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"Pyre" is the eighth episode of the second season of The Expanse. Overall, it is the eighteenth episode. It aired on March 15, 2017.


Naomi tracks down signs of the protomolecule; Fred Johnson's control over the OPA collapses.


A survivor of the Ganymede attack wakes up among his fellow refugees. They're on a rescue ship in the Belt, and there aren't enough supplies to go around. The man, Dr. Praxideke Meng, is looking for his daughter, Mei, who was at the clinic in Sector 4 during the attack. He sees a familiar face, Doris, who tells him that Sector 4 was destroyed, implying the death of Mei.

On Tycho Station, Diogo is in custody for helping Anderson Dawes escape with Cortázar. Fred Johnson grabs Diogo by the throat and leans on him for information, but Diogo is defiant. He tells Fred to go back to Earth, 'his real home'. Holden demands to know how Dawes was able to escape. It seems that he had some kind of inside help, thus a traitor.

When Edin announces a message sent from Dawes to Fred, he views it openly to witness Dawes accusing Fred of using his control of the secret weapon to maintain control over Belters. Dawes uses this to insinuate that Fred retains his devious, authoritative and possesive Earther tendencies which are such an affront to the Belter people. The Belters, Dawes says, refuse to be under anyone's thumb. He pledges to hand Fred's secret weapon over to his fellow Belters.[1]

On the rescue ship, Prax and Doris lament their refugee status. Anticipation is that it will take a generation to rebuild Ganymede. Doris mocks Prax that he is unsuited to the task and he must concede that reality. Doris proposes the notion that Mars could use a couple of agritechs like them. Doris offers the suggestion that they could start over together and she affectionately rests her palm over his hand, but Prax withdraws from this gesture.

On Tycho, Naomi secretly checks on the location of the protomolecule torpedo she hid out in space. She briefly considers sending it to Ceres, but reconsiders.[citation needed][Citation needed][2]

In some unknown corner of Tycho, a group of Belters, including rabble-rouser Staz, huddle together and watch Edin's replay of Dawes' earlier message to Fred Johnson. They seem especially interested in this weapon Fred kept from them.

On the refugee ship, the Earth-bound and Mars-bound ships are declared to have arrived. After previously declining Doris' suggestion, Prax has a surprising but pleasant change of heart. He attempts to board the ship for Mars with Doris, but the surly Belter in charge won't let him since he's clearly not an Inner. They say goodbye through the door and it looks hopeful until the Mars-bound refugees are suddenly shot out of the airlock. "Inners wreck Ganymede," says the surly Belter who's managing the passenger evacuation while Prax looks on in helpless horror.

Naomi and Drummer are checking the exterior antennae on Tycho for signal records of Cortázar's communications so they can find out where the protomolecule is. While they do, Drummer tells Naomi about how she and Dawes found Fred on Ceres and recruited him. Drummer tearfully expresses her loyalty to Fred. The women then find out where the protomolecule signal was coming from: Ganymede.

Dr. Praxideke Meng ends up on Tycho station, still in a daze from what he has seen. He tries to report the crime the Belters on the refugee ship committed, but he doesn't even know the name of the ship he was on. There's nothing the doctor can do about it.

Holden and Naomi put their heads together to figure out how the protomolecule ended up on Ganymede. They find a Protogen connection in one Dr. Lawrence Strickland, a pediatrician in a clinic on the station. They see a photo and identify one of the men with Strickland as a survivor on Tycho station: Dr. Prax Meng.

While Fred and Drummer have a disagreement about refugee placement, Staz leads a group of Belters to storm the control deck, aided by Edin, who appears to be the Tycho crew member leaking information to Dawes. Fred and Drummer are taken captive as Staz demands the stockpile of nukes.

Holden and Naomi find Dr. Prax Meng among the refugees and grill him about Strickland. Prax says Strickland is merely his daughter's pediatrician, though he also calls him a "gifted geneticist." Naomi takes Prax at his word, and in searching the footage from Ganymede, they see Strickland take Mei out of the clinic. Prax, realizing his daughter might be alive, begs Holden and Naomi to take him with them.

Edin repeatedly fails to circumvent the security on the nuclear missiles. Staz threatens to kill people if Fred keeps stonewalling him. He then has Black Sky OPA Leader carry out executions. Staz prods Drummer to join them, but she refuses so he shoots her in the gut to try and motivate Johnson to give him the security codes.

On the Rocinante, Alex finds Amos and tells him people need their help. Amos, remains detached, distant and dazed. After being prodded, Amos responds to Alex he doesn't feel like it. Alex pushes the issue triggering an angry retort from Amos about Alex not taking care of his family. This infuriates Alex who lunges aggressively to grab Amos. However, this escalates the situation to a dangerous level and the big man responds by dragging the Martian pilot and holding him precariously over the railing. Alex shocked and terrified, says Amos' name drawing him back to a more mindful presence and aware consciousness. Amos tells Alex not to make him fight "because who's gonna fly the ship?" insinuating the certain fatal outcome.

