Fight or Flight
"Fight or Flight"
is the first episode of the
. Overall, it is the twenty-forth episode. It aired on April 11, 2018.
crew deals with the fallout over Rocinante Naomi’s betrayal while caught in the middle of the war between Earth and Mars. Avasarala and Bobbie hatch an escape plan.
The episode begins in the UN Building, dealing the political fallout from the shooting war above
to formally declare war on Mars. After great hesitation and a question about the whereabouts of
, Sec-Gen Gillis moves forward with a formal declaration of war.
Rocinante, all crew members are cleaning up after the protomolecule hybrid's recent time on the ship, attempting to clear all the protomolecule residue on the ship. The whole crew is patching up in different parts of the ship. Alex and Amos discuss the fall out of Naomi's decision to give Fred Johnson the protomolecule sample, that she said she had launched into the Sun. Amos, says "Naomi isn't the person he thought she was." Holden, upset by the whole situation, unloads his frustration onto the coffee machine in the Rocinante galley. Holden then sits down with Prax and discusses his issues with "tilting at windmills". It is shown that a mysterious mass of protomolecule goo remains undetected beneath some piping near the reactor where Amos and Alex were cleaning/repairing.
, Guanshiyin Bobbie leaves to recover the tech she punched earlier while Avasarala and an injured Cotyar remains hooked up to a medical unit. With the help of the tech named Theo, the group of Avasarala, Bobbie and Cotyar move to the flight deck. Bobbie is then ambushed with an electrical surge that disrupts and knocks out her power armor for the time, but Cotyar quickly shoots the two crewman on the deck. Realizing that most of the ship controls have been overridden by Jules-Pierre Mao's security system after the nearby UN escort ship has fired missiles at the Guanshiyin, the plan is get Bobbie and Avasarala onto the racing pinnace to escape from the UN attack. Bobbie has to circumvent the security override locking the doors in order to get both herself and Avasarala into the docking bay. To circumvent the security, Bobbie goes to the outer hull of the ship, using the weapon on her suit to cut a way out. After a near fatal slip, Bobbie eventually makes her way to the outside of the docking bay. Bobbie forces her way through a lock and into the bay, opening an airlock for Avasarala to enter the Razorback Razorback. After Avasarala gives some information to Cotyar regarding the secretive messages sent from Errinwright, Bobbie and Avasarala get into the Razorback, Cotyar and the tech use the dropship to flee the Guanshiyin which is destroyed by UN attack soon after.
On Tycho Station, Fred and
Drummer discuss the acquisition of the protomolecule sample from Naomi. Fred says he has already contacted Anderson Dawes about getting access to the scientist Cortazar, so the OPA can control the protomolecule. Drummer is upset because Fred decided to contact Dawes after what he did previously. Without giving Drummer much of a choice, Fred informs Drummer she will be sent on a mission to rescue the Nauvoo and transform it into a military behemoth for the Belt.
Rocinante, Naomi wants to go back to Tycho Station and tries to convince Amos and Alex that it is the best option available. While Holden reviews some sensor logs on the Rocinante, he discovers the protomolecule made a signal on Io, which is where he deduces is the location of Mei Meng. The whole crew gets together to discuss what they should do next, they are about to be in a combat zone, being close to escalating situation over Ganymede. When Naomi makes a plea for her plan of returning to Tycho, Holden declares it is a new day, he apologizes to Prax for using him and his daughter for information and states that protomolecule doesn't matter anymore, Mars, The UN and the OPA all have it. Holden states his new plan is to rescue Mei on Io. After some hesitation from Naomi, Amos says he is in and Alex is going to setup a flight plan.
Guest Starring Edit
Earth spokesperson : The Arboghast was above
the Eros impact crater when the astonishing
3 : Experts throughout the system are now training
their instruments on Venus to observe the activity
of what multiple sources are calling "the protomolecule."
7 : - In what many believe
is a prelude to war.
8 : Planetary defenses
have been placed on high alert as UNN ships were dispatched
from Earth and Luna to reinforce fleets
in the Belt and Outer Planets.
11 : After accusing the UN of assassinating
Defense Minister Korshunov…
Martian : …and now their actions
have brought us to the brink.
Martian : If they wish to test us in battle, we are ready.
Martian : Our people are united in purpose.
Sorrento-Gillis : - We need to get Mars back to the table before this madness spreads past Ganymede.
Errinwright : Sir, any overtures towards peace, it would be
a grave mistake.
Errinwright : It was a Martian smokescreen to take advantage of the chaos after Eros.
