Fantastic episode this week. As mentioned above, I really liked the way they used non-verbal cues and information to convey what was happening in a lot of the scenes this episode, from the discovery of the stealth ship to the lobby of the hotel, it was all super tense and exciting. I am sad there are only two hours of this show left (next week is 2 hour season finale already).
I assume I can talk about the show without spoiler tags. I have not read the books, and comments upthread seem to indicate the show is moving away from book plots anyway…so:
Am I right to think that at this point we are supposed to understand that the stealth ships DO NOT belong to Earth’s navy, the Martian navy OR the OPA movement (as none of them seem to know what the hell is going on)? This is some outside party who has been purposefully trying to get Earth and Mars to fight one another and possibly get the belters mixed up in it as well, or maybe get both Earth and Mars to blame the OPA? The OPA leader on the Mormon ship project seemed to recognize someone or something in the Martian data they decoded…I’m very curious to know what.
So right now we know the Martian outpost at Phoebe went dark and it looks like they might have been a testing ground for whatever the Stealth Ship people are up to. We know the Martians are clueless, as the Donnager was attacked and boarded by the Stealth Ship folks. We know Earth is mostly clueless (unless it’s a non-government faction doing everything) as they were convinced it was Mars, then the OPA, causing trouble. We know the OPA knows something, but is not at the root of what is happening. Finally, we know that the Stealth Ship folks probably killed the OPA crew of the Scopuli (except for Julie), spaced them, and tried to make it look like Mars did it (then destroyed the Canterbury when they responded). Then the Stealth Ship guys on the Anubis at least seem to have run afoul of something…possibly whatever it was they were testing at Phoebe when everything started. Juile is somehow the only survivor of both the Scopuli and now the Anubis, and we assume it is her who discovers what is happening on the Anubis, parks it hidden on the asteroid, possibly signals the OPA guy (or maybe her suit form the Scopuli could be tracked), powers everything down and vents the airlocks to kill/dispose of whatever she’s found. She then takes the Anubis’s shuttle on to Eros. Once at Eros whatever happened on the Anubis begins to happen to Julie, and she ends up in the condition the main characters find her at the end of this episode (poor Miller).
Now whatever happened at Phoebe and on the Anubis is going to begin happening on Eros. We still have no idea who the Stealth Ship people are, do we? Their agenda seemed to be to create chaos so everyone would fight one another, but now whatever they were doing seems to have killed at least a few of their own people (the Anubis), and may be out of control. Or maybe that was the plan all along, and once the chaos starts at Eros, and people begin to flee in dozens fo ships for other locations, they will take whatever that stuff is with them…