The tension is broken when Amos hears an alert leading the pair to quickly deduce there's an active rebellion in progress on the station. Prax's conversation with Holden and Naomi is interrupted as the emergency situation is relayed to them. Amos comes out of a hatch, does a flip to and make an EVA walk with mag boot and gloves on the skin of the station. He uses a cutting torch to open a section of plating and to access a valve where he kills the oxygen to the control deck. As Staz, the rebels, and Fred all begin to pass out, Fred is able to knock Staz's gun away from him.

Holden and Alex lead the charge onto the deck, where they capture the rebels. Alex tends to Drummer's wounds first but, as he leads her away, she grabs his gun and shoots both Staz and Edin in the head, effectively ending the uprising.

In the aftermath, Amos welcomes Prax to the Roci, Holden and Naomi pledge not to keep any more secrets, and Fred tells Holden that if he leaves to search for the protomolecule on Ganymede without bringing back a sample, he won't be welcome back on Tycho. Holden expresses his doubts that Fred will even be in charge when he gets back.



Mei [3:02.60]: Look, daddy!
$. [3:07.54]: Hi!
$. [3:11.47]: Hi!

Surly Crewman [4:27.88]: That all.
Surly Crewman [4:29.89]: That all tolowda gonya ge fo now.
Prax [4:38.76]: Mei...
Prax [4:44.80]: Mei!
Prax [04:54.78]: I'm looking for my daughter.
Prax [04:57.08]: Mi looking fo mi dowta Mei,
she here?
Prax [5:00.65]: They na child here,
Prax [5:06.79]: Mei!
Doris [5:09.89]: Dr. Meng?
Doris [05:11.36]: Prax?
Prax [05:13.80]: Doris?
Doris [05:15.40]: It's so nice to see you back on your feet.
Prax [05:18.40]: Where...
Doris [05:20.37]: It's okay. Here.
Prax [05:31.81]: Where...
$. [05:33.45]: It's okay.
Doris [05:37.42]: Just sip it.
Prax [05:51.80]: Where are we?
Doris [5:53.87]: On a freighter. A refugee ship. We're refugees.
Prax [6:00.38]: I remember...I saw a mirror falling.
Doris [6:04.95]: There was a battle in orbit. Nobody knows what started it, but one of the mirrors was destroyed.
Doris [06:11.52]: Fragments started falling down. They hit our dome. Luckily, the safety blisters held, it was the only reason that we were able to get out.
Prax [06:21.87]: What happened to Mei?
Doris [06:24.47]: You were really badly hurt. The doctors had to induce a coma, and I stayed with you.
Doris [06:31.78]: She was at a doctor's appointment, at the clinic in sector 4.
$. [06:42.45]: I'm so sorry. Half the mirror came down on sector 4. Mei's gone.
Prax [07:00.50]: No...

$. [7:27.03]: Get out there, you little shit.
$. [7:31.47]: Where's Dawes?
Diogo [7:32.47]: Don't know.
Diogo [7:33.50]: Let me check my pockets.
$. [7:35.54]: You're going to tell me everything he said,
$. [7:37.81]: or I'm going to break you in two.
Diogo [7:40.01]: Dawes is gone, sasa ke?
$. [7:42.05]: And the science man, oso.
$. [7:43.55]: Oye! Him one with us. What doing here?
$. [7:45.78]: Fodagut, bera, stay back.
$. [7:50.55]: I trusted you, you little shit.
$. [07:51.96]: I na need your trust, Earther
$. [07:54.02]: no belter do.
$. [07:55.96]: You na want for fight no more then go back for your real home.
$. [07:57.93]:
$. [08:00.83]: Dawes gonna be fist for the belt.
Fred [08:09.97]: Put him in the hole.
Staz [08:13.58]: Diogo!
Alex [8:21.08]: Sorry I came up short, hoss.
Holden [8:23.29]: It's not your fault. Dawes outplayed us all.
Naomi [8:29.56]: You don't get to tell me who to kill.

Drummer [8:36.57]: Ninety seconds after the Rocinante left, a four-man skiff, registered to the pushed off from the opposite side of the ring.
$. [8:45.94]: Dawes' ship was a diversion.
$. [8:47.31]: Yeah, no shit.
$. [8:49.58]: Why wasn't the skiff locked down?
$. [8:51.05]: The clamps were released manually at the berth.
$. [8:53.58]: So Dawes obviously had inside help.
$. [8:55.82]: What, so that's it? They're just gone?
$. [08:57.89]: They turned their transponder off and went dark two minutes later.
$. [09:01.89]: We lost track...
$. [09:03.59]: Who's in charge of security at this goddamn station?
Drummer [09:05.03]: That would be me.
$. [09:06.60]: Interesting.
Drummer [09:07.66]: Say what you mean.
Holden [09:09.03]: Either you're doing an incredibly shitty job or you're no longer in control of the people who work for you.
$. [09:13.57]: That's enough.
Edin [09:14.90]: Sir. We've received priority message for you. It from Dawes.
Drummer [09:19.94]: In the office.
Fred [09:24.58]: Play it here.
Dawes [09:27.15]: Fred Johnson.
Dawes [9:31.65]: We have traveled far together, my beratna, but this is where we must part ways.
Dawes [09:40.66]: Ever since I found you, broken, looking for redemption under a belter knife, I have tried to teach you the belter way. I have failed.
Dawes [09:55.08]: You told us that when you destroyed Protogen, the Earth corp. responsible for killing so many of our brothers and sisters on Eros, that you destroyed all its secrets as well. There was nothing left for us to fear.
$. [10:11.23]: But instead, you preserved what you could of this terrible new weapon, and took it back to Tycho with you, keeping those secrets for yourself,
$. [10:25.71]: no doubt believing that when the time comes, as it surely must, you and you alone, would decide when to use
the weapon to defend the belt.
$. [10:36.22]: Now, I believe you have the belt ere kori. And we have taken to you as a brother.
$. [10:44.09]: …but, this… This is the Earther in you still.
$. [10:52.14]: We do not want to live under anyone's boot, Fred Johnson,asilik towchu! Even a friendly one,
$. [11:01.14]: afraid that, if we disobey, we will have our air cut off, our water rationed, be spaced, or be herded into chambers to be used like animals.
$. [11:14.79]: This is the way it has been until now. No more.
$. [11:22.06]: I have stolen your secret, Fred Johnson and I am giving it to the belt.

