The Expanse: Season 1 (2015)

Season 1
The Expanse

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The Expanse blends sci-fi elements and detective noir into a visually compelling whole, though it takes a few episodes for the story to capture viewers' intrigue.



Critic Ratings: 44


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Air date: Dec 14, 2015

A hardened detective begins an off-the-book investigation of a missing heiress in the series premiere of this futuristic thriller; at the same time, the captain of the ice-freighter Canterbury inquires into a distress call from a mysterious derelict ship.

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Air date: Dec 15, 2015

Holden and his crew fight for survival in a badly damaged shuttle; on Ceres, Miller uncovers clues to Julie Mao; and on Earth, UN Deputy Undersecretary Crisjen Avasarala interrogates a belter terrorist.

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Air date: Dec 22, 2015

Holden and the crew slowly start to turn on one another after they are taken prisoner aboard the Martian navy flagship the Donnager. Elsewhere, Miller deals with rioters on Ceres; and Avasarala engages in a nasty game of politics with an old friend.

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Air date: Dec 29, 2015

Holden and his crew find themselves in the middle of a desperate battle when mysterious warships attack and board the Donnager; at the same time, Miller is in the middle of pursuing the Julie Mao investigation when his partner Havelock goes missing.

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Air date: Jan 5, 2016

Holden and the crew make a deal with an unlikely ally on Tycho station; at the same time, Miller's obsession with conspiracy theories and the disappearance of Julie Mao continues to grow.

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Air date: Jan 12, 2016

Miller comes across revealing information on a hidden data cube; at the same time, Holden and the crew are surprised by their host's secret agenda.

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Air date: Jan 19, 2016

Holden and crew come to realize that they're not alone on the Rocinante and end up facing a Martian Marine blockade; at his bleakest point, Miller finds a new reason to keep going; and Avasarala visits Holden's family in Montana.

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Air date: Jan 26, 2016

The Rocinante crew come across a derelict vessel that holds a potentially devastating secret; a horrifying discovery is made after Holden finally crosses paths with Miller in Eros; and Avasarala receives some crushing news back on Earth.

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Air date: Feb 2, 2016

In the Season 1 finale, a flashback to Julie's origin story reveals her trajectory. Meanwhile, Holden and Miller finally meet and team up to get to the bottom of the strange emergency situation happening on Eros. But they must overcome incredible odds if they hope to live to fight another day.

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Air date: Feb 2, 2016

In the Season 1 finale, a flashback to Julie's origin story reveals her trajectory. Meanwhile, Holden and Miller finally meet and team up to get to the bottom of the strange emergency situation happening on Eros. But they must overcome incredible odds if they hope to live to fight another day.

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Based on the series of novels by James S.A.Corey, this space opera is set 200 years in a future where humanity has colonized the solar system, which is divided and on the brink of war. Season 1 revolves around the search for Julie Mao (Florence Faivre), the high-society daughter of one of Earth's most powerful businessmen. Having cut ties with his wealth and support, she started a new life in the Asteroid Belt, where she worked tirelessly for the betterment of the disenfranchised "belters"...right up until the day of her disappearance. Joe Miller (Thomas Jane), a hardened detective with the private security firm Star Helix, is assigned to find Julie, who he comes to believe could be the key to several mysteries. His story intertwines with that of two other characters: James Holden (Steven Strait), a rogue ship's captain involved in a planet-threatening accident; and U.N. undersecretary Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo), who's willing to go to any lengths for what she deems is right. As these three individuals navigate the dangerous politics of Earth, Mars and a quasi-terrorist organization known as OPA, they find themselves unraveling a vast conspiracy that threatens all of humanity. Cas Anvar, Dominique Tipper, Wes Chatham and Paulo Constanzo also star.

Cast & Crew

Thomas Jane
Detective Joe Miller
Shohreh Aghdashloo
Chrisjen Avasarala
Dominique Tipper
Naomi Nagata
Cas Anvar
Alex Kamal
Wes Chatham
Amos Burton
Shawn Doyle
Sadavir Errinwright
Francois Chau
Jules-Pierre Mao
Andrew A. Kosove
Executive Producer
Ben Roberts
Broderick Johnson
Executive Producer
Ben Cook
Hawk Ostby
Executive Producer
Jason Brown
Executive Producer
Ty Franck
Sean Daniel
Executive Producer
Sharon Hall
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Critic Reviews for The Expanse Season 1

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (22)

Expanse is so expansive, it's hard to pin down - well, anything... Looks great. But what's going on?

Dec 14, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Granted nothing here feels new or pressing, or as intense as an episode of the aforementioned Game of Thrones. But if sweeping, beautiful scenes and expansive stories that take episodes to piece together are your thing, you'll be set with The Expanse.