Errinwright : All the while, they were redeploying their fleets.
Errinwright : Followed by a wave of lies, accusing us of assassinating Defense Minister Korshunov or firing the first shots over Ganymede.
Errinwright : Mars has bloviated for a century about creating a paradise for its people.
Errinwright : Sir, every conflict assessment
concludes the same thing.
Errinwright : They have better ships, but we have
Errinwright : If Mars gets a hold
of whatever's on Venus, this alien technology, I believe Earth is over.
Sorrento-Gillis : This is happening on my watch. I get to wear this, not you.
Errinwright : Sir, in five years, Mars will have the strength to impose their will on the system, to shut Earth off from the resources of the Belt.
Errinwright : I mean, at that point, we may as well be their colony.
Errinwright : Future generations will look back on this day as the moment that you forged your legacy.
Errinwright : I need five scenarios, including exit strategies.
Naomi : Reactor shielding's intact.
Naomi : Nothing critical damaged.
Holden : There any more residual protomolecule back there?
80 : - No, I think we're square.
Holden : Prax, you got the cargo bay shield up yet?
Prax : Yeah, I was… just finishing up.
Alex : Look, I know Holden,
Alex : and there's no way he's okay
Alex : after everything
that went down.
Amos : We leave him the fuck alone.
Alex : Amos, listen to me--
Amos : Hey, you like Ceres, right?
Amos : There's probably a lot of great dock work on there,
98 : and we know they got good brothels.
Alex : What the hell you going on about?
Alex : Our family is falling apart. Do you understand that?
Amos : We were never a family, Alex.
Amos : All we did was draw lucky straws on the . Cant
Amos : We were stronger together;
now we're not.
Alex : So that's your answer
Alex : After everything
we've been through,
Alex : our ship, our home,
you want to lose the "? Roci"
Amos : You mean the ship that we stole from Mars?
Alex : We're the only ones who can fix this.
Amos : You keep telling yourself that.
Alex : No, we're not done here.
Alex : Look, just look in my eyes and tell me the God's honest truth.
Alex : What were you thinking when Naomi told you
what she did?
Alex : I'm not gonna lie, I didn't know what she was saying, 'cause my blood was so hot in my ears.
Amos : She's not the person I thought she was.
Naomi : - Guys, check your alerts.
Holden : We're about to be
in the middle of a war zone.
Holden : We'll need a new transponder name and drive signature.
Holden : This ship would be a prize
for either side.
Bobbie : We still have hostiles
Bobbie : They've killed the elevator,
which is our only way out.
Bobbie : So first things first.
Bobbie : I'm gonna leave the room
for five minutes.
Bobbie : You can hold the fort
Avasarala : - I brought you so you could
hold the fucking fort, not me.
Cotyar : - Go, Bobbie,
get out of here.
144 : If anyone else but me
comes through that door,
145 : you put them on the ground.
146 : - Don't you dare leave us here.
Bobbie : - I'll be right back.
152 : - I thought we had a deal.
154 : - I was rooting for you.
155 : - Oh, it's what kept me going.
156 : I need you to help me
take control of the ship.
157 : - I'm just
a junior electrician.
158 : - Well, today you
get to be a hero.
Prax : - Cargo bay is sealed
160 : Inners finally got their war.
Naomi : - I need a new name
for our transponder.
Prax : - Okay, how about, um...
166 : How about "Contorta"?
167 : It's short for Pinus Contorta
or P. Contorta.
168 : It's this type
of pine tree from Earth,
169 : does surprisingly well
in low- '. g
170 : Spent a lot of time with them
for my dissertation.
171 : They're good company.
172 : Actually quite fascinating.
173 : In order for them to survive, they have to die with fire.
174 : The seeds come out of the fire.
176 : That's the wisdom of the pines.
Johnson : I could say you owe me or that we have a debt
to settle but, that would be playing yesterday's game.
181 : …and there's no longer time for that…
182 : …because, now the Belt is in a position to become an equal player,…
184 : …because, I have the Inners' weapon and you have the key to harnessing that weapon.
186 : The more you share, the more your bowl
will be plentiful.
Avasarala : - Why are you looking
at me like that?
Cotyar : - I have a new dent
in my skull.
Cotyar : Where's our Martian tank?
Cotyar : So you're in charge of defense?
Cotyar : - Well, it suits you.
Cotyar : Errinwright gave the order
to kill you.
Cotyar : He'll want confirmation, which he won't get
from that guy.
201 : So what's Errinwright's
Avasarala : He's got people
on that escort ship.
