DISCLAIMER: This recap of The Expanse episode “A Shot In The Dark” contains more spoilers than the number of times Amos has been shot. Why is he always the one to get shot? You’ve been warned. Proceed with caution. 

Welcome back, Beltalowda! The Expanse binge-athon continues with “A Shot In The Dark,” the seventh episode of Season 4. Holden and the Ilus encampment struggled to gain their footing in a new environment – the metal mountain formation. Meanwhile, a Noah’s ark-esque flood raged outside. Naomi and Alex fought tooth and nail to keep the Barbapiccola afloat after the power outage. Avasarala was presented with a tricky situation, and made a not-so-popular decision. 

Alright, ready to delve into “A Shot In The Dark?” Time to flip and burn, Screaming Firehawks. 

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Now, we open with the Belter settlement nestled within the mountain formation. Rations are in short supply, and soon they’ll run out if they cannot return topside. We see the flood waters are still wrecking havoc outside, with no intention of receding. 

Next, Carol Chiwewe (Patti Kim) approaches Holden (Steven Strait) with a dilemma – her people will be bereft of supplies in the near future. She feels left out of Holden’s grand plan, and offers her assistance in whatever he’s trying to accomplish. However, he leaves her in the dark, as this is something he must do solo. 

Meanwhile, Okoye (Lyndie Greenwood) is examining Jakob’s (Steven McCarthy) eyes. Jakob reveals his symptoms – itchiness and inexplicably viewing everything in a “green” hue. Okoye chalks it up to a typical eye infection and urges him to sit tight while she concocts a remedy. If eye infections of the future give you Hulk-o-vision, I’m in. 

Then, we see Naomi (Dominique Tipper), Alex (Cas Anvar) and Lucia (Rosa Gilmore) mulling over a solution to the Barbapiccola‘s orbiting problem. Alex vows that the Roci will accept every crew member on the Barb with open arms. Nobody will go down with the ship. However, Lucia retorts that if they lose the lithium aboard the Barb, they “might as well be dead.” That’s dark. 

Pictured: Dominique Tipper

Meanwhile, Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo) is watching a speech she’s giving regarding the Sojourner terrorist attack. She balks at her own presence, believing that she looks “weak.” Arjun (Michael Benyaer) joins her and is taken aback by Avasarala’s wrath. She shoos her aides away and brushes him off as well. Hey, being the Sec-Gen of an entire planet is tough stuff. 

Later, during a Situation Room meeting, Avasarala learns that Marco Inaros, the infamous Belter rebel, may have been responsible for the Sojourner attack. He’s also currently aboard the freighter ship Pizzouza. Avasarala’s aides present a few solutions – one, they launch missiles at the aforementioned ship and destroy it. Two, they send military to board the ship and arrest Marco Inaros. Decisions, decisions!

Pictured: Shohreh Aghdashloo

Meanwhile, Okoye informs Holden and Murtry (Burn Gorman) that everyone is infected with an organism that resides in human eyes. That’s the green eye infection! If left untreated, they will all go blind. Okoye resumes to check Holden for said organism, but is bewildered to find no such thing. Holden is somehow immune to the infection. Could it have something to do with Miller and the protomolecule? 

Next, we see Amos (Wes Chatham) is bonding with the small boy Holden took under his wing, Chike (Nathaniel McParland). Chike reveals that his parents were killed during the aftershocks. Amos notices the infection swarming the poor boy’s eyes. He vows to take care of Chike. Aw, I love seeing this side of Amos. He’s a big ol’ teddy bear underneath all that hardened amour. 

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Later, Holden informs Amos of the rapidly spreading eye infection, and how everyone (save Holden, of course) will go blind in a day. Holden reassures his friend that Okoye is hard at work on a cure. 

Meanwhile, on the Roci, Lucia regales Alex with a story from when Felcia was a child. They were on Ganymede, and Felcia loved going to the bio-dome with the massive mirrors. She was enraptured by them. Suddenly, Lucia is struck with an idea on how to save the Barb. Naomi calls Felcia (Kyla Madeira) on the Barb. Lucia presents her grand plan – Felcia must weave and weld some mining nets together to create a cable. Said cable will be attached to both ships, and the Roci will pull the Barb upward, out of Ilus’ orbit. Hopefully, that’ll buy them more time to get the reactors going again. Felcia agrees to the plan. Go mom!

Pictured: Cas Anvar

Meanwhile, Murtry tests Chandra’s (Jess Salgueiro) loyalty to him. When sh*t hits the fan, he needs to know that he’ll have someone, i.e. Chandra, standing behind him. Murtry plans to kill Holden in one way or another. He also doesn’t want Chandra’s affections for Amos to be a hindrance. Uh oh. This guy’s got an agenda. 

Next, a deadly situation erupts near a crack in the mountain. A pool of flood water has seeped through said crack, but that’s not the cause for alarm. Three people have perished due to a horde of…wait for it…deadly slugs. These creatures apparently affect the human respiratory system, causing death by asphyxiation. Holden shines a flashlight on the surrounding walls, and finds even more slugs waiting to wreck havoc on them. First, blinding eye infections, now potential death by choking slugs? The protomolecule is not a happy camper. 

Later, we see the UNN carrying out Avasarala’s plan – to board the Pizzouza and take Marco Inaros by force. Said soldiers infiltrate the ship, interrogating each worker they pass regarding Marco’s whereabouts. However, he’s nowhere to be found. An all-out gun fight erupts between soldiers and workers, ending in no survivors on both sides. A bloody massacre on Avasarala’s watch. Well…that escalated quickly. 

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Now, with only three episodes left, I can’t even begin to fathom how The Expanse will wrap up such an intricate chapter to its roster. All of the biblical-like events unfolding on Ilus – from the weather phenomena to the plague-esque diseases inflicted upon the populace. Naomi and Alex attempting to save an entire ship from falling out of orbit. Avasarala’s decision which ended in total bloodshed. The stakes are higher than ever, and I can’t wait to see how it all ends. 

Do you think the Roci can save successfully save the Barb? How will Avasarala handle the inevitable fallout from her decision? Will Okoye find a cure for everyone’s blindness? Join me next time as I recap The Expanse, here on Geek Girl Authority. 

The Expanse Season 4 is now streaming on Amazon Prime. 




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