8.6
8,458 votes
The Expanse

The Expanse

Amazon 2015

Two hundred years in the future, in a fully colonized solar system, police detective Josephus Miller is given the assignment to find a missing young woman, Julie Mao. Joining his task is James Holden, former first officer of an ice freighter who is involved in an incident caused by the tense relationship between Earth, Mars and the Belt. Far from their struggles in space, United Nations executive Chrisjen Avasarala works to prevent war between Earth and Mars. Soon the three find out that the missing woman is connected to a vast conspiracy that threatens all humanity.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Expanse

The Expanse - S3E13

#1 - Abaddon's Gate

8.60

Season 3 - Episode 13

Holden and his allies must stop Ashford and his team from destroying the Ring, and perhaps all of humanity.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of The Expanse from 2632 votes.

The Expanse - S5E8

#2 - Hard Vacuum

8.50

Season 5 - Episode 8

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The Expanse from 4 votes.

The Expanse - S5E4

#3 - Gaugamela

8.39

Season 5 - Episode 4

Marco's grand plan shocks Earth, Mars and the Belt.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The Expanse from 914 votes.

The Expanse - S3E6

#4 - Immolation

8.35

Season 3 - Episode 6

The final battle between Earth and Mars threatens the very future of humanity. A new monster is unleashed on Prospero Station. Anna receives the smoking gun she needs.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of The Expanse from 3277 votes.

The Expanse - S4E10

#5 - Cibola Burn

8.29

Season 4 - Episode 10

Ashford closes in on an enemy while uncovering a dangerous plot. Avasarala faces a crossroads in her personal and political life. The Roci crew works to reestablish life on Ilus in the wake of a deadly catastrophe.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The Expanse from 1733 votes.

The Expanse - S4E9

#6 - Saeculum

8.25

Season 4 - Episode 9

Holden and Miller race to save Ilus. Murtry puts his endgame into motion, putting the Roci crew’s lives at risk.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of The Expanse from 1707 votes.

The Expanse - S2E5

#7 - Home

8.24

Season 2 - Episode 5

The Rocinante chases the asteroid Eros as it hurtles towards Earth.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of The Expanse from 5522 votes.

The Expanse - S3E12

#8 - Congregation

8.23

Season 3 - Episode 12

As survivors arrive to the Behemoth, two factions form over how to handle a life-or-death threat. Holden grapples with what he's seen and the choices he must make.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of The Expanse from 2961 votes.

The Expanse - S2E13

#9 - Caliban's War

8.19

Season 2 - Episode 13

The Roci crew must fight to save the ship.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of The Expanse from 4782 votes.

The Expanse - S3E5

#10 - Triple Point

8.19

Season 3 - Episode 5

The search for Prax's daughter comes to a head; Admiral Souther's men plan for mutiny aboard the Agatha King.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of The Expanse from 3300 votes.

The Expanse - S3E8
#11 - It Reaches Out
8.17
Season 3 - Episode 8

An old friend taunts Holden with the answers he seeks. Naomi struggles to fit in. A mysterious low-level tech aboard the Thomas Prince enacts a terrifying plan.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of The Expanse from 3122 votes.

The Expanse - S3E10
#12 - Dandelion Sky
8.17
Season 3 - Episode 10

Holden sees past, present, and future. A ghost from Melba's past threatens her mission. Bobbie struggles to trust an old friend as she leads a group into uncharted territory.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The Expanse from 3079 votes.

The Expanse - S5E5
#13 - Down and Out
8.17
Season 5 - Episode 5

Amos and Clarissa are trapped in a collapsed building. Naomi contends with her old family. Holden assembles a new crew on the Roci. Alex and Bobbie make a dangerous discovery in the Belt.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The Expanse from 778 votes.

The Expanse - S2E4
#14 - Godspeed
8.08
Season 2 - Episode 4

Miller devises a dangerous plan to eradicate what's left of the protomolecule on Eros.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of The Expanse from 5412 votes.

The Expanse - S3E2
#15 - IFF
8.07
Season 3 - Episode 2

The Rocinante answers an unexpected distress signal. Bobbie and Avasarala find themselves being hunted by a mysterious captor. UN Secretary-General Sorrento-Gillis brings in a colleague from his past to lend an ear during this crucial time of war.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The Expanse from 3477 votes.

The Expanse - S5E3
#16 - Mother
8.06
Season 5 - Episode 3

Naomi comes face to face with Filip. Holden and Fred turn the tables. Avasarala closes in on Marco's plot.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of The Expanse from 909 votes.

The Expanse - S2E12
#17 - The Monster and the Rocket
8.05
Season 2 - Episode 12

A discovery pushes Naomi and Holden apart and sets the Roci crew against each other.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of The Expanse from 4797 votes.

The Expanse - S2E11
#18 - Here There Be Dragons
8.05
Season 2 - Episode 11

Bobbie makes a decision that changes her life forever.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of The Expanse from 4792 votes.

