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 The Expanse Season 5 review: Spicy Space Drama

The Expanse Season 5 review: Spicy Space Drama

With the fifth season of The Expanse now come to an end, it is time to take a look back at the last ten episodes of the delightful sci-fi show to see how it stacks up against those that have come before. (Spoiler-free!)

Joshua Hawkins

With the fifth season of The Expanse now come to an end, it is time to take a look back at the last ten episodes of the delightful sci-fi show to see how it stacks up against those that have come before.


I’m a big fan of The Expanse and even dabbled into some of the books when I found the show, ya know, way back when it was still a SyFy (sci-fi? Skyfy? However, the hell they spell it now) original. Since Amazon picked up the series, I’ve continued to follow it, coming into the latest season a little late because it’s the kind of show I enjoy binge-watching in one or two sittings.

This season was a bit different. Without spoiling too much, we ended up with most of the core characters split up in some way, each following their own little trail as the story continues to unfold and tensions grow between Mars, Earth, and the Belt. It’s a tense season, though there are a few lulls here and there that seemed to drag on a good bit.

Overall, though, it does a good job of building on each of the characters. It was weird to see them so far apart at first, having grown so used to the camaraderie that helped make the series previous seasons so strong. We get to see quite a bit more about Amos, one of my favorite characters in the show, though Holden’s story does have a number of weak points in it. I used to really like Holden, but over the course of the past couple of seasons, my love for that character has died down a bit, and I’m not really sure why. There’s just something about him that I grew to dislike.

Anyway, Episode 1 and 2 do a really good job of setting up the rest of the season, though 3 does have some moments that drag on a bit. 4 pick things back up some, though, and then that momentum continues a good bit of the way through the last few episodes.

Episode 10 is the big ringer here, though, and what a gem it was. Again, I’m going to avoid spoilers, just because everybody might not have had a chance to watch it yet, but holy shit that ending was magnificent. I’m extremely intrigued to see where the show is going to go in the next season, and I’ve actually been avoiding reading the books any more than I already have because I kind of want to experience it all for the first time through the show, even though I’m sure some things will change along the way.

If you haven’t checked out The Expanse just yet and you’re a fan of iconic sci-fi shows like Battlestar Galactica, then you’re really missing out. The latest season had a few weak points, but all around it has continued to deliver on the promise of an epic space adventure that I can’t wait to see more of.

Review for
television
9
8.67
Pros

Great effects

Loads of space action

Continues to build off the epic tale from the previous seasons

Strong additions to the character roster

Cons

Some episodes drag on a bit

Main characters are separated, breaking up the crew's chemistry

From The Chatty
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    February 4, 2021 8:27 PM

    The Expanse Season 5 is officially over, which means it is time to take a look back at the season to see how it stacks up to the rest.

    Read more: The Expanse Season 5 review: Spicy Space Drama

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      February 4, 2021 8:40 PM

      Excellent, now I can start watching it

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        February 4, 2021 8:59 PM

        Yah i was waiting for this too and staying away from all the threads. Didn't want to have to wait a week between episodes!

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          February 4, 2021 9:24 PM

          I waited, too. Y'all made the right call.

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      February 4, 2021 8:44 PM

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        February 4, 2021 8:54 PM

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          February 4, 2021 8:59 PM

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            February 4, 2021 9:35 PM

            My fourth favorite moment was Amos dropping the Tequila bottle when he tried to toast with his old buddy and going from alarmed at dropping it, to calm at how slow it's going, to alarmed again realizing it was going to shatter anyways.

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              February 5, 2021 10:22 AM

              My fifth favorite moment was Amos suplexing Tiny down the elevator shaft.

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                February 5, 2021 10:34 AM

                Amos is absolutely the reason I've stuck with the Expanse - he's definitely my favorite character after Chrisjen. Something about Shohreh Aghdashloo swearing like a sailor amuses the fuck out of me

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                  February 5, 2021 12:08 PM

                  It was a bit ridiculous after the switchover from syfy to amazon. Her dialogue went from semi-natural with some foul language to curse curse curse curse curse after that. I've heard the excessive profanity is more true to her character in the books, but the difference in the show from one season to the next was definitely something.

                  I think she's great, but her voice is like fingernails on chalkboard to me at times. Just one of those things that bothers me for no good reason.

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                    February 5, 2021 12:10 PM

                    I loved that they finally let her loose after Amazon picked it up. She's so damned foul-mouthed in the books, that at one point she calls a main character and DOESN'T use any profanity, and that's how they know how serious the situation is.

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                  February 5, 2021 12:53 PM

                  I'm married to an actual sailor and her favorite character is Avasarala

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                    February 5, 2021 12:55 PM

                    Are there sails involved?

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                      February 5, 2021 3:49 PM

                      Sadly no, she hates the idea of actually sailing. She was on a carrier twice

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      February 5, 2021 10:31 AM

      Amos is my spirit animal.

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      February 5, 2021 11:04 AM

      i didn't like this season much. the only story lines i liked were Amos' and Chrisjen's and the last 15-ish minutes of the finale which i didn't realize was the finale until afterwards. They finally get back to what i think is the best part of the show annnnnnnd i gotta wait for another season. bleh.

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