When we last left the crew of the Rocinante, they had once again saved humanity from the existential threat that was the red vapor worms, or whatever they were that came alive and killed all the Builders. Thanks to the protomolecule taking over the consciousness of belter cop Joe Miller and using him to communicate with Roci skipper James Holden, disaster was averted.
But that didn’t stop every Tom, Dick and Harry with some balls and an Epstein Drive to Highway 66 their way into ring space and set out upon a lithium rush the likes of which the universe has never seen.
But let’s back up a bit for the uninitiated.
If you’re new to The Expanse, it’s a fantastic sci-fi series that was cancelled over at SyFy and resuscitated by Prime Video to the delight of its many millions of fans, myself included. I remember fans chartering planes to fly over Amazon HQ pulling banners saying SAVE THE EXPANSE.
And so they did.
But the jury is still out on whether or not the landing spot will be fruitful. I know for me that Season 4 lacked many of the cooler parts of the first three seasons of the series, but as the show expands to a wider audience and a wider scope, there are likely to be growing pains. For the most part, I’m in the camp that any more Expanse is good Expanse.
Here’s an entertaining overview of the first three seasons from Kevin Smith, for some reason. I adore Kevin Smith and would gladly watch anything having to do with Kevin Smith except for, y’know actual Kevin Smith movies.
And here’s a fast-talking update about what happened in Season 4.
Amazon dropped the first three episodes of Season 5 on Tuesday (December 16th, 2020) and of course I binged them all. Mostly, our favorite characters are on various personal missions to begin the season and those who are together are quickly broken apart. Sometimes I feel like the strength of The Expanse is in the crew dynamic, specifically in response to existential threats, and when we get characters on their own, toiling on their independent subplots, the performances can feel more uneven.
That said, it’s still The Expanse, which means it’s still the best Sci-fi on television and the most science-realistic show ever shot about space.
No matter what, The Expanse is worth a look. Season 1 takes about four episodes to hook you, but if you get to the Donnager episode, you’ll be well rewarded. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll be a die hard fan as long as the show features this woman:
And this man.
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