Dec 14, 2015 | Full Review…

The Expanse has a few tricks up its sleeve. They include some nifty camera work and a deft cliffhanger that make it the... captivating.

Dec 14, 2015 | Full Review…

There's a lot to get a grip on, and it might help to have read the books. If I tried to explain in full, we'd be here all day, and I couldn't do it anyway.

Dec 14, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The Expanse is a discussion of political power and a nice shoot-'em-up actioner all at the same time.

Dec 14, 2015 | Full Review…

The problem isn't with the overall look of Syfy's The Expanse. Production values are first-rate through and through. But having little or no earthly idea of what's going on can be a problem.

Dec 11, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…

The little details of this universe are so finely rendered that they become stories unto themselves.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Their adventures are action-packed but their relationships with one another make every episode compelling.

Jun 28, 2017 | Full Review…

The Expanse is such a wonderfully realised, affectingly believable, deceptively smart, and really damn engrossing show that it's far too easy to forget that you're watching a piece of speculative fiction.

Jan 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Occasionally the storytelling becomes bogged down in information overload and some secondary characters seem to have been generated by rolling dice, but mostly The Expanse delivers an action-packed and thought-provoking first season.

Jan 10, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

By the end of the season, you realize this is not the same show you thought you were getting into. It's much more interesting and expansive.

Jan 9, 2017 | Full Review…

All in all, The Expanse is a missed opportunity, at least based on the pilot. This could have been more appealing with a stylized visual approach or a novel tone but instead it's sci-fi-by-numbers.

Dec 14, 2015 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Expanse: Season 1

  • 4d ago
    Absolutely phenomenal introductory season to possibly the best science fiction show ever produced.
  • Jun 04, 2021
    A wonderful addition to the science fiction landscape, that has had a serious drought for at least a decade, where visions of the future have been replaced by comic heros set in the 'now'. There are lots of secondary stories on top of the bigger story that unfurls before us. The show doesn't shy away from body horror, violence, aggression, which is so welcome from a Hollywood afraid of its own shadow.
  • Jun 02, 2021
    One of the best sci-fi tv series of all time. There are occasional pacing issues with the multiple points of view of the main characters as the story rushes to bring them together but a lot of the world building is done in these scenes and they perhaps didn't translate as cleanly from the books as the more intense drama and action scenes as the story progresses.
  • May 24, 2021
    A great start to the series and the only one to have a better of sci-fi noir feel to it.
  • May 22, 2021
    Something we really needed.
  • May 12, 2021
    While I do have many issues with this season, it is still a solid start.
  • May 08, 2021
    This show could be good if the morons employed as sound mixers had even a fraction of a clue about using music and ambient noise to enhance a show rather than dominate and overpower it. Shitty, incessant soundscape din is no substitute for clear, well written dialogue and a good story. If the idiots getting paid to produce this POS want to actually see how a good show uses music, they should stop aping every teen drama on the CW network and take a look at something like Deadwood. Yeah, I know, Western vs Sci-Fi, but most good Sci-Fi is actually a Western anyway. Let the story drive the show, not your crappy "standard spacey suspense track #34" constantly playing overly loud and limp-willy repetitive over the dialogue. "Inane droning note swell #143" doesn't build suspense even after 862 attempts to artificially add drama, where actors are actually employed to sell the same with their, well you know, acting. Let the story sell the show not your ass-brained crappy soundscape BS. Even Gabe vomits every time the music swells in this sorry excuse for a production.
  • May 03, 2021
    Surprisingly well written with an intelligent plot and an intriguingly well though out universe. By far the best season of the show.
  • Apr 15, 2021
    I really wanted to like this and the story lines had potential, but the writing and acting never gelled for me. You can only squeeze so much gravitas out of bare bones dialog on a small set with unproven actors no matter how many camera angles you try.
  • Mar 22, 2021
    Well, in the sea of remakes, crap story telling, woke agenda ... we stumble upon this: - a relatively ok story telling - that tries to tell a story of "not so well fitted truckers in space" - that need to make crap choices of "lesser of two evils" - in the world which is very rough without pure good and evil just shades of grey - that happens to be relatively physics accurate (no "phase modulation of crystal array" of star trek) - that is possibly on brink of end of mankind, while (as usual) greedy power players try to make a buck on enemy (alien) at the gates (this really is familiar to me) To some, it may even sound close to "Firefly" and surely it does bare some rebalance, but I think that Expanse is more polished and it provides a background to characters so we understand them rather than relying on exposition, it is definitely longer because of that, but it makes it more interesting and you can lose you self in this universe. A serious thanks to writers for creating this story ! It was a long time since we had something good - which makes this fantastic in current climate ! This goes for all season that I've seen so far (1-5).

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