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Old 01-26-2016, 10:17 PM
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Can someone explain the Julie Mao case from The Expanse TV show? (SPOILERS)

Here is what I can gather so for. Miller? the guy with the weird haircut . . . has been assigned to investigate the disappearance of Julie Mao, a tycoons daughter. I am so confused by this plot line:

-What evidence has Miller found out so far?
-There was this weird scene involving some pilot who we see apparently burn up on screen while some Belters were watching and aparrently betting on the outcome. What the hell was going on here and how is it connected to Mao?
-Why was Miller fired and why is he now going to Eros?
-Was Dawes in anyway involved?

Thanks!

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Old 01-27-2016, 09:15 PM
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I agree that the Mao story arc is not very clear (yet) in the TV show. I didn't read the first book, (but did read the second and third books) so I don't really know if that's the way it is meant to be at this stage. I think perhaps it's not meant to be clear yet.

Anyway (some minor spoilers):

SPOILER:
Idealist, Julie Mao, ran away from home to train with and join the OPA on Ceres. Her extremely wealthy father, owner of Mao-Kwikowski Mercantile, just happened to own shares in the security company on Ceres that employs Miller, so her father ordered that company to search for her and kidnapp her back home. Miller was the investigator chosen to do this. But Julie was already on an OPA mission which is about to go horribly wrong ... and I won't say anything more about that.

So, because Julies father is also involved in the research company Protogen that is somehow also mixed up in Julie's OPA mission, he knows Julie is "gone" and calls off the search for her. Miller, who is becoming obsessed with the search for Julie, is dismissed, because he won't let it go. He hasn't found out much yet, I think, other than that Julie was somehow connected to the OPA.

The wierd scene involving the pilot was, I think, just a set-up to get us ready for a key scene late on where *something universe changing* is first discovered (I'm not telling you what!). Anyway, these thrillseeker pilot/jockeys are just trying to slingshot themselves around planets? and back home at ridiculous speeds to show off to each other. More often than not, something goes wrong with their build or their calculations are off and they esplode.
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Old 01-28-2016, 01:40 PM
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-There was this weird scene involving some pilot who we see apparently burn up on screen while some Belters were watching and aparrently betting on the outcome. What the hell was going on here and how is it connected to Mao?


That was a dead end. Miller had found the dead data broker guy that Julie Mao had hired, and that guy had spoofed his ID so that any inquiries as to his identity would spit out IDs of people who looked like him, but weren't actually him. The pilot was one of those people, and Miller had gone to his apartment looking for clues, only to find his friends watching him on that run. That's what clued Miller into the ID theft bit.
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Old 01-28-2016, 06:16 PM
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-Why was Miller fired and why is he now going to Eros?
He was looking for a ship called Anubis which was where he has traced Julie to. His friend on Eros, whom he had asked for info, told him that [i]Anubis1A[/] (I think) had docked: the shuttle from Anubis, the stealth ship that the crew of Rocinante found.

I think he was fired for spending to much time on Julie's case, which he was really doing as a sideline, instead of the policing job. Also, I think that Star Helix has been told to back off from finding Julie.
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Old 01-28-2016, 07:49 PM
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Miller was fired because his boss was on the take from the OPA and didn't want Mao found. Miller said as much when he was kicked out.
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Old 01-29-2016, 05:49 AM
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Miller was fired because his boss was on the take from the OPA and didn't want Mao found. Miller said as much when he was kicked out.
Ah! Thanks, missed that.

That's why Dawes sent the goons after him of course.
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