The Expanse - S3E11
#19 - Fallen World
8.04
Season 3 - Episode 11

Drummer and Ashford find themselves trapped with few options for survival. Anna tends to the wounded masses as Melba continues to hunt down her prey. The Rocinante crew struggles to survive as Naomi reunites with her true family.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of The Expanse from 3012 votes.

The Expanse - S1E10
#20 - Leviathan Wakes
8.04
Season 1 - Episode 10

Miller, Holden and his crew fight their way to the Rocinante to escape Eros. On Earth, Avasarala fears for the stability of Earth's government and her family's safety.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of The Expanse from 4795 votes.

Last updated: mar 05, 2021

Comments

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this better not end up being another "Ascension"

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Just finished watching the pilot and I have to say, WOW!! This show is so much better than other sci-fi/space related shows that came out earlier this year. The first show has gripped me and I'm looking forward to watching the rest of the reason. Do NOT pass this up. Must watch even if you aren't a fan of space related shows!!

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omg what a cool scishow finally something complex and bold. they say it's the show that's standing up to BsG, but I say it's time we had a space opera that's worthy. also, I'm amazed how many details they can cram up inside a pilot without getting it too overloaded. a big plus for me are the space cam sequences and the sfx are eye candy. a minus is the fact that even today's tv shows can't avoid this trap: there's no soundwaves in space, the vacuum has no air to propell the sound. so why the frak do we always hear big booms and afterburners ? all in all, this is one to keep your eyes on.

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This series makes me want to read the books. According to Wikipedia, "The Expanse is a series of science fiction novels, novellas, and stories by James S. A. Corey, the pen name of authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. The first novel, Leviathan Wakes, was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2012." You can tell. The story is nuanced, multilayer and intricate. There are Earthers, Martians and Belters (complete with their own patois), politics, a Cold War heating up, an ideology willing to kill people to protect "life". It's a treasure trove of story, characters and good watching. But, it's not for the faint hearted. Because of the depth of the multiple levels, it takes attention and patience to reveal the interwoven pattern(s). I suggest binge watching the first season, so you don't lose the strands of the story, but, now, at the beginning of the second season (on the ScyFi or Space channel), the basic premise has become a solid foundation, that will support the wait for weekly episodes. I gave the first season an 8 (great) out of 10, but with the second season, it has reached a 9 (superb) climbing on its way to a 10 (un-miss-able). Come for the characters, stay for the intensity of the drama.

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Season 4 was visually stunning, prob one of the best shows so far from that perspective. Story wise, kind of lacking. Not much progression, entire season felt like it’s a setup for season 5. I would recommend watching season 4 for sound & visual effects. Beyond that don’t expect too much from the writing.

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Pretty good for SyFy. Some good episodes, some filler episodes -- reminiscent of Galactica. Makes me appreciate the 10-second skip ahead function of my 4th-gen AppleTV remote... there's some entertaining stuff, separated by a lot of filler -- 10 second skip-clicks are a perfect companion for "The Expanse", unless you're arthritic -- then you'll wish there was an option to increase incremental skipping. The only parts I'd never fast forward through are any with Shohreh Aghdashloo... she hypnotized me as Dina Araz, the unsuspecting Iranian mother-of-a-terrorist in season 4 of "24" -- seeing her in a scifi role borders on orgasmic. She's a drag queen icon waiting to happen, something immediately apparent with the line, "get him a proper scotch please, Lagavulin"... ;-)

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Interesting setting, but the first season certainly seemed a little lengthy and this is why I cannot with good conscience rate this any higher than 7/10. It seems like season 2 is in the makings... Honestly, I am ambivalent towards this. It is not the kind of Space Sci-Fi I imagined it would be. Actually, I am disappointed. Maybe I wouldn't be disappointed if not the lengthy feel of season 1 combined with a lack of imagination or rather a lack of direction. This is because at the end of the day nothing really happened here. Character development and background is there! The cast's performance is good and doesn't make you doubt them for one moment. The music is... I don't care. The story starts off well but quickly turns into a boring shithole with no chance of a plot resolution/development anytime soon. I still like it though and I hope they will prove me wrong in season 2!

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I've just finished to watch the four episodes, and I've to say, It's been a long time - too long - since I've been thrilled and amazed with SF serie. And yes: this is from SyFy... If you love Politics, Space Opera and Riots about "Corporation"... You should definitely watch it or at least, give it a try... PS: I just hope it will continue as it started, I have great expectations with this show.

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The attention to detail that everyone involved puts into this series is impeccable to physics to the cinematography it really is hands down one of the best sci-fi television series out there right now.

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Thought it's another over-dramatic Sci Fi soap opera, but god I was so wrong. It's probably one of the best Sci Fi's with special effects and close realism I've seen recently. Each episode has good amount of plot and rarely a dull moment. Can't wait for another season, guess I have to read the books now.

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