203 : We have to assume
they'll be back.
Cotyar : - So we'll take control
of this boat, haul ass to that safe port, where we can broadcast out
Avasarala : - Unless you have
a better bad idea.
Cotyar : All right, I'm ready.
Cotyar : - Let's do this.
- Let me help you.
212 : - Maybe I'll just...
215 : - Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!
216 : - Well done, Madam.
218 : He's gonna help us out.
224 : for you to review, sir.
Errinwright : I haven't been forthright about Avasarala's absence or her recent actions, not while there was still any doubt.
Errinwright : I believe she's involved in a conspiracy
against this government.
Sorrento-Gillis : You'd better be goddamn sure before bringing charges like that to me.
Errinwright : For several years, Chrisjen has been running
a shadow government.
Errinwright : From a disaster that she unleashed herself.
Errinwright : Look, it was Chrisjen who convinced us to give control of the missiles to Fred Johnson during the Eros crisis.--
Errinwright : According to my sources, she's left for a covert meeting on board a ship owned by Jules-Pierre Mao, accompanied
by the Martian defector.
Errinwright : And that ship is currently
running dark in the Belt.
266 : Christ, she's almost
a mother to me.
267 : If our relationship
has blinded my judgment,
268 : I'll answer for that.
Sorrento-Gillis : Do you think that she would offer
the protomolecule to Mars?
Errinwright : Anything's possible when she realizes
she's no longer safe.
Johnson : - They had a sample all along.
Drummer : - Who told you
where to find it?
283 : - Now we have a deterrent.
284 : And that means power.
287 : - Oh, no, he's not
gonna steal it, because I already told him.
289 : Look, he has the scientist who's the key
to opening this lock.
292 : - New day, new bedfellows.
293 : We can't afford
to be shortsighted right now.
294 : - You're crawling into bed
with Anderson Dawes…
295 : who incited my Belters
296 : into nearly firing missiles
297 : who nearly destroyed Tycho
and got both of us killed.
298 : - Transponder's done.
299 : Masking our transponder
300 : isn't gonna keep us alive
for very long.
301 : We should go to Tycho!
303 : - Fred Johnson will help us.
304 : - Of course he will.
305 : You brought him the blue goo.
306 : Now you want to bring him
a nice little warship.
307 : - What the hell
were you thinking, Naomi?
308 : Do you have any idea how many
more people are gonna die
309 : because of what you did?
311 : - Are you kidding me?
312 : You know, I wanted to give
that shit to Mars, remember?
313 : But we all decided as a group to fly that crap
into the sun.
315 : So what gives you the right to make that decision for all of us?
317 : - We were talking about survival.
318 : Tycho is how we survive.
319 : - We're not going to Tycho.
320 : We'll take our chances on Pallas or Ceres.
321 : There's plenty of places to hole up and ride this out.
322 : - Everyone knows who we are… and a lot of them
consider us criminals
324 : Five minutes after we dock, they'll rat us out to Mars
for a nice little finder's fee.
326 : And if it's a Martian patrol, they will take back
this ship by force.
328 : And if it's an Earth patrol, they'll just blow us up.
329 : We've got no friends, no safe harbor.
330 : We are living on borrowed time if we don't get this ship parked.
332 : Get us to Tycho and you'll never
have to see my face again.
334 : - Come on, let's finish this up.
335 : - All right, bring it in.
339 : This is gonna get ugly.
342 : We're just a flight crew.
346 : - I tweaked the engines to burn hot and dirty.
347 : As long as no one gets too close,
348 : we'll just look like another shitty freighter.
349 : - When you're done, have Alex power down the comms array for silent running.
352 : We should go to Tycho.
353 : Alex thinks so too.
354 : I hate it, but she's right.
356 : - It's the only way to keep the crew breathing and out of a Martian gulag.
358 : Fred Johnson's the devil we know.
359 : - And he owes us,
because of Naomi.
361 : - Let me know when everything's finished.
365 : Because you seem like you're in a lot of pain, and I just--
370 : - You should try tea.
Bobbie : - Feels like a hangover.
Cotyar : - Yeah, you'll be okay.
Theo : - I always wanted to fly this thing.
Theo : They tell you, get your training, get certified, and then they never let you near the control room.
379 : It's a total who-you-know type deal, this whole company.
Cotyar : - What the hell are you doing?
384 : It's the automatic defense
Bobbie : - Defense against what?
386 : - Errinwright is going
with missiles from that escort ship.
Cotyar : That would have been
my move too.
390 : - 17 minutes till impact
Bobbie : if this perfume bottle
maintains current thrust.