Doris [11:36.75]: It's a farm barge.
$. [11:37.95]: They'd docked and were waiting to take on cargo when the battle broke out. When the Earth forces withdrew, the MCRN pushed all of their ships into the relief effort.
$. [11:45.02]:
$. [11:48.02]: Get back, que!
$. [11:50.76]: He doesn't seem to enjoy being a good samaritan.
$. [11:53.20]: There's no money in ferrying refugees.
$. [11:56.07]: Or botanists.
$. [12:03.81]: Do you want to be alone?
$. [12:05.07]: No.
$. [12:06.91]: No.
$. [12:08.88]: So where are we headed?
$. [12:10.11]: We're rendez-vous-ing with another transport to off-load some of us. Spread out the burden in the belt, I guess.
$. [12:16.52]: I don't like the thought of being a burden.
$. [12:19.76]: To anyone.
Woman [12:22.83]: That's mine.
$. [12:26.93]: Do you have any idea what you're going to do now?
$. [12:32.10]: I don't know.
$. [12:33.90]: I was born and raised on Ganymede.
$. [12:38.54]: Everything I had was there.
$. [12:41.98]: There's no point in going back now.
$. [12:43.95]: It'll take them years to rebuild the station.
Doris [12:48.08]: Forgive me for saying so but, I don't think you're cut out for that kind of work.
Prax [12:52.12]: It's okay. It's an accurate assessment.
$. [12:58.39]: I'm going back to Mars.
$. [13:01.23]: I still have some family there.
$. [13:04.87]: The terraforming project could always use more agri-techs.
$. [13:12.01]: I know that you need time to grieve and it's too hard to think about the future now but, you could come with me.
$. [13:22.15]: We could start over together.

$. [13:40.00]: We have backups for everything Cortázar was working on.
$. [13:42.87]: The data cores will erase themselves if they're tampered with.
$. [13:46.04]: We know a lot more than Dawes.
$. [13:47.94]: And how long is that gonna last?
$. [13:49.21]: The protomolecule was talking to him.
Naomi [13:51.85]: What does that mean?
Fred [13:53.12]: The same way Eros was "talking".
$. [13:55.18]: Cortázar was scanning the system for signals like that.
$. [13:58.15]: He found one.
$. [13:59.46]: Where?
$. [14:01.06]: Fred: He was still trying to figure it out.
$. [14:02.29]: He only heard it once, after Eros burned up.
$. [14:06.23]: You didn't mention any of this.
$. [14:08.00]: There wasn't any time.
$. [14:09.20]: We need to find the source of that shout before Cortázar leads Dawes to it.
$. [14:14.10]: Cortázar must've been using the station's antennae for his scan.
$. [14:17.24]: If you give me access the antenna control logs, I might be able to figure out where he was looking.
$. [14:23.95]: We made sure that Cortázar wasn't leaving any traces of his work in Tycho's normal logs but, if we go outside and hook into the antennae directly, we might be able to get what you need.
$. [14:34.26]: I can help you with that.
$. [14:37.19]: I'll grab my gear.
$. [15:26.27]: Hey.
$. [15:27.38]: What?
$. [15:30.95]: I'm sorry I didn't tell you there was more of it out there.
$. [15:34.28]: Why didn't you?
$. [15:36.15]: Because I knew how you'd feel and I didn't want to argue about it.
$. [15:43.56]: Gotta go.
$. [15:45.16]: I've got work to do.
Alex [16:01.74]: Hey, Amos!
$. [16:04.01]: Amos!
$. [16:06.41]: Amos!
$. [16:08.05]: Hey, hey, where've you been?
$. [16:11.99]: Different places.
$. [16:13.36]: Yeah? Well, you missed all the action.
$. [16:16.76]: I had my share.
$. [16:18.33]: Okay, listen, I got me
$. [16:20.03]: a whole bunch of busted-up hand terminals
$. [16:21.33]: that I gotta get operational for the refugees
$. [16:24.03]: and I could really use some help.
$. [16:26.44]: So...
$. [16:27.77]: You gonna give me a hand?
$. [16:29.77]: No.
$. [16:31.04]: No?

