Am I the only one who wants Naomi and Drummer to ditch Holden and Fred and start their own faction on The Expanse? Drummer (Cara Gee) in particular, in “Pye”, last night’s new episode, is turning out to be a lot more fun than one of the two blandest leading men she’s stuck with on the show. It was a good episode, despite the absence of Miller, Bobbie, and Avasarala.

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I’m starting to wonder if Amos (Wes Chatham) is carrying Miller’s katra. Last week’s episode seems to have put him in a stupor this week to the point where Alex (Cas Anvar) remarks on Amos being kind of a fifth wheel. I liked how the subplot of everyone on Tycho handing rations to refugees blended naturally with a new subplot about a botanist (Terry Chen).

Once again, the theme of people being separated has manifested with this botanist being separated from his daughter. He doesn’t even have the closure of knowing if she’s dead. I liked also how this made the politics personal again with the briefly established relationship between this botanist and Doris (Grace Lynn Kung) being shut down by some murderous Belters.

Even the closest thing to a happy relationship, between Holden (Steven Strait) and Naomi (Dominique Tipper), is starting to show strain. Naomi finds out Holden’s been withholding information about the alien virus from her, so maybe now she feels a little better about having a big secret of her own, that missile she hid behind an asteroid.

Drummer, meanwhile, shows herself to be fiercely loyal to Fred (Chad Coleman) in a nicely put together scene of Belters trying to take over Tycho and the Earth missiles. Drummer seems loyal now but let’s not forget she and Naomi have been playing racket ball together.