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The Expanse 3×11 | More Reviews

We found more reviews about Anna. 🙂

I have to admit a growing admiration for our space minister Anna Volovodov. When Melba made her escape via space to get onto the Rocinante, I thought the shot of Anna screaming at Melba through the air-lock was kind of the end of it. But dear Anna showed she’s got some fire in the belly by following Melba to the Roci and saving Naomi’s life while in Melba’s death grip. Great to see Amos and Alex still alive — bruised and bloodied, but alive — and to see Naomi back home where she belongs (Amos, nice little line about changing her hair. Again, subtle humor that resonates so effectively), but to see Anna’s passion and commitment to justice being done on Melba was something special.

I’m sure Anna hasn’t done much space walking, but it’s also fairly obvious that when she puts her mind to something (and that something was Melba), she will not easily be dissuaded. So now she’s aboard the Rocinante, Melba got a nice dose of shock therapy, and Naomi will try to put the pieces together. I think Anna will be an interesting part of the Rocinante crew dynamics moving forward, provided she stays aboard for a while — and I think she will.

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The Expanse 3×11 Reviews

These are a couple of nice reviews of The Expanse 3×11. The first one is about Elizabeth’s performance and the 2nd review is more about how great Anna is at the end of the episode. 🙂

This section of story is really well done, with all three of the main actors involved doing a great job. Clarissa/Melba is a complex character and here shows both determination, and single minded obsession, but also a vulnerability and desperation, as she looks to get away. Alongside this, Tilly, who was clearly trying to make a change for the better, essentially gets punished for her efforts, and gets skewered during the deceleration, but holds out long enough to tell Anna (Elizabeth Mitchell) of who Melba really is.

Having been asleep during the deceleration, Anna is uninjured and tries to help the crew, which includes Melba, who has broken her arm. Later, after she discovers the mortally wounded Tilly and learns the truth about Melba, she goes after her, seemingly still trying to save her. Elizabeth Mitchell is especially brilliant during this whole episode, as she has to portray a variety of emotional states, and conflicting thoughts, showing the grief, panic, and strive for justice at various points.

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The Expanse 3×10 | More Reviews

We found more reviews about Elizabeth’s performance and Anna in The Expanse 3×10. 🙂

Episode Grade: A-

Characters need flaws.  Every writer knows this, it’s Storytelling 101.  Early on, it looked as if Anna Volovodov’s flaw was merely to be her complicity in Sorrento-Gillis’ pre-show sins, and her regret over her role in them.  Especially when compared to S-G himself and to Errinwright, who were her only foils, this was not a terribly interesting foible.  Fortunately for the character, Elizabeth Mitchell’s nuanced performance has made her a joy to watch, but even so the last couple of episodes have done wonders for making Anna especially interesting, as opposed to just Mitchell’s portrayal of her.

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The Expanse 3×10 | Review

There is some nice reviews this week and not only recaps which is awesome since Elizabeth was a huge part of the episode and deserves so much attention.

There aren’t enough characters like Anna Volovodov on TV. I suppose that’s not entirely fair; part of the reason Anna is so compelling is that she’s played by Elizabeth Mitchell, and there’s only so much of her to go around. But on a show with its fair share of people trying to do the right thing—a show which, for all its darkness and violence, does appear to have a base level optimism about the nature of humanity—Anna still manages to stand out. Her kindness and warmth would normally relegate her to a backseat position, the sort of passive figure that other characters aspire to be more like while they galavant around having adventures. But she has also has an intense passion for discovery that drives her to stay on board the Prince even when all common sense (and the pleas of her wife) would suggest otherwise.

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The Expanse 3×09 Review

This week all the reviews we read are mostly recap. This is the only one with an actual comment about the character at least.

Anna! Anna hasn’t come all the way to the ring only to wimp out and go home. she lurks around the Thomas Prince trying to come up with a way to stay, and then latches onto The Expanse’s version of Margaery Tyrell, Miss Fagin. Miss Fagin, who describes herself as an aging socialite, has blackmailed the captain into letting her stay. (Hey, she has to find some way to stay relevant and fascinating at dinner parties.) Anna makes a play to stay with her, and Fagin initially responds by asking her if she’s married. Anna allows herself to be teased, and then goes FULL EARNEST again, saying that it’s the only miracle that’s happened in her lifetime, and she thinks turning her back on it would be wrong. Fagin translates her spirituality into the idea that Anna is being selfish (which is fine) because she wants to be part of something amazing.

Either way, the important thing is, Anna’s staying!

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Lost – Suliet | Emotional Investment If You Get The Right Actors

juliet_sawyer_lost_la_fleur.jpgWe found this about Juliet and Sawyer in an article about Westworld. We don’t watch the show so we have no idea what they are talking about, but yes, Elizabeth and Josh were so good to sell Juliet and Sawyer’s relationship in 45 minutes. 🙂

It reminded me of when Lost sold the audience on a legitimate romance between Sawyer (Josh Holloway) and Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell) in just 45 minutes. On paper, that was a story turn that any fan would have argued wasn’t plausible. But it was proof that if you get the right actors to bring it to life, you can get immediate emotional investment like Westworld pulled off in this episode.

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The Expanse 3×09 Review

It’s about Anna, but yes not using Elizabeth is just a waste of resources. We really hope to get more and more of her in the last 4 episodes.

The fact that Anna finds a way to stay on the Prince even after Avasarala orders the civilian crew to be removed (in response to the bombing) would be a twist only if she was a new character being played by an unfamiliar actress—we already know she’s important, and booting her off so early in the storyline would be a waste of resources.

It was necessary that we get a little more information on Melba, given how much she’s changed the course of the story and that she’s still an active player in events, and forcing Anna to choose to stick around in the face of common sense helps to make her a little more active.

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The Expanse 3×08 | Review

We found this nice comment about Anna in a recap. 😀

Why the only person on the ship that notices that Melba is obviously Not Okay is our friend Rev. Anna? Because Rev. Anna is there to represent what is good and right about Earthers. She floats above the manipulations and self-congratulations of the scientists and religious figures around her, genuinely trying to care about people and solve problems. It’s a good thing too, because if it wasn’t for her, the Earther contingent would be a waste of oxygen.

Watching Rev. Anna bring honor to Christians in the 2200s is good.

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The Expanse 3×08 | Review

 This is a review about last night episode:

Interestingly, the story has also put Anna (Elizabeth Mitchell) into close contact with Melba, so the chances of these two great actors giving us quality scenes together in the future is high.

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PS: There’s nothing about Liz or Anna in the official podcat and on the official site they only posted this gif.


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