Dawes [16:39.25]: This is the
Earther in you still.
$. [16:42.12]: We do not want to live under anyone's boot, Fred Johnson,
$. [16:46.36]: asilik towchu!
$. [16:48.09]: Even a friendly one,
$. [16:49.46]: afraid that if we disobey,
$. [16:53.03]: we will have our air cut off, our water rationed, be spaced,
$. [16:58.30]: or be herded into chambers to be used like animals.
$. [17:03.37]: This is the way it has been until now.
$. [17:07.31]: No more.
$. [17:10.48]: I have stolen your secret, Fred Johnson.
$. [17:14.12]: And I am giving it to the belt.
$. [17:20.42]: Okay.
$. [17:21.49]: Now the time.
$. [17:23.16]: Other ship come, take you load for Earth, for Mars.
$. [17:27.53]: They take you, okay?
$. [17:30.63]: All inners, you all go for Earth, for Mars, you come, sasa ke?
$. [17:37.54]: Other ship dock with us.
$. [17:39.18]: Good ship, help Ganymede.
$. [17:43.58]: Take care of yourself.
$. [17:45.41]: You, too.
Crewman [17:47.08]: Come on. Get up!
$. [17:48.65]: All inners, this way.
$. [17:51.15]: Time to go.
$. [17:52.42]: Inners only.
$. [17:54.66]: Good ship gonna take you home, yeah?
$. [17:57.56]: Come, come.
Prax [18:01.23]: You know we'll be competing for the same job, right?
$. [18:19.45]: You, na.
$. [18:21.45]: I'm going to Mars.
$. [18:22.89]: You na duster, beratna.
$. [18:24.55]: No, I'm going with my friend.
$. [18:25.69]: We're traveling together.
$. [18:27.12]: Inners only.
Doris [18:30.16]: I guess I could stay.
Prax [18:30.16]: No, no, it's okay.
$. [18:32.50]: I'll join you as soon as I can.
$. [18:34.16]: Come, come, no time for waste.
$. [18:36.70]: Doris!
$. [18:39.70]: Must cut thrust for other ship to dock, okay?
$. [18:42.74]: So hold, ready for zero-g,
$. [18:47.54]: now we go.
$. [20:03.69]: Inners wreck Ganymede.
$. [20:05.69]: Belter life first from now on.
$. [20:09.69]: You lucky, beltalowda.
Naomi [20:54.37]: Wowo, gut, go lenta...
$. [20:56.41]: We should be coming up on it any moment.
Drummer [20:58.84]: Taki fo da gut...
$. [21:01.58]: If this is what you used to do for a living, then, you must have led a boring life.
$. [21:06.85]: Unfortunately not.
$. [21:09.35]: This is the last antenna Cortázar was using.
Naomi [21:12.72]: With this, we should have enough data for a decent triangulation on Cortázar's shout.
$. [21:31.87]: You don't seem eager for the answer.
$. [21:33.78]: Does it make you happy to know there's more of that stuff out there?
$. [21:34.88]:
$. [21:36.35]: If it is, it is.
$. [21:37.71]: It's better to know.
$. [21:40.88]: Tell me.
$. [21:42.85]: Did Fred ever do you wrong?
$. [21:46.35]: I suppose not.
$. [21:48.72]: Then why don't you trust him?
$. [21:51.86]: What's he going to do with that kid who helped Dawes?
$. [21:54.36]: That kid is a traitor and he deserves to be spaced.
$. [21:56.90]: I didn't ask what you would do.
$. [22:02.67]: If Fred believes we need to make an example of that stupid child, he will.
$. [22:09.68]: Fred serves the best interests of the belt.
$. [22:11.71]: Dawes seems to think differently.
$. [22:13.45]: Dawes...
$. [22:15.92]: He's always had a unique way of seeing the world.
$. [22:19.92]: Do you know him?
$. [22:22.79]: I used to work for him.
$. [22:25.83]: So how'd you end up here?
$. [22:30.63]: I was with Dawes
$. [22:31.87]: when he found Fred in a bar on Ceres.
$. [22:35.44]: Drunk.
$. [22:37.71]: Lost.
$. [22:38.94]: An Earther outcast, still reeking with the blood of the belters he slaughtered on Anderson station.
$. [22:44.48]: Fred was looking for death.
$. [22:46.85]: He would've welcomed it.
$. [22:49.65]: But Dawes spoke to him and showed him a different path.
$. [22:54.46]: Must've been quite the conversation.
$. [22:57.69]: It was more than talk...
$. [23:02.86]: You found what Cortázar found?
Fred [23:07.44]: You got something?
$. [23:08.74]: The shout came from Ganymede.
$. [23:10.91]: There's protomolecule on Ganymede station.
Naomi [23:16.51]: There's no mistaking the data.
$. [23:18.45]: This protomolecule shout occurred right around the same time Earth and Mars started shooting at each other over Ganymede station.
$. [23:24.55]: And it's hard to believe that's a coincidence.
$. [23:26.49]: We know that the protomolecule learns,
$. [23:28.62]: that it keeps on changing.
$. [23:30.43]: Which means Ganymede could be worse than Eros.
Holden [23:32.49]: Then we go there, find it and shut it down.
$. [23:35.56]: The Martian fleet has Ganymede cordoned off.
$. [23:38.87]: We'll find a way.
$. [23:40.50]: Sure, we can go in blind again, guns blazing.
$. [23:43.77]: Maybe we can steal another ship to smash into it.
$. [23:46.88]: We did that already and look where it got us,
$. [23:50.48]: right back where we started.
$. [23:53.22]: Look, the protomolecule is out in the world now. We just have to accept that and figure out how to deal with it.
$. [24:03.69]: Hmm.
$. [24:04.69]: Naomi.
$. [24:10.50]: Jim... Jim!
$. [24:14.50]: I know you feel like we failed...
$. [24:16.51]: As long as we're living and breathing there's more we can do.
$. [24:20.71]: We just have to be strong enough.
$. [24:24.88]: Jefferson mays, you are clear to dock at berth 14.
$. [24:27.92]: Please note that all refugees will be subject
$. [24:29.92]: to ID and med-check immediately upon debark.
$. [24:32.72]: Tycho t.C. Out.
Man [24:47.50]: All new arrivals must register
$. [24:48.77]: their ID with station authorities,
$. [24:50.67]: and will be restricted to the designated areas
$. [24:53.11]: until they have received medical clearance.
$. [24:56.98]: Welcome to Tycho station.
$. [24:58.71]: All new arrivals must register
