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Paolo Cortázar is a Protogen scientist and the only survivor from Thoth Station after it was raided by OPA volunteers and Miller.



He was later transferred to Tycho Station under guard where it was learned he had his empathy surgically overridden, bypassed and disabled.

Throughout the series[]

In "Doors & Corners", Cortázar is caught on Thoth Station and taken into protective custody.

In "Static", Cortázar is questioned and after he is decidedly uncooperative, he is determined by the Tycho Station doctor to be surgically altered using the transcranial magnetic hyperstimulation for empathy inhibition.

In "Home", Cortázar is questioned by Fred Johnson when Eros starts moving and he is asked if Eros could be stopped.

In "Paradigm Shift", Cortázar is shown to be still receiving data from protomolecule even after the destruction of Eros.

In "The Seventh Man", Amos relates to Cortázar the feelings that were triggered when he encountered a young refugee boy defending his mother and he mentions his relationship with Lydia in Baltimore. Cortázar offers to perform the empathy inhibiting procedure for Amos.

Later on, Cortázar is abducted from Tycho in an operation organized by Anderson Dawes that employed Diogo as a decoy. Dawes escaped Tycho Station with Cortázar in the Ceres Harbormaster Skiff.

"Mother" · Monica shares some of her information[]

Monica shares with Fred Johnson and James Holden some video footage she obtained of an infiltration of Ceres station and the re-abduction of Cortazar from Anderson Dawes.[1]

"Nemesis Games" · Ring transit[]

Cortazar messages Sauveterre to confirm receipt of the protomolecule sample and early success on the experiments he's performing further anticipating stage three commencement. Also pointing at observations about the protomolecule platform structure orbiting above Laconia.[2]

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Season Two
1 "Safe"
2 "Doors & Corners"Appears
3 "Static"Appears
4 "Godspeed"
5 "Home"Appears
6 "Paradigm Shift"Appears
7 "The Seventh Man"Appears
8 "Pyre"
9 "The Weeping Somnambulist"
10 "Cascade"
11 "Here There Be Dragons"
12 "The Monster and the Rocket"
13 "Caliban's War"
Season Five
1 "Exodus"
2 "Churn"
3 "Mother"Appears
4 "Gaugamela"
5 "Down and Out"
6 "Tribes"
7 "Oyedeng"
8 "Hard Vacuum"
9 "Winnipesaukee"
10 "Nemesis Games"Appears
Season Six
1 "Strange Dogs"
2 "Azure Dragon"
3 "Force Projection"
4 "Redoubt"Appears
5 "Why We Fight"
6 "Babylon's Ashes"


See also[]


  1. Season 5, Episode 3: "Mother" ("Monica shares some of her information" [09:06])
  2. Season 5, Episode 10: "Nemesis Games" ("Ring transit" [50:51])
  3. The Expanse Novella The Vital Abyss