The Expanse adds an entirely different type of tension to the tales of escape and inability. While Amos’ arc has turned into a crusade to escape a dying planet, Naomi’s has become a frantic story of survival and a MacGyver-esque call for redemption. While the Drummer family’s effort under the yoke of Marco’s command is not satisfying, it, too, indicates a desire to break free that has been the topical hallmark of the 5th season.
That’s not to say that the emotional turmoil Drummer is under doesn’t have its draw. The contrast she makes between scavenging & salvaging a Belter wing wreck that refused Marco’s rule carries a specific amount of tragic gravitas. Similarly, Karal equating Drummer’s objection to Naomi’s past betrayal of her Belter family says much about her new alliance’s uncertainty. This arc’s best moment was when the family released the tension by slurping weightless water like a playful agreement.
Before they go on further, they picked up Naomi’s agony sign. Camina wants to plan a way to help, but Karal is reserved, telling them Naomi is dead, which is a trick. Oksana tries to stop Camina from strapping out at Marco’s assistant and will take her away. Camina goes into a isolated place and screams – a pain-filled, frustrated, blood-curdling cry that seems like she is going to do something drastic shortly.
However, Naomi awakes from her distress to find herself living. She vomits, and she’s in so much pain and striving to see. Naomi is frantic, firm to try and send outperformance but her muscles are exhausted from her difficulty in the vacuum. On the Roci, Holden plots a plan for the Razorback immediately after the incident with the Zmeya blowing up. While Bull is sure the protomolecule has been destroyed; Holden remains to find Naomi, threatening everyone’s mission. He has no delusions that the plan will be turning into a suicide mission.
More than ever, she is bound to put her body through the steps and headed out and try to alter the broadcast. It’s a smart plan, one that sees her developing the distress call to verify she is absolutely in control.