$. [25:00.78]: their ID with station authorities,
$. [25:02.75]: and will be restricted to the designated areas
$. [25:05.65]: until they have received medical clearance.
$. [25:09.86]: -I need help.
-Excuse me?
$. [25:11.76]: I need help.
$. [25:12.93]: -Are you sick?
-No, no. It's a crime.
$. [25:14.70]: I need to report a crime.
$. [25:15.90]: Okay, what happened?
$. [25:17.87]: The ship I came in on, the crew.
$. [25:19.87]: They threw a bunch of people out an airlock.
$. [25:21.84]: Everyone from Earth and Mars.
Prax [25:23.11]: They said they were going to take them home but, they threw them out the airlock.
$. [25:25.87]: What ship were you on?
$. [25:28.31]: Okay. Can you give me a name? The person who did it?
$. [25:31.68]: -No, I don't know.
-Was there anybody else
$. [25:33.55]: -with you who could...
-She's dead!
$. [25:34.75]: Look, you've got to do something, please!
$. [25:35.88]: You've got to arrest them, please!
$. [25:37.59]: I'm sorry, I really am.
$. [25:38.82]: What happened out there is a crime.
$. [25:40.32]: But there's nothing I can do about it right now. Look...
$. [25:44.63]: You made it here. You're alive.
$. [25:46.56]: Hold on to that.
$. [25:47.90]: Get some food, grab some mat space and rest.
$. [25:50.70]: There's other people from Ganymede here,
$. [25:51.83]: maybe there's somebody you know.
$. [25:53.60]: Hey, bro, here you go.
$. [25:54.84]: That's for you.
$. [26:00.98]: Man:
Welcome to Tycho station.
$. [26:02.81]: All new arrivals must register
$. [26:04.75]: their ID with station authorities,
$. [26:06.72]: and will be restricted to the designated areas
$. [26:09.05]: until they have received medical clearance.
$. [26:13.62]: Cortázar's history ended the day he began working on the protomolecule project.
$. [26:17.83]: But before that, he was working for Protogen.
$. [26:21.76]: So let's see if we can connect
$. [26:23.03]: anyone on Ganymede to Protogen.
$. [26:26.20]: Right. Check the personnel directories
$. [26:27.84]: on Ganymede station.
$. [26:29.74]: Show us anyone with Protogen in their employment history.
$. [26:34.84]: Looks like Protogen had a few biotech contracts but, not a lot of personnel.
$. [26:38.85]: Who here was on Ganymede when the battle broke out?
$. [26:43.95]: Okay, now just ones with advanced degrees in genetics, biology, nanoinformatics...
$. [26:51.66]: Dr. Lawrence Strickland.
$. [26:52.83]: Degrees in all three.
$. [26:55.70]: It can't be this easy.
Naomi [26:57.10]: There's no reason for him to hide.
$. [27:00.10]: He was working in a clinic as a pediatrician?
$. [27:07.68]: Is he on Ganymede now?
$. [27:09.75]: Who are the people with him and where are they now?
$. [27:24.86]: Including the lot from the last barge,
$. [27:26.70]: we now have nearly 3,500 refugees from Ganymede aboard.
$. [27:29.13]: And Tycho wasn't built to handle anything like that.
$. [27:31.83]: I know.
$. [27:33.14]: Drummer: Our resources are being strained as it is.
$. [27:34.74]: Fred: We're not going to turn anyone away.
$. [27:40.01]: I want you to draw up a station-wide ration plan.
Drummer [27:43.01]: That will not go over well.
$. [27:45.11]: It's the safest way.
$. [27:46.85]: Drummer: We have to consider relocation options.
$. [27:48.72]: Ceres station.
Fred [27:49.95]: You want me to go begging to Dawes?
Drummer [27:52.02]: Don't let your pride get in the way.
$. [28:00.80]: Put it down!
$. [28:03.13]: Put it down!
$. [28:06.77]: No one else needs to die.
$. [28:13.31]: What do you want?
$. [28:14.84]: We want the missile, bossmang.
$. [28:16.95]: All them Earther missile.
$. [28:18.88]: If you not gonna use them, we will.
$. [28:59.02]: I'm sorry.
Man [29:16.54]: Welcome to Tycho station.
$. [29:18.24]: All new arrivals must register
$. [29:20.11]: their ID with station authorities,
$. [29:22.24]: and will be restricted to the designated areas...
$. [29:26.05]: Hey! You're Praxideke Meng!
$. [29:28.28]: -Refugee: What's going on?
-Station business.
$. [29:29.89]: Back off.
$. [29:31.12]: Settle down!
$. [29:32.25]: Settle down, you're gonna get hurt.
$. [29:33.32]: Okay?
$. [29:34.36]: Okay?
$. [29:38.33]: I won't say anything.
$. [29:40.10]: I promise I won't say anything to anyone.
$. [29:41.90]: Just please don't hurt me.
$. [29:43.13]: We're not going to hurt you.
$. [29:44.87]: But you do need to answer some questions.
$. [29:47.20]: Do you understand?
$. [29:50.27]: What do you know about Dr. Lawrence Strickland?
$. [29:54.28]: He's my daughter's pediatrician.
$. [29:59.15]: That's it?
$. [30:01.08]: He helps me with my research, sometimes.
$. [30:02.92]: He's a very gifted geneticist.
$. [30:26.17]: It's just a soybean.
$. [30:29.24]: I'm a botanist.
Black sky leader [30:34.85]: Go! Move, move! Move!
$. [30:37.19]: I can force open the door but, I need code for launch.
$. [30:40.36]: Do what you do for getting done!
$. [30:43.19]: We put our lives on the line for you and you keep throwing away everything we get.
$. [30:47.30]: We waste our blood, beratna!
$. [30:49.20]: Give us the codes.
$. [30:52.33]: No.
$. [30:59.21]: Black sky leader: Shut up! Shut up or you next!
$. [31:02.48]: People have died for me before,
$. [31:05.35]: and by my hand as well.
$. [31:07.98]: You may as well put the next one in me.
$. [31:13.92]: You owe this Earther nothing, nada.
$. [31:16.93]: You can launch them missiles, too, mi pensa, huh?
$. [31:22.93]: Show us.
$. [31:25.47]: Join us.
$. [31:29.47]: I work for Fred.
$. [31:36.21]: Maybe not for long though.
$. [31:40.25]: Give us the codes.
$. [31:42.25]: Then maybe she live long enough for see doctor.

