a deeply loyal person, who is very loving and supportive of her friends and loved ones. She readily forgives all of Ashford's transgressions, even though Ashford was originally trying to overthrow her, and the two of them develop a close and mutually trusting friendship. She freely allows Naomi to leave Medina Station in a dire moment of need, simply because she loves Naomi and didn't want to infringe on her freedom or her relationships with the crew of the Roci, and makes a lot of sacrifices to protect Naomi from harm. This softer side of Drummer's is increasingly brought forward through her relationships with her new polyamorous family, particularly with Oksana, as Drummer slowly learns to express her feelings and to allow herself to be vulnerable with others.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
|2 "Doors & Corners"||Appears|
|6 "Paradigm Shift"||Appears|
|7 "The Seventh Man"||Appears|
|9 "The Weeping Somnambulist"||Appears|
|11 "Here There Be Dragons"||Absent|
|12 "The Monster and the Rocket"||Absent|
|13 "Caliban's War"||Absent|
|1 "Fight or Flight"||Appears|
|3 "Assured Destruction"||Absent|
|5 "Triple Point"||Absent|
|8 "It Reaches Out"||Appears|
|10 "Dandelion Sky"||Appears|
|11 "Fallen World"||Appears|
|13 "Abaddon's Gate"||Appears|
|1 "New Terra"||Appears|
|5 "Oppressor"||Credit Only|
|7 "A Shot in The Dark"||Credit Only|
|8 "The One-Eyed Man"||Appears|
|9 "Saeculum"||Credit Only|
|10 "Cibola Burn"||Credit Only|
|1 "Exodus"||Credit Only|
|5 "Down and Out"||Appears|
|8 "Hard Vacuum"||Appears|
|10 "Nemesis Games"||Appears|
Media[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Drummer is a named character in Nemesis Games, where she is acting as Tycho's Chief of Security.
- It appears some of the aspects of Samara Rosenberg's relationship with Naomi in the books were transferred to Drummer in the TV series. Sam's equivalent appears only briefly, while Drummer has a close relationship with Naomi. In season three of the TV series, elements of Carlos c de Baca, including his spinal injury, were also incorporated into Drummer's arc.
- Both these characters have only minor arcs and placing Drummer in their roles allowed them to expand on the existing character and use the already cast actress.
- The "Carlos c de Baca" character, A.K.A. "Bull", was introduced in season 5 effectively creating non-overlapping versions of the character between the book timeline and the show timeline.
- By putting Drummer into the polyamorous family, she has effectively also usurped much of the role of Michio who is a relatively smaller character compared to the book version.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Cara Gee was asked in the podcast for episode 2/8 where the accent that she uses in the show come from. She explains that she made it up based on what she thought a female version of Dawes accent would sound like.
Memorable quotes[edit | edit source]
|“||Being in charge sucks the big falota.||”|
|— Drummer to Naomi|
|“||We need to hydrate. With beers!||”|
|— Drummer to Naomi|
|“||We are strong! We are sharp! …and we don't know fear!||”|
|— Drummer to crew of the Behemoth|