I've already skipped Christina (didn't buy the pass) and Andi (don't like doing expeditions so just do a little to pick up nominal competition rewards). I don't object to them rewarding pass buyers because, well, those folks are paying for something. I actually agree with the idea of incorporating our fleets into the expedition more by using them to earn bucks or tools, but maybe those should come earlier in the event, or spread thru all 4 weeks.
My concern is that they know a substantial portion of players don't like the expeditions and don't do more than a nominal amount, and still they make choices that push those players away by adding more and more expedition stuff, with nothing else to do for those players (as well as for the most dedicated and speedy Expedition players.)
I really like the idea of doing a few explorations to find random contractors with one contract, but it would make a lot more sense if they were giving us the gems or those gold tokens exchangeable for gems rather than the other way around. Sadly, I see no point in spending gems for more massive XP and expedition tools. I see Vincent is also back with more Pass tickets. So now I have four contractors around the screen to ignore.