As we’ve come to expect from this expansive new show, the third episode continues the honed art of delivering just enough of an answer to leave us with a dozen more questions about the depth of character and conflict this show has created. That’s no easy task to pull off, though it’s certainly a task that a lot of science fiction writers attempt and fail.
We don’t learn much more about the elusive Julie Maro in this episode, but we’re broadening our understanding of the solar system that all our characters live in. Ceres makes the most blatant statements, showing the roughest side of poverty and the gap between rich and poor, a similar story that we’re seeing today except set further out in space with more technology.
Detective Miller is conflicted with his captain, who thinks he should drop the Julia Mao case. In fact, nobody seems to want him to keep up his act. His determination is clearly the focus of some of the plot, because we’re led to believe that he’ll finish the job regardless.
It’s easy to understand both sides of the situation, though. Rescuing Julia seems to be a little bit too risky, and the folks involved have other responsibilities.
Tensions thicken elsewhere, with the UN on Earth getting ready to battle with the people on Mars – the less-than-extra-terrestrial Martians. The wayfaring technology that we’ve seen displayed in previous episodes looks a bit more imposing now that we can see who it might be aimed at.
We also get a look at the OPA, which we haven’t been told much about yet. The Outer Planets Alliance, which seems to have their heads screwed on fairly well, exist in the further reaches of the solar system. However, in accordance with the show’s merciless need to leave us hanging, we’re given just enough information to leave us wondering where the OPA really stands.
Conflict is brewing just about everywhere. We’ve seen how Mars has a whomping arsenal and how Earth wants to whoop them. The OPA is working with secret facilities. Even those who survived the Canterbury’s crash are being pitted against each other. Is there a single enemy that these people can unite against?