Cotyar : When I was not selling out
to the captain,
394 : he told us Mao
kept his kid's ship up in the hangar bay--
398 : - All communications
come through here, yes?
399 : A record of every message
in and out of the ship?
Theo : - There's a comms buffer
somewhere in the memory panels.
402 : - Is this our priority?
Avasarala : - Errinwright's message
should be on there,
Avasarala : the one that proves he's
a treasonous piece of shit
405 : whose balls
should be ground into--
406 : - It proves nothing
if we're space junk.
Theo : - There are dozens
of modules in that system. It would take me hours.
Cotyar : - It's my job
to keep you alive and you're making it
412 : - If I don't have any evidence then, my life
isn't worth much either.
Bobbie : - Should I just pick her up?
Theo : - There's no time.
418 : You, you're scared.
419 : You're overwhelmed.
422 : You have a family
you want to get back to,
425 : Now focus and get me
what I need.
426 : It is very important.
427 : - The ship is pretty tense.
428 : You could have mentioned
that on Tycho.
429 : - Some things are
in flux right now.
430 : - Nature's only constant--
432 : You really like
433 : How about one for a guy
434 : who has a problem
tilting at windmills?
435 : - Tilting at windmills?
436 : - I tend to take on fights
that can't be won.
437 : It's nice to let go
of all of that.
439 : It's the way a child
looks at things,
440 : with a sense of the possible.
441 : - A child who won't grow up
turns into a fool.
442 : - But fools keep going,
443 : even when they know
there's no chance of winning.
444 : - I knew a guy like that once.
445 : - What happened to him?
446 : - That wasn't Mei
on our ship.
447 : There was nothing human
in those eyes.
448 : - I'll probably never know.
449 : I got to learn
to live with that...
453 : I got it.
I got it.
454 : - You've done your planet
a great service.
455 : - She says that to everyone.
458 : - That's a Series-6.
459 : A two-seater.
460 : - There's got to be a way
we can all fit in there.
461 : - Pilot and navigator.
462 : Anyone not strapped in is hamburger at the speeds that ship will be moving.
Theo : - I'm certified. I can fly it.
Cotyar : - You're coming with me to the drop ship.
Cotyar : Bobbie, you'll fly Avasarala out of here, somewhere you can broadcast out for help.
Cotyar : You can pilot, right?
Bobbie : That means I'll handle it.
Bobbie : Hey, I checked the flight deck when I got my armor.
Bobbie : They've shot the pilot and trashed the controls.
Avasarala : - I'm not getting
into that fucking coffin!
475 : - Yeah, but you are.
476 : - The hangar bay won't open.
477 : - It's the countermeasures.
Theo : When the ship's under threat, everything goes into lockdown.
Cotyar : - Find us another way.
Theo : At full burn, the bay will never open.
Alex : Let's...put you to sleep.
490 : This is Alex, your daddy.
491 : Well, I mean, your husband and your daddy.
492 : This feels kind of awkward,
493 : talking like we all
don't know each other.
494 : But I guess it's-- it has been a while.
495 : You know, you might not even recognize me, little guy.
496 : So I should have called you after the , I know. Donnager
497 : Well, I guess I'm doing it now,
498 : Better late than never.
500 : I know you hate
when I say that.
502 : I just want to make sure y'all are safe,
503 : with everything that's been going on right now.
504 : I don't think Earth would ever bomb Mars…
505 : …but, people have acting
real crazy lately.
506 : So you pay extra special attention to those drills at school, all right, cowboy?
508 : You listen to what the government and your mama tells you.
510 : It'll keep you safe.
511 : I've been an awful husband…
512 : and a worse father.
514 : I'm just trying to…
515 : I'm just trying to do some good out here.
519 : I think this is what I've always really wanted to do…
520 : More than I wanted to be there with you.
522 : I just could never really tell you that…
523 : 'Cause I don't think I knew myself.
524 : …but, that doesn't mean that for one second
I did not love you,
528 : We are rigged
for silent running.
535 : - I'm not gonna
536 : - She isn't even a pilot.
537 : - Well, I'd happily chauffeur but, you wouldn't want
to see the mess from this wound
539 : when we hit high six . gs
540 : - Even if you escape
541 : the UN will fire
on your drop ship
542 : when they come to mop up.
543 : - The UN fire on an unarmed
ship bearing their own flag?
544 : They'll need to find out
if you're on board.
545 : So we'll be all right.
Naomi : - I've laid in a course that
avoids the high-traffic zones.
