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The Expanse 3×04: More Reviews

UPDATE (May 4)

“Reload” offers plenty of plot advancement without sacrificing great character development

After Anna appeared to regain a degree of control over Sorrento-Gilles last week, Errinwright manages to steal it away from her by rewriting key portions of the Secretary-General’s speech. That single speech undermines everything Anna was attempting to accomplish and it causes her to lash out at the Secretary-General and Errinwright. What follows is a fairly straightforward yet highly emotional and beautifully acted/written scene between Elizabeth Mitchell and Raven Dauda, who plays Anna’s wife Nono. So far, Anna and Nono’s scenes haven’t been a frequent occurrence, but we’d love to see more of them in the future.

Elizabeth Mitchell has found a new home on The Expanse and she’s an absolute pleasure seeing on screen. Anna and her relationship with her wife Nono just adds to the diversity of the show. More is always better.



The best line, however, was Anna’s dismissal of Errinwright: “YOU DONT GET TO SPEAK TO ME. NOT EVER AGAIN.”


It was the best line only because the way Liz delivered it was phenomenal! #BADASS


We found these 2 reviews for last night episode. 🙂

The Expanse continues its excellent third season, with episode 4: Reload.

With a lot of chess pieces having been moved around in the previous episodes, we now start to see some people really showing their hand and beginning to make their move.  On Earth, Secretary General Gillis (Jonathan Whittaker) makes the speech that he has brought Anna (Elizabeth Mitchell) on board to help write, but she discovers to her horror that it isn’t everything that she expected.  It seems Errinwright (Shawn Doyle) has influenced Gillis, and it is clear to those that know the players, that it is effectively Errinwright speaking through Gillis.  Now he has his war, the weaselly Errinwright is flexing his political muscles more and more, working from behind the scenes, which is a frighteningly believable scenario.

Having seen Gillis’ speech being broadcast though, she recognises Anna and sees a way forward that may be a safer route to getting the truth out. This nicely ties together the two stories, and means that Anna will become a bigger figure as the plot progresses. This is no bad thing, as Elizabeth Mitchell has been great so far, and just in this episode portrays frustrated and betrayed idealist perfectly, with layered emotional depth, as well as strength.


That’s not to say that Anna doesn’t deserve sympathy — she certainly does! We already got the sense that her earlier speech-writing stint with Esteban Sorrento-Gillis was an experience she wasn’t particularly proud of, and for her to be coaxed once again into believing the dream of changing the world through her words must have been devastating when it ended in spectacular disappointment. The problem is we don’t know Anna well enough to care about her humiliation on a personal level, even though Elizabeth Mitchell excels at portraying quiet indignation; therefore, the fact that she receives Avasarala’s evidence against Errinwright gives us hope that her character will gain importance, redemption, and audience investment.

Even readers of the Corey novels have new territory to enjoy in these plot departures for Anna and Errinwright […]


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The Expanse: Cast & Crew About Anna And Elizabeth

We just want to report some nice comments by The Expanse cast. They are lovely! Elizabeth deserves all the praises she gets and so much more. She’s seriously incredible in this role. She always is, but the point is she never stops surprising us with her immense talent, so every time she is on screeen she’s breath-taking. <3

This is a comment by James S.A. Corey account:

“Elizabeth really got the soul of Anna. Don’t hate her because she’s beautiful.” 🙂

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The Expanse 3×04 Review

TElizabeth was phenomenal in this episode. WOW! We’ll post a few words tomorrow about it, but for now this is the first review about Anna that has just been posted:

The other thing that makes “Reload” great is the reveal at the end that those convictions may finally be coming around to bite him in the ass. Anna is furious with the changes Errinwright made in the speech she wrote for Esteban—the scene of her shutting him down after the speech was very satisfying—and is getting ready to abandon the capital for good. Earlier in the episode, Avasarala sees Anna reacting to the speech on a video feed, recognizes her, and convinces Holden to let her send the video recording of Errnwright’s guilt. It finally arrives a few seconds before Anna heads out the door. The whole thing is simply but beautifully done; one minute, Anna is having a frenetic but loving conversation with her wife, thus reminding us just what the stakes are for her in all of this—she has a conscience that drives her to work towards a higher good, but her family means the world to her, and it’s possible that sticking around and trying to face off against Errinwright could cost her everything. But there he is on screen, freely admitting his crimes, and if she doesn’t stay, how many more could die? In the end, given what we know about Anna, I doubt it’s even a choice.