$. [32:03.70]: Seriously?
$. [32:08.01]: You know what your problem is?
$. [32:09.28]: I'd like to.
$. [32:10.41]: I'm gonna tell you. Your problem is
$. [32:12.51]: the only person you give a shit about is yourself.
$. [32:15.48]: Isn't that most people's problems?
$. [32:17.35]: If they're being honest?
$. [32:18.99]: There's a lot of people coming
$. [32:20.56]: aboard this station right now, Amos, and they need our help.
$. [32:23.26]: -So why don't you help them.
-I am.
$. [32:25.09]: What I'm trying to figure out is why you won't.
$. [32:27.43]: 'Cause as far as I can tell, you got nothing better to do.
$. [32:30.27]: 'Cause I don't feel like it, Alex.
$. [32:32.23]: You don't feel like it. Really?
$. [32:34.04]: That's your answer, "you don't feel like it?"
$. [32:35.54]: That's not good enough, Amos.
$. [32:37.47]: That's not good enough.
$. [32:40.44]: We help each other.
$. [32:42.08]: That's what people do. We help.
$. [32:43.45]: That's why we have a civilization.
$. [32:46.08]: So then why don't you help your family.
$. [32:48.45]: What?
$. [32:50.19]: They're right there on Mars, where you left them.
$. [32:52.55]: Goddamn you.
$. [32:54.02]: You're gonna throw that in my face?
$. [32:55.32]: Oh, Jesus! Amos!
$. [32:57.39]: Amos!
$. [33:16.04]: Amos: I don't want to fight you, Alex.
$. [33:18.35]: Please don't make me.
Amos [33:21.48]: 'Cause if we do,
Amos [33:24.35]: who's going to fly the ship?
Alex [33:31.39]: What happened to you?
Amos [33:42.50]: Do you hear that beeping too?
$. [33:46.07]: Yeah.
$. [33:53.15]: Alex: Looks like Naomi's been monitoring
$. [33:54.52]: one of the hangar bays
$. [33:56.12]: where Fred Johnson stashed all the nukes.
$. [33:57.39]: Why would she do that?
$. [33:59.52]: She's smart.
$. [34:02.82]: Alex: Hey, someone's trying to access the missile controls.
$. [34:06.33]: Holy shit.
$. [34:08.40]: Looks like they're preparing to launch.
$. [34:12.53]: I don't remember any
$. [34:14.44]: project Dr. Strickland was involved in.
$. [34:18.14]: He was my daughter's pediatrician, that's it.
$. [34:21.54]: When was the last time you saw him?
$. [34:25.18]: A few hours before my dome was hit.
$. [34:27.22]: My daughter, Mei, was with him.
$. [34:28.55]: She had an appointment at the clinic.
$. [34:30.35]: I had some work to do, so I couldn't go with her.
$. [34:34.56]: When the mirror fell,
$. [34:37.42]: the clinic was wiped out.
$. [34:40.69]: I should've gone with her.
$. [34:45.23]: Unless he's a phenomenal liar,
$. [34:47.14]: I don't think he has anything to do with the protomolecule.
$. [34:50.11]: It's not him.
$. [34:51.61]: Strickland turned up on Ganymede as a pediatrician.
$. [34:55.54]: The connection is the daughter.
$. [35:00.51]: Corporate clinics are legally required to let parents remotely monitor their children from anywhere, right?
$. [35:06.45]: You have children of your own.
$. [35:07.62]: No.
$. [35:09.49]: Could you please show us whatever you can of Mei?
$. [35:23.70]: Strickland took her out of the clinic.
Naomi [35:31.48]: This is nearly an hour before the mirror fell.
$. [35:35.45]: Your daughter might still be alive.
$. [35:39.49]: He knew a battle was coming.
$. [35:43.29]: And he went back for the girl.
$. [35:47.49]: You're going to Ganymede to find Dr. Strickland?
$. [35:51.73]: Please take me with you.
$. [35:58.51]: Alex, I'm busy.
$. [36:00.51]: Alex: Look, whatever the hell you're doing, it can wait.
$. [36:03.21]: We got a serious goddamn problem here.