549 : It'll take us
a bit longer, but...
550 : we'll get to Tycho quietly.
Holden : - I didn't give a fuck
about your daughter.
553 : - I used you to get us
554 : and none of us
would be breathing
555 : if you hadn't come.
Naomi : - Look, you don't have
to say that.
Holden : - We owe you some answers, so at least you know
we did everything we could to find her.
560 : The lab on Ganymede.
561 : That was a field lab.
562 : That's not where
they created those Hybrids--
Naomi : - Can I just speak
for a moment?
Holden : - When the Hybrid burned up
in our drive,
565 : it timed exactly
with that ship
566 : that got pulled apart
567 : Now, we know the protomolecule
568 : that it communicates
569 : And something else happened
at that same moment.
571 : another "shout"
from the protomolecule.
572 : And Io is still within range.
Naomi : - Look, we've already decided--
Naomi : - We've plotted
a safe, clean course for Tycho.
577 : Everything is there.
578 : - We can go to Tycho...
579 : - Jim, we're all devastated
about Prax's child but, sacrificing this crew
doesn't bring her back.
581 : Look past your anger
towards me, please.
Holden : - This isn't about you.
583 : And I don't give a damn about
the protomolecule anymore.
584 : It's out there now.
586 : …but, we promised Prax we'd help him
find his daughter and we did every damn thing
Naomi : - We're all in agreement.
590 : Tycho is the only way
591 : I assure you,
Fred Johnson will help us--
595 : I'll go set a course.
597 : …which threatens
to throw the Inner Planets into a state of all-out war…
Drummer : More ships, more war,
600 : You and Dawes
want to join that party?
Johnson : - The idea is to prevent
603 : But everything becomes
a weapon, Freddy.
604 : Didn't you teach me that?
Johnson : Sometimes you make your move.
606 : It's the Belt's moment and we didn't get to choose it.
Drummer : - You have your big ideas.
610 : You know why I stayed with you after Dawes dragged you
out of the gutter,
614 : Dawes wasn't convinced of my loyalty.
Drummer : - Dawes wanted me back on Ceres and I wanted to get away.
617 : No future down his road.
618 : I saw something
different in you.
Johnson : - Well. Then,…
I'm glad you did.
Drummer : - And we built Tycho together.
622 : A way forward for the Belt.
623 : Now that blue siren has got you dreaming about bigger things, huh?
625 : When I'm pissed off, you normally have the good sense to stay the hell away for a couple of days, and it's been two hours.
629 : So, what is it you want?
631 : - I need you to lead a salvage mission.
632 : Bring back the Nauvoo.
Drummer : - You gonna make nice
with the Mormons?
Johnson : - We're gonna retrofit the ship for the Belt because, soon we're not gonna be a bunch of tribes.
637 : We're gonna be a nation.
Drummer : - Sounds a little like you want me out of the way.
Johnson : - No, it's exactly what I'm saying it is.
Drummer : - Yeah, the doctor's been telling me I need to take a vacation to heal up.
Johnson : I can't do this without you.
643 : Once Earth and Mars get done beating each other back to the Stone Age, they're gonna need the Belt more than ever.
646 : We need to be ready.
Drummer : - A cathedral converted into a warship… sounds like the heart of a great and lasting nation.
Drummer : - Can I finish my drink first?
653 : - Less than five minutes.
Cotyar : - Easy, cowboy, plenty of time.
Cotyar : Ice water in my veins under pressure.
656 : That's why you hired me,
657 : It's gonna be okay.
664 : Now we're anonymous.
665 : I need to stow my suit.
666 : Take off all that tinsel.
Avasarala : - Is this really the time for fashion advice?
Bobbie : - At six , that junk
will tear your head off. gs
Cotyar : Just gonna tea-kettle nice and easy out into the big empty.
Theo : - And then what happens?
Cotyar : - I'm interested
to find that out myself.
Avasarala : - I'm no expert but, shouldn't we get the hell away from that yacht?
Bobbie : - Not too soon, or one of those
missiles might see us and lock on our drive.
Bobbie : - I'm sure he did. Now quiet.
687 : - Prepare for clamp release.
689 : - Shall we shove off now,
690 : - Sit still,
you're gonna need it.
692 : Get me off this ship!
693 : - Hitch your tits and pucker up.
694 : It's time to peel the paint.
696 : - Brace for impact.
S03E01-Death of Morning Joe
Cast credits on-screen Edit
Chad L. Coleman as Frederick Lucius Johnson
Terry Chen as Praxideke Meng
Nick E. Tarabay as Cotyar