Note: there is no scene with Liz in the promo for the next week’s episode. 🙁

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The Expanse 3×06 Stills

YAY! New pictures of Liz have been released! These are from the 6th episode of The Expanse which airs in two weeks!

Is Anna leaving? She’s wearing the coat she was wearing when she arrived at the U.N. … well she must do that as some point since she is gonna wear the suit Elizabeth has in this interview, right?! She looks disappointed and upset in the stills. 🙁

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The Expanse 3×04 Airs Tonight

Today is the best day of the week since The Expanse is on tv!

Tonight we will see more of Elizabeth’s beautiful Anna and from the stills released there will be another confrontation between Anna and Errinwright which is awesome! Liz is just so intense in those scenes!

Photos from tonight episode:

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And here’s a spoiler of Errinwright trying to kill Anna :D, but Anna jumps on him and…


oh ops no that was from Frequency. 😛 Sorry, we had to do it!

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The Expanse 3×03: Another Review

We made this edit with the best lines from the 3rd episode’s reviews. 😛  And this is another review we found. 🙂 Everything people are saying is so true and so well deserved. <3

“Assured Destruction” escalates all of the conflicts while also providing plenty of suspense, smart dialogue, and great character moments

The third episode of The Expanse’s third season, “Assured Destruction,” doesn’t have nearly as much action as the first two episodes, but it certainly isn’t any less intense or suspenseful. The continued escalation of the conflict between Earth and Mars takes a much larger focus this week as Errinwright convinces the Secretary-General to launch a preemptive strike against Mars. Shawn Doyle, Jonathan Whittaker, and Elizabeth Mitchell as Errinwright, Sorrento-Gillis, and Anna, respectively, are all in top form and play off each other beautifully. Mitchell continues to be a great addition to the already highly talented and diverse cast.

[..]. Anna’s face leads me to infer she doesn’t trust him. Is she prepared for this battle of wits? I think so.


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The Expanse 3×02 Review

We found another review for the second episode. It’s more about Anna, but it’s a nice comment. 🙂

Speaking of Earth, one of The Expanse‘s major new characters for season three debuted in “IFF,” and it looks like she’s going to do an amazing job filling the huge void left by Chrisjen’s absence: Pastor Anna Volovodov (Elizabeth Mitchell). An old friend of UN Secretary General Esteban Sorrento-Gillis (Jonathan Whittaker) — she once helped write a speech that greatly advanced his political career — Anna’s summoned (against her wishes) to assist with another important address now that Earth and Mars are at war. Thing is, Anna’s not a big fan of Esteban, thanks to a falling-out they had years before (it’s not explained in detail, but it must’ve been bad, because she hasn’t forgiven him for it). And she’s also against the war and violence in general, because when she arrives at the UN, she doesn’t hesitate before breaking up a skirmish between cops and protestors.

Unlike Chrisjen, Anna is a UN outsider – though she does let a well-timed “Bullshit!” fly, so the two women definitely share an affinity for colourful language. Anna, who has an adorable wife and daughter back home, also has something very strategic going for her: the total trust of Earth’s most powerful politician. Naturally, her sudden appearance in New York City infuriates Earth’s second-most powerful politician, Errinwright, who’s already walking a high-tension wire behind everyone’s backs. You can practically see the smoke coming out of his ears when he realises how much influence Anna has over his boss. But something tells me that Anna, who is smart as hell and the opposite of naive, is not going to fall for the “hey, let’s have a friendly drink, except yours is laced with deadly, untraceable poison!” trick Errinwright pulled on his Mars counterpart last season.


We didn’t read the book since we didn’t want to get too many spoilers and be surprised by Elizabeth’s Anna, but the following article is something interesting since they mention the difference between Anna in the book and Anna on the tv show.

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