$. [36:09.52]: You can't hack the launch codes, que.
$. [36:11.45]: I can try.
$. [36:12.65]: Those missiles won't
do you any good.
$. [36:14.56]: We gonya do same as you.
$. [36:16.52]: Give 'em right back for Earth.
$. [36:17.76]: Earth is not defenseless.
$. [36:19.66]: They'll shoot 'em down.
Staz [36:21.30]: Ah, maybe not all.
$. [36:22.66]: And then
they'll destroy Tycho.
$. [36:25.77]: And if they do?
$. [36:28.24]: Just more oxygen for the fire
$. [36:30.31]: of the great
belter revolution.
Holden [36:56.33]:
Amos, Naomi just bypassed
$. [36:58.27]: the air quality sensors
$. [36:59.67]: and she's maxing out
the co2 scrubbers.
$. [37:01.74]: How close are you
to the cutoff?
$. [37:05.51]: Amos: Almost there.
Holden [37:41.38]: Nitrogen levels
are going through the roof.
$. [37:42.84]: Kill the oxygen, now!
$. [37:44.65]: Almost there!
Staz [38:17.65]:
You messing with the air?
Guard [38:49.74]: Down!
Move! Move!
$. [38:51.45]: Get down on the ground!
$. [38:52.78]: -Down!
-Get that gun!
Holden [38:53.95]: Medic!
$. [38:57.78]: Medic! Get over here!
Fred [39:00.39]: Drummer first.
Alex [39:01.69]: It's under control.
$. [39:03.52]: All right, darlin'.
$. [39:04.69]: Okay, let's get you
to med bay.
$. [39:06.36]: That's it, one step at a time.
$. [39:23.38]: Okay.
$. [39:24.61]: This is the head,
$. [39:26.71]: plus a shower. In here,
there's clean clothes.
$. [39:34.72]: Magboots.
Keep them on.
$. [39:36.72]: Takes a little bit of practice
to get used to them.
$. [39:38.86]: Use this
if you need something,
$. [39:40.60]: or you want to
leave the cabin.
$. [39:41.86]: So you're locking me in?
$. [39:44.40]: Is this how you treat
all your guests?
$. [39:45.73]: Amos: You're not a guest.
$. [39:47.57]: You're a guide.
$. [39:52.44]: Naomi said that
you're coming with us
$. [39:53.81]: to find your little girl?
$. [39:57.61]: It's a good reason.
$. [40:15.73]: I need to ask you something.
$. [40:18.67]: Fred told you there was more
protomolecule out there.
$. [40:22.04]: But you found Cortázar
missing after that.
$. [40:24.84]: -Why did you go...
-I went there to kill him.
$. [40:27.48]: I'll do whatever it takes to
prevent another Eros,
$. [40:31.48]: or worse.
$. [40:34.05]: You're not an executioner.
$. [40:35.65]: You defended Miller
when he killed dresden.
$. [40:37.55]: How is this any different?
$. [40:38.69]: It's different
because it's you.
$. [40:40.56]: You're not a murderer.
$. [40:43.46]: That's not the James Holden
i know and love.
$. [40:53.50]: I need you to remind me...
$. [40:57.67]: Of who I am
so I can come back.
$. [41:01.71]: I love you, too.
$. [41:06.48]: I'll love you through it all.
$. [41:15.49]: I promise.
$. [41:16.69]: No more secrets.
$. [41:20.09]: Alex:
Hoss, hoss, hoss, you there?
$. [41:23.56]: God! What?
$. [41:24.80]: Tycho t.C.
Refuses to release the clamps
$. [41:27.54]: until Fred Johnson gives
his personal authorization.
$. [41:29.94]: And he's not.
$. [41:31.74]: All right, I'm on it.
$. [42:05.97]: Fred: I don't have to
let you leave, you know.
$. [42:08.58]: With all the time and repairs
i put into this ship,
$. [42:10.78]: it's arguably more mine
than yours.
$. [42:12.71]: Holden:
We just saved your life.
$. [42:13.98]: Call it even.
$. [42:15.55]: I know we've had
our differences.
$. [42:17.55]: But if you find
the protomolecule
$. [42:18.69]: I sure as hell ain't gonna
bring it back to you.
$. [42:21.89]: Then don't bother
to come back here at all.
$. [42:24.76]: You will no longer be welcome
on Tycho station.
$. [42:27.56]: No free food, fuel,
or repairs,
$. [42:30.77]: and no safe harbor
for you or your people.
$. [42:34.77]: you're going to be in charge
when I get back?
$. [42:40.91]: You said it yourself.
The game has changed,
$. [42:44.35]: whether any of us
like it or not.
$. [42:47.81]: I really am sorry.
$. [42:50.75]: But you're just
not a part of it anymore.
$. [42:54.15]: You're free to go.



