If you’ve been watching and loving SyFy and Space Channel’s The Expanse like I have, you’ve been feeling the tension building in the Expansiverse for some time now. Aside from the major storylines–Detective Miller’s search for Julie Mao, the surviving members of the Canterbury’s struggle to survive, and James Holden’s search for answers about who vaporized his former crew –a galaxy-wide situation has been boiling under the surface driving some of the action our characters have been reacting to.
I had a chance to see the two-hour finale and I’m here to tell you it is not to be missed! I don’t want to say that the boiling pot totally erupts, but–and I’ve probably already taken this metaphor too far–it certainly does start to spill over during the two-hour finale. S**t get’s messy, is what I’m saying! Part of it is the Martian-UN-Belter racial tension that was brewing long before the story started and part of it is some mysterious shady force who seems bent on inciting a war.
So, without giving too much away, here’s what you have to look forward to in The Expanse’s finale on Tuesday:
We finally get Julie Mao’s side of the story
If you watched last week’s episode, you know that SPOILER ALERT Detective Miller didn’t get to ride in on white horse and save the girl whose apartment he’s been repeatedly breaking into for the past few weeks. Like I know he had police work reasons or whatever, but if he thought for a second that she was still alive, why didn’t he stop to consider that it might be creepy to use her shower and her special strawberry-flavoured soap and stuff while she was away, not to mention pawning her valuables for money?! Aaanyways. I always kind of expected Julie would turn up dead because she had all the makings of a mystical martyr figure, but I did wonder how soon they reveal how she came to be that way and what her part in the story was. Fortunately for us, they decided to do it in the finale with a full flashback that ties in some of the snippets we got of Julie earlier.
We get an unexpected bronemity/bromance between Miller and Holden
If you’ve been wondering what would happen if Detective Miller and James Holden were to meet up, you’re about to find out! Like comets they collide and I don’t know whether to ship it or buy tickets to the inevitable explosion. Basically, Miller’s devil-may-care the-ends-justify-the-means attitude towards police work and life in general clashes with Holden’s burgeoning hero complex. Things get especially interesting when the two men must rely on each other to survive on Eros Station.
We start to understand just how creepy the space mold is
Remember how Julie saw the space mold in the first episode basically eating her ship’s warp drive and dripping people and she screamed blue murder? Yeah, that’s probably what you’ll you be doing throughout this episode once you grasp the full extent of what that glowing slime can do. All I can say is, it’s so much more than a gross biohazard.
The puppetmaster(s) are revealed
Ever since the Cant was attacked, people in the Expansiverse have been pointing fingers at each other. The UN thought it was the Outer Planets Alliance (OPA), then they thought it was the Martians, then they decided, nope the Martians can’t be behind it but we really don’t know who it is so we’ll pin it on the OPA because we don’t like them basically? The Belters think that all planet dwellers are coming for them and the Martians just want to avoid a war and get on with terraforming their dusty rock so they can have oceans and farms and stuff. But the truth is that there is someone else behind the scenes pulling the strings for reasons you may not expect.
I can’t wait for you guys to see it! Are you excited? Let us know in the comments if you’ll be tuning in.
The Expanse two-hour finale airs Tuesday, February 2 at 10 p.m. ET on Space Channel and Syfy.
Hermione Wilson is a Junkie when it comes to all things Orphan Black, Game of Thrones and Supernatural, the show that introduced her to classic rock. She is a graduate of Humber College's journalism program, a current staff writer at Dovetail Communications, and an avid reader of sci-fi novels.