The Expanse Season 5 Episode 7
There could also be some division amongst The Expanse followers as to the effectiveness of this episode, notably in its choice to focus totally on the drama between Naomi, Marco, and Filip. Perhaps some had been struck by the shocking relevance to present occasions of the risks introduced by a charismatic demagogue, whereas others discovered themselves wishing for extra motion just like the battle between the Rocinante and the Zmeya or extra Amos on Earth. But what higher method to current such a surprising conclusion?
Establishing how corrosive Marco’s manipulative narcissism has been to each Naomi and Filip was essential in explaining Naomi’s determined transfer on the finish of the episode. The title of the episode is “Oyedeng,” which is an expression of farewell in Belter creole, and Naomi having to depart her son not as soon as, however twice wanted a good quantity of setup to maximise the affect of that call. Watching Filip begin to emerge from his father’s shadow solely to have him pulled again into his poisonous orbit offered simply the fitting emotional arc to make her actions plausible and inevitable.
It’s a troublesome aim to realize contemplating how slippery and non-visual Marco’s abuse is. He hid Filip as a baby to stop Naomi from leaving him prior to now, and he made Filip kill thousands and thousands within the current however solely focuses on his errors. How twisted does Marco need to be to inform his son, “You are nothing without me,” after which have his crew chant his identify? It’s a kind of villainy we don’t usually see on tv, largely as a result of it’s as refined as it’s brutal.