  • This episode marks the introduction of Mei Meng and her father, Praxideke Meng.
  • [SPOILER] In the books, Naomi attempts to cut off the oxygen from Behemoth's bridge in a similar matter, but is overridden by Clarissa Mao.


(The relevance of these entries, the accuracy of the assertions and the quantity thereof is questionable. These are under consideration for removal per community standards and consensus. Thread:9221)

  • When Doris and the rest of the refugees were evacuated out of the airlock, they were seen frozen, floating outside the ship. While there is some dispute about what might actually happen on direct space exposure, there would likely be more swelling than is portrayed in the show.[3] Moreover, if such an explosion does occur, would be dependent on the elasticity or surface tension of the skin, that is how tightly the fibers latch on to each other.
  • Further proof of the phenomena of pressure differential, can be traced an application of said concept called diffusion, as in molecules tend to flow from areas of high concentration or pressure to ones that are lower, and the vacuum of space has a pressure of Zero in any unit of measure. The equations need to balance.
  • The showrunners, Hawk Ostby and Mark Fergus, both co-wrote the screenplay for the dystopian film, Children of Men, wanted to write a poignant story[4] which touched on the Syrian Refugee crisis. They saw the matter as an opportunity to examine the aftermath of displaced groups of people struggling to find safety in a place that may be indifferent or outright hostile to their needs.
  • Daniel Abraham, one of the co-writers behind the Expanse novel, wrote Caliban's War way before this crisis,[4] said "It's also the Jews fleeing Germany in the ‘30s. So many of the individual beats that Ty [Franck] puts together in the [larger] world are drawn from history that it's kind of inevitable that there's a grim sort of evergreen quality to them.”
  • “Daniel [Abraham] once said of the Expanse [that] humanity packs for the stars,” Ostby notes, “but brings all their luggage and problems with them. I‘ve had that tattooed behind my eyelids since day one, so (in my mind) there is definitely an extrapolation of the Middle East refugee crisis — as well as the present tribalism — that is reflected in the Ganymede bit.”
  • The point of focusing on the issue of tribalism, is that people are complicated, there are neither purely good nor evil persons on either side of the conflict
  • A pyre is a pile of wood used to cremate or purify a body as part of a funerary rite.
    • In some cultures, death is not merely an end, but a new beginning.
    • There are several instances which illustrate the theme of renewal which were woven to the episode:
      1. The refugees are in search of a new home
      2. After Cortázar, the man who is pivotal to understanding the protomolecule, is taken from Fred Johnson's custody by Anderson Dawes, Dawes challenges Johnson's leadership by stating that he failed to disclose the presence of the remaining protomolecule on the station. Dawes feels the only way to achieve self-determination is to ensure that protomolecule stays in Belter hands
      3. Holden and Naomi reaffirm their commitment together, by vowing to not to keep secrets from each other
  • The "spacing" of refugees who originated from the Inner Planets, can be viewed as mass sacrificial or funerary rite.
  • The Agricultural Domes on Ganymede is quite reminiscent of the structures of the Biosphere 2 facility located in Arizona, the Southwestern United States. Its purpose, was to recreate the environment of Earth in a closely-packed space, to determine the feasibility of long-term colonization in the hostile environs of outer space.
Other Points of Interest of Biosphere 2:


  1. The plotline surrounding Cortázar doesn't appear in the original novels, Leviathan Wakes nor Caliban's War, however a novella was created to retroactively inject him into the timeline, The Vital Abyss. As of the date of this edit, 2017-05, none of the books up to number 6 has the Rocinante crew or the Tycho crew meet Paolo Cortázar Books • TV specifically by name.
  2. this interpretation is very subjective and the situation could be explained in a much less devious manner. for instance, she could have simply been checking for the existence of the protomolecule on Ceres as a possible alternate in addition to what was stashed by the Roci crew and what might be found elsewhere
  4. 4.0 4.1
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